White Hot Lines

January 2005

Monday   31.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are set to complete the signing of Michael Dawson and Andy Reid from Nottingham Forest tonight.  An 8 million offer for the midfielder and defender has been accepted by Nottingham Forest and the two were to have medicals and were to agree terms with Spurs before midnight.  Reid had been set to join SCBC on Saturday, but he turned down the chance to play at such an exulted club.  Reid's deal was announced as complete by the official website and Dawson was still undergoing his medical and contract discussions.
  Everton's 4.5 million offer for midfielder Simon Davies has been rejected by Tottenham.  The Toffees had been talking with Spurs since the weekend, but Spurs have decided that the Welshman is required at White Hart Lane.
  Young Portuguese striker Edson Silva Sousa has left Tottenham to join ADO the Hague in Holland on a free transfer.
  Spurs have been drawn against Nottingham Forest at home in the FA Cup Fifth Round should they overcome West Bromwich Albion in the Fourth round replay.  The match will be played on 19/20 February.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Reto Ziegler is not 100% after his hamstring strain and will sit the game out, with Sean Davis, who is now back in training, but not match fit.  Rohan Ricketts is still out with his knee injury, while Pedro Mendes sustained a hip injury in training before the West Bromwich Albion FA Cup tie and will miss the game at Bolton.  Noureddine Naybet has been ill and missed the FA Cup game because of it, but might be in contention for the game at the Reebok stadium.  New keeper Radek Cerny and forward Mido will make the trip North as part of the squad.
  BOLTON TEAM NEWS : -  Nicky Hunt's ankle is not broken after a bad tackle in the FA Cup tie on Sunday, but is badly bruised and he will miss the match against Spurs. .
  Having been linked with Fabricio Coliccini, the 22 year old Argentine centre half, Spurs saw him join Deportivo La Coruna today.
  Rumours of a late swoop for Wayne Routledge did not materialise and Spurs may wait until the summer to go back for the Crystal Palace winger.
  Robbie Keane and potential new signing Andy Reid have been selected for the Republic of Ireland squad to meet.
  Former Spurs trainee Narada Bernard has joined Farnborough Town as a free agent.

  OTHER NEWS ... Ronnie Moore has left the post of manager of Rotherham United by mutual consent to be replaced by Alan Knill ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Arsene Wenger said his side are the fairest in the Premier League and the most sinned against.  Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all ??  Not the Gooners that is for sure !!


Sunday   30.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Star claim that if Edu moves to Valencia from Arsenal, then Spurs will try to buy 25 year old Argentinian midfielder Pablo Aimar from the Spanish club.
  The Sunday Mirror reckon that Wayne Routledge will complete a 2.2 million move to Tottenham on Monday.
  New goalkeeping signing Radek Cerny has said that he intends to use his time at Tottenham as an opportunity to impress other English clubs should Spurs not keep him beyond his 18 month contract.

  OTHER NEWS ... Patrick Anelka has left Manchester City to join Fenerbahce, where he will partner Pierre van Hooijdonk up front.  What a nightmare that will be for their own team, let alone the opposition !! ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Chelsea have made a pre-tax loss of 88 million for the last financial year.  It is believed that Roman Abramovich is yet to notice that such a piddling amount of money is missing from his finances.


Saturday   29.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup this afternoon. For reaction click here. For a match report, click here.
  Bryan Robson was whingeing about the penalty that Spurs got and one that WBA didn't get as the reason the tie will go to a replay.  He claimed that Jermain Defoe was not touched by Darren Purse, thus conning the ref, while Earnshaw was pulled back when the officials did not see the incident.  However, Martin Jol has defended the Spurs striker by saying he does not dive and would not have gone down unless he was brought down.
  The Sun claims, in a story they are running today, that Tottenham will complete the loan signing of Fabricio Coliccini, the 22 year old Argentine centre half, today from AC Milan until the end of the season and then have a 3 million option to make the deal permanent.  Later claims on Sky Sports website state that Coliccini would be joining Deportivo La Coruna.
  The article claims that Spurs will also sign wide midfielder Andy Reid from Nottingham Forest and defender Tom Huddlestone from Derby County before the end of the transfer window on Monday.
  Confusion reigned after news broke at lunchtime that an offer of 4 million plus Brett Ormerod and Darren Kenton from SCBC had been accepted for Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid.  The Forest chairman said, "We have had a number of derisory offers from one other Premiership club - none of which were acceptable."  That was Tottenham Hotspur.  Gary Megson reckons that there is no agreement with Spurs and therefore, we are not at liberty to speak to the player.  However, any deal would involve the agreement of the players involved on both Forest's and SCBC's sides.
  In a post-match interview by SCBC manager Harry Redknapp, he said that his club would not be signing him and that he was one million percent sure that Reid would be joining a club that started with a T and an O.
  However, it has transpired that Spurs have made a bid for the much sought after Forest defender Michael Dawson.  It is believed that the player would cost around 3 million to 4 million.
  Crystal Palace winger Wayne Routledge has said he wants to leave the club before the transfer window closes as he has fallen out with chairman Simon Jordan, who said he was disappointed that players listen to their "idiot" agents on Soccer AM last Saturday.

