White Hot Lines

January 2007

Wednesday 31.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham lost to Arsenal 1-3 after extra time in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final tonight.  The score after 90 minutes was 1-1.  Match report and reaction to follow.
   TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY.  Here we go again and here are all the moves that HAVE taken place.  Reto Ziegler has moved to Italian side Sampdoria on loan until the end of the season and Leicester City have taken Mark Yeates on a similar arrangement.
   Ahead of the transfer deadline, Spurs were being linked with all nature of players.  4 million for Marlon Harewood was the most worrying.  Surely we would be better off keeping Mido, who was being touted as moving to anywhere between Celta Vigo and Manchester City.  He must think the light blue shirt makes him look slim.  Not content with spending money on strange signings, Teddy Sheringham was lined up for a return to White Hart Lane for the third time as a stand-in for Berbatov.  Hardly fits in with snapping up the best of young English talent does it.  but that goes for Harewood too.  Young Welsh talent will also not be coming to the Lane, as Gareth Bale wants to stay at SCBC.  Well, his advisors want him to stay at SCBC until the summer, when no doubt he will move to Manchester United.

  OTHER NEWS ... the Dubai consortium who wanted to buy Liverpool have withdrawn their offer ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Tuesday 30.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Edgar Davids has left Spurs to re-join Ajax, his first club.  The Spurs midfielder has signed an 18 month contract.
   Rob Burch has joined Barnet on a 26 day loan to cover for their goalkeepers, both of whom are injured.
   Daniel Levy has said that Tottenham will give Gareth Bale all the time he needs to make his decision about a transfer to White Hart Lane.
Ledley King is ruled out with his foot injury and Spurs will call upon either Ricardo Rocha or Anthony Gardner to play alongside Michael DawsonDimitar Berbatov is out with a groin injury, but Mido should be over his back muscle problem to stand in up front.
Two goal first leg hero Julio Baptista has a groin strain and is doubtful for the second leg.  Emmanuel Eboue is troubled with an ankle injury and Johan Djourou with a hamstring pull, but Brazilian midfielder Gilberto is available again after completing a three-match suspension.
   The FA Cup Fifth round tie away at Fulham will be televised by SkyTV and the match will kick off at 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 18th February.

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Monday 29.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have been drawn away to Fulham in the FA Cup Fifth Round.  The game will take place on the weekend of 17/18 February.
   Feyenoord's appeal to the Court of Sport Arbitration will be heard and a decision given by 9th February at the latest ... just six days before the first leg of the tie is due to be played.
   Tottenham's away game against Chelsea on Saturday April 7th has been brought forward to a 12.45 p.m. kick off to be screened on Sky's PremPlus pay-per-view service.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs will sign Derby County's promising youngster Giles Barnes for 3 million on transfer deadline day.  The 18 year old midfielder may well be loaned back to the Rams for the remainder of the season.
   It is reported that Ledley King will have a scan on his injured foot with concerns that it might be a broken bone in his foot rather than just bruising.
   At the Spurs AGM, chairman Daniel Levy said that the club are always looking at ways to expand capacity, whether that be by extending White Hart Lane or moving to a new ground.  However, the top man at Spurs did add that any decision would not have a negative effect on the financial stability of the club.

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Sunday 28.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sunday People run a report that Tottenham want to re-sign striker Peter Crouch from Liverpool.  Having agreed to sell Mido to Manchester City (where chairman John Wardle is paying out of his own pocket for the striker), Spurs have decided that the tall England front man is the player they want to lead the line.  The same newspaper reckons that Edgar Davids and Martin Jol had to be pulled apart in a training ground bust-up that signalled the end of the Dutch midfielder's career at White Hart Lane.  Other front men being touted as possible signings should we fail to secure Crouch are Everton's James Beattie for 4.5 million (!!) according to the News of the World and Aston Villa's Juan Pablo Angel.  Former Spurs defender Colin Calderwood wants to take striker Mark Yeates on loan until the end of the season, the News of the World tell us.  Meanwhile back to the Gareth Bale transfer saga, the Mail on Sunday claim that his club have given him 72 hours to decide what he intends to do.  The Sunday Mirror have news that Newcastle United are dropping out of the race to sign Derby County youngster Giles Barnes, leaving Liverpool and Everton in the picture, but Spurs are thought to be the favourites.  However, it is thoguht that the deal will not be done until the summer, as the Rams are keen to push for promotion to the Premier League.  The Mirror also reckon that the search for a left winger will end with a bid for Celta Vigo's Brazilian Nene.
   Ledley King appears to be out of Wednesday's League Cup semi-final as he has had pain in his bruised foot and will undergo another scan on it before the medical team decide what further treatment he might need.

