Wolves star discloses Everton interest

Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Joao Moutinho says that he had the chance to join Everton and Tottenham Hotspur in the past.

Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Joao Moutinho has revealed to The Mirror that he could have joined Tottenham Hotspur or Everton in the past.

Moutinho moved to Wolves from AS Monaco in the summer of 2018 for a transfer fee reported by Sky Sports to be worth £5 million.

The Portugal international midfielder has revealed that he was close to making the switch to Everton back in 2008 when he was at Sporting Lisbon.

The 32-year-old has also disclosed that he signed a contract with Tottenham four years later, only to miss the deadline by a minute.

Moutinho told The Mirror: “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.”

Moutinho arrived at Wolves in the summer of 2018 with a strong reputation, with the midfielder having been a huge success at Sporting, FC Porto and Monaco.

The 32-year-old midfielder won league titles in Portugal with Porto and the Ligue 1 with Monaco in 2017.

So far this season, the midfielder – who won the UEFA European Championship in 2016 with Portugal – has made 27 starts and three substitute appearances in the Premier League for Wolves, scoring one goal and providing seven assists in the process, according to WhoScored.