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April 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 !!

Monday 30.04.12
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   Little Spurs news of any note in the media today apart form the fact that Harry Redknapp may not be offered the England manager's post.


   OTHER NEWS ... Brian Horton left Macclesfield Town as manager today ... 

Sunday 29.04.12
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   Tottenham beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at White Hart Lane today.  Click here for a match report.
   The Sun on Sunday claims that Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez would be a firm favourite to take over at Tottenham should Harry Redknapp leave to take over the England manager's post.


   OTHER NEWS ... The FA have been given permission to speak to West Bromwich Albion to speak to their manager Roy Hodgson about the England manager's post ... 

Saturday 28.04.12
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   Gareth Bale told BBC's Football Focus that he will consider his future if Spurs do not qualify for the Champions League next season.
   Tottenham are being linked with talks for FC Porto's 35 million Brazilian striker Hulk, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool also rumoured to be interested according to the Daily Mail.
   TalkSport report that Spurs and Newcastle United are considering a move for Javi Marquez, the 25 year old Espanyol midfielder, who has turned down a new offer of a deal from his club.  Atletico Madrid are also interested in the player who ahs missed a lot of this season with injury.
   Steven Pienaar's agent has told the Liverpool Echo that Everton have not yet opened talks with Tottenham about a permanent move back to Goodison Park.  Stoke City and QPR were interested in taking him on loan in January, but clubs from Europe might now be interested in the South African midfielder and Spurs are asking for 6 million - twice what they paid Everton for him.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs, Manchester United and Liverpool were chasing Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen, but he has said he will stay at the Liberty Stadium.
   Spurs Under-18s drew 2-2 at Aston Villa in the FA Premier League today, with their goals coming from Souleymane Coulibaly and Kevin Stewart.


   OTHER NEWS ... Southampton gained promotion to the Premier League with a win over already relegated Coventry City today ... Exeter City, Chesterfield and Wycombe Wanderers were both relegated from League One today ... Shrewsbury Town have gained promotion to League One after winning today ... Macclesfield were relegated from League Two to the Conference today ...

Friday 27.04.12
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs will be without Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who dislocated his shoulder against QPR last week and has an on-going knee problem, so will not play again this season.  However, Ledley King will play in defence, with Younes Kaboul fit to feature again, as is striker Emmanuel Adebayor.  Spurs are still without long term injuries to Tom Huddlestone (ankle), Michael Dawson (ankle) and Niko Kranjcar (knee), Louis Saha (groin) are all missing.
   BLACKBURN ROVERS TEAM NEWS : -  Steve Kean has a full squad to choose from now Simon Vukcevic has recovered from a virus, although Grant Hanley will miss the remainder of the campaign with an ankle ligament injury.
   In the Daily Mail, they claim Spurs and Arsenal are watching the situation of 29 year old Clint Dempsey at Fulham, with Everton thought to be ready to make the first move for the American striker.
   A big day for Spurs in the Mail today, with them reporting that Harry Redknapp saying that Tottenham tried to sign Carlos Tevez in the January transfer window, but the move wasn't "doable", probably due to the players wage demands, but chairman Daniel Levy did make tentative enquiries as to the Argentinian striker's availability.
   The same paper reports that Spurs looked to put Tom Huddlestone out on loan at their American partner club San Jose Earthquakes, to give him some match time, but the deal fell through because the MLS would not allow it.
   The Mail carries a response to a question at the training ground press conference, where Harry Redknapp denied flatly that he had a row with Emmanuel Adebayor, as had been reported elsewhere.
   Louis Saha will be signing copies of his book "
Thinking Inside The Box - Reflections On Life As A Premier League Footballer" at Waterstones in Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf in London on Monday 30th April from 13:00.  The book costs 14.99 and half of all profits will got to the European Leukodystrophy Association charity.
   The Daily Mail link former England boss Fabio Capello with the prospective vacant jobs at Chelsea and Tottenham in the summer, with the Italian claiming he is not ready to retire and that he is in love with London.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

   CRIMEWATCH ... Two men were today jailed for five years each for sending parcel bombs to Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two of the club's high profile fans ... Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole has accepted a conditional caution for damaging five cars in Newcastle city centre on 6th December last year ...