  OTHER NEWS ... The FA have agreed in principle to Sven Goran Eriksson's request for a four week break before the 2006 World Cup finals ...


Friday   28.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have signed Slavia Prague keeper Radek Cerny on an 18 month contrast as cover for Paul Robinson.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - 
Simon Davies is in the Spurs squad after a run out in the reserve team at Norwich in midweek.  Fredi Kanoute and Rohan Ricketts might be considered after injury, while Michael Brown is back from suspension.
  WBA TEAM NEWS : - 
Darren Moore is in contention, but midfielder Andy Johnson is still suffering with a knee problem.
  Rami Shabaan has slammed Tottenham for signing Radek Cerny and not him.  The former Arsenal keeper told the press that it was all business (referring to the ENIC connection) and he could accept it if Cerny was the better keeper.  Oooh.  Meow !!

  OTHER NEWS ... Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after remarks he made after the League Cup semi-final first leg against Man U ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Man U are trying to buy a nine year old boy Jean Carlos Chena from Brazil.  I would have thought Arsenal would have shown some interest !! 


Thursday   27.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have signed another player, Teemu Tainio, but the 25 year old midfielder will not be arriving until July when his contract expires with Auxerre.  The Finnish wide player is happy to have joined Spurs and previously played for Ajax.  A number of clubs were after Tainio, but Frank Arnesen moved to snap him up for Tottenham.
  Midfielder Sean Davis has done a day's full training for the first time in his comeback from his knee surgery.
  Tottenham will take part in the Peace Cup in South Korea in July 2005 with Mamalodi Sundowns (South Africa), Real Sociedad (Spain),
Once Caldas (Colombia), Olympique Lyonnais (France), PSV (Holland), Seognam Ilhwa (South Korea) and Boca Juniors (Brazil) being the other clubs taking part.
  For a preview of Saturday's FA Cup tie, click here.
  Read about Saturday's yellow fever campaign at WBA, click here.
  Former Spurs keeper Lars Hirschfeld has signed a contract with Leicester City until the end of the season.

  OTHER NEWS ... The FA have scrapped thousands of DVDs made to celebrate the best of English players since with a "Pride of the Nation" selection which contained not one black player...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Wednesday   26.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have completed the loan signing of Egyptian forward Ahmed Hossam or Mido, as he is commonly known.  The Roma striker signs on an 18 month loan. The player would like the 99 shirt.  That's the one with the chocolate flake sticking out of it !!
  Spurs have completed the permanent transfer of Mounir El Hamdaoui from Rotterdam Excelsior.  The striker has signed a three and a half year contract. 
  Spurs have signed Slavia Prague's 30 year old keeper Radek Cerny on loan until 2006 with an option to make the move permanent after that.
  Nottingham Forest have said that they have not received a new offer to buy Andy Reid from Tottenham, despite press speculation to that effect.  The Sun claimed that Spurs were supposed to be offering 4 million after switching their attention away from Wayne Routledge of Crystal Palace.  SCBC are supposed to be battling Spurs for the Irish left winger's services.
  Derby County have said they have not received a bid for young central defender Tom Huddlestone from Spurs.
  The Daily Mirror claims Spurs want to sign former Arsenal keeper Rami Shabaan on a free transfer.
  Spurs Reserves secured a 2-0 win over Norwich Reserves at Carrow Road tonight.  Goals from Simon Davies and Lee Barnard took the points for Tottenham.
  Simon Davies has been named in the Welsh squad to face Hungary next month.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea have signed a 10 year 100 million deal with adidas to supply their kit ... Chelsea beat Man U 2-1 at Old Trafford to go through to meet Liverpool in the League Cup final ...


