If Tottenham Hotspur plan another deadline day swoop for Joao Moutinho, this time it may be a lot more achievable.
Tottenham stunned Europe on deadline day in August when shortly after having a bid accepted for Hugo Lloris, they also agreed a fee with Porto for star man Joao Moutinho.
Only one of those transfers ended up going through, with the Frenchman the only one arriving at White Hart Lane.
"Third party investor owns 15% of Moutinho's economic rights, after deals were struck following the player's €10m transfer from Sporting Lisbon to Porto in 2010. Although Porto paid for 100% of Moutinho's rights, they sold 37.5% of them in October of that year to the investor for €4.2m before, in August 2011, buying back 22.5% of them.
"The investor's 15% entitled him to a cut of the fee and, under Premier League rules, which forbid third party ownership, he had to be bought out at the Porto end before the deal could be ratified. In the frantic moments before midnight, the clubs could not reach agreement, with sources close to Tottenham saying that Porto went back on the previously signed deal sheet to demand a higher fee."
The big news is as of last night, those third party ownership issues no longer exist.
As confirmed by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, the midfielder's club Porto bought out the rights from the third party owners (Soccer Investment Fund) this week.
This means Porto are now sole owners of the player, owning 100 per cent of his rights.
So if Spurs want to renew their efforts today - it will be a whole lot easier than on August 31.
Are there any sorts of negotiations going on behind the scenes with Spurs twisting Porto's arm to buy up his rights so they can complete a transfer? We can't tell you that, we'll have to just wait and see how it unfolds over the course of the day.
Porto remain in the Champions League, so Moutinho would have to give that up if he left, and if he does, there's no guarantee it won't be for a big money move to Russia instead.
But suddenly it doesn't seem quite so complicated from a Tottenham perspective. Although the question fans all want to know is - Can he play up front?!
Can a move for Moutinho really happen?
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