White Hot Lines

January 2008

Thursday  31.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The move for Hertha Berlin defender Gilberto was thought to have fallen through after a fee was agreed for the 31 year old Brazilian, but it was reported that he had failed a second medical at the club.  However, later in the evening, his transfer was completed by Spurs.  The club clarified that there was no problem with his medical, but he will only be available after his international clearance papers come through.
  
One late deal that went through was the transfer of Jermain Defoe to Portsmouth. With 18 months left on his contract, the club say that they have "reluctantly" allowed him to leave.
  
Defender Paul Stalteri has joined Fulham on loan until the end of the season.
  
Defender Anthony Gardner has left to join Everton on loan until the end of the season.
   Tottenham agreed a fee for the transfer of Jermain Defoe with Portsmouth, leaving the decision about whether the move went through to the player.
   Throughout the day Tottenham had been linked with moves for Valencia midfielder David Villa and for Sevilla's young left winger Diego Capel.
  
Spurs refuted the rumours that they were going to move for Newcastle United's left winger Charles N'Zogbia.
   A number of sources reckoned that Aston Villa wanted to sign Pascal Chimbonda and Kevin-Prince Boateng in addition to Wayne Routledge.
   Liverpool midfielder Mohammed Sissoko claims to have refused to join Newcastle United and Tottenham after they put in bids for him before he left to sign for Juventus.
  
Former Spurs defender Jamie Clapham has joined Leicester City on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season.
  
Former Spurs striker Grzegorz Rasiak has joined Bolton Wanderers on loan from SCBC on loan until the end of the season.
  
Former Spurs midfielder Andy Reid has left Charlton Athletic to join Sunderland for £4 million.
   Tottenham's reserve fixture away at Portsmouth (to be played at Havant and Waterlooville) will now be played on Tuesday 19th February instead of Monday 18th.
  
Jermaine Jenas, Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate are all in the provisional England squad of 30 for their friendly against Switzerland next week.
  
Tottenham also have a good representation in the England Under-21 squad, with Jamie O'Hara joining Tom Huddlestone and Aaron Lennon for the first time.

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Wednesday  30.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham unusually drew 0-0 with Everton at Goodison Park tonight.  Match report and reaction to follow.
   Spurs completed the £9 million signing of Glasgow Rangers defender Alan Hutton today.
  
Winger Wayne Routledge has left White Hart Lane and joined Aston Villa for £1.5 million on an 18 month contract.
   The Times claim that Spurs are interested in signing Real Zaragoza forward Diego Milito.

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Tuesday  29.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Alan Hutton, the Glasgow Rangers right back, has been back in London having further talks with Tottenham about a transfer to White Hart Lane and it finally looks like the saga might end happily (although we are terrified of speaking too soon), with a signing before the deadline hopefully in the bag.
  
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - New signing Jonathan Woodgate might come in for the suspended Michael Dawson, with Gareth Bale, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Anthony Gardner all still injured.
   EVERTON TEAM NEWS : -  Tim Cahill and Tony Hibbert are suspended, while Joseph Yobo, Yakubu and Stephen Pienaar are all in Africa on international duty.  Leighton Baines might be fit after an ankle injury.
   For a preview of tomorrow night's game, click here.
  
Didier Zokora was in the successful Ivory Coast side that won through to the knock-out round of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-0 victory over Mali.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United have appointed former player Gary McAllister as their new manager until the end of the season ...  ...


Monday  28.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The club have announced that they have signed physio-botherer Jonathan Woodgate from Middlesbrough.  The defender is believed to have cost Tottenham around £7 million.
   Glasgow Rangers full back Alan Hutton has once more been linked with a move to White Hart Lane, with Tottenham offering improved terms to him to go with the £8 million offer accepted by his club.  After travelling to London for talks yesterday, it appears that the Scot will stay with his club until the e summer, but the BBC site reckons Hutton might yet join Spurs in the summer.
  
The Daily Mirror claims that Aston Villa are poised to sign up winger Wayne Routledge.
   The Sun claim that Stewart Downing is "fuming" that Tottenham have left him "in the lurch" in having to stay at Middlesbrough, although it appears that it was Boro who were the ones terminating the talks about the transfer.
  
Juventus will now not be selling midfielder Tiago, as they claimed that Tottenham were taking too long to complete the deal, rumoured to be costing £9.3 million.
  
Chris Gunter has been called up by Wales for their friendly next week against Norway at Wrexham.
  
Former Spurs reserve midfielder Stuart Lewis has left Stevenage Borough to join former manager Mark Stimson at Gillingham.
  
Tottenham were named as one of the three worst clubs for providing an inadequate capacity for disabled supporters, alongside Fulham and Portsmouth.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds manager Dennis Wise has left the club to join Newcastle United as their Executive Director of Football ...  ...


Sunday  27.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs lost 1-3 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  Reaction to follow.
   Defender Pascal Chimbonda is being linked to a £7 million move to Sevilla in the News of the World, while the Sunday Mail in Scotland report that Spurs will have another go at signing Alan Hutton from Glasgow Rangers as his replacement.
  
Hertha Berlin left back Gilberto has flown to London for a medical ahead of a possible signing for Tottenham before the end of the transfer window.  The Brazilian was thought to be arranging a pre-contract with Spurs, as his contract expires in the summer, but it looks as though he will come in to give cover on the left side of the team in the next week or so.  The Daily Star Sunday reckons that Tottenham will make a move for Valencia midfield star David Albelda next week, claiming the club are also locked in a battle with Atletico Madrid for Portuguese midfielder Tiago.  
   An interesting interview with Young-Pyo Lee can be found on the ESPN Soccernet site at http://soccernet.espn.go.com/feature?id=501136&cc=5739&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab1pos2

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Sheffield United benefited from an assist from a bunch of balloons on the pitch which diverted a ball away from Michael Ball and into the path of their striker Luton Shelton to score the first goal in the match.  It was almost an own goal, as the balloons had been taken to the game by Manchester City fans.