Tuesday   25.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are being linked with a move for Real Madrid's England captain David Beckham in the Daily Express, who claim Real may well accept a cut-price offer for the player.  The midfielder has been the subject of speculation since new coach Wanderley Luxemburgo took over at the Bernabeu.  Football 365 claim that he has spurned offers from Chelsea and is waiting for Tottenham to make a bid for his services.
  Spurs are also said to have agreed a fee for 21 year old Rotterdam Excelsior forward Mounir El Hamdaoui.  The striker had been on trial with Spurs and the club were discussing personal terms before completing the transfer.  Having played for Holland's Under-21 side, he will not need a work permit, but he has now committed his international future to Morocco.
  The Guardian claim that Spurs have made a 1 million now and 1 million later bid for Derby County's 18 year old central defender Tom Huddlestone.  The England Under-19 international has attracted a lot of attention from Premiership clubs, but Spurs seem to be trying to steal a march by getting in an early bid.
  Sky Sports reckon Spurs are giving a trial to 28 year old former Arsenal keeper Rami Shaaban.  He has told reporters that he has been training with Spurs and would welcome a deal as he still has contacts and an apartment in London.
  Radek Cerny is another player Spurs are keen on.  The Slavia Prague goalkeeper is a player who is expected to be the centre of discussions when the two ENIC run clubs get together over the next couple of days.  The 31 year old has won three Czech caps and would add experienced back-up for Paul Robinson, now that Kasey Keller has left the club.
  Tottenham's FA Youth Cup Fifth Round meeting with Everton will be staged at White Hart Lane on Tuesday 15th February with a 19.00 p.m. kick off.
  Portsmouth winger Lomano LuaLua has been handed an additional one match ban for refusing to leave the pitch after being sent off against Blackburn Rovers.  This means he will miss the game at White Hart Lane on Saturday 5th February.
  It appears that the transfer of Ben Thatcher from Manchester City to Fulham will not now take place after discussions between the two clubs broke down.
  It is our sad news to inform you that Spurs-hating pundit Rodney Marsh has had his Sky Sports contract terminated after an inappropriate joke about the SE Asian tsunami.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal's Kolo Toure has been charged with violent conduct for an elbow in Alan Shearer's back in Sunday's match ... Liverpool reach the League Cup final with a 1-0 win (2-0 on agg.) at Watford.  It should have been us !! ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Jermaine Pennant's loan move to Birmingham City is currently on hold after talks about his current situation crashed.


Monday   24.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are entering into the "Wear something yellow to West Brom" campaign for the FA Cup Fourth Round match on Saturday 29th January at the Hawthorns.  They are knocking 33% off the cost of the yellow third shirt bought in club shops or by mail order (free next day delivery too) especially for the occasion.  Don't forget, if you are going to the game, make your presence known in the Smethwick end by turning it into a sea of yellow.
  Spurs appear to be ready to drop out of negotiations with Crystal Palace for Wayne Routledge.  Spurs increased their offer on Saturday to 2 million, but have been told by the Eagles chairman that it is not enough and that they should significantly increase it if they are interested in buying the 20 year old winger.  Tottenham have put their price on the player's head and will not be drawn into an auction for him.
  Reto Ziegler has had good news from the medical team at White Hart Lane, as his hamstring is not as bad as first thought, meaning he might only be out a time in the region of two weeks.
  The Sun claim that Tottenham and Aston Villa would be interested in Craig Bellamy should he be shown the door at Newcastle United after his last spat with manager Graeme Souness.
  The Dutch media claim that Spurs are looking at Excelsior forward Mounir El Hamdaoui.  The 21 year old has scored eleven goals in fourteen games so far this season for the Rotterdam side.
  In Italy it is claimed that Spurs and SCBC are set to offer 3.5 million for Lazio's Macedonian striker Goran Pandev.
  Former Spurs winger David Ginola has told the press that he turned down the opportunity to return to Tottenham on the coaching staff, but as David Pleat's offer last year was only with the youth team and he thought he should be working with the first team, he did not accept it.
  Tottenham's home game against Coventry City on Monday 28th February has been put back to Wednesday 3rd March with a 7.00 p.m. kick off.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal have been fined 10,000 for using an unregistered agent in the deal to sign Quincy from Ajax and have been given a suspended transfer ban and warned about their future conduct ... Arsenal winger Jermaine Pennant hit a lamp post in Ashley Cole's car yesterday morning and was charged with drunk driving.  He has now joined Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... In the public argument between Graeme Souness and Craig Bellamy of Newcastle United, the striker told his side of the story on Sky Sports News saying "After what he said about me behind my back right in front of my face." !!


