AVB steps up efforts to land Moutinho, more than three years since Levy left it too late

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Andre Villas-Boas is reported to be attempting to sign Joao Moutinho for Zenit, as he attempted at Tottenham Hotspur.

It was back in 2012 that then new Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas hoped to acquire the services of Joao Moutinho.

AVB knew him well from his title success with Porto, and attempted to bring him to the Premier League to replace Luka Modric.

The problem was that by selling Modric to Real Madrid in late August, chairman Daniel Levy did not leave enough time to clinch the deal his new manager wanted.

The Telegraph reported that Spurs missed out on a deal 'by minutes', and a year later he signed for Monaco instead along with then Porto ace James Rodriguez.

Now Tuttomercatoweb report that Villas-Boas is actively pursuing the chance to bring Moutinho to Zenit St Petersburg this January, with the player keen to leave the club.

Moutinho was one of four players Villas-Boas named last year as those which Daniel Levy broke his promises to sign, blaming not being able to bring in who he wanted for his failure at Spurs, reported by The Guardian.

A reunion will only be brief however, with AVB already having decided to quit Zenit at the end of the season, while Moutinho will not be eligible for the latter stages of the Champions League.

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