Spurs clock has been reinstalled at White Hart Lane. The
clock has been refurbished and is now back in place on the Red
House at the front of the ground. It even tells the right
According to the Daily Mirror, Spurs are looking for bids for Les
Ferdinand in the summer and are willing to accept a low fee to
remove him from the wage bill. Having already lost money on
Moussa Saib, the club will take a big loss on the £6 million they
spent on the England striker as they clear the decks for a £5
million move for Chelsea's Chris Sutton. George Graham has
also said to have watched Barcelona's Dani in action.
GG has said that he did not
Pierre van Hooijdonkey at Tottenham as he had undoubted talent,
but is not a team player.
- A man
has been charged with affray and the assault causing actual bodily
harm to a woman at last year's Worthington Cup Final. The
man from Slough has been bailed to appear at Brent Magistrate's
Court on 4 April. The arrest took place one year after the
Sherwood has resumed light training after his double hernia
operation. He said he is hoping to play a couple of games before
the end of the season and without setting targets would hope to
return at Old Trafford when Spurs play Manchester United.
Freund is looking to gain revenge over his friend and countryman
Christian Ziege for the 1-2 defeat at the Cellnet stadium earlier
this season. Freund is therefore anticipating a good
performance for Spurs against Middlesbrough on Monday.
Graham has hinted that some of the young signings made this season
could be on the bench for the Middlesbrough match and one could
even start the game.
who has been linked with a Bosman move to Tottenham when the
season is up, intends to leave Panathaniakos to join 1860 Munich
in the summer.
Justin Edinburgh's testimonial is tentatively set for May 9 at
Portsmouth where his new side will take on Tottenham.
report on Soccernet has revealed that Pierre van Hooijdonk is set
to leave Vitesse Arnhem at the end of the season and wants to come
back to play in the Premiership with Tottenham top of his
list. He feels it would be a challenge and he would look
forward to working with George Graham. He would be valued at
around £6 million and is also being looked at by PSV Eindhoven as
a replacement for Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Picketts Lock stadium mystery deepens. The designs were
aired today and it is likely that Spurs and Saracens Rugby Union
club could be invited by UK Athletics to share the stadium and the
£4 million running costs once they have built it.
Tottenham's Financial Director, John Sedgwick, said that the club
would look at the project as they could not stick their heads in
the sand. He mentioned that the capacity of White Hart Lane
could be increased to 45,000.
Tottenham are considering strongly appealing against the fine
imposed by the FA in respect of the brawl in the game at Leeds
United in February. The club feel it is unfair that they have
received the same fine as Leeds United, when it was acknowledged
that the tackle by a Leeds player started the melee.
have promised to ban the man who was pictured hitting the female Leicester
City supporter at last year's Wembley Worthington Cup Final.
Photo's of the man will be published in the programme for Monday's
match against Middlesbrough asking for him to be identified.
details of the deal for 14 year old Michael Malcolm have been
revealed. A Sky Sports report says that the deal is more in
the region of £500,000 and that consists of £10,000 down and the
same amount when he reaches 16. More payments will be made
when he signs professional and when he makes a certain number of
appearances. The deal also involves money should the player
make the national side, but realistically, it is worth in the
region of £200,000 to Wycombe should he play for Tottenham's
Martin Aarst of Belgian club Gent has revealed he has spoken to an
English agent who has links to Tottenham. Leeds United are
also said to be following the form of the Norwegian goal scorer.
- The day
after seven Leicester City players are fined a total of £75,000
for actions which lead to football violence, Tottenham and Leeds
United got £150,000 fines for not controlling their players in
the brawl during the Premier League match at Elland Road on
February 12. Both clubs were warned as to their future
conduct. The FA also considered
deducting points from the two clubs. An FA statement said
that "It was
clearly an incident that was damaging to the image of the game.
Such behaviour by high-profile professionals is unacceptable and
won't be tolerated." Does this mean that smaller clubs
will not be punished in such a manner and that
Manchester United can escape with their harassment of match
officials in recent matches without a word. Tottenham are
extremely unhappy with the result as it was raised in the hearing
that the incident was instigated by a Leeds player. Surely,
the better way to stop incidents like this happening is to ensure
that perpetrators of fouls like that committed by Bowyer on
Clemence are suitably punished, so other players would not feel
the need to get involved in such punch-ups. Rumours are that
the size of the fine was to use the two clubs as a scapegoat for
what had gone on before and to send a warning out to clubs that
anyone else who steps out of line will be hit hard. This
follows the comments of Minister(ess) for Sport and big
mouth Gooner - Kate Hoey - who said the day after the match that
the Police should get involved to stop this sort of thing.
The message is that the sport will look after itself and the
courts will not be required to be involved. Wouldn't it be
funny if Arsenal were the next club up in front of the FA
??? Hoist by her own petard anyone ??
Harte of Leeds United was cleared of stamping on Chris Perry
during the same game as his momentum meant he wasn't able to avoid
landing on Perry.
Sherwood was cleared of making obscene gestures at Newcastle
United fans in the Premier League match at St. James' Park on
November 28. He was cleared when video evidence showed he
was merely celebrating Chris Armstrong's goal. Sherwood also
revealed that he has been given clearance by Tottenham's medical
team to restart his training and he thinks he can be back in the
first team in three weeks.
Tottenham are to publish the picture of the person involved in the
violence in the Leicester City end of Wembley at the Worthington
Cup Final last year. The FA have also issued a £1,000
reward for information on the man punching the young mother at the
match. Film of the incident has been shown on Crimewatch
FourFourTwo magazine has listed their poll of greatest managers of
all-time voted for by other managers. Top was Sir Alex Ferguson
and the Spurs related names involved are
5. Sir Alf Ramsey;
8. Bill Nicholson;
13. Terry Venables;
16. Herbert Chapman;
Tonight has stated that Spurs have signed the first £1 million schoolboy
- a young (14 year old), black striker Michael Malcolm -
from Wycombe Wanderers. There are no firm details about the
fee, but Youth Development officer, John Moncur signed the player
yesterday. He joins talented youngster Owen Price in the
Spurs junior squads.
Kevin Nichol of Raith Rovers is spending some time on trial at
Tottenham with a view to a permanent move. The teenage
midfielder/winger has impressed Spurs scouts in his one season in
the game and follows Paul Shields (now with Celtic) who came to
Tottenham last season on trial.
Manchester United are appearing to want to wait until the end of
next season to get Sol Campbell on the cheap. They don't
want to get involved in a big money deal this summer and could
wait until 2001 to take the Spurs captain on a Bosman, but
Juventus might try and steal the England central defender this
summer as they have no problems meeting any asking price.
Tottenham are supposedly
watching Strasbourg captain and sweeper, Teddy Bertin, should Sol
leave this summer. The 30 year old, who also plays in
midfield and scores plenty of goals, is available on a Bosman at
the end of this season. Media Monitor has said this is the
work of agents and Spurs have no interest in the player.
The news about a fee agreed
for Sergei Rebrov of Dynamo Kiev has been dismissed by his club
and the player has stated he wishes to play for a club in the
Champions League next season, so that rules out Tottenham.