Sunday   23.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Mark van Bommel is Martin Jol's target and he wants to sign him before the end of the month according to the People newspaper.
  The Sunday Mirror claim that Aston Villa are ready to make a 5 million bid for Robbie Keane.
  Meanwhile, the News of the World reckon that Keano will be used as bait plus 10 million to tempt Manchester City to part with winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.
  The Sunday Express think that if Chelsea sign Brazilian left-sided player Maxwell, then Spurs and Liverpool will make a move for Wayne Bridge.
  Spurs target Pius Ikedia has supposedly signed a three-year deal with AZ Alkmaar, so say the Sunday Mirror.  The player is owned by Ajax, but it appears his previous agent signed a deal with the Dutch club, although now the Nigerian winger has changed representative and wants to come to Tottenham to play in the Premier League.
  The same newspaper runs a story that both Spurs and Bolton Wanderers are watching West Bromwich Albion keeper Russell Hoult.
  Buscan Icons Australian winger Ahmad Elrich, previously linked with a move to Tottenham, is being said to be interested in moving to Crystal Palace as a replacement for Wayne Routledge.
  Contrary to some reports, Reto Ziegler has said that he is not homesick in London and that having his mother with him and living close to Spurs Lodge allows him to concentrate on his football.  However, he suffered a hamstring pull yesterday in the Crystal Palace match and could be out for 2-6 weeks.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Saturday   22.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-3 at Selhurst Park today to Crystal Palace.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
  Everton are keen to tempt Simon Davies away to Goodison Park, should Spurs succeed in signing Wayne Routledge from Crystal Palace for 1.5 million.  A problem might still be the 5 million Tottenham will want for the Welsh midfielder.
  Spurs Under-18s lost 0-1 to Watford at Spurs Lodge this morning.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Former Leeds United chairman Trevor Birch has urged the Elland Road club's fans to "embrace" the latest replacement Ken Bates.  Let's hope that when they all join hands they can get to join up around him.


Friday   21.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  There is a major move to "Wear something yellow to West Brom" on Saturday 29th January for the FA Cup Fourth Round match.  The idea is to make the Tottenham presence obvious by all wearing something yellow ... and it does not have to be an away shirt, but anything yellow to make a splash of colour that our players will see as a mass of supporters.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Spurs will be without aductor muscle victim Fredi Kanoute and suspended Michael Brown.  Sean Davis, Simon Davies, Thimothee Atouba and Rohan Ricketts are all still injured or not match fit yet.
  CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS : - Joonas Kolkke is fit again after a rib injury and Michael Hughes and Danny Granville both return from suspension.  Aki Riihilahti is still out with a calf injury and 
  Chelsea have been told to scrap their idea of resurrecting the London Seniors Cup tournament from 100 years ago for the opening of their centenary season.  The idea was for Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Fulham to take part in a competition at Stamford Bridge at the end of July, but the threat of crowd trouble has put the West London club off the idea now.
  Spurs are expected to offer midfielder Rohan Ricketts an extension to his contract in the next few weeks.
  Former Spurs defender Ben Thatcher has signed a four and a half year contract with Fulham after having to leave Manchester City for personal reasons, as he had his house broken into twice and his family could not settle there.
  Former Spurs defender Mark Arber has completed a move to Peterborough United as a free agent.
  For a preview of tomorrow's game at Crystal Palace, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Micky Adams has been named as the new Coventry City manager ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsenal will wear redcurrant coloured shirts in their last season at Highbury (2005-2006).  These are the same colour as when they first played at the ground in 1913 and bear the colour of the bad South London blood they brought with them from Woolwich, which keenly awaits their return to their spiritual home.  Arsenal historians have found that the white sleeves were not introduced until 1925.  If anybody knows the whereabouts of the white sleeves during the intervening twelve years, the club would be interested in any information you could provide.


Thursday   20.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have lodged a 1.5 million bid with Crystal Palace for 20 year old winger Wayne Routledge.  Manager Iain Dowie has said that "it is not a goer" but if he is in possession of all the facts and the bid is right for his club, then Palace will sell as he will lose the player to a tribunal set fee at the end of the season.  Palace believe they have an idea of the price the tribunal would set and seem to want that much before they will consider selling.
  The deal for Roma striker Mido looks likely to be a loan until the end of the season and having an option to make the deal permanent.
  Before Spurs expressed interest in Mido, they made an enquiry about Chelsea's on loan striker Carlton Cole, with some reports claiming Tottenham had a 2 million offer turned down.
  Fredi Kanoute and Thimothee Atouba will both most likely miss the game at Crystal Palace on Saturday.  Kanoute's hamstring has cleared up, but he has an aductor muscle injury, while Atouba's knee knock keeps him out again.