  OTHER NEWS ... Stuart Pearce has taken the part-time job of England U21 manager ...

Saturday 27.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Southend United 3-1 at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup Fourth Round this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.
   The Sun reckon that Tottenham are confident of signing Gareth Bale for 10 million before Wednesday's transfer deadline, but will be loaning him back to SCBC for the rest of the season.  Even Alex Ferguson has admitted that the structured deal that they wanted to offer SCBC might give Tottenham the advantage in signing the left back.  Over at the Daily Mirror, they claim that Edgar Davids has fallen out with Martin Jol and that is why he is on his way to Ajax.  The Daily Mail's Tottenham story has the club down as being favourites to sign
QPR's England U-16 midfielder Dean Parrett ahead of Chelsea, who showed great interest in the youngster.

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Friday 26.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Feyenoord have put in an appeal to the Court of Sports Arbitration in Switzerland against their expulsion from the UEFA Cup for crowd trouble earlier in the competition.
   The Daily Mirror runs a story claiming that Manchester City are ready to offer Sylvain Distin plus 3 million for MidoEdgar Davids is supposedly in talks with Ajax about a move back to his home country on an 18 month deal.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Dimitar Berbatov will miss tomorrow's FA Cup tie with a groin injury, but new signing Ricardo Rocha is expected to start alongside Michael Dawson, as Ledley King is still out injured.  Jermaine Jenas returns to the squad after overcoming an ankle injury and Paul Stalteri is also available, but Teemu Tainio is still out and Anthony Gardner is struggling with a shin problem, while Tom Huddlestone is hopeful of getting over an ankle knock he picked up on Wednesday's game.
   Young Irish striker Terry Dixon has signed professional forms with the club.

  OTHER NEWS ... Michel Platini has won the election to be UEFA President over Lennart Johannssen ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Luton Town and QPR have been charged with not controlling their players after a brawl in their FA Cup Third Round match ...  ...

Thursday 25.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have received a bye from UEFA in the Round of 32 because of Feyenoord's expulsion from the competition after their fans rioted at a group game with Nancy of France.  The bye is subject to the Dutch club's appeal against the decision though.
   Derby County want Tottenham banned from the transfer market because they claim they are due a payment of 150,000 for part of the deal for Tom Huddlestone, but Spurs reckon that there was a agreement to waive the payment for the Rams taking Mounir El Hamdaoui on loan.  However, there appears to be no written record of this agreement.  The club issued a statement on the official website saying the amount was 50,000 and was involved in payments over the loan of El Hamdaoui, but both parties were trying to resolve the issue.  Guess that means we won't be getting Giles Barnes then ??
   Some papers claim that Tottenham are favourites to sign SCBC's 17 year old Welsh left back Gareth Bale, but might have to wait until the end of the season.  He has had two days of talks with Spurs and seems to be set to have a regular first team place next season with a sliding scale salary, whereas he might not get that at Manchester United, while Arsenal are said to be entering the race for the Welsh international.  Some reports claim that Tottenham might sign him now and loan him back to SCBC until the end of the season, while others say he will not leave until the summer anyway.  Celta Vigo are telling the media that Tottenham are trying to sell Mido, but the price is one they cannot afford, so they might take him on loan.  This follows reports yesterday that Manchester City are interested in the Egyptian striker.
Spurs legend Steve Perryman will be signing copies of "The Spurs Miscellany" at Waterstones in Bluewater Shopping Centre from 11.30 a.m. on Saturday, January 27th.  The full address is: Waterstones, West Village, Greenhithe, Bluewater DA9 9SE.  If people can't make the signing, they can telephone the shop on 01322 624 831 and pre-order a dedicated, signed copy.
   Former Spurs winger and now Crystal Palace manager Peter Taylor has resigned as England Under-21 manager, as he wishes to dedicate more time to his job at Selhurst Park.
   What is it with opposition players and managers abusing referees when we play them ?? Chris Coleman is the latest to receive an FA charge for using insulting and abusive language at referee Mike Dean in last Saturday's game at Craven Cottage.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Manchester United are furious over a spy plane which has been flying over their training ground.  The club think that the people behind the hiring of the plane are trying to find out exactly who supplies the pies for Wayne Rooney.