United boss, Barry Fry, tried to resign Matthew Etherington and
Simon Davies just prior to the transfer deadline on loan until the
end of the season !!
Anderton has been given a boost by England coach Kevin Keegan as
he said it is not too late to get a place in the squad for Euro
Finally, the Worthington Cup Final ticket fiasco involving the
sale of tickets allocated to Leicester players in their final
against Spurs has reached a (sort of) conclusion. Fines
ranging from £5,000 to £20,000 and bans on receiving tickets for
3 to 5 years have been handed out to seven players and staff at
the Midlands club. Andy Impey, Arnar Gunnlaugsson, Tony
Cottee, Scott Taylor and Graham Fenton are the players involved
and Jim Melrose and David Nish from the backroom staff. The
tickets sold in the area where the worst violence occurred
appeared to have originated from winger Andy Impey, who received
the severest penalty with a £20,000 and a five year ban.
All the players intend to appeal against the sentences imposed by
the FA. Stewart Campbell and Neil Lennon will appear in
front of a FA panel on April 11th facing the same charges.
TeamTalk has hinted that Spurs could make a £6 million move for
Carl Cort rather than Chris Sutton at the end of the season.
GG expects to be up against Leeds United for the player's
Steffen Iversen left his boots in his car at Heathrow before
jetting off to Switzerland to play in a friendly for Norway !!
Unsubstantiated rumour is linking Tottenham with a bid of around
£8.5 million for Dynamo Kiev's striker Sergei Rebrov. It is
alleged that a fee has been agreed, but there is no fact to back
this up at the moment. Spurs were also supposed to have made
a last minute bid to buy John Carew from Rosenborg, but he has
chosen to go to Valencia.
Funniest rumour heard today is that Spurs are set to swap Sol
Campbell with Chelsea's Frank Lebeouf and a shed load of cash
!! It would have to be a mansion load of money to make up
the difference between Bully LeBeef and Solman !!
Tomorrow, Ian Harte and Tim Sherwood attend FA hearings about
misconduct charges. Harte is to be given a private hearing
about his stamp on Chris Perry in the Premier League game at
Elland Road on February 12 and Sherwood has to answer charges
concerning the Tottenham match at Newcastle United on November
Reserves lost for the first time in 11 games when they went down
1-2 at Highbury tonight. Anthony Gardner scored the Spurs
goal. A late flurry could have seen Spurs nick a draw with
Etherington hitting the bar and Korsten denied by Lukic
Keegan has said that Tony Adams would probably be the next England
captain, but Sol Campbell is quieter, but is regarded as a leader
and has the respect of the other players.
reason behind the early substitution of Oyvind Leonhardsen has
been revealed as a painful heel injury. The player was in
such pain he could not continue as he has an inflamed tendon
beneath the heel, which he was to have treated at the club
today. He has withdrawn from the Norway - Switzerland
friendly this week and hopes to be ready to play again soon.
- GG has
told Darren Anderton to concentrate on playing well for Tottenham
and to forget about England for the time being. The Spurs
manager has concerns that Anderton would not be the first choice
for the central midfield role for his country and has said that he
needs to work harder when he hasn't got the ball. Dazza said
that it would be fantastic if he was picked for the summer tournament,
but if nothing happens with his selection for the Euro 2000 squad,
he will have a good pre-season and see what happens.
however, Spurs team-mate, Steffen Freund is tipping Anderton to
play in the European Championships. He feels he has the
ability and the experience to help his country in Belgium and
are circulating that Tottenham may be set to move into a 50,000
stadium at Picketts Lock, Enfield to be shared with UK
Athletics. The stadium, to be built for the 2005 World
Athletics Championships (or the long wait until the 20005
Championships as the Spurs Official Website would have it !!) and
the 2012 Olympic Games would have the ability to expand to 80,000
and this could tempt Tottenham who are restricted in their current
White Hart Lane location. The club said they have not been
contacted about this matter and have no plans to move.
prospect Simon Davies has said that he is ready to play in the
Premiership if the call comes. He said he had been overawed
training with players he had only seen on TV when he first
arrived, but he is now learning lots in practice and his fitness
might need a little improvement so he can last the pace in the
Sol Campbell could be out for the next two weeks as he tries to
overcome his knee injury.
credence is being given to the rumours linking Tottenham with a
£6 million bid for Chelsea's Chris Sutton. The forward who
has not hit it off (except the pitch when aiming at goal) at
Stamford Bridge will likely be allowed to leave for a reduced
price after being signed for £10 million last summer. The
player himself has apparently spoken about rebuilding his career
at Tottenham. GG
has targeted him as his main target and he also intends to press
on for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United, who could cost
around £10 million.
Campbell is said to be offered a five year contract at Tottenham
which would earn him around £8 million. The £30,000 a week
deal would also contain conditions that he would : -
- be able to leave after 18 months should Spurs fail to live up to
- first information on players that the club intended to sign
People has revealed that Spurs are to try and buy Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer and Chris Sutton in the summer in a double deal costing
£16 million. The report did not detail how the transfer
fees were to be allocated.
The new Spurs away kit has been revealed on the web on a Icelandic
Sports site (www.toppmenn.is).
It looks something like this
Allan Nielsen has revealed how
he was shut out at White Hart Lane. Having been dropped from the
bench for the last two games, George Graham would not even talk to
him and he had to discuss his future at the club with David Pleat,
who found him a club where he could play first team football.
He appears to have accepted he has no future with Tottenham although
he has two years to run on his contract and could move to Italy
where, according to newspaper reports, Fiorentina are monitoring the
Lennart Johansson, the UEFA
president, has slammed the "Pied Piper" agents who sell
uner-18 players to foreign clubs. He intends to get UEFA to
look into the practice and may outlaw it as he feels the youngsters
are not ready for such a move.
Ruel Fox is rumoured to be
likely to move to his former club Norwich City in the summer despite
a move collapsing before transfer deadline day.
Tottenham drew 1-1 with Watford at Vicarage Road today.
Chris Armstrong put Spurs ahead before the home side
equalised. For a match report click here.
Taylor says that Spurs have more problems than Watford because
they will have to decide whether to spend big money to catch the
top group of three or four clubs at the top of the League.
disappointed at the tempo Spurs played the game at and that there
was a lack of quality in the attacking third. Any clues what
that all means then ??
of the new young players included in the squad for the match were
on the bench or in the team today.
Campbell will miss tomorrow's game at Watford because he injured
fibres in his knee during the match last Sunday. It is
expected that he will be replaced by John Scales or Luke Young.
Etherington, Simon Davies and Anthony Gardner are all in the squad
for the Watford match. It is good to see them being given a
taste of first team life even if they are not in line to actually
play in the match. Hopefully, this will continue to
integrate them into the Premier League set-up.
Tottenham's match at Old Trafford on Saturday 6 May has been
brought forward to an 11.30 a.m. kick off as it will be screened
on Sky TV. It is Manchester United's last home game of the
season and depending on results between now and then, it could be
the game that sees them win the Premier League.
set David Ginola a goal target as he is not getting on the
score-sheet enough, especially away from from home. Gin said
that he was concentrating on getting the ball into the box and
couldn't be there to put it into the net as well !!
