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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is not giving up on signing the Portuguese midfielder who has been identified by manager Andre Villas-Boas as the ideal replacement for Luka Modric

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By Greg Stobart

Tottenham are continuing to push to sign Porto playmaker Joao Moutinho but are still at odds with the Portuguese club over the proposed transfer fee.

Spurs are willing to pay around £20 million for the midfielder as they look to further strengthen their midfield following the arrival of Mousa Dembele from Fulham in a £15m deal.

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Porto have so far refused to move from their position that the 25-year-old will cost £30m but Spurs will test their resolve in the final 36 hours of the transfer window.

Sources at the London club say a deal is unlikely but chairman Daniel Levy has not given up, especially given Moutinho’s desire to move to White Hart Lane.

The Portugal international has been identified by Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas as the perfect replacement for Luka Modric, who completed a £33.2m move to Real Madrid this week.

Moutinho has publicly expressed an interest in re-uniting with Villas-Boas but the former Porto coach all but conceded defeat in his pursuit of the playmaker earlier this month.

"I think it's very, very difficult because the level of expectation over price would be very hard to get,” said Villas-Boas.

"I have experience of Porto and it is a club that sells expensive, but they sell a good product. They have a pride on defending that kind of brand."

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