Wednesday 24.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham drew 2-2 with Arsenal at White Hart Lane tonight in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final.  For a match report, click here and for reaction click here.
   Manchester City are interested in signing Spurs striker Mido and Tottenham would be looking for a 3 million fee for the Egyptian.  The Daily Star claim Sam Allardyce is lining up a 1.5 million offer for Anthony Gardner
   UEFA are to make an announcement tomorrow about the fate of Tottenham round of 32 match in the UEFA Cup.
   Former Spurs midfielder Simon Davies has left Everton to join Fulham.

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Tuesday 23.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs completed the signing of Portuguese defender Ricardo Rocha today for a fee believed to be in the region of 3.3 million. 
   Martin Jol is reported to have been in talks with SCBC's 17 year old left back Gareth Bale after a 10 million bid by Tottenham was accepted. 
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Ledley King will be missing after a set-back in his comeback from his foot injury, while Edgar Davids, Jermaine Jenas, Paul Stalteri and Mido are all back in training, but unavailable for the semi-final first leg with Arsenal.  Teemu Tainio is also out as yesterday it was announced he has an ankle problem.
   ARSENAL TEAM NEWS : - Robin van Persie will be missing from the Arsenal squad with a fractured foot.

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea won through to the League Cup final with a 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers to go through 5-1 on aggregate ...

Monday 22.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs are believed to have reached an agreement with Benfica to sign central defender Ricardo Rocha for 3.3 million, according to some reports.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Midfielder Teemu Tainio will miss out on playing the semi-final of the league Cup against Arsenal, as he will be sidelined for ten days after limping off at Fulham with an ankle injury and will probably be replaced by Didier Zokora.
   Spurs Reserves beat Arsenal Reserves 3-0 at Barnet FC tonight, with goals from Mark Yeates, Jamie O'Hara and Kieran McKenna.
   If anyone can help out a fellow Spurs fan from the North Wales/Chester area with a lift for Wednesday's match against Arsenal, please click here.
   For the latest reports on the Spurs Ladies teams, click here.

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Sunday 21.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs are awaiting a decision from Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira to find out if they can sign central defender Ricardo Rocha for 3.3 million.  The fee has been agreed and Tottenham will play two friendlies in the Stadium of Light as part of the agreement, but have to wait for the nod from Vieira to clinch the four year deal for the 28 year old, which involved Damien Comolli and Ronnie Rosenthal.  Tottenham are also supposedly interested in bringing Newcastle United winger Damien Duff to White Hart Lane for 7 million according to the Sunday People, with the Magpies being tempted to sell to raise cash to buy new players

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Robin van Persie of Arsenal will be out for eight weeks after fracturing one of his metatarsals in yesterday's match against Manchester United.  However, it was not the result of a heavy tackle on the diving Dutchman, but an injury sustained when celebrating his goal.  lOl !!

Saturday 20.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs drew 1-1 with Fulham at Craven Cottage this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
   AS Roma are set to open up discussions with Tottenham about the transfer of full back Young-Pyo Lee, after a deal fell through in the summer and Sky Sports believe that Spurs want to include a swap in the deal that would bring former Everton loanee Matteo Ferrari to White Hart Lane..

  OTHER NEWS ... Darren Ferguson has been announced as the new player-manager of Peterborough United ...

Friday 19.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Following a UEFA appeal against the suspended sentence of two games behind closed doors for Feyenoord's fans rioting in a group game against Nancy has resulted in the Dutch Eredivisie team being thrown out of the competition.  Having been drawn against Spurs in the round of 32, a decision will be made on Monday as to whether Tottenham will receive a bye or have to play the fourth placed team in Feyenoord's group.
   The Daily Mirror claim that Martin Jol had made a 2.5 million offer for Benfica's Ricardo Rocha (with Sky Sports website saying it is nearer 3.2 million) and is also after Birmingham City's Matthew Upson and West Bromwich Albion's Curtis Davies to replace Calum Davenport.  They report that Daniel Levy is in Lisbon trying to tie up the deal before the end of the weekend.  The Mirror also reckon that Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has made a 3 million bid for Teemu Tainio.  Spurs are said to be one of a host of clubs interested in 16 year old James McCarthy of Hamilton Academicals.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -   With Ledley King missing, Spurs are likely to line up with Anthony Gardner alongside Michael Dawson in defence.  Jermaine Jenas is still missing, as are Mido and Paul Stalteri, both still injured.  Edgar Davids may be ruled out with a groin injury to add to a bout of influenza he is suffering with.
Defenders Zat Knight and Ian Pearce have both recovered from injury to face Tottenham, but goalkeeper Antti Niemi will still be missing for the Cottagers.  The West London side will also be without winger Wayne Routledge, as he is unable to play against his own club while on loan at Fulham.  New US signing Clint Dempsey is lacking match fitness, so will not feature.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... It has been reported that the LA Galaxy players resent the MSL club's new signing David Beckham.  It has nothing to do at all with the reported 128 million five year deal that he has signed, but the fact that he has such luscious hair.