Saturday  26.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   It looks as though the negotiations to sign Jonathan Woodgate have broken down and now he looks set to join Newcastle United.  I would not be surprised if it was about the amount he was to be paid, as he currently gets £70,000 a week, which is a lot more than the pay structure at White Hart Lane.  However, later in the evening, Newcastle announced that they were unlikely to sign him and that he would be moving elsewhere, with Spurs the favourites to pick up the deal.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Jermain Defoe will sign a new contract with Tottenham after Damien Comolli persuaded Juande Ramos to keep the little striker.  The three and a half year deal is likely to see him raise his pay to £40,000 a week and will include bonuses for games played and goals score, so the paper reveals.
  
Nedum Onuoha's unrest at Manchester City is alerting a number of clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, in the England Under-21 defender.
  
Dean Parrett's goal was the difference as the Under-18 Academy side won for the sixth straight league game at Birmingham City.
   Two of Tottenham's Premier League games have been chosen for TV coverage and this means that the Manchester City game set for Saturday 15th March, will now move to Sunday 16th March with a 4:00 p.m. kick off, while the home game against Portsmouth remains on Saturday 22nd March, but the kick off is brought forward to 12:45 p.m.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Friday  25.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have been given permission to speak to Jonathan Woodgate after agreeing a fee, believed to be in the region of £7 million for the Middlesbrough central defender.  The 28 year old was heading for talks about personal terms, with the deal looking to go through in the next few days.
   Paul Robinson has told the Daily Mirror that he feels that a lot of the criticism he has received over the last 12 months has been
over the top and many stories about him have been untrue.  He confirmed that he had not put in a transfer request, but that if he did not play between now and the end of the season, then he may have to reassess his situation, but he was doing his best in training to get back into the team and displace the manager's selection of Radek Cerny.  The Spurs keeper also added that he did not expect to be in Fabio Capello's first England squad as he is not playing for his club side.
   Pascal Chimbonda has allegedly shown his love of Mammon by telling the Sun that he is going to join Newcastle United, as they have offered him more money than he is getting at White Hart Lane and that he didn't care about the League Cup final, as that was all he was interested in.  However, later in the day, his agent Willie McKay said that the comments were not true and that Chimbonda was committed to the club, with it having a "place in his heart" even if he did move on.
   Reports on the Sky Sports website indicate
that the proposed transfer of Tiago from Juventus to Tottenham has broken down and other clubs are looking to bring the Portuguese midfielder to the Premier League.  Again, the story was refuted in later reports, with Tottenham still being the favourite to be the player's destination.
   Glasgow Rangers manager Walter Smith has denied rumours that a deal has been struck with Tottenham to sign defender Alan Hutton in the summer.
  
Sky Sports website reports that Spurs are trying to bring Barcelona defender Carles Puyol to White Hart Lane.  .
  
Reports are claiming that Tottenham are interested in Fenerbache's Serbian striker Meteja Keszman, as are Portsmouth, who would cost about £500,000. 
   Spurs seem to have lost interest in Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing.
   Reserve team striker Lee Barnard has joined Southend United for an undisclosed fee on a two and a half year deal.
  
Didier Zokora played for the Ivory Coast in their 4-1 win over Benin in the African Cup of Nations today.
  
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Pascal Chimbonda is suspended, while Darren Bent (knee), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee), Anthony Gardner (ankle) and Gareth Bale (foot) are all out injured, with Didier Zokora away on international duty.
  
MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  Midfielder Paul Scholes looks set to feature for United in the Fourth Round FA Cup tie at Old Trafford.  Gary Neville (ankle) and Louis Saha (knee) are both out injured. 
   Former Spurs defender and assistant manager John Gorman has been appointed as caretaker SCBC manager, after George Burley left to tak eover as Scotland manager.
 

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Thursday  24.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Juande Ramos has admitted that if he could get David Albelda of Valencia on a free transfer, he would happily sign the midfielder.  The Daily Mail reports that the club are set to complete the signing of Tiago Mendes from Juventus and then follow it up with the purchases of Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough and Alan Hutton from Glasgow Rangers.  Kevin Keegan is hoping to snap up Middlesbrough central defender Jonathan Woodgate ahead of Tottenham, while Boro, Everton and Blackburn Rovers are all watching Paul Robinson's situation at White Hart Lane.  Tottenham and Manchester City are reported to be chasing the Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen of Sevilla,
  
Thanks to Malcolm Blazey (born in N17) for the following, which, as he says, in a week when the party at WHL just goes on and on, the news just keeps getting better.

You may or may not be aware that a "monoline" financial company (AMBAC Financial Group Inc of which AMBAC Assurance Limited is part) was downgraded in the US on Friday.  The implications are quite substantial and this was all part of the problem causing stock markets to fall sharply on Monday.  The knock-on effect of this is that this company insures long term bonds (paper issued to raise finance).  Any bonds insured by them are also at risk of being downgraded making life much more difficult for the owners and eventually the issuer.  What has all this to do with football ?

This press release from July 2006 explains it all.

