AVB's top Spurs target available again - can Tottenham finally land him?

Joao Moutinho Portugal

Joao Moutinho reportedly wants to leave Monaco for the Premier League - which should be of interest to Tottenham.

Tottenham's 2-1 win over Hull City on Sunday was a much needed win for Mauricio Pochettino, but the manner in which Spurs won hasn't particularly inspired much confidence.

Christian Eriksen's last gasp goal secured a narrow win for Spurs, but it came after Hull were reduced to ten men - much like Tottenham's win over Aston Villa earlier this month.

With a mass exit expected either in January or next summer, Argentine Pochettino is widely expected to bring in a host of new signings in the New Year.

Paulinho and Moussa Dembele are surely on their way out of White Hart Lane, which would leave Tottenham in desperate need of a central midfielder.

According to L'Equipe, Monaco star Joao Moutinho has made it clear that he wants to leave the club after the departures of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao this summer, and the Premier League looks like this most likely destination.

Moutinho was famously Andre Villas-Boas' top target in the summer of 2012, and they had lodged a £30m to sign the Portuguese international as Luka Modric's replacement.

Yet Porto, the team Moutinho was playing for at the time, sensationally cancelled the deal late into deadline day, leaving Villas-Boas without the man who made his Porto team tick in the 2010-11 season.

Moutinho will no doubt want guarantees over European football with Spurs, but he possesses the technical and passing ability to be a factor with Tottenham, particularly alongside a more physical player like Etienne Capoue.

It would cost a lot of money to lure him to North London, but over two years after missing out on his signing, Spurs may never have a better chance of landing one of Europe's most talented players - and it would be the big signing that Pochettino needs to put his stamp on this team.

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