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February 2012

 

This page gives you a diary of events as they have happened at the club. 
News of all current and former players will be included, as well as any other Spurs related story, rumour or innuendo.

The MEHSTG spin story is our own unique take on some of the big breaking stories of the day ... with our 
"spin" (and little truth) attached to it !!  There are also "no spin" stories, which are strange but true !! 
You couldn't make them up !!

Wednesday 29.02.2012
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   Tottenham's home game with Stoke City has been moved to Wednesday 21st March with a 19:45 kick off to accommodate the FA Cup Sixth Round ties taking place on the original date of the game.
   Scott Parker captained England in their 2-3 friendly defeat by Holland at Wembley tonight.
   Bongani Khumalo and Steven Pienaar played for South Africa against Senegal in a 0-0 friendly draw in Durban.
   Louis Saha was a 70th minute substitute in the French side in their 2-1 away friendly win against Germany tonight.
   Croatia's 1-3 home defeat in a friendly featured Vedran Corluka (substituted after 29 minutes), Luka Modric (substituted after 72 minutes) and Niko Kranjcar (a 46th minute substitute).
   Ryan Nelsen was New Zealand's captain in their 2-3 home friendly defeat by Jamaica.
   Sandro was in the Brazil side that beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 in a friendly match in Switzerland.
   Colombia beat Mexico 2-0 in Miami in a friendly and Giovani dos Santos played the whole game for Mexico.
   Steven Caulker scored for England U21 in their 4-0 friendly win against Belgium U21 at Middlesbrough tonight.  Danny Rose also played and Adam Smith was an unused substitute.
   Tottenham and Sainsbury's have announced a partnership in the redevelopment of Northumberland Park, with a new 70,000 sq. feet store to be built into the end of the new ground.
   Please note that the Victoria Line will be closed along it's whole length on Sunday when Spurs host Manchester United.


   OTHER NEWS ... Gary Megson was sacked as manager of Sheffield Wednesday today ... 