   MEHSTG's spin story ... Following the news that John Terry will be allowed to go up and collect the Champions League trophy, should Chelsea win it, despite being banned from the final, UEFA have announced that the final venue has been moved to Stamford Bridge and the referee for the match will be Martin Atkinson.

Thursday 26.04.12
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   Little Spurs news around today apart from Vedran Corluka telling the press that Spurs will probably finish sixth as they have no depth of quality on the bench.
   For a preview of Sunday's home match against Blackburn Rovers, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ... the pre-match handshakes will be cancelled at Chelsea this weekend when they play QPR because of the legal case involving John Terry's alleged racial abuse of Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand ... 

Wednesday 25.04.12
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   Spurs are reportedly watching FC Porto's 16 year old Sergio Ribeiro, along with Udinese and may move for the talented youngster this summer.
   The Times report that midfielder Eden Hazard of Lille will only consider a move to White Hart Lane if Spurs qualify for the Champions League.
   Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou could be a summer target for Spurs and Besiktas according to the Daily Mail.
   The Sun claim that Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm has said he is happy at the liberty Stadium despite interest from Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea.


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Tuesday 24.04.12
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   A Spurs XI lost 0-1 at Spurs Lodge to QPR today.
   The Daily Mirror claims that a bust up between Harry Redknapp and Emmanuel Adebayor about the forward's drop off in form and this means Spurs are unlikely to permanently sign the Togo international from Manchester City at the end of the season.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

   CRIME WATCH ... Steven Pienaar has had an arrest warrant issued for his non-attendance at court to answer charges of speeding through Chigwell in October 2011 ... 


   MEHSTG's no-spin story ... John Terry thinks kneeing someone in the back off the ball is not a sending off offence.

Monday 23.04.12
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   Thin news day today, with only the announcement on the Spurs website that Steve Perryman is to be inducted into the club's Hall of Fame on 10th May of any note.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Sunday 22.04.12
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   Some good news for Spurs at last !!  Congratulations to Kyle Walker who has won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
   Kyle Walker, Scott Parker and Gareth Bale were all included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year at the awards for 2012.
   The Sunday Mirror report that Spurs want to offer Ledley King a new one year contract to continue playing for the club next season.
   The paper also say that Tottenham are looking to sign 25 year old French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for 10 million from Olympique Lyonnais in the summer.


   OTHER NEWS ... Wolverhampton Wanderers were confirmed as being relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season following their defeat by Manchester City today  ... 

Saturday 21.04.12
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   Tottenham lost 0-1 to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road this evening.  For a match report, click here.
   Spurs are said to be trying to persuade Luka Modric to stay at White Hart Lane with an improved contract to prevent him moving to Chelsea or Manchester City, the Sun report.
   The paper also claims Spurs will make a move for Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the summer.  Bundesliga side Schalke 04 are also interested in the 25 year old former Leeds United and Notts. County goalie.
   The Under-18s had a good away win 5-2 at Norwich City today.  The goals were scored by Jack Munns, Kenneth McEvoy, Jack Barthram, Kevin Stewart and Souleymane Coulibaly.


   OTHER NEWS ... Swindon Town won promotion to League One today, while Rochdale were relegated from League One to League Two ... both Coventry City and Portsmouth were relegated from the Championship today ...