  OTHER NEWS ... Former Chelsea chairman Ken bates is involved in one of three consortiums bidding to save Leeds United from the administrators ... Chelsea have struck a shirt deal and it has cost the 24 million.  The West London club have bought out their current deal with Umbro, as they need a supplier with a world-wide reputation ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Chelsea have struck a shirt deal and it has cost the 24 million.  The West London club have bought out their current deal with Umbro, as they need a supplier with a world-wide reputation.  I am not sure that Mr. Abramovich has got the hang of this football thing yet.  He can afford it though !!


Wednesday   19.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs Under-18s beat Liverpool 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after their FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tie ended 1-1.  They will now entertain Everton at White Hart Lane in the Fifth Round.  Andy Barcham scored the Tottenham goal.
  Egyptian striker Mido is the subject of transfer talks by Spurs.  The Roma and former Ajax forward is 21 and has been unsettled at not being a regular part of the Roma side since his summer move there.
  Crystal Palace claim that there have been no firm bids for young winger Wayne Routledge.

  OTHER NEWS ... Manchester United beat Exeter City 2-0 at St. James Park ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Tuesday   18.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are said to be preparing a 1.5 million bid for Crystal Palace winger Wayne Routledge.  Two other Premier League clubs are in for the nippy wide-man according to the London Evening Standard.  One of them is Birmingham City.
  The Daily Express has us down as being after Shaun Wright-Phillips with 17 million being mooted as the price to be paid.
  Portuguese striker Edson Silva Sousa has gone to Heart of Midlothian on trial.
  Spurs Reserves drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace tonight, with Lee Barnard scoring the Spurs goal from the penalty spot.

  OTHER NEWS ... Everton and Middlesbrough have been charged by the FA with failing to control their players, 21 of whom were involved in a melee in Sunday's match ... Aston Villa have been found guilty of making an illegal approach for SCBC's James Beattie before he moved to Everton ... Rushden and Diamonds manager Ernie Tippett has had his contract terminated ... Burnley achieve what Spurs couldn't in the league Cup by knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Roy Keane has said that if he had paid to watch Manchester United's FA Cup Third round tie against Exeter City, he would have asked for his money back.  The prawn sandwiches were not to his liking !!


Monday   17.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Noe Pamarot has hit out at Arjen Robben for diving during Saturday's Premier League match at White Hart Lane.  The French full back said that the Dutchman was a great player, but he was throwing himself all game and that Smertin won the penalty with the referee being the only one in the ground who thought it was a penalty.

  OTHER NEWS ... The FA will not investigate the Wayne Rooney goal celebration on Saturday at Anfield ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Sunday   16.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sunday Mirror claims that Birmingham City have pinpointed Michael Brown as a replacement for Blackburn Rovers bound Robbie Savage, although The People newspaper reckon it will be Steve Sidwell of Reading.  Sky Sports claim that Steve Bruce has a replacement lined up and will announce the move on Monday afternoon.
  The People claim Spurs have made a 1.5 million bid for Crystal Palace winger Wayne Routledge.
  Aston Villa claim that loan striker Carlton Cole will be staying with them after rumours about Tottenham's interest started yesterday.
  The Republic of Ireland hoped to be able to select young Spurs midfielder Dean Marney, but his ancestral link is through his great-grandfather and not grandfather, thus rendering him ineligible to represent the Irish side.

  OTHER NEWS ... Dunfermline Athletic will rip up their plastic pitch at the end of the season and seek to find a more natural grass substitute ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Commenting on the mobile phone that flew from the crowd at Wayne Rooney celebrating his goal at the Kop end, Merseyside Police have said that had been an incident of something thrown from the crowd, but they were not sure if it was connected.


Saturday   15.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-2 to Chelsea at White Hart Lane today.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  Jermain Defoe has said just because he now has the same agent as a former Spurs player who walked out on the club, it does not mean he will do the same.  He said that talks about a new contract have been held, but he wants to concentrate on his football at the moment
  Keeper Kasey Keller has left Tottenham to join Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach on a one and a half year contract.
  The Guardian claim that Tottenham are in talks with Chelsea about buying striker Carlton Cole.
  Spurs under-18s drew 1-1 with Birmingham City away this morning, with Charlie Lee scoring the Tottenham goal.

  OTHER NEWS ... Trouble flared at the Championship meeting between Leeds and Cardiff ... 


