The amazing £176m Tottenham signing shortlist

Oscar for Chelsea

Tottenham's near-misses with AVB revealed... including two Chelsea players.

Joao Moutinho was not the only player Andre Villas-Boas was disappointed to miss out on as Tottenham manager.

The Telegraph has reported a list of eight names the manager wanted to sign but was denied the opportunity to, or was unable to convince to bring in.

It doesn't of course take away from the players he was able to bring in, but the list is quite a sensational one.

Seven of the eight have moved elsewhere during the course of AVB's management. Here's a look at what each of them are up to now.

Oscar (£25m)

AVB did not have much time to pull this one off, for the talented Brazilian playmaker. His former club Chelsea signed the attacker for £25 million just one month into AVB's Spurs reign, and the player has gone from strength to strength since, earning a starting place in the national side.

Fernandinho (£34m)

Many considered the price Manchester City paid for Fernandinho excessive, the cost of two Paulinho's. However when City played Spurs off the park in a 6-0 win there was a case for that being accurate, especially with how he brushed Arsenal aside at the weekend. Still, we'd all like to play alongside Yaya Toure wouldn't we.

Willian (30m)

The second player Chelsea beat Tottenham to, no blame can be levied at Levy for this one. Tottenham were poised to complete the deal for Willian who was even at the club for a medical before a last minute phone call saw him change his mind and go to Chelsea instead.

Leandro Damiao (13m)

Leandro Damiao was one of the world's most in-demand strikers a year ago, and AVB was said to be determined to land him in January. Spurs refused to pay Internacional's asking price which has since dipped after a loss of form through 2013 and the striker this week clinched a move across Brazil to Santos.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£24m)

Shakhtar Donetsk's prolific attacking midfielder was strongly linked with a move to Liverpool this summer, with Tottenham's interest only tentatively reported initially. The Armenian playmaker ended up signing for Borussia Dortmund for £24 million this summer and looks good value for money already.

Fabio Coentrao (loan)

This one had to hurt, with Spurs desperate for a left-back after AVB ostracised Benoit Assou-Ekotto, it was considered the partnership between Tottenham and Real Madrid would see the Portuguese defender sign at least on loan. Instead the 'strategic linkup' looks very much one-way, and Coentrao remains at Real Madrid.

Hulk (£40m)

A player AVB knew from his treble winning Porto side, Spurs made no approach for the versatile forward during the manager's first transfer window. After this the Brazilian signed for Zenit St Petersburg for a whopping £40 million, a price it's very hard to believe Tottenham would have been willing to pay.

David Villa (£10m)

Fans were split over this one, was Villa edging towards being 'past it', or would the signing have been genius? The Telegraph claim Villa was invited to Spurs and was even shown around the club, but decided he would prefer to stay in Spain and move to Atletico Madrid for far cheaper than the £10m fee Spurs were offering Barcelona. Tottenham went onto sign Roberto Soldado for two-and-a-half times the price instead.

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