Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre
Villas-Boas wants the August transfer window to close on the
first day of the season to avoid speculation upsetting players
during the early weeks of the campaign.
The Premier League season began last weekend but the
transfer deadline is not until September 1, meaning midfielder Luka
Modric's protracted move from Spurs to Real Madrid may take even
"We can focus on playing games, not creating news until the
end of August," the former Chelsea boss told a news conference
Other managers across Europe have long said they would love
to see the transfer windows abolished altogether.
Villas-Boas, whose side lost 2-1 at Newcastle United in
their season opener on Saturday in his first league game in
charge, would only say that "talks are ongoing" over Modric's
move and that the Croatian is training away from the first team.
Defender Michael Dawson could also be leaving in a busy
window for Spurs but he has yet to agree personal terms with
London rivals Queens Park Rangers.
"There was some interest shown by QPR. My conversation with
Michael was very open. We said we would listen to offers,"
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