Thursday 18.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Calum Davenport signed for West Ham United today for an undisclosed fee, believed in the media to be around 3 million.  The central defender claims he would not have left Tottenham for any other club.
   Spurs have been linked with a move for Brazilian winger Nene of Celta Vigo, although the La Liga club want 6.6 million for him.  Mido is being linked to Celta Vigo and may be involved in a swap deal for Nene, while Martin Jol says he won't pay too much for Ashley Young, although the club are interested in him, but some reports claim Watford want him loaned back to them for the rest of the season if he does join Tottenham.  Late reports claim that Aston Villa had a bid accepted for the player.  Fulham manager Chris Coleman wants to make Wayne Routledge a permanent signing at Craven Cottage, but said he would not have his pants pulled down by Spurs over a fee for the flying winger.  Coleman also seems keen to manage Spurs as, referring to Tottenham's clause in the deal to take him back in January should a permanent deal not be forthcoming, he added, "
If they are going to take him back and play him, that is fair enough.  But I'd be disappointed if they take him back and he's not in the squad. What's the point of that ?"  The point is, he is our player and not yours ... that's what.
   The row with Arsenal over the League Cup semi-final ticket allocation has been decided by the Football League.  Having requested that Arsenal find a way of accommodating Spurs supporters in 12.2% of the stadium capacity, the Highbury club could not find it in themselves to do so and thus the percentage for each side's fans has been reduced to 8%

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Wednesday 17.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Cardiff City 4-0 in a FA Cup Third Round replay at White Hart Lane tonight.  For a match report, click here.
   Spurs are being linked with a 10 million move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards after Chelsea were believed to have cooled their interest in the England Under-21 international, but he seems to want to stay at Eastlands.  Across Manchester, United's Argentinian defender Gabriel Heinze is also a 5 million target for Spurs, Valencia and Juventus, but this might only come about if United sign another Spurs target - Gareth Bale of SCBC.  Apparently, Edgar Davids is not impressed by Charlton Athletic's interest in signing him, so say the Independent.  The Daily Express has West Ham United looking at Anthony Gardner and Calum Davenport as options to shore up their shaky defence.  Spurs have meanwhile been linked with a move for Benfica's 28 year-old defender Ricardo Rocha, who would cost 4.6 million.  The Daily Telegraph reiterate Ashley Young's desire to join Spurs, having knocked back Aston Villa as well as West Ham United.  The boy obviously doesn't wear claret well !!
The Reserve team were scheduled to play a league match away to Aston Villa on Tuesday 10th April, but the game has been moved to Wednesday 11th April with a 7.00 p.m. kick-off.

  OTHER NEWS ... Micky Adams was sacked as manager of Coventry City today ...

Tuesday 16.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   While the Times believes that Spurs are cooling their interest and won't pay more than 7 million, Ashley Young is apparently holding out for a move to Tottenham (despite being an Arsenal fan), according to the Independent, who claim that Wayne Routledge and Calum Davenport will move (plus a cash balance - 2 million if you read the Guardian) to Vicarage Road in return [It is interesting to note that Ashley Young's representative is Ricky Hill, who was a Spurs youth coach and is regularly seen down the Lane].  However, the Sun have Davenport making a move to the Midlands as part of a deal to bring Giles Barnes to White Hart Lane from Derby County that would see the Rams take 2 million along with the centre-half.  The Guardian report that Spurs would want to sign a new central defender before letting Calum go and they think that the transfer speculation over Curtis Davies is all talk.  Brazilian Celta Vigo left winger Nene is a target for Tottenham the Daily Mail tell us.
   As Arsenal are unable to provide an adequate ticket allocation for Tottenham fans in line with the Football League's requirements for the League Cup competition, despite having a brand new stadium, Spurs have been advised by the Police, that for safety reasons, they cannot offer the Highbury club a full entitlement at White Hart Lane.  As the dispute over ticketing is dragging on and the first leg of the semi-final is next Wednesday, the matter has been referred to the Football League to arbitrate on the issue.
   NOTE TO ALL SPURS FANS ATTENDING THE CARDIFF CITY FA CUP REPLAY.  On the ticket, there is a note to the effect that a Membership card will be required to be produced.  It may be prudent to take it along with you, in case you have to show it to get in.
   Spurs Under-18 keeper David Button has been selected for the England U-18 squad to play Poland in a friendly at Bournemouth on 6th February.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Ledley King misses out again with a bruised foot and Robbie Keane will be available to play if required.  Jermaine Jenas, Paul Stalteri and Mido are all missing from the squad with injury.
   CARDIFF CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Kerrea Gilbert should overcome an injury to play and Steven Thompson will be available again after suspension.  Paul Parry's foot injury rules him out though, but this is balanced by the inclusion of the player on loan from Chelsea, Joe Simmonds.
   Former Spurs reserve striker Steven Ferguson has left Woking to join AFC Wimbledon on loan.

