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United make £20 bid for Moutinho
Manchester United have tabled a former offer, believed to be about £20million, for Joao Moutinho, the Portugal midfield player. United contacted Porto, the 25-year-old's present club, this week to establish their valuation of the playmaker and they returned with an opening offer yesterday. It is thought that Porto are prepared to sell Moutinho, an £8.5million signing from Sporting Lisbon two years ago, but want as much as £26million. United are likely to face intense competition from Tottenham for the player, who worked with Andre Villas-Boas, Spurs' newly appointed manager, at Porto in 2010. Villas-Boas has earmarked Moutinho as his priority recruit should Luka Modric leave White Hart Lane.
Rory Smith, The Times
In other news, The Sun says Zeki Fryers is allegedly on Tottenham’s wanted list after the paper claim he has already left United, while the Independent reckons Roberto Mancini is confident of beating United to signing Robin van Persie.