Former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas only wanted three of the four players brought in at White Hart Lane

Villas-Boas has been approached by West Brom this week. Photo: PA

Former Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas only wanted to sign three of the seven players that Spurs bought in the summer, along with Hulk, Joao Moutinho and David Villa, according to a report in the Mail today.

The Portuguese manager was dismissed on Monday after seeming to question the club's player recruitment policy following Sunday's crushing defeat against Liverpool.

It's thought that from the seven new players brought in by Spurs in the summer, Villas-Boas was only keen to sign Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue.

He also provided the White Hart Lane hierarchy with a three man shopping list which included Brazilian forward Hulk, Portuguese international midfielder Joao Moutinho and Spanish forward David Villa.

Brazilian international Hulk was rumoured to be keen on moving to Spurs from Zenit, as was Joao Moutinho from Porto before he chose to join Monaco in a double deal involving James Rodriguez.

Instead, Villas-Boas was forced to work with four players - including club record signing Erik Lamela - who he didn't really want at the club.

When asked after the Liverpool game whether the players at Spurs were the ones he wanted, AVB's hesitant answer spoke volumes and he was duly dismissed.