LONDON, 27 July 2006 - AMBAC Assurance Limited (NUSE : ABK) announced today that it has guaranteed 100% of the 25-year £260 million public bond issued by Arsneal Securities plc with the proceeds being used to refinance the Emirates Stadium.  The Emirates Stadium is a new, state-of-the-art, 60,000 seat arena in North London and will be the new home of the Arsenal Football Club plc.  This is the first insured bond issued for a football club in Europe and is secured by the ticket revenue streams achieved by the stadium.

Oh, dear !!  Things seemed to be going a bit pear-shaped.  Next thing, they will be telling us it isn't the main company ... it was just the reserves !!
   For a preview of Sunday's FA Cup tie at Old Trafford with Manchester United, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... George Burley has been announced as the new manager of Scotland ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... The FA will not take any formal action against Arsenal's Adebayour and Bendtner, after they clashed with each other on Tuesday night, but they have been warned as to their behaviour and responsibility ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Sporting Director Damien Comolli had to make an apology to his former boss Arsene Wenger, after the Arsenal manager was sprayed with champagne by Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, whose aim was off target when they intended to hit Gus Poyet !!.


Wednesday  23.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sun reckon that Juande Ramos may follow up his interest in 21 year old Argentinian central defender Ezequiel Garay of Racing Santander, while goalkeeper Radek Cerny has said that he would be interested in a move to Queens Park Rangers if Tottenham do not wish to retain his services beyond the loan spell that ends in the summer.  The Independent report that Valencia's 30 year old midfielder David Albelda has said that he is attracted to a move to Chelsea or Tottenham, who have contacted his club about buying him and after he has fallen out with new boss Ronald Koeman.
   Tottenham will face Chelsea in the League Cup Final at Wembley on Sunday 24th February, after they won at Everton tonight 1- 0 to go through 3-1 on aggregate.

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  CRIMEWATCH ... The FA will view footage of the game last night to decide what action they will take against Adebayour and Bendtner, when the two clashed and the Dane suffered a bloody nose from a head-butt from his team-mate ...  ...


Tuesday  22.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Arsenal 5-1 tonight at White Hart Lane in the second leg of the league Cup semi-final to win 6-2 on aggregate and go through to the final on 24th February.  For a match report and reaction click here.
   Portuguese midfielder Tiago of Juventus and Brazilian full back Gilberto of Hertha Berlin are close to signing for Spurs.
  
Tottenham are reportedly going back to Glasgow Rangers to make a further attempt to prise defender Alan Hutton away from the Ibrox club for £8 million.  Ajax keeper Maarten Stekelenberg has said he will be staying with the Dutch club until the summer.  Damien Comolli apparently travelled to Lille to watch Belgian star youngster Kevin Mirallas at the weekend.

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Monday  21.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Paul Robinson has reportedly handed a transfer request in at the club, but has been told that it will not be considered until the summer, the news on TalkSport claims.  Spurs have refused to comment on the report.
   Spurs are set to sign Brazilian 31 year old utility player and left sided defender Gilberto De Silva from Hertha Berlin for around £2.5 million and the Times now report that Juande Ramos wants to keep Jermain Defoe at the club, despite rumours of a move to Aston Villa beginning to gather pace.  On Saturday, Defoe said that the rumours of Ramos telling him he could go were not true and that he told the striker that he wants him to stay at the club and win things.  Queens Park Rangers want to expend some of their big piles of cash by taking Radek Cerny and Tomas Pekhart on loan from Tottenham.  This is an odd move, as Cerny is not a Spurs player, but is on loan from Slavia Prague at White Hart Lane.  It appears that the players' agent has been touting the move, with Pekhart's being a six month loan with the option of a permanent move at the end of it.  I'm not sure there would be much to the striker's move, as he is highly rated at Tottenham.
  
Former Spurs defender Calum Davenport has fractured a bone in his neck after being fallen on in his first game on loan at Watford.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs are likely to welcome back rested Ledley King and Steed Malbranque, after suspension
.  The existing long-term injuries to Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Gareth Bale, Anthony Gardner and Ricardo Rocha rule them out of the game.  Darren Bent's thigh injury is still keeping him out, with
  
ARSENAL TEAM NEWS : - As expected Arsene Wenger has drafted some first team players into the side to beef it up as they face Spurs in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final.  In come Gallas and Gilberto, while Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby might return.
  
For a preview of the game, click here.
   Tonight's
home reserve game against Chelsea was rained off at Brisbane Road.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Alex Ferguson is disputing a possible FA charge of making obscene gestures to the crowd by saying he suddenly suffered cramp in his bicep when he saw Reading assistant manager Wally Downes' face.


Sunday  20.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sunday Mirror claim that Newcastle United and Manchester United are both willing to do battle for Dimitar Berbatov, that the Tiago deal will go through for £9.5 million and that the Le Mans 25 year old Yohann Pele is the man they see as Paul Robinson's replacement on goal (with Glasgow Celtic, Manchester United and Arsenal all having enquired about the keeper, but were quoted £13 million), while the News of the World reckon Everton want Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough, although Spurs are still interested, despite recent reports that it is Damien Comolli who is keener on the winger than Juande Ramos.  The Mirror claim that if Spurs go cold on Downing, who wants to stay with Boro until their Premier League status is secure, then they might turn to Blackburn Rovers' Norwegian winger Morten Gamst Pedersen.  He would cost £8 million, while the paper suggests that if Spurs lose Berbatov, they will be back at Ewood Park to try and tempt Roque Santa Cruz away from Rovers.  The Sunday People run two Spurs stories ... Sven Goran Eriksson wants to take keeper Paul Robinson to Eastlands, while Kevin Keegan wants Pascal Chimbonda to fill Newcastle United's right back slot.  Other ludicrous Newcastle United rumours in the wake of the desperate appointment of Kevin Keegan include bids for Ledley King and former Spurs midfielder Michael Carrick.  The Sunday Mail in Scotland reckon that Tottenham will make a third attempt to sign Alan Hutton from Glasgow Rangers.
   For the latest editorial, View From The Shelf, click here.