Shields, the young Scottish striker from Raith Rovers that Spurs
had on trial earlier this season, has joined Celtic for £100,000.
Carew, the Rosenborg striker who had been linked with a move to
Tottenham, has chosen to play his football with Valencia.
Bejbl, the Czech international at Atletico Madrid, is a target for
Juventus. The player who is available on a free transfer at
the end of the season had been linked with Spurs previously, but
looks like he will be moving to Italy in the summer.
Campbell is being linked with a £14 million move to Old Trafford
with Nicky Butt (rated at £6 million) coming to Tottenham as part
of the deal. Alex Ferguson knows that GG admires Butt and as
he is not a guaranteed first choice, he could be released if it
meant Fergie getting his man. Reports intimate that Spurs
know that they will have to sell Sol eventually and may be ready
to do so this summer.
reports are saying that Spurs will make a £5 million move for
Wimbledon's left back (and elbow using expert) Ben Thatcher and
goalkeeper Neil Sullivan at the end of the season. This
would allow Espen Baardsen to move to the South London club for
around £750,000. Thatcher has turned down a new contract
with his club and wants to stay in London, which might make Spurs
favourites over Liverpool, the other club expressing an interest
in him. If true (not likely to be) then we
missed out on one of the Don's "hard men" and will go
straight in for another. Sullivan is attracting Arsenal and
Manchester United as likely suitors.
Darren Anderton has signed the one year extension to his contract
today. He has restated his desire to finish his career at
McVeigh has joined Norwich City on a free transfer or for a
nominal fee, depending on which report you read.
Tottenham have been associated with a move to sign Chris Sutton
from Chelsea in the summer, if he will be allowed to leave
Stephen Carr is hopeful that Spurs can catch Arsenal and Chelsea
to earn a UEFA Cup place for next season. He believes that
if Tottenham can win their five home matches and pick up some
points away, then it could be possible.
Huddersfield Town made an unsuccessful attempt to take Spurs
winger Jose Dominguez to the McAlpine Stadium before the transfer
Ruel Fox was linked with a loan move to Bolton Wanderers, but the
move from Tottenham did not materialise.
Reserve midfielder Johnny Jackson signed as a professional with
the club today and central defender Alton Thelwell added a one
year extension onto his existing contract.
Campbell is a target for big spending Juventus, who have been galvanized
into action after rumours that Manchester United and Arsenal were
both sniffing around the Spurs captain. They are planning a
£13 million bid, but TeamTalk report that they may have to
persuade Campbell who is said to be reluctant to move to
have been alerted to a possible replacement for Sol Campbell
should he leave at the end of the season. Ugo Ehiogu of
Aston Villa has refused to sign a new contract at the Midlands
club and looks set to run his contract down before leaving, but
the club may cash in on him in the close season to avoid losing
him for nothing. The 27 year old centre-half wants to return
to London and has been rated at £7 million, although Villa must
pay West Bromwich Albion 50% of any transfer fee through a clause
in the contract when they originally signed the player.
Nielsen has been loaned to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the rest of
the season. The player was desperate to get first team
football before Euro 2000 and had been watched by Wolves, when it
was thought that Mark Gower was their intended target. His
move contradicts one report which stated he would cause great
confusion by linking up with the Welsh Alan Neilson at Fulham
(something which had foxed Coventry City's programme compiler
McVeigh has gone to Norwich City on trial to train with the side
and with a view to a permanent move. Caretaker manager at
Carrow Road is Bryan Hamilton, who was Northern Ireland boss when
McVeigh made his international debut.
Ferdinand is convinced that he is ready for first team action
after a couple of reserve matches and three substitute
appearances. He hopes to feature in Saturday's game at
Leyton Orient defender, Simon Downer has been watched again by
Spurs. Club representatives were at Orient's 0-1 defeat by
Rotherham United on Tuesday and the reports on the 19 year old
defender were good once more. Rated at £1 million, Spurs
will face stiff competition from West Ham United and Wimbledon for
the youngster's signature.
Baardsen has revealed that he will be patient to break back into
the first team at Tottenham and that he is enjoying the race for
the Premier Reserve League title.
Cup winning goal scorer Allan Nielsen has been told that he can
leave Tottenham, just one year after his most memorable moment in
a Spurs shirt. The player said that he has options in
England and Denmark, with a move back to his previous club Brondby
a possibility. He has also been linked with Celtic.
David Pleat said on Media Monitor that Nielsen might be signing a
loan deal with a club later today. The player has been
omitted from his nation's squad to play against Portugal on March
Wimbledon appear to be after Espen Baardsen as a replacement for
Neil Sullivan, who they are resigned to losing on a Bosman at the
end of the season. Media Monitor's quote was that Tottenham
had not received an approach from Wimbledon.
Young has been selected in the England Under-21 squad to play
Yugoslavia in the European Championship play-off next Wednesday 29
Iversen and Oyvind Leonhardsen are in the Norway squad to play
Switzerland in a friendly match next Wednesday.
Bobby Mimms, former Spurs "goalkeeper" has joined
Mansfield Town from York City.
slammed the foreign imports of not have the same pride in wearing
the Spurs shirt as some of the homegrown talent or young
signings. He feels that to spend all of his money on one
purchase (such as van Nistelrooy) would be wrong and he needs to
buy a number of players who will stabilise the club. He feels more
at home with players who have an affinity for the club and do not
use their talent for "maximising their earning
ex-Spurs winger, Garry Brady has joined Norwich City on loan from
Newcastle United until the end of the season.
forward target, Carl Cort of Wimbledon has said he would be
interested in a move to Leeds United.
have been revealed to revamp the Worthington Cup, with the last
eight from the English competition playing the last eight teams
left in the Scottish CIS League Cup. While no firm propositions
have yet been made, some clubs have expressed an interest in the
new format claiming it would be more attractive than the present
competition. The only drawback would be that the UEFA Cup
place associated with the winners would disappear and revert to
the highest placed Premier League team without a European place
through other means.
Reserves won a friendly match at Stevenage Borough tonight 2-0
with goals from Stephen Clemence and Neale Fenn.
Anderton is expected to sign a one year extension to his contract
that will earn him £24,000 a week and make him the top earner at
White Hart Lane alongside David Ginola.
stated that he thinks Sol Campbell will stay at the club for a few
years yet. The club are not interested in selling their 25
year old captain and will do everything to keep him at the club.
Pleat has denied that Tottenham are bidding for Rosenborg striker
John Carew. The club were aware of him and he had even
trained with Spurs, but there was no truth that the club had
contacted his agent or club regarding a transfer to Tottenham.
Sunday's Observer revealed that Tottenham are not going for
Argentinian superkid, Andres D'Alessandro, because David Pleat
said he could not make his mind up on the left sided midfield
player. Despite being keen to come to England and that he
was outstanding in the match against England Under-21's at Craven
Cottage, Pleat has said he does not expect any moves to be made
for the player.
Graham was allegedly at Bramall Lane on Saturday to watch
Sheffield United's 1-0 victory over Port Vale, with the player
under scrutiny being Marcus Bent. The forward has been in a
vein of rich scoring form since he moved from Port Vale to
Yorkshire and has been priced at £4 million. Leicester City
and Wimbledon have also been linked with the former Crystal Palace
Rovers boss, Ian Holloway, has hinted that prolific striker Jason
Roberts could be on his way out before transfer deadline day as he
is seeking a work permit for an incoming forward and also quipped
that "every player has his price".