Friday 20.04.12
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Younes Kaboul's knee injury keeps him out of Saturday's match against QPR at Loftus Road and he is joined on the sidelines by Niko Kranjcar, who also has a knee injury, but his will rule him out for the rest of the season.  Tottenham are also without Heurelho Gomes (knee), Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson (both ankle) and there are doubt over three or four players who have knocks from Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, so late decisions on their inclusion will be made on Saturday.
   QUEENS PARK RANGERS TEAM NEWS : -  Long term injured played Alejandro Faurlin (knee) and Kieron Dyer (ankle) both miss out, but there are few other injury worries for Mark Hughes.  Forward Djibril Cisse is available again after suspension .
   The Metro claims Spurs and Liverpool will chase 21 year old Wigan Athletic winger Victor Moses at the end of the season, with the former Crystal Palace man refusing to sign a new deal.
   The Metro also reckons Spurs will be in for Newcastle United striker Demba Ba in the summer, with or without Harry Redknapp in the manager's office.  It is hoped they might snap him up for a fee of around 7 million as his contract has a get out clause.  Spurs might also try to involve Sebastien Bassong or Niko Kranjcar in a part exchange deal.
   Rafael van der Vaart has told the Metro that one day he would like to return to Holland to play in the Eredivisie again to give something back to the league where he started his career.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

   CRIME WATCH ... Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans has been sentenced to five years for the rape of a 19 year old girl in Rhyl, North Wales last May ... 

Thursday 19.04.12
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   The Daily Star claim that Alex Ferguson has 40 million rated Luka Modric as his top summer transfer target for Manchester United.
   Spurs are said in the Daily Mail to be looking to sign Solomon Kalou on a free transfer as the 26 year old Chelsea striker is out of contract in the summer.
   Tottenham have been placed eleventh in the Forbes list of the richest football clubs in the world.
   For a preview of Saturday night's game at QPR, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 18.04.12
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   No real hard Spurs news today.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Tuesday 17.04.12
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   The Sun claim that Spurs will approach Swansea City for their manager Brendan Rodgers should Harry Redknapp be offered and take the England managers job.


   OTHER NEWS ... Reading have secured promotion back to the Premier League ... 


   MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsene Wenger announced that Jack Wilshire's injury is not likely to allow him to play again this season.  However, the good news is that the Arsenal midfielder will be fit for the Euros ... 2020 and he will be fat for the Olympics this summer.

Monday 16.04.12
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   Kyle Walker and Gareth Bale have been nominated in the PFA Young Player of the Year award, while Scott Parker is up for the PFA Player of the Year.
   The Metro claim that Spurs are keeping tabs on the situation of one of Manchester United's young players.  Ezekiel Fryars of the successful FA Youth Cup winning team of last season is yet to sign a new deal at Old Trafford and Spurs are keen to take the 18 year old defender on.


   OTHER NEWS ... Barnet sacked Lawrie Sanchez and replaced him with Martin Allen as manager today ... 


   MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Referee Martin Atkinson is to go to Euro 2012 as a goal line assistant.  I kid you not.

Sunday 15.04.12
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   Tottenham lost 1-5 to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley tonight.  For a match report click here.
   Spurs are said in the Metro to be ready to move for Olympique Lyonnais' 25 year old goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, as they seek a successor to Brad Freidel.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 14.04.12
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   The Metro claim that Gareth Bale will be a 30 million target for Barcelona in the summer.
   In the Daily Telegraph, Croatia boss Slaven Bilic reckons that many more clubs than Chelsea will be in for Luka Modric at the end of the season as teams in Italy and Spain are aware of his situation and that he told him at the start of this season that if he continued to play well, then his chance to leave Tottenham would come.
   In the Sun, on loan Andros Townsend says he would welcome a permanent move to Birmingham City after being put out on loan by Spurs on eight occasions.
   The Under-18s beat Coventry City 3-0 at Spurs Lodge this morning with the goals being scored by Victor Zapata-Caceido, Souleymane Coulibaly and Kenneth McEvoy.


   OTHER NEWS ... Doncaster Rovers were relegated from the Championship today ... Charlton Athletic won promotion to the Championship from League One this afternoon ... Fleetwood Town will be playing their football in League Two next season after being promoted as champions from the Conference today ...


   MEHSTG's spin story ... Kenny Dalglish described the Liverpool team as a work in progress today and it certainly looks like they have a load of site workers in their side.

