AVB speaks out on transfer targets

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that it has been very difficult for him to secure transfer targets this summer.

Despite Jermaine Defoe being the only out and out striker at the club, Spurs have failed to land a striker as yet with Villas-Boas playing down the link to Joao Moutinho.

It was thought that Emmanuel Adebayor was going to complete his transfer following a successful loan spell last season, but this has also failed to happen.

Referring to the potential signing of Moutinho to begin with, he said: “It will be very difficult to sign him.

“I have experience of Porto and it is a club that sells good products but they are expensive.

“It has been like that with numerous amounts of players and that is why it is very difficult.”

This seemed to be the press conference for ruling out potential targets, as Yann M’Vila, another name linked with White Hart Lane, appears unlikely to join.

Turning his attention to this one, Villas-Boas said: “He is an interesting player, but I don’t think he will join Tottenham. The player is a player of defensive characteristics.”

“We had initial interest in M’Vila but we have moved on from that one and are now looking for a more creative player.”

As mentioned though, it is Tottenham’s lack of strikers that is the biggest concern. They don’t want the transfer window to slam shut with Defoe as the sole striker option.

At the same time, they don’t want to panic and sign someone who isn’t good enough, so Villas-Boas is remaining calm about the situation.

Villas-Boas continued: “There is no news. Everyone knows the chairman likes to keep things on a reasonable level in terms of what we spend. He has been very sensitive on that.”

This was in particular reference to Adebayor who Tottenham still want to sign. It appears to be about the Manchester City striker demanding too much in terms of a weekly wage.

However, it was rumored yesterday that City would be willing to pay off the rest of the striker’s contract in order to get him off the books.

With the season underway this weekend, Tottenham may have to consider other options – just in case.

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