Hibernian has revealed that
no bid has been received from Tottenham for £2 million rated
forward, Kenny Miller. It appears that the newspapers have
been working overtime by also linking Arsenal and Chelsea to the
teenage player. David Pleat did admit that a Hibs game
was watched recently, but added there was nothing to report.
Spurs have watched Lorenzo
Sanz, although maybe indirectly. David Pleat said in Media
Monitor that there was a representative at the Malaga v Mallorca
match recently, but there will be no follow up.
Fox's move to Norwich City has broken down because of contract
problems between Fox and Tottenham.
lost 1-2 at Arsenal this afternoon. Chris Armstrong scored Spurs'
goal and Gilles Grimandi was sent off near the end. For a
match report click here.
Transfer talk in the Sunday
papers revolves around Sol Campbell. Arsenal boss Arsene
Wenger has said that he wants the Spurs captain to play alongside
Tony Adams in his defence next season, but accepted that Sol
appeared to be on his way to Manchester United and that he would
not make an approach to Tottenham on the eve of the North London
derby. What he was doing was trying a pathetic attempt to
play psychological games to upset the Spurs camp before this
match. Other reports state that Sol has already agreed a
move to Manchester United for £14.5 million and will join up with
them after Euro 2000.
player linked with Spurs today is Hibernian's forward, Kenny
Miller. The young striker has been scoring regularly in the
Scottish Premier League and has attracted some interest from other
English clubs. It appears that GG's Scottish links may make
him favourite to sign the 21 year old for a fee of around £2
Anderton has revealed that he stuck with Spurs in 1995 when
Manchester United were interested in him, because Gerry Francis
wanted to build the side around him. Also, the side he was
going to had just sold Andrei Kanchelskis, Mark Hughes and Paul
Ince and Anderton wondered where the club was going. He did,
however, admit to thinking that he could have been in Barcelona
last summer when they won the Champions League.
again Tottenham have been rumoured to be in for Lorenzo Sanz, the
26 year old Malaga defender, along with our good friends Leeds
Sutton is reportedly a summer target for Tottenham. The Chelsea
forward, who has failed to live up to his £10 million price tag
may be shipped out to bring in fresh talent at Stamford Bridge.
A £2.5 million rated forward from Lens, Pascal Nouma, has been
linked with a move to Spurs in the newspapers today.
Apparently, Tottenham have had the player watched recently.
player Spurs have had scouted recently is Bert Kontermann of
Feyenoord. The giant centre-half is reported to be in line
to replace Sol Campbell and Tottenham are eyeing up a serious bid
for the Dutch international.
Nielsen could be on his way back to Brondby on loan if the
papers are to be believed today. The out of favour Danish
midfielder would probably welcome some first team football before
his country play in Euro 2000.
Leeds are allegedly planning
a £5 million deal with Wimbledon's Carl Cort before transfer
deadline day on Thursday. Tottenham have expressed interest
in the young forward previously.
Liverpool have denied that they are favourites to bring
Argentinian young superstar Andres D'Alessandro to England, while
some reports say that they have tied the player up already.
Spurs have had the player watched but said they did not expect to
follow up their leads in Argentina at this time.
unsubstantiated report on TeamTalk has stated that Spurs might be
willing to sell Chris Armstrong for £6 million, but nothing in
the report mentions this. GG says that he needs five new
players, three of which will be forwards and that some players
will have to be sold to make space for the incoming staff.
Anderton intimated today on Football Focus that he is almost
certain to stay at Tottenham and the only thing delaying his
signing a new contract is that he is waiting for new signings to
arrive to show him how ambitious the club is. It appears
that he hasn't heard anything from the club for 2-3 weeks and was
ready to sign that long ago. he also denied that he is being
greedy; he said it was not about money, but "other
factors". He also hinted that the board need to back GG
in the players he is going for. GG appeared and said that he
thought Sol would be at Tottenham next season too.
knocked Arsene Wenger by stating that he would be happy to have
the sort of fixture problems the Arsenal manager is
experiencing. He said he hopes that he would be in the same
position next season.
manager has also welcomed Steffen Iversen's desire to start
contract talks. He said that the club should be desperate to
keep any good players we have got.
Chris Perry has been passed fit to play against Arsenal on
Sunday. He has recovered from his concussion sustained by
heading Mark Hughes last week against Southampton. Les
Ferdinand continues his comeback on the bench.
has denied an approach has been made by Port Vale for a loan deal
to take Jose Dominguez to Vale Park.
Fox is taking time to think over his move to Norwich City after
reports yesterday insinuated that he had gone on loan. The
winger said that he did not feel it was right to go straight into
the side for the East Anglian derby this weekend and has also has
other options with interest from a couple of Premier sides and a
another couple in the First Division.
GG has revealed that he will not be talent spotting at Euro 2000
this summer. He does not believe in buying players on the
strength of one good tournament, pointing to the £3.5 million
spent by Manchester United on Karel Poborsky after Euro 96 (and he
could also indeed include our own Ilie Dumitrescu after the World
Cup in 1994). George hopes to have all his signings tied up by the
time the tournament is over and thinks that players who do the
business for their clubs week in, week out are better value than
those who turn it on for their country.
Iversen has set himself a target of 20 goals for this
season. He has already passed his previous best of 11 and
hopes to shoot Spurs into Europe.
Ciaran Toner has been
selected in the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad for a friendly
against Malta on March 28.
Simon Davies has been named
as a stand-by player for the Welsh squad to play Finland in a
friendly in Cardiff on March 29.
Sol Campbell has revealed
that he could never play for Arsenal. "I think it would
upset all the Spurs fans if I went to Arsenal, not that I am going
to," he stated. Sol also added that he was waiting
until the end of the season to consider his future as he did not
want it to affect him while playing at the moment.
OptaSoccer report that Swedish youth international Jonathan Partin
has been signed by Tottenham from Edsbyns. The player has
been playing for the Under-17's at Spurs Lodge for a while now,
but it appears that the deal has now been formalised.
striker Steffen Iversen is believed to be a target for PSV
Eindhoven as they seek to find a replacement for Ruud van
Nistelrooy, who looks set to leave at the end of the season.
The Dutch side think Iversen will be the ready made stand-in for
the outgoing £20 million rated forward and are willing to spend
£6 million of it on the Tottenham and Norway striker.
Tottenham have said they have not had an official bid for the
layer and have no intention of selling him anyway.
Fox is a target for his former club Norwich City. Caretaker
manager Bryan Hamilton has said that the club are making positive
moves and nothing is ruled out, as they try to take the Tottenham
winger to East Anglia before the local derby with Ipswich Town
this weekend. The player has been allowed to go on loan by
Tottenham with the prospect of a permanent deal.
Ginola has been on a Radio 5 Live programme blasting Kenny
Dalglish about his time at Newcastle United and how he felt
unappreciated there during Dalglish's reign.
Kevin Phillips has signed a new five year contract at Sunderland.