Friday 13.04.12
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -   There could be a surprise inclusion of David Bentley on the bench after resuming training after knee surgery, as Harry Redknapp tries to gather seven players as substitutes. Younes Kaboul and Niko Kranjcar have knee knocks and are rules out, while Ledley King will be given a late fitness test after playing on Monday.  Also out are long term injury victims Tom Huddlestone (ankle), Michael Dawson (ankle) and Heurelho Gomes (knee).
    CHELSEA TEAM NEWS : -  Ashley Cole has recovered from a sprained ankle and is fit for the match on Sunday, while John Terry (cracked ribs) has been given the go-ahead to play.  Oriel Romeu has been ill and won't be considered, while Ryan Bertrand's calf muscle pull rules him out.  Branislav Ivanovic will be serving the first of a three match ban for getting sent off against Wigan Athletic for violent conduct.
   For a preview of the semi-final with Chelsea, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Thursday 12.04.12
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   The Daily Express claims that Ledley King has not yet been offered an extension to his one year rolling contract at Spurs. 
   Alex Pritchard, the club's 18 year old striker, has been the subject of a bid by Queens Park Rangers, but Spurs have rejected the offer, despite the youngster being out of contract in the summer.
   Young defender Oliver Modeste has been allowed to leave hospital after his head injury sustained in a fall.
   Former Spurs Director of Football Damien Comolli has left Liverpool by mutual consent.
   Former Spurs goalkeeper Ian Walker has moved as a coach to Shanghai Shenhua under new player manager Nicolas Anelka.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 11.04.12
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   Apart from stories claiming the club are having team meetings to rescue our season, there is no hard news on Spurs today.


   OTHER NEWS ... Bradford City have been fined 9,000 and Crawley Town 18,000 for failing to control their players in a post match melee where all the players were involved in mass brawl in the game between the two sides a fortnight ago ... 

Tuesday 10.04.12
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   The Metro claims that Juventus' Serbian winger Milos Krasic is closer to a move to Tottenham in the summer after his agent admitted he is likely to leave in the close season, but nowhere was there a mention of Spurs, other than Harry Redknapp tried to sign him in January.


   OTHER NEWS ... Steve Coppell has been appointed as Director of Football at Crawley Town ... 

Monday 09.04.12
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   Tottenham lost 1-2 to Norwich City at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.
   Heurelho Gomes paid a visit to PSV Eindhoven to make clear that he would welcome a move back to his former club by walking round in front of the home fans at half time.  However, PSV have told the media that they are happy with their goalkeeper and are not interested in buying Gomes back according to the Sunday Mirror.
  The Sun claims that Spurs and Arsenal are keen on Fulham striker Clint Dempsey, who has not ruled out a move away from the Cottagers despite having a year left on his contract .


   OTHER NEWS ... Rotherham United have appointed Crawley Town manager Steve Evans as their new boss ... 

Sunday 08.04.12
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Aaron Lennon could be in line for a start against Norwich City, as could Jermain Defoe, while Gareth Bale might face a late fitness test on the knock he took on his shin right at the end of the Sunderland game yesterday.
   NORWICH CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Manager Paul Lambert could change his team following their 2-2 draw with Everton at Carrow Road on Saturday ,with Anthony Pilkington, Andrew Crofts and Simeon Jackson all possible starters in tomorrow's game at the Lane.
   For a preview of tomorrow's Norwich City match, click here.
   The Sun on Sunday claims that Spurs may be among a number of clubs who want to sign Emmanuel Adebayor in the summer according to comments made by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 07.04.12
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   Tottenham drew 0-0 with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


   MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Alex Ferguson said that he knows Sparky (Mark Hughes) will have QPR fighting hard in matches as every team reflects it's manager.  Does that mean that Manchester United are a miserable, dour side who don't talk to anyone after matches ??