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Monday 15.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The words "Spurs" and "Ashley Young" appear in the same sentence in many sources today.  Having rejected the overtures of West Ham United, who had a 9.65 million bid accepted, Spurs and Aston Villa are believed to be back in the chase for the England Under-21 winger.  Sky Sports website heavily links Tottenham with a move for Liverpool's French striker Djibril Cisse, who is currently on loan at Marseille after recovering from a broken leg.
   Spurs Reserves lost their first game of the season 0-1 at home to Chelsea.

  OTHER NEWS ... Keith Alexander has been sacked as manager of Peterborough United ...

Sunday 14.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham lost 2-3 at White Hart Lane to Newcastle United this afternoon.  Click here for match report, with reaction to follow.
   The Mail on Sunday reckon Glasgow Celtic are lining up a bid to take Robbie Keane on loan until the end of the season and then make an offer to keep him at Parkhead on a permanent basis in the summer, with Spurs keen to bring in West Ham United striker Carlton Cole as a replacement for the Irishman.  The News of the World have Spurs down as going for a different striker, in the shape of Djibril Cisse, who is on loan at Marseille from Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers are also interested in the forward.  Having made another enquiry for West Bromwich Albion's central defender Curtis Davies, Spurs have found that his club have put a 12 million price tag on his head, according to the People.  Therefore, the Sunday Mirror take it upon themselves to put Tottenham in place to turn to West Ham United once more, where they will bid for Anton Ferdinand.  The Irons appear to be favourites to sign Watford winger Ashley Young in a number of papers, but, if you read the News of the World, it is not a done deal and Tottenham or Aston Villa could nip in to steal the player away from the Premiership strugglers.  The Sunday Mirror claims that Martin Jol is ready to allow Mido, Paul Stalteri and Edgar Davids to leave White Hart Lane.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... a game yesterday between Arsenal and West Ham United's Under-16 sides had to be stopped 10 minutes before the end because the Irons were losing 9-0.

Saturday 13.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mail report that Spurs are ready to offer Wayne Routledge and Calum Davenport to Watford with a payment of 4.5 million to Watford for winger Ashley Young.  However, MEHSTG has heard that Routledge is not keen on the move to the struggling Hertfordshire club.  Over at The Sun, they reckon that SCBC defender Gareth Bale will leave the Championship club in the summer, despite a big pay offer on the table.  Football 365 suggests that Spurs are considering taking winger Wayne Routledge back from his loan spell at Fulham, but they have no supporting evidence to back this up.  Martin Jol denied that Edgar Davids was having talks with FC Dallas and at this point in time regards him still as a player who will be playing for Spurs.
   Apparently, the Times claims that it was the Chelsea board's rejection of Jose Mourinho's request to sign Micah Richards and Tottenham's Jermain Defoe that has caused him to lash out at the lack of money available to him.
   Martin Jol denied a rift with striker Mido, but said that if he changed the team, some players will be disappointed not to play and in this case, the Egyptian forward was not fit and could not play anyway.
   Tottenham Under-18s drew 0-0 at home to Birmingham City youth today.

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Friday 12.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   THFC Director Sir Keith Mills has hinted that Spurs must expand White Hart Lane to a capacity of more than 50,000 to make an impact on the international fan-base available and to challenge the top sides in reaching revenue targets of the top four sides.  The Lilywhite Knight suggested this would have to take place ion the next five years, with the club deciding whether to make the increase in size at the current location or to do so elsewhere.
   Lasse Staw, the Frederikstad reserve goalkeeper, claims that Spurs have been watching him, but has gone on trial at Aston Villa.  Spurs have been reported as one of the clubs who offered David Beckham a way out of Real Madrid, along with Bolton Wanderers, before he chose to go to LA Galaxy.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Hossam Ghaly both return to the Spurs squad for the game against Newcastle United, but Ledley King and Jermaine Jenas will not yet fit enough to return to the squad yet.