Apparently Huddersfield Town have asked to take Stephen Clemence
on loan until the end of the season, but they have been denied
permission by Tottenham.
Edinburgh completed a £175,000 three year move to Portsmouth
Vale were hopeful of taking Jose Dominguez on loan, but the player
spurned the opportunity of first team football with the struggling
Tottenham's away game at
Leicester City has been rearranged for Wednesday 19 April.
David Pleat has denied that
the club are watching St. Johnstone full-back, Danny Griffin.
Spurs have been linked with
a £2 million move for Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris
Bart-Williams, but this has been denied by the First Division
club. Spurs were originally after the player when he left
Leyton Orient as a teenager, but were then unwilling to pay the
£100,000 he cost Forest.
Leeds United have been
rumoured to have bid £6 million for Frank Lampard Junior of West
Ham United. Lampard is a player who has long been linked
with a move to Tottenham.
Chris Armstrong has revealed
that he may never win over the doubters in the Tottenham crowd and
feels that he might be banging his head against a brick
wall. What are these crazy training exercises players do
these days ??
are to play a friendly at Stevenage Borough FC on Tuesday 21 March
at 7.30. pm. This is thought to be a reserve outing as they
would be without a game otherwise.
Transfer talks between Rosenborg and Borussia Dortmund have failed
to reach a conclusion and it now looks as though the Norwegian
centre-forward, John Carew will be going elsewhere. Other
higher bids have been received and the action will all be over
within a couple of days according to a Rosenborg director.
The player however has said that Arsenal is interesting to him,
now that they appear to have entered the race for the tall
Former Spur Colin Calderwood has joined Nottingham Forest from
Aston Villa for a fee of £70,000.
Tottenham face an April 13 hearing at the Football Association for
the melee that took place in the game at Elland Road earlier this
month against Leeds United. The FA have hinted that they
could impose five figure fines or even point deductions if the
sides involved are found guilty of misconduct.
According to a report on Soccerupdate, Dundee United are sniffing
around Ruel Fox and Jose Dominguez, who were both recently
transfer listed by Spurs.
The FA inquest into the Worthington Cup ticket fiasco started
today with the Leicester City players and staff implicated being
seen by the governing body. The hearing is expected to take
Pulis, the Portsmouth manager has tried to take Les Ferdinand on loan
until the end of the season, but there has been no encouragement
from Tottenham who have plans for the player at White Hart Lane.
Wimbledon's Jason Euell has had his transfer request turned down,
but is rumoured to put one in every week until he is allowed to
leave Selhurst Park. The 23 year old striker has long been
associated with a move to Tottenham and we will have to see if the
South London club will be ready to let him go.
Carew is said to leave Rosenborg in the next few days.
Borussia Dortmund are favourites (as the player has hinted that
they might be his preferred option) with Valencia close behind
according to one report. The 20 year old striker is priced
at around £3.5 million and PSV Eindhoven are also watching the
situation develop, as they search for a replacement for Ruud van
Nistelrooy. Where this leaves Spurs is anyone's guess, although
David Pleat denied any interest in the player, so perhaps the club
are not involved in the bidding process. However, during a
press conference, it was hinted by a Rosenborg director that Spurs
had just been on the phone. Some rumours indicate that it
could be that Spurs are even after Andre Bergdolmo, a defender
from the club. It is further rumoured that Rosenborg
are to buy Tromso's striker Rune Lange, another rumoured transfer
target for Spurs, when Carew leaves.
Ginola has said that he does not believe that crowds are being
racist towards Emmanuel Petit of Arsenal. He said that there
is such hate in peoples faces, that he just smiles at them,
because he knows they are trying to put him off his game.
transfer thread has begun with Tottenham apparently trailing
Malaga's 26 year old centre-half, Fernando Sanz. The club
are reported to have had him watched over the last few weeks and
feel he could make it in the Premier League despite leaving Real
Madrid, where he did not get on with manager John Toshack, even
though his father is the chairman of the club.
Jermaine Darlington of Queens Park Rangers has apparently also
been watched by Spurs, but why I don't know !! Luckily David
pleat said that Spurs had watched QPR, but there had been no
discussion about this player.
Spurs reserves left it late
again tonight to beat Derby County reserves 2-1 to go top of the
league. One down at half time, Stephen Clemence hit an
equaliser and then four minutes from time, substitute Paul McVeigh
struck the winner for Spurs.
Steffen Iversen's contract
extension will be discussed at the end of the season, even though
it still has two years to run.
Iversen was happy with his hat-trick against the Saints on
Saturday, but said on his website that he could and should have
scored even more.
offered Mark Halsey (the ref in Saturday's match against
Southampton) a get fit course, as he was not impressed by the
official's performance at all.
Spurs are being linked with
a £1.25 million or £1.5 million raid for Colchester United's
Lomano Tresor Lua Lua. Apparently, Stuart Houston lives in
Colchester and often watches them, so having been so impressed
with the Zairian 19 year old youngster, he has persuaded GG to nip
in before Newcastle United, Chelsea and Liverpool pursue their
interest in the flying winger. The deal is supposed to be
one which could grow to £2 million over time. David Pleat
said that this was incorrect. The player's own manager -
Steve Whitton - says he is going nowhere and that he has to start
playing 90 minutes, rather than coming off the subs bench, before
he can seriously be considered as a real prospect.
are also allegedly considering a move for young Leyton Orient
defender Simon Downer. The 18 year old would cost about £1
million and Pleat commented that he was one of many young players
Tottenham had looked at.
respect to Rosenborg's John Carew, Pleat denied that Tottenham had
gone to watch him in the Champions League game last week, but
added that the Norwegian was friends with his countrymen at
Tottenham and he was a player that Spurs knew about.
Further to reports about a move for Manchester United's Jonathan
Greening, David Pleat said that the club were not looking to make
any moves but were continuing the search for a striker.
responding to another rumour about Fulham's interest in Chris
Armstrong, Pleat was quoted as saying that the club had not
received any enquiries from Fulham about the player.
Cambridge United are again on the trail of Spurs reserve striker
Paul McVeigh. His original loan deal collapsed and now U's
boss Roy McFarland wants to take him on until the end of the
season as he believes "the boy has something". (What ??
Influenza ? Smallpox ?? A new bike ??)
Gianluca Vialli has shed
some light on rumours about what might happen in the summer.
He is looking to extend his contract at Chelsea and stated that he
is not ready to manage an Italian club. This might pour cold
water on the rumours about GG going to Chelsea in the summer.
Tottenham have been linked to a move for Jamie Redknapp of
Liverpool in the summer, when it looks likely that he will leave
the club for around £8 million. Chelsea, Newcastle United and Leeds
United are also thought to be keen on signing the midfielder.
Spurs were believed to be watching John Carew of Rosenborg more
than Sergei Rebrov in the Champions League game last Wednesday.
In the same game, the Spurs eye was caught by George Demetradze, a
23 year old talent who was playing for Dynamo Kiev and would be
available for £7 million. He has also elicited interest
from Arsenal and Manchester United.
And talking of Manchester United, their midfielder Jonathan
Greening who is currently out of favour at Old Trafford, has been
priced at £2 million. This has put off Nottingham Forest,
but Spurs are still watching the situation.