Friday 06.04.12
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   The Daily Star claims that Spurs defender Kyle Walker is a 16.5 million target for Real Madrid in the summer, with Glen Johnson of Liverpool another target for the La Liga club.
   For a preview of the Sunderland game, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


   MEHSTG's spin story ...  Roberto Mancini has revealed that if he had played alongside Mario Balotelli he would have hit him every day.  Unfortunately, he might have had to join a long queue.

Thursday 05.04.12
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -   Aaron Lennon may sit out this game, as he is only likely to play one match over the Easter weekend because of his hamstring problem.  Tom Huddlestone (ankle), David Bentley (knee), Heurelho Gomes (knee) and Michael Dawson (ankle) will all miss the match with Sunderland.
   SUNDERLAND TEAM NEWS : -  Both Lee Cattermole and Frazier Campbell have knee problems that threaten their participation in Saturday's game against Spurs.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


   MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Glasgow Rangers could be up to 134 million in debt.

Wednesday 04.04.12
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   Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers has said that eh is not thinking about becoming Spurs manager as his focus is on his current club and he hopes to keep central defender Steven Caulker on loan at the Liberty Stadium for next season, after the 20 year old has done so well this campaign.
   Spurs Legends play a charity match at Broxbourne Borough FC on Goffs Lane, Goffs Oak, Herts EN7 5NQ on Sunday with a 14:00 kick off.  Entrance costs 5 adults and 2 children.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 
   CRIME WATCH ... FC Porto have been fined 16,700 for racist abuse of Manchester City players in their recent Europa League game ...

Tuesday 03.04.12
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   A pretty quiet Spurs news day today, with nothing of note going on.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Monday 02.04.12
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   Gareth Bale has made comments which have been widely construed that he will be leaving Spurs.  The Welsh midfielder said that if Barcelona or Real Madrid came in for him, he would find it hard to turn down such an offer, as it would be like Harry Redknapp being offered the England manager's job.  However, most reports pay little attention to the end of his piece when he says that he is focused only on Tottenham at the moment.
   The Metro reckon Spurs are lining up Ecuadorian Christian Rameirez, who was a star of the Under-17 World Cup, when the attacking left back reaches 18 in August for 1.5 million.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


   MEHSTG's spin story ... It appears Mario Balotelli may be on his way out of Manchester City after a series of gate-crashing incidents.  First he crashed his car into a gate, then he burst on stage when the new AC Milan manager, before crashing in on Aleksander Kolorov's free-kick in Saturday's game against Sunderland.  The final straw came when he nearly came to blows with Yaya Toure in the dressing room, after Balotelli gate-crashed the Ivory Coast man's half time oranges.

Sunday 01.04.12
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   Tottenham beat Swansea City 3-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.
   Spurs are said to be favourites to land Independiente central defender Julian Velasquez for 4 million in the summer according to the Metro.  The 21 year old Argentinian is also being chased by AS Roma and Lazio.
   It will cost Spurs 4 million should they make a move for Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers to replace Harry Redknapp, if he gets the England job, the Sunday Mirror tells us today.
   The Telegraph runs a piece on Harry Redknapp's thoughts on Brendan Rodgers and hints that midfielder Tom Carroll might follow in Steven Caulker's footsteps and spend a season on loan at the Liberty Stadium next campaign to continue his progress.
   The Sun claims Spurs are aiming to sign Lassana Diarra from Real Madrid for 8 million.  The 27 year old is not happy at the lack of first team football at the Bernabeu, but Paris St. Germain are also interested in the midfielder
   Tottenham have added another couple of dates to their American tour with a match up against an exhibition game against the San Antonio Spurs on July 26th, with a return at basketball the next day.  It is hoped that this will lead to a profitable link-up with the successful Texas organisation.
   A statement issued at 11:00 hrs this morning by Bradford Bulls hit out at Tottenham, who they allege had pledged the profit from curries sold at the ground towards the Rugby League's fighting fund as they seek to raise 1 million in two weeks.  There appears to be no grounds to this story as the first part of the sentence outlines.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

 

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