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Saturday  19.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Sunderland 2-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
   Spurs are said to have agreed a £9.7 million fee with Juventus for Tiago, but there may be a problem with the 26 year old former Chelsea midfielder's wages, which are in excess of £50,000 a week.  We are also supposed to be interested in Udinese's left sided midfielder Andrea Dossena.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Kevin Keegan said that things after the drab 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers will get better.  He was right, as the Toon Army won't have ot see their side at home for another two weeks !!


Friday  18.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sun reckon that Jermain Defoe wants to get away with the lads at Newcastle United now that Kevin Keegan is in charge at St. James Park.  The Spurs striker's reported presence at Aston Villa's training ground has been dismissed by manager Martin O'Neill.  The Olympique Lyonnais chairman, Michael Aulas has said that Fred might still yet leave his club, despite yesterday's proclamation that he wants to stay at with the Ligue 1 club.  With Martin Laursen, a rumoured intended Spurs target, signing a new contract at Aston Villa, the Midlands club are looking to boost their defence by buying Pascal Chimbonda from Tottenham.  The Sun reckons Ramos will return to Seville to take Russian striker Alexander Kerzhakhov from his former club.  To clarify things, Sporting Director Damien Comolli said on the club's website that there is no intention to sell Darren Bent this transfer window and that the club are not seeking to bring in any forwards.  Sky Sports website claim that Tottenham are closing in on a three and a half year deal for 26 year old Portuguese international Tiago, who is set to leave Juventus.  The former Chelsea midfielder has also attracted interest from Portsmouth, Atletico Madrid and Newcastle United.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Tom Huddlestone is available again after serving his suspension, while Paul Robinson might be in line for a recall after attending the birth of his son earlier this week and Ledley King after being rested.  Steed Malbranque is now out for one game after picking up five yellow cards and the usual absence from long term injured players Gareth Bale (foot), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee), Anthony Gardner (ankle) and Darren Bent (knee) reduces Juande Ramos' choices, as well as having Didier Zokora away on African Cup of nations duty. 
  
SUNDERLAND TEAM NEWS : -  Missing from the Black Cats' line-up will be Carlos Edwards (broken leg), Danny Higginbotham (toe), Grant Leadbitter (toe), Ross Wallace (knee) and Dickson Etuhu (international duty).
  
The Spurs youth team's FA Youth Cup fourth round tie away to Port Vale will now take place on Wednesday 13th February kicking off at 7:00 p.m.
  
Former Spurs central defender Calum Davenport has left West Ham United for a month's loan spell at Watford with a view to a permanent move.

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Thursday  17.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Independent reckons Tottenham have had no firm interest in Darren Bent, even though they are willing to sell the striker at a loss, while Portsmouth have been told that they can sign Jermain Defoe, but not on loan, only on a permanent deal.  Some sources claim Aston Villa have begun discussions with Defoe about a possible move away from Spurs, while the London Evening Standard reckon Newcastle United are also in talks with the striker.  Fred has said he will be staying with Olympique Lyonnais, thus disappointing Spurs, who were in for him, with another alleged target Arsenal's Lassana Diarra having joined Portsmouth and Pompey's left sided midfielder Matthew Taylor, long time linked with Spurs, has signed for Bolton Wanderers.
   Former Spurs midfielder Peter Gain has left Peterborough United and joined Dagenham & Redbridge on a free transfer
.
  
84 year old Lord Triesman has been appointed as the first independent chairman of the FA.  The Labour Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Intellectual Property and Quality will leave that post to take over at Soho Square.  He is also a Spurs season ticket holder.
   For a preview of Saturday's match with Sunderland, click here
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  CRIMEWATCH ... Chelsea have been fined £40,000 for failing to control their players in a game at Derby in November ...


Wednesday  16.01.2008   (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 be in with a good chance of securing the services of Olympique Lyonnais striker Fred for around £9 million.  The Daily Star says that Fulham boss Roy Hodgson wants Teemu Tainio at £2 million, while the Independent vaguely asserts that Russian striker Andrei Arshavin will join Arsenal or Tottenham.  A n umber of sources claim that Middlesbrough's inflated price of £12 million for Stewart Downing has made Tottenham see sense and drop any interest in the left winger like a hot potato.  With Spurs willing to do business with any club interested in paying £16.5 million for Darren Bent, news arrives from Football365 that the club are losing interest in Fred too.  Tottenham have been linked with a move for Espanyol's keeper Carlos Kameni and are also rumoured to be ready to sell Portsmouth even more of our players ... this time it's Paul Stalteri and Kevin-Prince Boateng according to the Times.
   Tonight's Fourth Round FA Youth Cup tie away at Port Vale was postponed because of the bad weather
.

  OTHER NEWS ... Luton Town sacked manager Kevin Blackwell today, despite the fact that he was to leave on 9th February after resigning yesterday ... Mick Harford takes over at Kenilworth Road until the end of the season ...

  MEHSTG's no- spin story ... Kevin Keegan has been appointed as the new manager of Newcastle United.  No, he has.  Really !!