Bristol Rovers have slapped a £1.5 million price on the head of
Nathan Ellington, their young forward. The player was linked
with Spurs a few weeks ago.
Fulham are believed to be interested in taking Chris Armstrong to
Craven Cottage for a fee of over £1 million as a replacement for
Geoff Horsfield, who is out injured.
Ex-Spurs are in demand. Darren Caskey of Reading is being
chased by Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic, Southampton and
Watford, while former Spurs youth team player - Australian Richard
Johnston of Watford is a £5 million target for Leeds United.
Ruel Fox is livid that he found out he was on the transfer list by
reading last week's programme. He cannot believe that either
George Graham or David Pleat did not tell him face to face.
Robbie Fowler has been linked with a move to Tottenham in many of
the Sunday papers today. The 24 year old Liverpool striker is
believed to be the odd one out in the forward department at
Anfield and could be sold on for about £12 million.
Rumours are circulating that Tottenham made a bid for Ben Thatcher
of Wimbledon as revealed by Sam Hamman. This player has
almost as bad a reputation as Hartson for violent play, as shown
in his callous elbowing of Nicky Sumerbee in the game against
Sunderland at Selhurst Park earlier this season. Not the
player for us I would say.
Liverpool appear to be the latest team interested in buying Andres
D'Alessandro of Argentina's River Plate club. Aston Villa
and Newcastle have rivaled Spurs for the young midfielder and it
appears now that River Plate might be ready to auction the player
off to the highest bidder.
Apparently Martin Laursen of Verona has said that Spurs is very
interesting to him. He was linked with transfer interest on
Odense goalkeeper Jesper
Christiansen is believed to be wanted back at Tottenham for a
second trial next week, but the Danish club are not willing to let
him come over again at the moment.
beat Southampton at White Hart Lane today by 7 (seven) goals to
2. They were scored by Steffen Iversen 3, Chris Armstrong 2,
Dean Richards (own goal) and Darren Anderton. Click here
for a match report.
Tottenham are being linked with a possible interest in Sunderland
defender Michael Gray who looks set to leave the Northern club for
a reported £4 million. The report on TeamTalk said Aston
Villa are favourites to sign the full-back, but Arsenal and Spurs
are also monitoring the situation.
move of Emile Heskey from Leicester City to Liverpool has launched
speculation that Robbie Fowler may be the forward to be shipped
out and Arsenal, Leeds United and Spurs are reckoned to be among
those willing to take on the 24 year old England man. The
asking price could be in the region of a cool £12 million.
unbelievable link from OptaSoccer is linking Spurs with a move for
Nicolas Anelka, possibly on loan until the end of the
season. The ex-Gooner, out of favour for not training at
Real Madrid, looks likely to leave the Spanish club and head back
to England or maybe Juventus. However, he is rapidly
becoming the Stan Collymore of his age group and most clubs would
not want to touch him with a bargepole.
Transfer target John Hartson has been diagnosed as having a double
hernia, which needs operating on and he will not play again this
season according to media reports today.
are set to bid £2.5 million for Ole Martin Aarst of Belgian club
Ghent. The 24 year old Norwegian has set the Belgian league
alight with his goalscoring and currently has 23 goals to his
credit. The player is also interesting Leeds United and GG
hopes to leap ahead of them with a quick bid for the Spurs
source at Dynamo Kiev has said that "Alan Sugar will have a
heart attack" when he finds out the Russian club want £12.5
million for Sergei Rebrov, according to a report on Soccernet.
that he would not be rushed into signing a striker and will wait
until after the transfer deadline of March 23rd if
necessary. He and his backroom team are putting in a lot of
work now to try and ensure that players who they have targeted
will come in eventually. He also said that Spurs would not
be going for Ruud van Nistelrooy, who would cost too much when he
was trying to bring in four players.
He also said of the John
Hartson transfer “the deal is not going to be
resurrected. It would have been nice to get someone who can handle
English football. I would prefer to sign domestic players.”
also said that it will not affect him if the side are booed
by fans at tomorrow's game. He hopes to give a bit of a taster to
what might happen next season, but is aiming to win as many games
as possible left this season.
Les Ferdinand is expected to start on the bench for tomorrow's
game against Southampton.
Tottenham are being linked with Verona's 22 year old Danish
centre-back, Martin Laursen. George Graham is said to have
noted the player's progress since his move to the Italian club
believed that Jason Euell has handed in a transfer request
following the departure of Joe Kinnear and the willingness of the
club to sell Hartson making him think that Wimbledon lack
ambition. The £8 million rated striker has been linked to
Tottenham in the past and could once again spark speculation that
Spurs might return to South London for a striker.
the players that Spurs are believed to have an interest in as
deadline day approaches is Gillingham's Nayron Nosworthy.
The versatile young player who plays in midfield or up front or at
the back has been a revelation at Priestfield since breaking into
the team and fits the bill in respect of younger players that
Tottenham have been snapping up for the future.
confirmed that George Graham watched Sergei Rebrov in last night's
Champion's League match against Rosenborg of Trondheim. The player
has been watched over the space of a couple of years and it is
believed that Spurs were very impressed with the 25 year old's two
goal display. They face stiff competition from Arsenal and
sides from Spain and Italy though. However, GG said that he
went to watch both sides, intimating that he had more than one
target on the pitch.
Campbell has said that if he is fit, then Tony Adams should
captain England as the players know the score on who would be best
to lead the team.
Edinburgh's testimonial could be against Portsmouth as a
pre-season match, featuring Jurgen Klinsmann and Paul
Gascoigne. Justin told TeamTalk that "I'd like to think
the club and the fans will think I've given good service over the
years. No-one can ever say that I didn't give 100 per cent when I
was out there." However, former Spurs colleague Colin
Calderwood will not be joining him at Fratton Park after a deal to
take him south from Aston Villa fell through.
D'Alessandro - the young Argentinian midfielder - has been the
subject of a £3.15 million bid from an unnamed English
club. Tottenham had expressed their interest before Media
Monitor said that there were no plans to follow up their interest
in Argentina at that time. Newcastle are also supposedly
keen, but may not have the financial resources at the
moment. It appears that D'Alessandro may have Italian
grandparents and thus the work permit problems could be obviated.
City are believed to be keen on Spurs' reserve striker, Paul
Micoud of Bordeaux could be on his way to England. The
talented French midfielder, who has been dubbed the new Cantona,
has expressed a desire to move from Bordeaux and would like to try
his luck in Italy or England. He feels a new challenge in a new
league is needed and has said he would prefer to come to London,
prompting lazy autosuggestion that Spurs and Arsenal would be the
Rovers have said that striker Jason Roberts is not for sale and
that "£3 million would not buy his left leg" !!