Friday   14.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Martin Jol has been named the Barclaycard Premiership Manager of the Month for December 2004.
  Frank Arnesen has confirmed that Spurs opened contract talks with Jermain Defoe two months ago and they are keen to keep the club's best players.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Fredi Kanoute might be fit for selection after training this week following recovery from his hamstring tear.
  CHELSEA TEAM NEWS : -  Mourinho has an injury doubt over Tiago, but apart from Carvalho and Parker, he has a huge squad to choose from.
  Head Coach Martin Jol told the London Evening Standard that he had received enquiries about most of the players in the first team squad except Jermain Defoe and Ledley King, because he thought they would prove too expensive for potential purchasers.
  Canadian midfielder Julian de Guzman has said he will leave Hannover 96 and says that Deportivo La Coruna and Spurs are interested in signing him.  The 23 year old says he would love to play in the Premiership, making Spurs favourites should they follow up their interest.

  OTHER NEWS ... Steven Gerrard was named Player of the Month for December ... Leeds United might face administration following the collapse of the Sainsbury take-over bid ...


Thursday   13.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Martin Jol has said he is looking at three compatriots for a midfield berth, with Mark van Bommel (PSV) and Ajax's Wesley Sneijders and Rafael van der Vaart the prime targets.
  Tottenham FA Cup Fourth Round tie at the Hawthorns will be staged on Saturday 29th January with a 3.00 p.m. kick off.
  Simon Davies has been given the go-ahead to resume training after suffering with a debilitating viral condition for six weeks.
  Andrei Shevchenko reckons that when Sergei Rebrov came to Tottenham, they were not a big enough club for him to join and that is why he did not do well at Spurs.  The European Footballer of the Year claimed that Tottenham were one of the clubs who wanted to buy him from Dynamo Kiev, but he never considered a move to White Hart Lane.
  Spurs are among a welter of clubs watching Brescia striker Andrea Caracciolo.  The 23 year old has attracted a lot of interest from Barcelona, Arsenal, Celtic and SCBC are all keeping tabs on the 6 million rated forward.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sebastien Sainsbury's take over bid for Leeds United has collapsed once more ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Wednesday   12.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs and Nottingham Forest are said to have made 4 million bids for Nottingham Forest's Andy Reid, but the struggling Championship club want 4.5 million says the Sun.  However, the Mirror reckons that Spurs will complete the 4.5 million signing of the 22 year old winger in the next couple of days, having had a bid accepted a few days ago.
  The Daily Mail has the most bizarre story of the day, with Spurs allegedly ready to re-sign former keeper Ian Walker from Leicester City, with Kasey Keller leaving for Borussia Moenchengladbach.
  Yugoslavian striker Danijel Ljuboja is tempting Tottenham to buy him from Paris St. Germain.  The 26 year old forward has been talked about as a makeweight in a deal with Marseilles, but could be set to leave the club in a big money move.
  Shay Given, Kevin Kilbane and Robbie Keane have been short-listed for the FAI Player of the Year award.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea drew 0-0 with Manchester United in the League Cup semi-final first leg ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Charlton Athletic have been accused of targeting Gillingham fans in a new campaign that will include a coach service from the Medway area to the Valley.  The Addicks' 'Target 40,000' campaign might not be well aimed at Gillingham, who have an average crowd of around 8,000.

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Wigan Athletic might have to play behind closed doors if they do not resolve a pay dispute with Greater Manchester Police.  They get charged more than surrounding clubs for policing of their games and this amounts to three times as much as some of the other clubs in their vicinity.


Tuesday   11.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  21 year old Roma striker Mido claims that both Spurs and SCBC are interested in taking him from Serie A.  The Egyptian forward claims both clubs are willing to give him an opportunity to play first team football and his move to AS Roma for 3.9 million from Marseilles will not prevent him moving again, as it will be a second transfer within 12 months, but he will be moving to another country, which is permitted.
  In the injury round-up on the official site it is reported that Rohan Ricketts has a medial ligament injury (picked up in training on Friday) that might keep him out for four weeks, Fredi Kanoute may get over his hamstring tear by Saturday and Thimothee Atouba will be two weeks off returning from his knee ligament damage.  Sean Davis and Simon Davies are both looking at the end of January before they are ready to return.
  It is reported that Spurs transfer target Crystal Palace winger Wayne Routledge has turned down the new contract offered to him by the struggling South London club.
  Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren has been warned about his future conduct after coming onto the White Hart Lane pitch to confront the referee in the Premier League match against Spurs back in November.
  Former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton has extended his contract at Birmingham City.

