Andre Villas-Boas insists there is 'no truth' in reports linking Wesley Sneijder with Tottenham

Dutchman is out of favour at Inter Milan

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Wesley Sneijder promises to feature heavily in the gossip columns during the January transfer window, although it would appear a move to Tottenham Hotspur can be ruled out.

The midfielder appears almost certain to leave Inter Milan next month having been dropped from the squad altogether at times this season.

Coach Andrea Stramaccioni says the decision to leave the Netherlands international out has been solely tactical - although there appears to be more to it than that.

Sneijder's wife Yolanthe said recently: "We are about to emigrate. It should happen in early January and we are looking for a nice place for our family," however she later claimed the quote had been made up.

Tottenham have been heavily linked with a move having failed to replace Sneijder's compatriot Rafael van der Vaart who left in the summer.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has been thwarted in his efforts to sign Joao Moutinho and it was understood he had turned his attention to Sneijder. Yet the Tottenham manager has said there is "no truth" in the rumours.

That follows the same assertion by one of Sneijder's representatives who told Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad: "There is nothing, absolutely nothing true about that."

A move to the Premier League cannot be ruled out for Sneijder, with Manchester United also linked with a £25m swoop. The possible retirement of Paul Scholes at the end of the season may influence any decision to make a bid.

Big spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala are also among those linked with the 28-year-old.