Spurs agreed a club record £22 million fee with Porto for the midfielder on Friday only for the transfer to fall through late on deadline day as Clint Dempsey arrivedBy Greg Stobart
Tottenham's attempted move for Porto's Joao Moutinho has collapsed late on transfer deadline day.
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Moutinho had been touted as the ideal replacement for Luka Modric in Tottenham's midfield after the Croatian joined Real Madrid for £33.2m earlier this week.
Rafael van der Vaart followed the former Dinamo Zagreb man out of White Hart Lane on Friday, joining Hamburg for £10.3m, heightening Spurs' need for a central midfielder.
Spurs bolstered their options in the middle with the signing of Mousa Dembele on Wednesday, but Moutinho will remain with the Portuguese champions despite a late push from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy on the final day of the transfer window.
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