Villas-Boas eyes new midfielder before transfer window shuts

The Portuguese is looking to strengthen further his squad the Friday deadline, and insisted that he would be happy if Michael Dawson remains at the club after a move to QPR stalled

Andre Villas-Boas is hopeful of adding a new midfielder to his Tottenham squad before the end of the transfer window.

In addition to Luka Modric’s expected switch to Real Madrid, the Portuguese has sold Niko Kranjcar and Steven Pienaar – with the former Chelsea boss linked with moves for Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk stars Joao Moutinho and Willian.

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And following the news for Stoke City boss Tony Pulis earlier on Sunday that Tom Huddlestone could still move to Stoke City on loan, Villas-Boas is positive he will be able to get bolster his midfield before the Friday deadline.

"The market can be frenetic in the last few days so anything can happen," Villas-Boas told Sky Sports.

"We are still looking to strengthen our squad with a midfielder so let's do the deals that we have to do."

In other transfer-related news, Villas-Boas says he would be happy for Michael Dawson to stay at Tottenham, despite allowing his captain to discuss a move to QPR.

As yet Dawson has been unable to agree terms with the west London outfit, while reports claim Stoke City and Sunderland are also interested in the experienced centre-half.

Spurs fans sang Dawson's name during Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Brom and Villas-Boas is remaining level-headed about the player's future, adding: "At the moment Michael is our player and we are happy to have him."