Former Spurs target, Emile Heskey, is expected to join Liverpool
from Leicester City tomorrow for £11 million. This raises
questions over Robbie Fowler's future at Anfield as Owen and
Heskey will probably be seen as the dream ticket.
scouts were apparently at the Rosenborg .v. Dynamo Kiev Champions
League match tonight to watch prospective signings. It is
widely believed that they may have been there to cast their eyes
over a new striker although Sergei Rebrov would be out of the
available price range at over £10 million. However some
reports say that GG has watched videos of Rebrov and has been so
impressed he is going to Norway himself to check the player out in
the flesh. He apparently was keen on 25 year old Rebrov even
before the Hartson fiasco. A more realistic target would
have been John Carew of Rosenborg, who has recently been linked
with an alleged enquiry by Leeds United. Mystery surrounds
the player as the club appear to be resigned to losing him and
said that on Tuesday a third club tabled a bid for him and it was
the biggest so far. PSV Eindhoven are believed to be in for
Carew as a replacement for Ruud van Nistelrooy who looks set to
leave the Dutch club at the end of the season. The first two
clubs are believed to be Borussia Dortmund and Valencia, with Spurs
and Leeds United coming up on the rails.
Walker fears he might miss out on a place in the England Euro 2000
squad as Ipswich Town's Richard Wright seems to have jumped ahead
of him the tussle for the third goalkeeping place. The Spurs
keeper vowed to continue playing well for his side and see what
happens, but hinted that Wright seemed to be the popular choice to
go to Belgium and Holland in the summer.
has said that Tottenham have not watched or made any enquiry about
21 year old OB goalkeeper Jesper Christiansen from Denmark.
his second full reserve game, Les Ferdinand admitted that he is
only about 70% fit and needs some more fitness training to bring
back his touch. He hopes to get a game against Southampton
on Saturday to build on his substitute appearance against Bradford
City last week.
Tottenham's home match against Aston Villa on April 15 will kick
off at 3.06 p.m. as a tribute to those who died in the
Hillsborough disaster, which has it's 11th anniversary on that
defender Frank Leboeuf has commented on French players coming to
England and admitted "To believe you can easily settle in in
Middlesbrough, Newcastle or Blackburn when you're French, I don't
believe it. There is only one reason why we're here --
Spurs have revealed that
they are still pursuing Manchester United forward, Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer. GG is said to still be interested in bringing the
Norwegian to Tottenham and there are rumours that he may be ready
to quit Old Trafford in the summer because of lack of first team
opportunities, despite Ferguson saying that he wants to give him
more action in the next few weeks. Also United may be happy
to cash in on him if they are to follow up their interest in
Fiorentina's Gabriel Batistuta.
Reserve side went top of the Premier Reserve League South last
night with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at St. Albans. They fell
behind, but came back to win with a Les Ferdinand header and a
last minute winner from Stephen Clemence.
Sam Hamman has been revealed
as the man who was behind the Hartson negotiations. He
started talking with Spurs a week after selling up his shares in
the club and although he is still a Director of the club, the
Norwegian owners have told him to clear his things and vacate his
desk at the club's offices.
Justin Edinburgh has thanked
Sir Alan Sugar for allowing him to have his testimonial match at
White Hart Lane despite leaving for Portsmouth this week.
The left-back said it was nice that there were still some people
in football who stuck to their word.
It is now thought that the
Scandinavian striker who Leeds United were bidding £5 million was
Bolton Wanderers' Eidur Gudjohnsen and not Steffen Iversen.
However, Spurs are being linked as in the running for the Iceland
striker for £5 million, although it might not happen until the
end of the season with Bolton in the FA Cup semi-finals.
David Pleat has said he feels
"heart-broken" for john Hartson that the transfer fell
through on medical grounds. He also said he hopes he gets a
move to another club or do well if he stays on at Wimbledon.
This indicates that as far as the Director of Football is
concerned, the deal is dead.
Big Fat John Hartson is to stay at
Wimbledon. The player was unable to pass a fatness ... no,
sorry, a fitness test to sign for Tottenham Hotspur today. His
agent said "It's Tottenham's loss and it's not the first
player they'll have made a mistake about. With all the
problems they have had (with injured players) I think they've gone
overboard. They've gone potty." The player who according to
some reports was demanding the same pay as David Ginola (Purrrlease)
had allegedly agreed terms and Spurs had settled on a £6 million
price for the Welsh striker. I would like to take this
opportunity to apologise to any of our Welsh, ginger or fat
readers for the tirade which has been going on for the last three
days - it was aimed at this particular person and not at people
who exhibit the characteristics above in general. Rest
assured that our campaign against the person in question will
There is one worry though as
John Fennelly the club Press Officer said "We've reluctantly
decided not to proceed at this moment with a transfer."
What does "at this moment" mean ?? The same as not
following up any interests in Argentina at the moment ??
Hartson's agent assured Spurs fans today when he said of the deal
"As far as we're concerned that's it, there's no chance of
One report on the Football
FC website said that GG was ready to quit unless he was given the
go-ahead to sign Hartson !!
Allegedly, Spurs enquired
about 22 year old striker, Carl Cort while they were at Wimbledon
and were quoted a price of £10 million by his advisors.
Soccernet reported that the
signing of John Hartson might have persuaded Darren Anderton to
stay at Tottenham, as he would have had someone on the end of his
crosses. Not sure how that one works though, as Fatso would
have been on a reported £32,000 a week - a salary Spurs would not
offer to Sicknote.
Other speculation from
yesterday's newspapers include the following players Bristol
Rovers striker Jason Roberts, who MEHSTG have championed for quite
a while and much better value than £6 million for Hartson, but
the club have looked at him without yet making a bid;
Robert Pires of Marseille has also been linked but Pleat stated
that the club had not been considered by Spurs;
and Don Hutchison of Everton who Media Monitor said we have not
shown an interest in.
Justin Edinburgh was set to
join Portsmouth for £175,000 pending a medical today. He
has gone to the South Coast club on loan while the final details
of his transfer are completed. Spurs made £25,000 profit on
the player who joined from Southend United ten years ago for
It is rumoured that
Tottenham have taken young Danish keeper Jesper Christiansen on
trial. The 21 year old Odense
Boldklub reserve goalie replaced Thomas Sorensen when he left that
club to join Sunderland.
John Hartson has described a
transfer to Tottenham as a dream move (I bet he did and we
describe it as a "nightmare move") and that he would
love to sign if "the deal is right". We can only
hope that it isn't. Further hope came from Hartson's agent
who said "It's unlikely we will complete the deal today as we
are still not close on personal terms ." It is believed
that Wimbledons' new Norwegian owners are willing to accept £1.5m
less than the club paid for him and Spurs have offered him £16,000
a week reckoned to be twice what he earns currently, but it does
not include a goal bonus he gets at the moment. According to
FootballFC "A Spurs insider revealed: "John was
ready to sign yesterday but didn't think the offer was good
enough. We've been told to go back with a new offer and start
talking again."" Everything crossed now !!
GG has said that this would
not be the last move before the end of the season. He said
even if Hartson does join he will still be looking for more
forwards. Well, what does that mean ?? That some will
be leaving or that he is to start collecting strikers like he did
centre-halves ?? And why look for more when you have got one
you think will do the job ?? Are the others not up to it in his
opinion ?? Please explain - answers on a postcard.
