Spurs miss out on Moutinho but snare Lloris and Fulham ace

08:48 01 September 2012

Joao Moutinh

Joao Moutinh's move to Tottenham fell through. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

Transfer news: Tottenham failed in their attempts to sign Porto star

Tottenham’s customary late foray into the transfer market brought Clint Dempsey and Hugo Lloris to White Hart Lane, but saw them missed out on top target Joao Moutinho.

Spurs had tried all day yesterday to sign the 25-year-old midfielder from Porto to replace Luka Modric. A club record £22 million fee had been agreed but talks hit a snag and then he 11pm deadline passed.

It was not all doom and gloom however, with Fulham’s attacking midfielder Clint Dempsey agreeing a late deal with Spurs after Liverpool and Aston Villa had looked more likely to sign the United States international.

Dempsey, who scored 23 goals for the Cottagers last term, will go some way to helping fill the void left by Rafael van der Vaart, who ended his two-year stay at Tottenham by rejoining Hamburg for around £10million.

Dempsey had not played for Fulham this season after it became clear he wanted a move, but he told Tottenham’s website: “A lot was said and written ahead of me leaving Fulham. It wasn’t how it was portrayed, but that’s in the past now and we move on.

“I want to thank the fans for everything, some of the best memories I’ve had in football, and thank the chairman for giving me the opportunity to come from the MLS and compete over here.

“All I can say is thank you and now I’m looking forward to the next challenge.”

Van der Vaart, who spent three years at the Bundesliga club before joining Real Madrid said he was happy to move back to Hamburg, where his wife Sylvie currently works as a TV presenter.

“This return to Hamburg is a dream come true for me and my family,” said the 29-year-old, whose move was partly financed by local businessman Klaus-Michael Kuhne.

“I owe Hamburg and Klaus-Michael Kuhne huge thanks. I am looking forward to three great years. Of course I am sad to leave Spurs and especially all the fans which have been nothing but great.”

Manager Andre Villas-Boas also strengthened his options in defence by signing France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon for a fee that could rise to almost £12million.

However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas criticised Spurs chairman Daniel Levy for his actions in the negotiations, saying: “We have had people speaking all night with Daniel Levy. He talks a lot and goes back on what we’ve agreed in writing.

“It’s been very, very difficult. I’ve got 25 years of experience as a president of a club and it’s our 16th participation in a European competition in a row. But this is very rare in the football world.”

Lloris, 25, who signed a four-year contract, told Spurs TV Online: “I am here because I believe in Tottenham. I think everything is okay for the future of Tottenham.

“They have a great team, great players and a great coach so everything is all right, I think, to win a place in the Champions League next year.”

Mexican misfit Giovani Dos Santos was sold to Mallorca yesterday, while defender Danny Rose joined Sunderland on loan for the season.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Submit your Tottenham player ratings

Latest Tottenham news

Friday, March 6, 2015
Charlie Austin (left) and Bobby Zamora will be gunning for Tottenham at Loftus Road tomorrow

Mauricio Pochettino has warned Tottenham to watch out for QPR’s frontmen Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora in tomorrow’s London derby at Loftus Road.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Harry Kane of Spurs (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey says he is not surprised by Harry Kane’s meteoric rise this season after he, Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand gave the striker a chance to play at Tottenham.

Friday, March 6, 2015
QPR manager Chris Ramsey (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Nedum Onuoha remains a doubt for QPR’s Premier League clash with Tottenham after suffering a gruesome cut in the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal, and Chris Ramsey has revealed Mauricio Isla and Darnell Furlong are also facing late fitness tests.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Newcastle's Papiss Cisse appears to spit at Manchester United's Jonny Evans (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Papiss Cisse has accepted a Football Association charge for allegedly spitting at Manchester United’s Jonny Evans and faces a possible seven-match ban.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

#TheDress features in a poignant Salvation Army campaign against domestic violence.

Read more

IS are intent on destroying everything they consider to be idolatry.

Read more

The star’s boyfriend Jonathan Bricklin has said that their relationship “continues to evolve”.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Spurs Transfer News