Tuesday 28.02.2012
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   Tottenham's away game at Villa Park against Aston Villa has been moved to Sunday 8th May with a 14:00 kick off to avoid the FA Cup final on the previous day.  However, the game is subject to move for live coverage or should either side be involved in the FA Cup Final.
   Scott Parker has been named England's Player of the Year, voted for by the fans through the FA website.
   Harry Kane scored for England Under-19s in their 2-0 win over the Czech Republic at Leyton Orient tonight in a friendly.
   Kenneth McEvoy was on the score-sheet for the Republic of Ireland Under-19s in their 1-1 away draw with Turkey.
   A young Spurs XI beat the Nike Academy (a team made up of players released from professional clubs) 2-0 at Spurs Lodge today, with the goals scored by Cristian Ceballos and Nathan Byrne.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Monday 27.02.2012
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   Following Kyle Walker's ankle injury picked up yesterday, Adam Smith has been recalled form his loan spell at Leeds United to provide cover at right back.
   The injury had forced Kyle Walker to withdraw from the England squad for their game against Holland at Wembley on Wednesday and Rafael van der Vaart took a kick on the foot, so has had to pull out of the Dutch squad for the match.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Sunday 26.02.2012
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   Tottenham lost 2-5 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.
   It is being reported in the Sun and Sunday Mirror that if Harry Redknapp goes to take the England job, he will want Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan to join him.  The Sun reckons Spurs are preparing a three year deal to tempt Redknapp to stay at White Hart Lane, but with the FA already considering the 5 million release clause he has in his current contract, a possible 10 million compensation package might make them look elsewhere.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 25.02.2012
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs are happy to welcome Benoit Assou-Ekotto (groin operation), Rafael van der Vaart (calf), Luka Modric (flu) and Emmanuel Adebayor (knee) back to fitness and they rejoin the squad for Sunday's trip to Highbury, while Ledley King will have a late fitness test to make sure he is ready to line-up against Arsenal.  Missing from the Spurs squad are William Gallas (calf), Sandro (calf), David Bentley (knee) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle operation).
   ARSENAL TEAM NEWS : -  Arsenal will be without Santos (ankle), Jack Wilshire (ankle), Per Mertesacker (ankle), Emmanuel Frimpong (knee), Francis Coquelin (hamstring), Abou Diaby (hamstring) and Sebastien Squilacci (groin), as well as facing doubts over the involvement of Kieran Gibbs (groin), Carl Jenkinson (back), Aaron Ramsey (ankle), Marouane Chamakh (toe) and Laurent Koscielny (knee).
   The Daily Telegraph reports that Tottenham are willing to offer Emmanuel Adebayor a 4 million signing on fee if he agrees to join the club and fits into the existing wage structure, as long as they can agree a fee of around 8 million with Manchester City.
   The Sun run a story claiming that Jermain Defoe wants to extend his current deal with Spurs beyond the two years it has to run and stay at Tottenham for the rest of his career.
   The paper also reckons that Tottenham and Arsenal will compete for the signature of Sunderland's 27 year old Benin attacking midfielder Stephane Sessegnon in the summer.
   The Daily Mail reveals that Arsenal turned down the chance to sign Gareth Bale before he signed for Tottenham and then on the last day of the January transfer window deadline Arsene Wenger declined o take Louis Saha to Highbury, thus allowing his move to Spurs to take place.
   Spurs Under-18s won 3-2 away at Bristol City today with goals from Darren McQueen 2 and Jack Munns.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Friday 24.02.2012
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   Should Spurs beat Stevenage in the FA Cup Fifth Round replay, then the Sixth Round tie at home to Bolton Wanderers will be staged at White Hart Lane on Saturday 17th March with a 17:30 kick off with the game to be shown live on ESPN.
   The London Evening Standard claim that Spurs will try to negotiate a deal to keep Emmanuel Adebayor at White Hart Lane beyond this season and this might break the Tottenham wage structure, with Luka Modric believed to be offered 100,000 a week to sign a new deal .
   Winger Andros Townsend has returned from his spell on loan at Leeds United, where he was said to be unable to settle and has gone straight on loan to Chris Hughton's Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season.
   MK Dons are keen to take David Bentley on loan for the rest of the season, but have not yet made a formal move for the winger according to an interview with manager Karl Robinson on the BBC website.
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   OTHER NEWS ... No charges are to be pressed by the CPS against The Red Issue fanzine after copies of their publication were seized by Police at the Manchester United v Liverpool game a couple of weeks ago, as the fanzine cover depicted a picture of a Ku Klux Klan mask with "LFC Suarez Is Innocent" on it.  The fanzine was deemed not to be inciting racial hatred  ... 


   MEHSTG's spin story ... .

Thursday 23.02.2012
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   Kyle Walker and Scott Parker are included in the England squad to play a friendly against Holland at Wembley on Wednesday 29th February.
   Rafael van der Vaart has been picked in the Holland squad for the same game.
   Steven Caulker, Danny Rose and Adam Smith are in the England Under-21 squad who will play Belgium at Middlesbrough FC on Wednesday 29th February in a European Championship qualifier.
   The Daily Mirror claim that Spurs are set to nip in ahead of the FA to make Harry Redknapp a big contract to fend off interest in his services to take the England manager's post.
   For a preview of the match at Arsenal on Sunday, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 22.02.2012
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   Some of Tottenham's games in April have been selected for TV coverage  and have been changed to accommodate this.
Sunderland (away) on Saturday 7th March is moving to a 12:45 kick off from 15:00 to be shown on Sky Sports
Bolton Wanderers (away) has moved from Saturday 14th April to Sunday 15th April with a 13:30 kick off for Sky Sports
QPR (away) on Saturday 21st April moves from 15:00 to 17:30 kick off (ESPN)
Blackburn Rovers (home) on Saturday 28th April moves to a 16:00 kick off on Sunday 29th April to be shown on Sky Sports.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Tuesday 21.02.2012
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   A Spurs XI beat Leyton Orient 7-3 at Spurs Lodge this afternoon, with the Tottenham goals scored by Cameron Lancaster 3, Massimo Luongo, Will Ekong, Simon Dawkins and Cristian Ceballos.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Monday 20.02.2012
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   The Fifth Round FA Cup replay will take place at White Hart Lane on Wednesday 7th March with a 19:30 kick off.  The game will be shown live on TV by ESPN.
   Former Spurs striker Colin Lee has been appointed as one of the first team coaches at Notts. County.