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  CRIMEWATCH ... Newcastle United midfielder Emre has been charged by the FA with using racially aggravated abuse or language in a game against Everton ...  ...

Thursday 11.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The BBC report that MLS side FC Dallas are set to seal the signing of Edgar Davids after being in talks with the midfielder for a couple of weeks.  The Sun are linking Spurs with a 5 million move for Manchester United defender Wes Brown, as the paper reckon he has been knocked back in approaches for Deportivo La Coruna's Fabricio Collocini and Anton Ferdinand of West Ham United.  If we were to spend that much, I think I would prefer Collocini of the three players mentioned.  The Daily Mirror have news that Gillingham are willing to accept offers in excess of 1.5 million for highly rated winger Matthew Jarvis, who is attracting the attention of Spurs, Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United and Watford.  Sky Sports reveal that they have heard that Fulham's bid for winger Wayne Routledge has been rejected by Spurs.  The 21 year old is on loan at Craven Cottage and manager Chris Coleman wanted to make his move permanent.
   Former Spurs defender Ben Thatcher has returned to London from Manchester City after a 500,000 transfer to Charlton Athletic.
   For a preview of Sunday's game against Newcastle United, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sam Allardyce has won the Manager of the Month award and Cristiano Ronaldo wont he Player of the Month prize ...
Manager Denis Smith has left Wrexham after being sacked ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The Sun reports that noise levels measured at Fratton Park, Old Trafford and Anfield can exceed  90 decibels, which under Health and Safety legislation means that players may be given ear protection to wear to protect their hearing.  However, what the report doesn't say is that under the same act, the clubs have a responsibility to look after any members of the public, so it may mean that fans have to wear them too !!

Wednesday 10.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Ledley King believes he will soon be back in the Spurs team after having to opt out of games because of a foot injury.
   In an unrelated, but happily also good news vein, Jermaine Jenas is stepping up his training after overcoming his ankle injury.
   Unfortunately not so good news for young centre half Dorian Dervite who suffered a ligament injury to his knee in Monday's reserve team friendly and he will be out for some time.
   The second leg of the League Cup semi-final against Arsenal at the Pirates stadium will now be on Wednesday 31st January instead of Tuesday 30th January, with the kick off at 7.45.
   The Daily Mirror is linking Freddie Ljungberg with a 7 million move to Tottenham.  Oh, really ?????????  Spurs are also supposed to be on the verge of a 3 million bid for Deportivo La Coruna's Argentinian central defender Fabricio Collocini in the Sun or 4 million in the Daily Mail, despite the player claiming he wants to stay in Spain.  In the Daily Star, Jermain Defoe fears Spurs might be wiling to sell him, as they prepare a bid for Charlton Athletic striker Darren Bent.  The Sun reveals the transfer talk that all Spurs fans have been waiting for ... Middlesbrough will not be selling their winger Stewart Downing !!  Back in the Mirror, a situation we all thought had come about is explained, as Martin Jol is ready to offload Mido after having a row with the Egyptian forward.  The Guardian reveal that Watford are ready to sell their winger Ashley Young, with the Times putting Spurs down as the favourites to get the 20 year old's signature.  The Independent print a story that is days old about Calum Davenport not wanting to leave Tottenham.
   Former Spurs striker Colin Lee has joined Torquay United as assistant manager .

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Tuesday 09.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs are being linked with a move for Kilmarnock teenager Steven Naismith, who spent some time on trial at Arsenal at the start of this season, according to the Daily Record.
   The Sun claim that Aaron Lennon's new five and a half year deal with Tottenham that he signed yesterday is worth a staggering 11 million.
   Former Spurs reserve striker Michael Malcolm has been left disappointed after his agent allegedly approached Werder Bremen direct for his client go on trial at the Bundesliga club.  As it is not the practice in Germany for such contact with clubs, Bremen have withdrawn their interest in the player.
   19 year old reserve midfielder Stuart Lewis is going to Southend United on trial with a view to a permanent transfer.
   Arsenal will be Tottenham's League Cup semi-final opponents after beating Liverpool in their re-arranged quarter-final tonight.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Graeme Souness is believed to have bid 20 million for Wolves.  Souness, who has been out of football for nearly a year since being sacked by Newcastle United, may well appoint himself as manager when the buy-out goes through.

