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Villas-Boas rules out Spurs move for Carroll

ESPN staff
July 11, 2012

Andre Villas-Boas preferred not to comment on Andy Carroll's future at Liverpool on Wednesday, but he did categorically state that Tottenham would not be interested in the England striker.

Villas-Boas fielded questions about a number of issues during Wednesday's media session, revealing Spurs are "in discussions" with "various clubs" over the potential exit of Luka Modric. He also confirmed his interest in Joao Moutinho from Porto.

Talk then turned to the topic of Carroll, who is potentially available for loan from Liverpool, and while Villas-Boas did not want to address the issue, he did reveal he would not consider bringing the striker to White Hart Lane.

"It's not fair for me to comment on that. I'm not sure of Liverpool's intentions on Andy Carroll," Villas-Boas said.

"But he's certainly not a player we're looking for."

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was less decisive on his former player, revealing he remains a big fan of the man he sold to Liverpool for £35 million. Asked if he would take him back, Pardew remained respectful to Liverpool, but spoke glowingly of the towering forward.

"There's a lot of talk about players when new managers go in, and situations get all cloudy. I don't think that's resolved one way or the other so I wouldn't want to comment," Pardew said.

"He did a terrific job here, I've always supported him even at Liverpool when other people haven't. I think he's had a raw deal from the media if I'm honest.

"He's going to be a great player, but where he treads the boards, we'll have to wait and see."

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