Tuesday  15.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Reading 1-0 at the Madejski Stadium in a Third Round FA Cup replay tonight to go through to the Fourth Round.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
   Paul Robinson's wife gave birth to their second child today and that was why he was missing from the squad that travelled to Reading.  Congratulations !!
   Spurs are reported to have won the race to sign Olympique Lyonnais Brazilian striker Fred for £8.5 million
, according to the Sun, who are among a number of papers running a story saying that Tottenham keeper Paul Robinson is being used as bait in an attempt to get Middlesbrough's winger Stewart Downing at White Hart Lane.  The Times claim that Spurs are ready to accept a £3 million loss on selling striker Darren Bent.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ...  Sad news reaches us that G14 are to disband, so no more nice young men in suits singing opera on your TVs then.  Oh, not G4, G14.  Who are they then ??


Monday  14.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers are also watching Ajax keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, so says Football365.  Espanyol have denied that 24 year old centre half Dani Jarque has been in London for talks with Spurs, stating he has been having X-rays in Spain on a toe injury that has kept him out of action.  22 year old Almeria and former Real Madrid forward Alvaro Negredo and 26 year old left back Mane are rumoured to be targets for Spurs,  with the club chairman seeing a big payday ahead saying he would not stand in their way if bids came in "especially from the Premier League."  Wayne Routledge is becoming a wanted man outside of White Hart Lane, with Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers both expected to bid for the England Under-21 winger.  Rangers' bid is believed to be around £1.8 million according to the Sky Sports site, but Tottenham see him more as a £3 million man.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs have no new injury problems and have Jermaine Jenas available again, after serving his one match ban.
   READING TEAM NEWS : -  Michael Duberry is the latest drop-out of the side Reading will field for the FA Cup replay.  Glen Little and John Oster miss out with ankle problems
, while the Royals will be missing Andre Bikey, Emerse Fae and Ibrahima Sonko, who are all away in Africa on international duty.  New signing Marek Matejovsky is not eligible to play and defender Alan Bennett is also out.
  
For a match preview, click here.
   The Youth team will play their Fourth Round FA Youth Cup tie at Port Vale's Vale Park on Wednesday night (16th January) kicking off at 7:00 p.m.

  OTHER NEWS ... Bury manager Chris Casper was sacked today ...  ...


Sunday  13.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Observer reports that Daniel Levy has told Paul Robinson that he can leave Spurs, with a £7 million bid for Ajax keeper Maarten Stekelenburg the most likely action taken to replace himManiche looks like he is keener on a move to Italy with Internazionale than one to London with Tottenham, so say the News of the World, but the Mail on Sunday bring up the Daniel Jarque rumour again, with Juande Ramos eyeing the Espanyol centre-half.  The NoTW also bring us the news that, despite having a row with the new Spurs Head Coach, Jermain Defoe looks likely to sign a new contract with the club.  The Sunday Mirror are the latest newspaper to have heard that Dimitar Berbatov has told close friends that he would welcome a move to Manchester United.  With the media's insistence that there is a prospect of the Bulgarian's imminent departure, the club are linked with a race with Manchester City and Real Madrid for the £10 million rated Toulouse striker Johan Elmander and are also credited with links for Seville's striking duo Fredi Kanoute and Alexander Kerzakhov.  However, after Ramos' departure, the Spanish side are reluctant to play ball over letting their players head to N17, so Tottenham might turn their attention to Mallorca's 28 year old forward Dani Guiza.  Spurs are also linked with an interest in Spanish Marc Torrejon Moya, as are Manchester City (as always).  The News of the World says that Wayne Routledge is wanted by Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock to return to his former club.  Sunderland, Everton, Fulham and Wigan Athletic have all joined Tottenham in contacting Bayern Munich about their Belgian central defender Daniel van Buyten joining them on loan until the end of the season

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has said it is time to get serious at St. James Park and he has vowed that it is, "time to put away my Newcastle shirt."   Oh, my God, he's going to be standing amongst the fans with his shirt off now !!

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... John Terry has said that he will still respect Fabio Capello, even if the new England manager does not make him the captain of the team.  How generous of him.


Saturday  12.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham lost 0-2 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  Reaction to follow.
  
Newspaper reports indicate that Spurs might be ready to sell Paul Robinson for £5 million according to the Independent, as he demanded a move after being left out of Wednesday's League Cup semi-final first leg game at Highbury, the Daily Mail say.  The Sun claim that Spurs will move for West Ham United keeper Robert Green, who will cost them £6 million.  Olympique Lyonnais have said that they have received bids from clubs such as Portsmouth, Paris St. Germain and another club, believed by the papers to be Spurs, who have the biggest bid at £11 million for the 24 year old Fred and the club are leaving it to him to decide which team he wants to join.  A number of sources reckon Spurs are close to sealing a transfer to White Hart Lane for Middlesbrough left winger Stewart Downing, for anywhere between £8 million and £10 million plus Teemu Tainio heading to Teesside.
   Our Youth Team have been drawn to play Port Vale away in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup
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  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Friday  11.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Times link Tottenham with moves for Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing, Espanyol central defender Daniel Jarque and Ajax keeper Maarten Stekelenburg as he seeks to replace Paul Robinson, while the Sun run a story saying that Seville's Fredi Kanoute has expressed his desire to return to White Hart Lane and team up with former boss Juande Ramos again.  Lassana Diarra said that the uncertainty over his future at Arsenal put him in the wrong frame of mind for the League Cup semi-final first leg against Spurs, with the £90,000 a week salary his biggest concern, although Tottenham and Manchester City are said to be monitoring the situation.
   Midfielder Hossam Ghaly
has completed a loan move to Derby County after obtaining a work permit.  He will stay at Pride Park until the end of the season.
   The second leg of our Round of 32 UEFA Cup tie with Slavia Prague will kick off at White Hart Lane at 7:45 p.m.
   The rearranged date for our Reserve team meeting with Derby County postponed from January 7th, will be Wednesday 26th March at Brisbane Road kicking off at 7:00 p.m.
   Former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann will take over as coach of Bayern Munich from the start of next season.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Jermaine Jenas is suspended for gathering five yellow cards and Didier Zokora is on
African Nations Cup duty and would have been suspended anyway, as he also has five cautions.  Injuries still keep out Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Anthony Gardner and Gareth BaleYounes Kaboul is fit again, while Tom Huddlestone is also suspended and Darren Bent is still a doubt with his thigh injury.
  