   OTHER NEWS ... Keith Curle has been named as the new manager of Notts. County ... Simon Grayson has been appointed as the new Huddersfield Town boss ... 

Sunday 19.02.2012
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   Tottenham drew 0-0 with Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium this afternoon in the FA Cup Fifth Round.  Click here for a match report.
   Should Spurs beat Stevenage in the replay at White Hart Lane, they have been drawn at home to Bolton Wanderers in the Sixth Round in a tie to be played on March 17th or 18th.
   The Sunday Telegraph claims that Daniel Levy will resist the FA's likely attempts to take Harry Redknapp away from Tottenham by demanding a hefty compensation package for the Spurs boss.  The author - Duncan White - expanded his article on Sky Sports' Sunday Supplement by saying that a deal would cost the FA 5 million to cover the cost of procuring Redknapp from Portsmouth, the remainder of his current contract being paid up and then the cost of bringing in the new manager to replace Redknapp.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 18.02.2012
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   Goalkeeper Oscar Jansson has joined Shamrock Rovers on loan until the end of June.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Ryan Nelsen should start his first Spurs match, with Younes Kaboul a possible starter after his knee injury.  Rafael van de Vaart's calf injury rules him out and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and David Bentley (knee) are both long term absentees, with William Gallas still out with his calf strain and Sandro suffering the same injury will stay sidelined.


   OTHER NEWS ... Neil Warnock has been appointed as the new manager of Leeds United ... Martin Allen has been sacked as manager of Notts. County ...

Friday 17.02.2012
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   Spurs have turned down a request by Chris Hughton to take Danny Rose on loan to Birmingham City it was reported on TalkSport's radio station this morning.
   TalkSport's website claims Spurs are competing with Juventus, Paris St. Germain and Internazionale for the signature of Internacional striker Leandro Damiao in the summer.
   American entertainment company AEG have denied that they are trying to buy out Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis to take over Tottenham in a deal worth 450 million.


   OTHER NEWS ... Portsmouth have been deducted 10 points for the second time in to years after going into administration again ... 

Thursday 16.02.2012
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   Spurs and Liverpool have been put on alert by Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao, who looks set to leave Internacional in the summer, with Barcelona and Internazionale also interested in the 22 year old forward.
   Tottenham's Youth side lost 0-1 at the Valley to Charlton Athletic in the FA Youth Cup Fifth Round tonight.
   For a preview of the FA Cup tie on Sunday at Stevenage, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 15.02.2012
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   Tom Huddlestone will have further surgery on his ankle on Friday which will rule him out for the remainder of this season, but will hopefully, mean he will be fit to take part in the pre-season programme.
   Tottenham have agreed a deal with Sao Paolo for the Brazil Under-20 captain and defender Bruno Uvini to be invited over for a two month trial, according to the BBC Football website.  The trial is with a view to signing the player on a permanent basis.
   The Sun claims that Spurs winger David Bentley would like to try his luck in the USA on loan to get playing again.
   The Sun also reckons Spurs will have to break their wage structure to tempt Lille midfielder Eden Hazard to join the club as he is already earning 50,000 a week.
   Tottenham's young defender Connor Ogilvie was a 57th minute substitute in England Under-16s 1-0 win in Madrid in a friendly against Spain tonight.


   OTHER NEWS ... just about a year after Spurs won 1-0 at the San Siro against AC Milan in the Champions League Round of 16, Arsenal lose 0-4 to the same club at the same stage.

   CRIME WATCH ... West Ham United's new signing Ravel Morrison is up on an FA charge after tweeting a homophobic message ... 

Tuesday 14.02.2012
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   Jurgen Klinsmann has said that he is happy as the US manager as he prepares for their World Cup qualification campaign, according to the London Evening Standard.
   The media is reporting that the Belgian press interview with Lille midfielder Eden Hazard has said that he could join Spurs in the summer.  What they also mention is that he fancies Real Madrid or Barcelona more and other clubs are interested in the Belgian midfielder.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Monday 13.02.2012
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   No substantial Spurs news around today.


   OTHER NEWS ... Wolverhampton Wanderers sacked their manager Mick McCarthy today ... 