  OTHER NEWS ... Liverpool and Everton have told the North West Development Agency that they don't want to ground share ... Heart of Midlothian have said they will not sell Tynecastle and will stay at their home ground for the foreseeable future ... Liverpool beat Watford 1-0 in the League Cup semi-final first leg ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Jens Lehmann had dropped  huge hint that he will be leaving Arsenal


Monday   10.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have been drawn away to West Bromwich Albion in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.
  Reports indicate that Tottenham are planning to double Jermain Defoe's wages to try and ward off potential predatory clubs who wish to snap up the striker.
  Norwich City have signed Crewe Alexandra striker Dean Ashton, who was a reported target for Spurs, for 3 million.
  Spurs Reserves crashed 0-5 to SCBC reserves at Stevenage Borough tonight.  For a match report, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Gary Megson has been appointed as manager of Nottingham Forest ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Sunday   09.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chelsea are reported in the News of the World to be ready to offer Spurs Mateja Kezman plus 10 million for Jermain Defoe.
  Spurs and Arsenal are supposedly watching the situation of midfielder Neil Lennon of Celtic.
  Celtic have expressed surprise that they have made a bid for central defender Dean Richards.  The club said that Richards' agent contacted them and they decided not to take it any further.
  Former Spurs defender Mbulelo "OJ" Mabizela is set to rejoin his former club Orlando Pirates.
  Birmingham City owner David Sullivan, who has been linked with a buy-in at Tottenham in the last few months, hit out at Blackburn Rovers' tactics over the interest in Robbie Savage.  Sullivan put it down to the naivety of new manager Mark Hughes and the "bitterness of his assistant Mark Bowen who left Birmingham on extremely bad terms."  Bowen was formerly a Spurs defender and assistant coach with Hughes for the Welsh national side.  Is Sullivan a man we would want in charge at our club ??

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...


Saturday   08.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 in the FA Cup Third Round at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  Match reaction to follow.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have finally lost it.  After admitting that the ball was over the goal-line from Pedro Mendes' shot on Tuesday, the Man U manager said today that he apologised for the side's worst FA Cup performance in his 18 years at the club in their 0-0 draw at home to Exeter City. 


Friday   07.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Sky Sports website reports that Fredi Kanoute is interesting Barcelona, although they have not contacted Tottenham yet about the Mail striker.  The Spanish side are said to be keen on the forward, who is rated at 6 million, but might seek to take him on loan first.
  The Daily Mirror reckons that Spurs are once more tracking Nottingham Forest's Irish winger Andy Reid at 3 million (2 million if you read the Daily Express; 4 million in the Daily Mail), but Forest manager Mick Harford said that his club had not been contacted by Tottenham.
  Tottenham may rekindle their interest in Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker after another signing at Chelsea pushed him back down the line.  Aston Villa and Everton have also been alerted to the situation should the England man decide to move on.
  Spurs central defender Dean Richards has said in the Daily Mail that he was offered the opportunity to talk to SCBC about a return to the New Dell, but declined the offer as the move was not the right on for him.  He has also heard that Celtic are interested in his services, but also doubts that the move will suit him as it is his wish to stay in the Premier League.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - 
Thimothee Atouba misses the FA Cup tie with Brighton with his foot injury and Fredi Kanoute has a hamstring injury that rules him out too.  Michael Carrick picked up a calf problem at Old Trafford and Michael Brown is doubtful as he still carries his groin strain.  Jermain Defoe may be back in the Tottenham squad, where he will join Stephen Kelly who has completed his come back from a knee ligament strain.
  BRIGHTON TEAM NEWS : - There are no new injury concerns for manager Mark McGhee and he has been given permission by Millwall to play Mark McCammon in attack.
  Former Spurs midfielder Darren Caskey looks set to sing for non-league Bath City after being released by Peterborough United.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...


Thursday   06.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are being linked with a move for Rennes' 21 year old defensive midfielder Etienne Didot, who is out of contract in the summer.  Atletico Madrid will also monitor his situation.
  Martin Jol has told Soccernet that the bid the club made for Dean Ashton was five months ago when Jacques Santini arrived.  However, he did say that Spurs were watching two or three players in the Championship, including a very good player Jol watched himself last week.
  The Sun think that Spurs will sign Chelsea defender Glen Johnson and that Noe Pamarot will join SCBC.  However, the Chelsea defender's agent has denied that Spurs have made an approach for his client.  Jol confirmed that SCBC had made an enquiry about the French full-back, but as yet nothing had come of it.
  The same paper claim that former Spurs Director of Football David Pleat is on the shortlist for the Nottingham Forest manager's job.
  Martin Jol has said that Roy Carroll would be stupid to admit that the ball went over the line in Tuesday's game at Old Trafford.  The Spurs Head Coach told the media that he did not know what was in the goalkeeper's mind, he imagines that he was trying to keep the ball out of the goal.
  Spurs reserve keeper Rob Burch has gone on loan to Stevenage Borough until the end of March.
  Martin Jol has said on the official Spurs site that Jermain Defoe is recovering from his knee swelling and may be available for the FA Cup tie against Brighton on Saturday.
  Brighton fans are being urged to all wear their yellow away shirts to the game on Saturday to show their support for the team, with the strip being reduced to half price for the game.  For a preview of our FA Cup tie on Saturday, click here.
  Spurs reserve midfielder Mark Hughes has had an offer from Oldham Athletic and the club are waiting to see how the Northern Ireland Under-21 international views the deal. 
  Former Spurs striker Les Ferdinand had joined Reading until the end of the season.
  Former Spurs reserve midfielder David Lee has gone on trial at Kidderminster Harriers. 