Rumours in Sunday's press
are linking Darren Anderton with a move to Chelsea who would be
willing to pay the wage he is demanding from Spurs. Graham
is hoping that he will stay on at Tottenham to build for the
future, but it is unlikely if there is no change in the £28,000
weekly salary offered. TeamTalk however are claiming that
Shaggy will be talking to Sir Alex Ferguson in the next few weeks
to secure his transfer to Old Trafford.
Spurs' interest in Everton's
Scottish midfielder Don Hutchinson is likely to be thwarted by
Internazionale of Milan, as the player is likely to sign a
pre-contract agreement with them soon.
To make yesterday's result
all the worse, it was the last game for on-loan goalie Aidan
Davison, who will now return to Sheffield United unless Bradford
City sign him on a permanent basis.
Spurs drew 1-1 with Bradford
City at White Hart Lane today with a goal from Steffen Iversen.
For a match report click here.
United have snapped up England Under-18 goalkeeper Shaun Allaway
from Reading. Having been injured in training, he was having
treatment for a wrist injury, but it appears that the Northern
side have taken him from under the noses of Tottenham in a deal
that could cost £2 million.
Added to this it is reported
that Leeds United have made a £5 million bid for a mystery
striker. It was thought to have been John Carew of
Rosenborg, but his club deny that Leeds have made an
approach. Some reports are linking the bid with Steffen
Iversen at Spurs and time will tell over the next few days as to
whether or not this is the case.
Spurs have again been linked
with John Hartson and a deal could be done over the
weekend. A figure of £7 million is being mentioned for the
lumbering Welsh oaf and we do not want him at Tottenham however
hard goals are to come by at the moment. He does not fulfill
any of the criteria laid down by the management team for players
coming in and makes a mockery of the claim that the club will only
be buying players of the highest quality - plainly something that
John Hartson is not. Are Tottenham really telling us that
there are no better strikers than Hartson out there for that sort
of money ?? If they have looked at Wimbledon didn't they see
Cort or Euell ?? What are they thinking of ?? Someone
told me Spurs were offered George Weah and Spurs didn't take him
because he was viewed as a quick fix and the club should be
building for the future. Well, Hartson may only be 24, but
he has had a succession of injuries and really, what advantages
would he have over Weah ?? We only needed someone to get us
into Europe and then we might have been able to attract a decent
forward - one who would be a darned sight better than that Welsh
lump. And what does it tell you about the tactics Spurs
might start employing ?? Long ball up to the forward and
Spurs are said to be touring
Sweden this summer. They will be staying in small town Boden
in the North of Sweden near the border with Finland. George
Graham's men will be playing Uleborg from Finland and Bodens
BK. The party will arrive on July 18th.
the Spurs programme today, David Pleat revealed that if suitable
offers are received for Mark Gower, Neale Fenn, Ramon Vega, Ruel
Fox and Jose Dominguez, the club would be willing to let them
GG has warned contract rebel
Darren Anderton that he could face being dropped if he does not
resolve his situation soon. The manager is uncertain if the
England international is going to be at the club after the summer
so would concentrate on team building and obviously Anderton would
not be involved in that. He also added that the club were up
there with the best payers in the Premier League.
Portsmouth are after
Tottenham's Justin Edinburgh and a £200,000 fee has been
agreed. The left-back could join Pompey before the middle of
next week. He will link up with ex-Spurs Jason Cundy, Rory
Allen and Neil Ruddock, who has joined on loan with a view to a
Peter Crouch has gone on
loan to Dulwich Hamlet as the first part of the deal that brought
Dave McEwen to Spurs. The tall reserve striker has been
farmed out to get some first team competitive action and there is
little chance that the move entails any more than that.
Tottenham have announced
that they are to freeze ticket prices for the coming season.
This comes on the back of the interim report of the company for
the period of six months ending on 31 January 2000, which
announced losses. Sir Alan Sugar said that the coverage of
Premiership games on TV had led to a drop in attendances at some
clubs and he would prefer to have White Hart Lane bulging at the
seams. The operating profit of the club rose by 31% to
£3.03 million, but the pre-tax profit dropped by 28% to £2.08
million, mainly because they were selling off players who were not
in line for first team football and this involved buying out
contracts. whilst realising that this was an expensive move,
the Chairman said it would lead to savings over the next two
Campbell's opportunity to captain England on a regular basis may
have to wait as Tony Adams has said that he wants to play up to
Japan 2002 for his country. It is widely expected that being
more experienced, the Arsenal man will get the armband and Sol
will have to wait until after the next World Cup to lead his
country. GG said he still had some things to learn from
Adams although Sol was up there with the best in Europe.
Iversen has been training without reaction to his ankle injury and
he is looking forward to playing against Bradford City, who he
thinks Spurs will beat.
striker Chris Armstrong has said that after all his injury
problems, he is starting to feel as if he is back to his best.
Graham has blasted plans announced by Michel Platini to have a
global football calendar as not being properly thought out.
The plan would require that the Premier League be reduced to 18
clubs and that internationals be played in the summer to reduce
the amount of injuries players get. The plan suggests starting in
February, halting in July for international competitions and
resuming for the second half of the season in September, with the
FA Cup final to be played before the end of November !!
Tim Sherwood underwent a groin operation this morning and could be
out for as short as four or as long as eight weeks. He has
been playing on with the hernia, but the club decided that a
further injury to it gained on Saturday at Coventry City
precipitated the surgery sooner rather than later.
has revealed how he nearly quit after suffering a series of
injuries. Just before Christmas he wondered if he would ever
recover from his Achilles operation and it was only the family and
people around him that kept him going. He is now looking
forward to the bright lights at the end of the tunnel.
(Careful Les, they could be an on-coming train !!)
Tottenham have announced that from the end of the season the
official website will be designed and maintained by British Sky
Broadcasting. The five year deal will aid the sale of
merchandising and will see Sky's first foray into this media. The
club said it is a move to get the fans one of the best website's
on the internet, as the current one is one of the most visited
Premier League club's websites already.
looks as though former Spurs boss Christian Gross has finally got
his wish to sign Swiss international Murat Yakin. The player
was a constant target during his reign at White Hart Lane, but he
now looks set to sign the midfielder for FC Basle from Fenerbahce.
Shaun Allaway, the young reading
goalkeeper has injured his wrist in training and Tottenham have
sent him to a specialist for a report. Terms had been agreed
with the Second Division club and a fee of £300,000 down and more
for appearances was set. Although the injury is not believed to be
serious, the medical men will have to get back to Spurs before the
deal goes through.
Les Ferdinand has released
some of his frustration by scoring three times against Reading in
a behind closed doors reserve friendly this week and could be in
line for a game against Bradford City on Saturday. Steffen
Iversen also played in a 7-a-side game in training and could also
be fit for the weekend. Therefore, GG might have s election
headache with three available forwards to choose from !!
Dominguez has said that he might have to leave Spurs to get into
the Portugal squad for Euro 2000. He needs to be playing
first team football regularly and with David Ginola in front of
him for a left wing berth at White Hart Lane, a move to another
club might be the only alternative for the diminutive wide-man.
David Pleat has said that
Spurs have watched Leyton Orient's young defender Simon Downer,
but have not made a bid. The 19 year old is highly rated by
the Third Division club and they intend to build a team around
him, so a bid of £1 million might be need before they would
consider releasing him.