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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