Monday 08.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Should Spurs beat Cardiff City in the FA Cup Third Round replay at White Hart Lane, they will face either Southend United or Barnsley in the Fourth Round at the same venue.
   The FA Cup Third Round draw at Cardiff City will be played at the Lane on
Wednesday 17th January (kick off 8.00 p.m.) and has necessitated other fixtures to be switched.  The first leg of the League Cup semi-final against Liverpool or Arsenal will be staged at White Hart Lane on Wednesday 24th January, with the kick-off at 8.00 p.m. and the second leg will be away on Tuesday 30th January kicking off at 7.45 p.m.   this means the league game at Goodison Park against Everton scheduled for Wednesday 31st January has been postponed and a new date will have to be found for it. 
   Aaron Lennon has committed himself to Tottenham until 2012 by signing a new five and a half year deal with the club.
   The UEFA Disciplinary hearing on Friday 19th January will decide Feyenoord's fate in the UEFA Cup after an appeal against the suspended two match ban from European competition was deemed not sufficient by the European body in control of football.
   The Daily Mail claims that West Ham United's 7 million price tag on the head of Anton Ferdinand has prevented them being able to sell the central defender to Tottenham or Liverpool and the Sun reckon Spurs will be in for Nigel Reo-Coker for 5 million, who has been told to sort out his future by Tuesday.  Marseille winger Samir Nasri has played down interest from Spurs and Manchester City and he insists he will stay with the Ligue A club.
   Spurs Reserves drew 0-0 in a friendly at Norwich City tonight, with Ben Alnwick and Adel Taarabt making their first appearances in Spurs shirts .
   Former Spurs reserve keeper Shwan Jalal has joined Peterborough United from Woking.
   John Terry admitted improper conduct for the comments he made about referee Graham Poll after the game against Tottenham, in which he was sent off.  The Chelsea player withdrew his request for a personal hearing and he will receive his sentence tomorrow.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Nigel Quashie has signed for West Ham United from West Bromwich Albion.  Quashie has been relegated from the Premiership with QPR, Nottingham Forest, Southampton and WBA.

Sunday 07.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs drew 0-0 with Cardiff City at Ninian Park in the Third Round of the FA Cup this afternoon and a replay will take place at White Hart Lane on Wednesday 17th January.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
   The Sunday Times claims that Chelsea want to buy Jermain Defoe to boost their Premier League challenge.  The Sunday People reckon Tottenham are to make a move for Bolton Wanderers defender Tal Ben Haim.

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Saturday 06.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Express reports that despite Charlton Athletic putting an 18 million price on striker Darren Bent and Chelsea West Ham United and Liverpool being interested, the England international would favour a move to Tottenham, who are preparing a bid of Calum Davenport plus cash for the striker.  the Daily Mirror reckon Spurs are favourites to sign Watford winger Ashley Young, but Wayne Routledge will not be involved in the 4 million deal to bring him to White Hart Lane.  The Sun have Tottenham down as being in the race for Shaun Wright-Phillips, the Chelsea winger, in what is perhaps a cunning ruse by THFC to sign up all the young English wide-men in the country.  The Mirror further suggest that Tottenham and Bolton Wanderers will be top of the suitors for midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, who is expected to leave Upton Park next week. 
   The Under-18 side won 2-1 away at Bristol City Youth today.
   Former Spurs reserve striker Michael Malcolm has left Stockport County to go on a week's trial at German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.
   Former Spurs midfielder Ian Crook is to leave Sydney FC where he is the assistant manager to Terry Butcher
to take up a post as Pierre Littbarski's assistant at Japanese second-division club Avispa Fukuoka (with thanks to Phil Clayton).
   Thanks for the Cardiff fan who sent this in ...
I am Cardiff I would avoid all the pubs in the centre on Sunday especially the Prince of Wales.  It will be rammed with our loonies from early doors;  it's nearest to the station so be warned.   Also avoid drinking in the Canton area as again it will be full of City loonies, they see Spurs as fair game and are a law unto themselves.  The bigger games at Ninian are very dodgy and if anyone is looking for it they will find it.  Have a safe and good day out.

