Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of signing long-time target and Porto star Joao Moutinho have dealt a blow, as big-spending Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are now considering a summer move for the Portuguese international, according to talkSPORT.
The 26-year-old was close to making a transfer to White Hart Lane on the final day of the last summer transfer window. However, the deal failed to materialise but the player continues to remain strongly linked with a move to the north London club.
Moutinho's current deal with the Portuguese side runs out in 2015 and the report claims PSG's manager Carlo Ancelotti is a big fan of the midfielder. Any move from the Ligue 1 outfit to land the Porto star could see them spend big this summer, which could not be an issue especially with the backing of their Qatari owners.
The former Sporting Lisbon player is expected to demand wages above £100,000-a-week, which could act as a roadblock for the north London club. PSG, on the other hand, has long been linked with a move in bringing Moutinho to Parc des Princes and could re-ignite their interest in the player this summer.
Sigurdsson: Players to Blame for Fulham Defeat
Meanwhile, Spurs midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson admitted his side lacked energy during their home defeat to Fulham at the weekend. The Iceland international claims the midweek Europa League fixture against Inter Milan had an effect on their performance against Martin Jol's side.
"We just never got going. It was almost as if everyone was a bit down and there wasn't enough energy or movement. There was just something missing from our game. I don't want to be making excuses but the 120 minutes from Thursday night [against Inter] probably played a bit of a part, and also the travelling, but we could have played better even if we were tired," Sigurdsson explained.
However, despite their recent form, Sigurdsson is confident that Spurs will qualify for next season's Champions League. The north London club are fourth in the league table with 54 points from 30 games.
"We are still confident for the Champions League. We've shown during the season that we are more than capable. We've had a couple of bad results but we won't start doubting ourselves," he added.