CHELSEA TEAM NEWS : -  Petr Cech may make a comeback in goal for Chelsea, while new signing Nicolas Anelka might be signed in time to take the field.  Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Jon-Obi Mikel and Solomon Kalou are all on African Nations Cup duty and Andrei Shevchenko is out with a leg injury, while John Terry's foot injury rules him out.  Claude Makelele's ear keep him out and Fat Frank's thigh has given way making him a doubt.
   For a quick preview of the Chelsea match, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Kevin Blackwell will leave Luton Town on February 9th as the club sells players to try and ward off going out of business...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Steve McClaren says he believes he can become manager of England again in the future ... this after having the job, which he shouldn't have had in the first place !!


Thursday  10.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham's away leg in the Round of 32 tie against Slavia Prague has been moved from Wednesday 13th February to Thursday 14th February, kicking off at 9:00 p.m. Prague time.
   Differing views over Paul Robinson's future at Tottenham abound in the papers today, with some claiming he will be on his way out after a dressing room bust-up with Juande Ramos just moments before the game last night, when he found out that he had been dropped.  Other sources report that Ramos has said that the England keeper does have a future at the club and the only reason that Radek Cerny was playing last night was to give a squad member an opportunity of a game.
   At last there is some movement in the transfer window, with full back Phil Ifil joining Colchester United for an undisclosed fee, believed to be over £350,000 if certain conditions are met.  Also, goalkeeper David Button has gone on loan to Grays Athletic for a month.
   Pascal Chimbonda's agent, yes him again, has told the Press that the full back would be happy to make a switch to Villa Park, as he has been told that he will not be part of Juande Ramos' future for the club.  Martin O'Neill, the Villa boss, is considering a £15 million offer for Chimbonda and Jermain Defoe.  A number of papers report that Tottenham will have talks with Olympique Lyonnais' striker Fred, who might cost £11 million, as a possible replacement for Dimitar Berbatov, should he leave the club.  Middlesbrough are having talks with the Brazilian before he heads for discussions with Spurs and our club is also being linked with a move for Boro left winger Stewart Downing (again), although his club say there has been no contact.  Later in the day, the Sky Sports website claimed that Spurs had dropped out of the talks with Fred over financial demands, leaving Paris St. Germain and Boro to fight over him.  Toulouse have revealed that Spurs have contacted them about their Swedish international forward Johan Elmander.  Apparently, just before leaving the club, Sam Allardyce agreed a £5.5 million fee fro Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra and the player is holding fire on the move, as he wants to see if Tottenham will match the Geordie's bid.  Internazionale has withdrawn any interest in former Chelsea and Portugal midfielder Maniche, leaving Spurs in prime position if they wish to move for the 30 year old Atletico Madrid, so say the Daily Mirror.
  
The Sun reports that Juande Ramos has received a writ from Seville demanding £2.2 million.
  
Dimitar Berbatov has been named as the Bulgarian Player of the Year for the fourth time.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... There is no truth that Dave Kitson was celebrating Reading's FA Cup draw with Spurs when he was stopped for an alleged drink-driving charge on Wednesday night.


Wednesday  09.01.2008   (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 Arsenal at Highbury in the League Cup semi-final first leg last night.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
   The Sun claim that Juande Ramos wants to move eight first team squad players out of the club.  These are Paul Robinson, Pascal Chimbonda, Young-Pyo Lee, Paul Stalteri, Wayne Routledge, Anthony Gardner, Hossam Ghaly and Jermain Defoe.  To replace the Spurs keeper, the paper says he is already looking at
Getafeís 21 year old Argentina goalie Oscar Ustari, 21, with Tino Hildebrand of Valencia and Boltonís Jussi Jaaskelainen as other options.   Full back Alan Hutton has turned down a second offer to join Tottenham from Glasgow Rangers

  OTHER NEWS ... Sam Allardyce has left Newcastle United as their manager by mutual consent ...  ...


Tuesday  08.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs Youth progressed to the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup with a 2-1 win over Chester City at White Hart Lane tonight.  The goals came from Danny Rose and a David Hutton penalty.
   Jermain Defoe has revealed that Juande Ramos has told him that he can leave the club if he wishes.  The striker was expecting to be told that he was starting against Arsenal in the League Cup semi-final, but was shocked when given the news.  However, he said he has never stated he wanted to leave the club and will stay and fight for his place because he loves it at White Hart Lane.  Aston Villa are believed to want to offer him an escape route should he require one.
   Rumours surrounding a further Tottenham move for Glasgow Rangers defender Alan Hutton are circulating.  Having turned Spurs down, the story goes that the club have returned
with an improved financial package for the full back and he is considering it.  However, the news on the BBC website says that Tottenham have stated they have no further interest in the player and Rangers manager Walter Smith said he knew nothing about the new offer.  The Times say that the Scottish club want Hutton to go, but others say he will once more frustrate Spurs' efforts to tempt him South.  The Daily Telegraph catches up with the weekend's news by saying that Ramos will make Tal Ben Haim of Chelsea his first signing for £8 million, while he is considering a £9 million move for midfielder Tiago of Juventus.  Apparently, Edgar Davids has given the benefit of his experience at Tottenham to full back Urby Emanuelson and told him that he is a talented player who only needs to go to the top clubs in England, Italy or Spain ... so he might as well forget joining Spurs.  Bitter or what ??  Out of contract in the summer, Aston Villa's 30 year old Danish defender Martin Laursen has said he would be interested in a move to Spurs or Newcastle United if they wanted him.
   If Tottenham progress to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, their tie with Manchester United will be televised on BBC 1 on Sunday 27th
January with a 2.00 p.m. kick off.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Didier Zokora has left to join the Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations, while Tom Huddlestone
serves the first game of his suspension for getting sent off last week against Reading.  Doubtful with injuries are Younes Kaboul and Darren Bent.  Definitely out are Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Anthony Gardner and Gareth BaleChris Gunter is cup-tied.
  