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Friday 05.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sun claim that Spurs have made a 4 million bid for West Ham United central defender Anton Ferdinand.  I know the policy is to sign young English players, but please don't let it be true !!  The Daily Mail has us down as having had a 7 million bid for Charlton Athletic striker Darren Bent having been rejected, although THFC assures Sky Sports that they had not made an offer for the England international forward.  The Guardian claim that Spurs are ready to offer up Wayne Routledge and Calum Davenport to Watford in an effort to get them to release winger Ashley Young.  Tottenham and Manchester City are believed to have had 2 million offers for Queens Park Rangers winger Lee Cook knocked back.  West Bromwich Albion are believed to have refused a 5 million bid from Tottenham for their centre-half Curtis Davies.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Having recovered from his knee injury,
Robbie Keane will be available for selection, as will Aaron Lennon, who has overcome his knee swelling.  After getting kicked in the head at Portsmouth, Hossam Ghaly will face a late fitness test.
Kevin McNaughton expects to have recovered from a hamstring problem, while Willo Flood's thigh injury has improved significantly enough to allow him to play against Spurs in the FA Cup on Sunday.  Winger Paul Parry will be ruled out with an injured thigh and Alan Wright's loan from Sheffield United has come to an end.
   Spurs Reserves will play Norwich City at Carrow Road on Monday 8th January with a 7.30 p.m. kick off.  Entry prices are 3.50 adults and 1 concessions/U16s.
   Former Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh has been appointed as manager of Grays Athletic, after Andy King resigned for personal reasons.
   Former Spurs youngster Glynn Hurst has moved from Shrewsbury Town to Bury for an undisclosed fee.

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Thursday 04.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Sky Sports have decided that they want to cover our games at West Ham United and the home match against Reading and therefore, the fixtures have been moved.  The West Ham United game has been moved from Saturday 3rd March to now be played on Sunday 4th March 2007 with the kick off set for 4.00 p.m.  Our game against Reading at White Hart Lane has shifted from Saturday 31st March to Sunday 1st April with another 4.00 p.m. kick off.
   Former Spurs midfielder Mark Hughes has been released by Chesterfield after a two month loan spell from Thurrock ended.
   For a preview of Sunday's FA Cup tie at Cardiff City, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Hull City announced Phil Brown as their new manager today ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Alan Pardew has been cleared of charges of improper conduct in a touchline argument with Arsene Wenger when he was manager of West Ham United ... Sheffield United's Chris Morgan has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of punching Robin van Persie ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ...  Charlton Athletic defender Osei Sankofa will miss two games after an appeal against a one game ban for wrongful dismissal was rejected by The Football Association and another game added to the original punishment because the FA considered the Addick's appeal to be 'frivolous'.  This from an organisation who drew up a contract and then terminated it which leaves them paying Sven Goran Eriksson a reputed 6,500 a day.  Frivolous ??  Pah !!

Wednesday 03.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs and Manchester United have had offers for SCBC's Welsh international full back Gareth Bale turned down.  Watford have also knocked back three bids from Premiership clubs for winger Ashley Young, but it has not been confirmed that Tottenham were one of them.  West Ham United's new manager Alan Curbishley is supposedly keen to buy Anthony Gardner.
   The French media is reporting that the permanent transfer of Adel Taarabt will take place in the summer for a fee of 2.35 million.
   Mark Yeates has returned from his season long loan at Hull City early after the club's manager left a few weeks back.
   Former Spurs defender Alton Thelwell has made his loan switch to Leyton Orient permanent on an 18 month deal.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Frank Lampard has denied Chelsea are suffering a mid-season slump.  "There is nothing major wrong. Because people are asking questions after two or three draws is a statement about what a team we are and what a squad we are.  After all, we are more used to losing to Tottenham these days, so a draw with Reading and then Aston Villa are good results for us.  It is certainly not a crisis. It is something we need to address because we are not used to drawing games and not getting three points for three games on the trot.  Now we are happy with three points from three games.  But, we are used to winning games and we want to win games again one day."

Tuesday 02.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have signed 17 year-old midfielder Adel Taarabt from RC Lens on an extended loan.  It is thought that the player will sign permanently at some stage, but nothing has come out of the club about the prospect of a full-time deal.
   Tottenham have also completed the signing of Sunderland's 20 year-old goalkeeper Ben Alnwick for a starting fee of 900,000, which could rise depending on conditions to 1.3 million.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Jose Mourinho said he would not pay "crazy money" for a new defender to shore up his creaking back line.  Roman "Crazy Money" Abramovich might disagree though.

Monday 01.01.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs drew 1-1 against Portsmouth at Fratton Park this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  For reaction, click here.

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