Assou-Ekotto could be playing alongside Moutinho next season, but not at White Hart Lane

Joao Moutinho

Tottenham Hotspur target Joao Moutinho is the latest star to end up on the radar of Monaco.

If only at present by having their name bandied around across Europe in the press, Monaco are determined to make a big impression in the summer with them destined to make a return to Ligue One.

Currently eight points clear at the top of France's second tier, the club representing the principality of the rich and famous are being bankrolled by a rich Russian oligarch.

Dmitri Rybolovlev is their billionaire owner who wants them to challenge PSG at the top of the French top division, and is ready to spend on big name stars to do it.

While their plan has a touch of the QPR's about it, Monaco are being linked with some big names - At the weekend it was suggested that Benoit Assou-Ekotto of Tottenham was high on their list.

The Mirror reported that the Cameroonian is to leave Spurs whether they qualify for the Champions League or not, and wants to make the lucrative move to Monaco.

The latest name linked with joining him is a player BAE could have been playing alongside this season, had the August transfer deadline panned out differently.

Joao Moutinho came near, agonisingly close for fans, to joining Spurs after Porto accepted an offer for the midfielder.

However third party ownership and personal terms scuppered the move, unable to be completed on time, but the first of these obstacles no longer exists after Porto bought out 100 per cent of his rights in January.

Moutinho is keen on a move this summer and is said to have an agreement with Porto to leave if a club meets his 25 million Euro asking price.

Monaco are keen to do this, with reports claiming he is high on their radar, and want to make an effort to sign him.

While accepted that Moutinho would prefer to sign for a Champions League club, if nobody can match Monaco's bid he may have an interesting decision to make.

For Tottenham fans the solution here is simple. Finish in the top four, keep Assou-Ekotto and make an offer for Moutinho, and make sure the pair are lining up alongside each other at White Hart Lane, not in Monte Carlo.

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