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Bad Day For Spurs: Joao Moutinho Joins Monaco, While Andros Townsend Charged With Betting

It’s been a bad day for Tottenham Hotspur. FC Porto have announced that they’ve sold midfielder Joao Moutinho to Monaco for a transfer fee of £21 million. The White Hart Lane club were reportedly within minutes of signing Moutinho last summer, but failed to beat the deadline to bring the highly-sought after footballer to England.

In the meantime, Tottenham are still reportedly pursuing the signings of strikers Leandro Damiao and Roberto Soldado.

In other news today, Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has been charged by The FA for alleged breach of betting regulations.

According to a statement from The FA, “The FA has announced it has charged Andros Townsend in relation to alleged breaches of its rules governing misconduct and betting. The Tottenham Hotspur player has been charged with breaches of Rule E8 (b) in relation to a number of betting offences. The player has until 3 June to respond to the charges.”

Townsend, who was on loan at Queens Park Rangers last season, has pulled out of the England u21 European Championship squad and will be replaced by Birmingham City’s Nathan Redmond.

“Townsend will receive the full support of The FA and Tottenham Hotspur FC in seeking rehabilitation whilst responding to the allegations,” added The FA statement.

It’s understood that the charge against Townsend has nothing to do with match fixing.

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  1. David

    May 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Very important summer for Spurs. Bale’s future is only one thing to keep an eye out for. Unless Spurs show intent and buy some quality players I can see Bale baling (pardon the pun).

    AVB is also being linked with other clubs and if Bale leaves who knows if he might not follow. I still think AVB will stay at Spurs but I’m not so sure about Bale.

  2. Dust

    May 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    The moutinho deal didn’t happen because he was owned by a 3rd party and Porto weren’t willing to pay that third party out of the fee… There are regulations that prohibit BPL clubs from buying players in that split ownership format.

    What stopped him coming to spurs this time was the insane wages that the Russian billionaire will pay a while he is building the club…

    It’s really not worth getting hung up on not signing moutinho…With Bales new free role behind a striker where would moutinho the central attacking midfielder play?

    I think we will look for a left AND right winger plus a striker a left back and another Sandro type as we will sell Parker.

    • p

      May 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Moutinho could play behind Bale, as a deep playmaker.

      • dust

        May 26, 2013 at 10:55 pm

        He’s not a deep lying playmaker, where would Dembele play?

  3. David G

    May 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I don’t think Mothinho was “minutes” away from joining Spurs. The media said that, and I’m sure Mouthino’s agent was very much involved.

    Agents have figured out how to get themselves very large paydays. Leak info to media that your player is really close to joining a big club. Media will play along and create story lines to get clicks from readers.

    Said player is now a hot property and is now on the radar of the person who has oil and now owns their own football team (they know as much if less about football than I do0. OilFC (chelsea, man city, PSG, Monaco) now buys player with big agent fee and huge salary which partially goes to the players agent.

    I don’t beleive Daniel Levy, who’s got an Econ Degree from Cambridge, couldn’t get a fax machine to work on time…but I’m sure Spurs were more than happy to play along with the agent/media created stories as ENIC could sell it to their fans as “see we’re trying really hard to get (inseart big name here)” when all along they had pretty much spent the Modric/VDV money and have no plans to dip into their own funds for player purchaes.

    Player gets paid, agent gets paid, media gets clicks, spurs can sell hope to their fans


  4. M Owen

    May 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    seriously anybody ever believe that Levy was ever in for Joao Mountinh or Damiao?
    He pulls this shi$$ once in a while to appease the spurs fans to show he’s in the market for top players but that’s about it.
    He like to buy value and sell high and he has proven good at it.

  5. Jordan

    May 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Joao Mountinho isn’t a striker?

    • The Gaffer

      May 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      You’re correct. He’s more of an attacking midfielder.

      The Gaffer

  6. Geof Edmonds

    May 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Buy Carroll and Torres immediately they will be devasting for Spurs.

    • Guy

      May 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Well, if they buy them three times they’ll surely be devastating for Spurs budget.

  7. Geof Edmonds

    May 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Buy Carrol from Liverpool and Torres from Chelsea they will be devasting for Spurs.

  8. Geof Edmonds

    May 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    While we have the opportunity we should buy Carrol from Liverpool and Torres from Chelsea. Together they could be devasting for Spurs’

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