Sunday 12.02.2012
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   Little Spurs news apart from speculation over just WHEN Harry Redknapp will be offered the England manager's job.


   OTHER NEWS ... Zambia beat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the African Cup of Nations final ... statements were issued by Luis Suarez, Kenny Dalglish and Chief Executive Ian Ayre apologising for the disgraceful behaviour of the player and manager following yesterday's game at Old Trafford against Manchester United ...

Saturday 11.02.2012
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   Tottenham beat Newcastle United 5-0 at White Hart Lane tonight.  For a match report click here.
   The Metro claims Spurs and Arsenal will vie for the signature of Ajax defender Jan Verthongen in the summer.  The 24 year old is seen as a replacement for Ledley King, who, the paper reports, today failed to agree a pay-as-you-play contract.
   The Daily Mirror is suggesting that the club will move to make Jurgen Klinsmann the new Tottenham manager should Harry Redknapp leave to take the England manager's job and mention Guus Hiddink as another potential target.  However, the Daily Star reckon David Moyes is top of the list to be the new Spurs boss.


   OTHER NEWS ... A further race row erupted as Luis Suarez refused to shake the hand of Patrice Evra, the player he racially abused before the game at Old Trafford.  This lead to ugly scenes with players confronting each other at half time and at the end of the match.  Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish failed to condemn the player and said that none of the scenes that happened today had anything to do with Luis Suarez ... 

Friday 10.02.2012
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs will be without Rafael van der Vaart (calf), William Gallas (calf), David Bentley (knee) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) are all out of the game at home to Newcastle United tomorrow night, Sandro (calf) and Younes Kaboul (knee) are both very doubtful, but better news is that Ledley King might play after turning out at Anfield on Monday and Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe are back in the squad for selection.
   NEWCASTLE UNITED TEAM NEWS : - Yohan Cabaye completes his three match ban by missing the match at White Hart Lane and Chiek Tiote is in Africa playing for Ivory Coast.  Knee injury keeps Leon Best out for the rest of the season, Ryan Taylor was carried off last week and the swelling hasn't gone down on his ankle yet. Sylvain Marveaux's groin condition means he cannot play, Shola Ameobi has a knee injury, Nile Ranger an ankle problem and Steven Taylor a ruptured Achilles keeping them sidelined.
   For a preview of tomorrow night's match against Newcastle United, click here.
   Spurs appear at 11th place in the Deloitte Football Money League for the 2010-11 season, with a turnover of 163.5 million.  Tottenham were just above Manchester City (swapping places with them from the season before) and two places below Liverpool.  Chelsea were in sixth, Arsenal fifth and Manchester United third.
   Former Spurs reserve striker Stephen Robinson has been appointed as Northern Ireland Under-21 manager.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Thursday 09.02.2012
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   Not much news other than all the speculation around Harry Redknapp and the vacant England job, but he said today that all he was focused on was "Tottenham Hotspurs" (sic, but he wasn't well).
   However, there is a good interview with Benoit Assou-Ekotto on the BBC website at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/16960846.
   David Ginola has broken five ribs and damaged his neck in a skiing accident in France, but is expected to make a good recovery.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 08.02.2012
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   Harry Redknapp was found not guilty of the tax evasion charges at Southwark Crown Court today.
   Midfielder Dean Parrett has extended his loan spell at Yeovil Town until the end of the season.


   OTHER NEWS ... Fabio Capello has resigned as England manager today following the removal of the captaincy from John Terry ... 

Tuesday 07.02.2012
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   The Daily Mail claim Spurs will rival Arsenal for the signing of 18 year old Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles.  Arsenal failed in an earlier 5 million bid for the youngster and the price might be bumped up because of Tottenham's interest.
   The BBC are working on a new show called "
The 1952 Show" to tie in with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The programme looks at how life was back in the fifties and how much it has changed today. The series is will be broadcasted on BBC1 throughout the whole of the UK, Monday to Friday each morning in March 2012.

One of the short films were are making looks at Leisure in the 1950s and in particular the Spurs Football Fans of the 1950s. Are there any readers out there who were big fans in the 50s.  The Beeb would love them to recount their Saturday routine, their passion for football, what were the fans like, general conversation of 50s football and life back then.  If possible, someone who lives nearby the stadium so we may be able to take them back for a walk around.

