Deadline day: Moutinho and Lloris to Spurs but who is off?
Danny Rose and Rafael van der Vaart depart as AVB follows in Redkanpp's footsteps
HARRY REDKNAPP was renowned for his wheeler-dealing in the transfer market when he was manager of Spurs and it seems that his successor at White Hart Lane, Andre Villas-Boas, intends to keep up the tradition.
Rumours are flying around the Lilywhite quarter of north London today with rumours of players coming in and leaving the club.
First up and it seems Spurs may have finally got their hands on a new stopper after it was reported that they had agreed a deal for French international Hugo Lloris, and not before time. L'Equipe is reporting that Lyon have accepted an offer from the Londoners and that the keeper is on his way across the Channel for a medical this afternoon. It is reported that Tottenham will pay a fee of £9.5m in cash, with up to £3.2m in extras later on. Sadly for Lyon, they must pass 25 per cent of that money on Lloris's former club Nice.
Even bigger news is that AVB is set to break the White Hart Lane piggybank to be reunited with Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho. The 25-year-old, who had an impressive Euro 2012, with Portugal is set to join Spurs for a club record £22m, says Sky Sports.
Villas-Boas is obviously a fan of the versatile midfielder as he brought him to Porto from Sporting Lisbon in 2010. He had been courting Moutinho all summer, but until now Porto had held firm on their £30m price tag.
However, it is not just players coming in at Spurs. The club have agreed to loan out their up and coming England under-21 and Team GB Olympic defender Danny Rose to Sunderland for the rest of the season. The news was offically announced on the club website this morning.
It will be interesting to see whether he ever returns to the Lane. Although the popular 22-year-old made 20 appearances last season he has not played for the club since the arrival of Villas-Boas.
Meanwhile, it was reported that Rafael van der Vaart has been having a medical at Hamburg ahead of a proposed move back to the German club after two largely successful seasons with Spurs. The Londonders had been demanding £15m for the 29-year-old striker, but it is reported that they have struck a deal at around the £10m mark with Hamburg.
There could be more to come on deadline day as Villas-Boas has made it clear that the likes of Aaron Lennon and Scott Parker are also available to the right bidder, as the Portuguese manager continues his shake-up at White Hart Lane. ·