ARSENAL TEAM NEWS : - Lukasz Fabianski will play in goal, with Djourou and Senderos at the back, with Walcott in midfield, as Arsene Wenger fields a young side.  Robin van Persie is in contention for a place in the team.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Monday  07.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Dimitar Berbatov has come out and said that he is annoyed about comments about his future being made and quotes that are attributed to him that he has not made.  The Bulgarian striker said it was starting to affect his game and he just wanted to play football and win things with Tottenham.  He believes that can be achieved at Spurs and rates Juande Ramos as a good man and a good coach, who can see details that others cannot see.  Dimitar also said he is not worth the sums of money being linked with a potential transfer away from White Hart Lane.
   Spurs have been drawn away to Manchester United in the FA Cup Fourth Round, should they get past Reading in the Third Round replay.
  
The Sun claim that Ramos wants to buy Chelsea's Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim for £8 million !!  Is he sure ??  The Times seem to think that Spurs will be back in for Alan Hutton, believing they can somehow persuade him that an £8 million transfer is the right move for him, although that was what he turned down last week.  Pascal Chimbonda might be on his way out of the club after he is reported to have laughed when asked to play in central defence and with Chris Gunter signed and rumours linking Spurs with Hutton and other right sided defenders, he is getting a bit worried.  Well that's what the Daily Mail say.  Not worried enough to be thinking that if Spurs offered him the right contract that he would sign it, TeamTalk tell us.  Chelsea and Spurs are keen on Barcelona's former Juventus defender Gianluca Zambrotta, the Times tell us, as well as Spurs going in for Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson, who they offered £1 million for two years ago.   Manchester City have said that money is no object in their quest to lure Dimitar Berbatov away from Tottenham, the Sun says, while the Mirror continues with news of the attraction Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has for Anthony Gardner.
  
Ben Alnwick has joined Leicester City on loan for six months, after former Spurs keeper Marton Fulop was recalled from his loan spell at the Walkers Stadium to return to Sunderland.
   Andy Barcham's loan spell at Leyton Orient has been extended until the end of the season.
   To read Alan Fisher's latest column on the transfer window, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Sunday  06.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Manchester United are making Dimitar Berbatov their main transfer target, but do not want to be held to ransom by Spurs, so says the Mail on Sunday, but the Sunday Express claims that Tottenham have already lined up Toulouse striker Johan Elmander as his replacement.  Other papers claim Chelsea will bid £32 million for the Bulgarian and Manchester United will offer us all sorts of player + cash deals for the forward.  The People reckon the Chelsea deal is supposed to be ready to go through in January and the money is to be paid up front, leaving Juande Ramos with a huge pot of money to spend, with Elmander and David Villa of Valencia lined up.  However, the News of the World reports that an "insider" at the club has revealed that Berbatov had better get used to White Hart Lane, as Daniel Levy has no intention of letting him go this transfer window and having signed a four year deal with a two year option that Spurs can trigger, they have no need to sell him, especially as there is a healthy set of books showing the money is not what is needed.  Also on the striker front, the same newspaper reveals that Jermain Defoe is set to sign a new five year deal at the club, which would effectively double his salary.  The Express also claim that if talks do not progress at Middlesbrough about Stuart Downing's contract, the Teesside club might sell him, with Everton and Spurs leading the chase for the winger.  Tottenham have asked QPR to double their £1.5 million bid for Wayne Routledge.  The News of the World list the players due in the January clear-out at the lane including Hossam Ghaly (who the People claim is having work permit trouble in his move to Derby County), Paul Stalteri (who might go back to the German Bundesliga) and Wayne Routledge, who interests his old club Crystal Palace.  West Ham United want to take Darren Bent on loan for the rest of this season, but they are likely to be unlucky with their wish according to the People.  The Observer has Spurs looking to Lyon for a new striker, with Fred an option at £9 million, as he is out of favour at the French club, partly because the other new sensation Karim Benzema has ousted the tall Brazilian and Tottenham are also keen on the 20 year old.  The broadsheet also claims that Spurs will move for former Liverpool forward Djibril Cisse of Marseille, but Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City are also watching the man who had two broken legs while at Anfield.  The Sunday Mirror says that both Spurs and West Ham United are looking at former Chelsea midfielder Tiago Mendes, now with Juventus, where the Portuguese player has failed to make an impression.  Middlesbrough are said in the News of the World to contest the signing of Atletico Madrid's Portuguese midfielder Maniche with Spurs.
   As a result of yesterday's draw in the FA Cup, the replay will be at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday 15th January with a 8:00 p.m. kick off, while Tottenham's away match against Chelsea next week will now revert to it's original date of Saturday 12th January.
  