Please contact MEHSTG at mehstg@blueyonder.co.uk if you are interested in taking part and we will pass your details onto the researchers on the show.


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Monday 06.02.2012
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   Tottenham drew 0-0 with Liverpool at Anfield tonight.  For a match report click here.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Sunday 05.02.2012
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   The only Spurs related stuff in the news today is a rumour in the People that Bayern Munich are leading the way to sign Blackburn Rovers striker and Spurs target Junior Hoilett.
   And Steven Pienaar tells the Sunday Mirror that Spurs will have to fight off bids for Luka Modric from top clubs in the summer.
   Click here for a match preview of tomorrow's trip to Anfield.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 04.02.2012
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   The Daily Mirror claims that Barcelona have watched Gareth Bale seven times this season and may be planning a cash plus players swap for the Welsh international in the summer.
   Spurs transfer target - Brazilian midfielder Ganso has said he is happy to stay at Santos.
   Former Spurs striker Steffen Iversen has mutually cancelled his contract with Crystal Palace and hopes to sign for another Championship club.


   OTHER NEWS ... The owner of Nottingham Forest - Nigel Doughty - was found dead in his home gym this morning ... 

Friday 03.02.2012
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe are both very doubtful with hamstring injuries, while Rafael van der Vaart's calf muscle pull will have to be monitored to see if he can play at Anfield on Monday against Liverpool.  Kyle Walker's groin strain was not as bad as first thought so he should be fit and is in the squad along with new signings Louis Saha and Ryan NelsenWilliam Gallas is still out with a calf injury and Tom Huddlestone continues his rehabilitation from ankle surgery, with Emmanuel Adebayor also a doubt with an injury picked up against Wigan Athletic in midweek.
   LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS : -  Steven Gerrard will return to the squad after being left out of the Reds game at Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek, while Luis Suarez is available again after his suspension for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrick Evra.
   Gareth Bale has been awarded the Premier League Player of the Moth award for January.
   It is reported that Heurelho Gomes turned down the opportunity to join CSKA Moscow on loan until the end of the season on the last day of the transfer window.
   Spurs have withdrawn from the NextGen competition following an ineligible player being fielded in the 1-0 quarter final win over Liverpool on Wednesday.  The player is believed to be 15 year old Frenchman Nabil Bentaleb.
   Spurs signed 18 year old Australian midfielder Ginacarlo Gallifuoco on a two and a half year deal in the transfer window after he had been on trial during the winter.
   The Premier League have moved all fixtures on Saturday 5th May to Sunday 6th May to avoid the FA Cup Final, so Tottenham's match at Aston Villa will move to that day.  However, this is still subject to television companies choosing games for live coverage, which may be moved back to the Saturday.


   OTHER NEWS ... John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament as his case where he faces charges of alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand has been postponed until 9th July ... 

Thursday 02.02.2012
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   Spurs have completed the free transfer of central defender Ryan Nelsen, who had his contract paid up from Blackburn Rovers, leaving him as a free agent.
   Ryan Nelsen (squad number 33) and Louis Saha (15) are both in the Tottenham 25 man squad for the second half of the season, along with some surprise inclusions, such as David Bentley (38), Simon Dawkins (42) and Bongani Khumalo (36).
   The Daily Mirror claims Spurs and Fulham will make a move for Wigan Athletic striker Hugo Rodellega in the summer.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 01.02.2012
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   Tottenham's Fifth Round FA Cup tie has been selected for TV coverage by ITV and will be shown on ITV1 on Sunday 19th February with a 14:00 kick off.
   34 year old Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Nelsen looks set to sign for Spurs as his current club look set to pay up his contract and thus allowing him to be a free agent.
   The Tottenham youth side won 1-0 against Liverpool at White Hart Lane in the NextGen quarter final tonight, with Shaquile Coulthirst's goal settling the tie.  Tottenham will next meet Barcelona.
   Defender Bongani Khumalo has been recalled from his loan spell at Reading.
   The Daily Telegraph claims Spurs are seeking a 20 million deal for a 20 year naming rights deal for the new stadium when it is built.


   OTHER NEWS ... Simon Grayson was sacked as manager of Leeds United today ... 

 

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