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Wolves ace Joao Moutinho: Spurs and Everton deals were close

Joao Moutinho is enjoying his football at Wolves.

Moutinho admits he was ­always desperate to play in England. He almost joined Everton in 2008 and put pen to paper at Tottenham four years later but the deal missed the transfer deadline by 60 seconds.

He said: “It's been close before but it was my mission to play in the Premier League.

“I've had one or two opportunities in the past. The first was Everton, the second Spurs. I am in the room but the next day I had a game in Portugal, it didn't happen, it was one minute from happening… I had actually signed but it was one minute past the deadline.

“You carry on, you continue to do what you like and what I like to do is to play football.

“I feel very good now. I have fresh legs. I tell people who ask me if I'm old that I'm 32 but I feel I can play 10 more years."

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