An interesting article in the Guardian about Didier Zokora can be found here.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The Observer blow apart the crazy state of the transfer market as "(Alan) Hutton declined to join Tottenham on Thursday after Rangers accepted an £8m-plus offer for the 3-year-old."


Saturday  05.01.2008   (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 Reading at White Hart Lane in the Third Round of the FA Cup this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
   Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs are being linked with a move for Barcelona's Geovanni Dos Santos.  Spurs are believed to have a £7 million bid in, while Chelsea have recorded a £10 million offer and United will not enter the bidding until the summer, as the player's contract talks with his club flop.   Apparently, Sven Goran Eriksson is set to join the group of clubs chasing Dimitar Berbatov, as Manchester City's deep pockets try to tempt him to Eastlands.
  
Spurs Under-18s beat Cardiff City 5-0 at Spurs Lodge, with the goals coming from Ryan Mason 2 (1 penalty), Jon Obika 2 and Alex Olsen.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Luton Town asked Liverpool if they could have the Scousers half of the gate money from tomorrow's FA Cup tie to help them fight off going out of business.  The Merseyside club said no and when the Hatters management looked, they saw some blokes with curly hair and droopy moustaches running off with their hubcaps.


Friday  04.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Arsene Wenger has denied that Spurs have made a £4 million offer for midfielder Lassana DiarraHossam Ghaly told the London Evening Standard that Derby County had started talks with him about a possible move to Pride Park five days ago.  Tottenham are supposedly interested in Cardiff City's Welsh midfielder Joe Ledley, so there might be a Ledley in midfield as well as at the back !!  The Sun report that Leicester City are set to sign reserve goalkeeper Ben Alnwick on loan for the rest of the season.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Younes Kaboul (ankle) and Darren Bent (knee) are out of tomorrow's FA Cup tie with Reading.  .
   Academy goalkeeper Lee Butcher has joined AFC Wimbledon on loan for one month
.

  OTHER NEWS ... Andy Scott has been named as the new Brentford manager ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Alan Hutton turned down a move to Tottenham as he wishes to ply his trade against the likes o Dundee United and Gretna in the mighty Scottish Premier League.


Thursday  03.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs were being linked to a move for 23 year old Glasgow Rangers full back Alan Hutton, with talks going on between the two clubs about a fee of £8 million, but later in the day, news broke that the Scot had decided not to make the move in the January transfer window.  Whether this means he will move at a later stage or whether he is hanging out for a move to Manchester United, we will wait and see.
   The Independent reports that Tottenham have issued Jermain Defoe an ultimatum to sign a new contract or to be sold within the next month.  Meanwhile, the Dimitar Berbatov saga drags on with Manchester United and Chelsea both linked today, while Juande Ramos was realistic enough to state that every player has his price, which he thought would be more than the British transfer record of £30 million.  The Daily Mirror reckon that Derby County boss Paul Jewell wants to sign midfielder Hossam Ghaly on loan to help fight relegation, while Tottenham are still being linked with a £24 million move for Valencia's David Villa.  Another story, this time in the Daily Telegraph indicates that both Spurs and Manchester City will be disappointed as Toulouse have said that Swedish striker Johan Elmander is not for sale.  Lazio's Macedonian striker Goran Pandev has issued a come and get me plea to Spurs, Liverpool and Everton as the three Premier League sides he would like to play for.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Spurs welcome back Teemu Tainio, Paul Stalteri and Pascal Chimbonda to the squad for the FA Cup tie with Reading at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
   READING TEAM NEWS : - Steve Coppell has announced that he will field an under-strength side for Saturday's FA Cup Third Round tie with Spurs, coming hot on the heels of striker Dave Kitson's comments yesterday that he couldn't give a double defecation if he didn't play, as Reading didn't stand any chance of winning the trophy
.  Goalkeeper Adam Frederici will play in goal and out of favour Leroy Lita will start up front .. .probably in place of Kitson.
  
Tottenham's game in the UEFA Cup Round of 32 with Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic will now take place on Wednesday 13th February.
  Striker
Lee Barnard has returned from his loan spell at Crewe Alexandra, where he had a number of injuries, but scored three goal sin ten appearances for the Railwaymen.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Sam Allardyce says that a club like Newcastle should not be losing three game son the trot.  A club like Newcastle should not be losing home matches.  What Big Sam forgot to say was that a club like Newcastle should not have a manager like him.


Wednesday  02.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Despite the papers commenting on the rumours surrounding Dimitar Berbatov's seemingly imminent departure from White Hart Lane ... or not, if you read what is coming out of the Lane ... there is no real news about the club today.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Tuesday  01.01.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   HAPPY NEW YEAR !!
   Spurs lost 1-2 to Aston Villa at Villa Park tonight.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
   Tottenham are being linked with a move for Atletico Madrid's Portuguese international midfielder Maniche
.  The player will be out of contract in July and might be amenable to a move sooner, if the £4 million rumoured to be on offer is accepted by the La Liga club.  The papers are full of Dimitar Berbatov rumours following his agent's comments yesterday and The Sun reckons that Chelsea are set to make a £26 million bid for the striker.  The Express consider Manchester United putting together a £20 million bid, but think that Spurs will put a £30 million price tag on his head, thus ensuring he stays until the summer at least.  The Daily Mail claims that Manchester United are ready to top any bid from other teams, thus prompting Spurs to start looking for a replacement for the Bulgarian.  Some sources claim that Klass-Jan Huntelaar of Ajax tops Damien Comolli's list of preferred forwards.
   Tottenham officially completed the signing of Cardiff City defender Chris Gunter today for an undisclosed fee, but it is believed to be worth a total of £3 million should Gunter meet all the conditional clauses in the deal
.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

 

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