  OTHER NEWS ... Peter Reid has been sacked as Coventry City manager ... Clinton Morrison is on a FA charge for pushing over Bolton's Nicky Hunt ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Wednesday   05.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are being linked with 6 million rated Lazio striker Goran Pandev.  The Macedonian forward is also wanted by Barcelona and Liverpool.
  Noe Pamarot has said that he has no interest in joining SCBC, even though rumours continue to circulate about him moving to the New Dell.
  Glenn Hoddle wants to sign Dean Richards as his first purchase at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  Calum Davenport limped off injured in the second half of his SCBC debut against Fulham tonight.
  Spurs target, Feyenoord striker Thomas Buffell, has signed for Glasgow Rangers.

  OTHER NEWS ... There is only one big news story today ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The FA have said that there is a case for TV evidence in controversial decisions in football matches.  Mr. Venables was unavailable for comment tonight.


Tuesday   04.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 0-0 with Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight.  For a match report click here and for reaction click here.
  Tottenham have released Jamie Redknapp to join SCBC.  The struggling Premiership club have taken over the last six months of Redknapp's contract with a view to extending it should they survive the drop.  Club captain Jamie was offered the opportunity to stay on as a coach, but he said that he felt he still had some football in him and wanted to play for his father once he heard of SCBC's offer.  Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said of Redknapp,
"Jamie has been an outstanding ambassador for our club.  He proved to be an excellent club captain with his positive attitude and fostering of team spirit.  We would like to thank Jamie and wish him well at Southampton."
  With Redknapp leaving the club, Ledley King has been appointed club captain.


Monday   03.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Calum Davenport is waiting to receive clearance from the Premier League tomorrow to go on loan to SCBC until the end of the season.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs have injury doubts over Michael Brown (groin), Jermain Defoe (knee) and Fredi Kanoute (hamstring).  Dean Marney keeps his place in the squad and travels North with Phil Ifil and Mark Yeates, who link up with the squad.

  OTHER NEWS ... Jamie Carragher has lashed out at the decisions made by ref Mike Riley in Liverpool's game against Chelsea at the weekend and may well receive a call from the FA with a disrepute charge ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsene Wenger thinks Spanish coach Luis Aragones should be punished after his most recent offensive comments about his players.  While we agree with the Arsenal manager, it is nice to see his eyesight is good enough to read the comments, but still does not extend to things that happen on the pitch.


Sunday   02.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It's that time of year and the transfer rumour mill hits top speed.
  Jermain Defoe is said to have sacked his agents and this means he will be joining Chelsea or Barcelona or so say the News of the World.  That is surely the only sensible conclusion that can be drawn from that piece of news !!
  The story is a bit odd if you believe what is written in the Mail on Sunday, who claim Spurs have offered to quadruple Defoe's wages to keep him at the club.
  The same paper reports that Spurs are to make bids for Anderlecht's Swedish midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson and the Fulham winger, Frenchman Steed Malbranque.
  Calum Davenport is a supposed target for SCBC according to the Sunday People, but I can't see a) why he would want to go there and b) that Spurs would sell him.  If you believe all the paper, then Hangdog 'arry will be signing most of the Premiership players who are (or are not) available.
  The Sunday Express claim that David Pleat may soon be back in management at West Ham United.
  Former Spurs striker Les Ferdinand has triggered a clause in his contract and will leave Bolton Wanderers to look for a club in the South of England because he was not offered a contract extension.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne is in hospital with suspected pneumonia.
  For a preview of the Manchester United match, click here.


  OTHER NEWS ... James Beattie has agreed terms with Everton after turning down the chance to join Aston Villa ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Norwich City goalkeeper Robert Green has offered to sacrifice himself and be sold if it means it will help him stay in the Premiership.  Oh, sorry, that should have read "help them stay in the Premiership."


Saturday   01.01.2005   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR VISITORS.
  Spurs beat Everton 5-2 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Match reaction to follow.
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  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

 

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