White Hot Lines

May 2003

Saturday  31.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs said that they have not made a move for West Ham United's French striker Frederic Kanoute.  The player's agent had implied that the move was on from the relegated side.
  Tottenham could step up their interest in Shabani Nonda of Monaco, after his club were relegated.  Manchester City are also trailing the striker.
  Jody Morris' agent claims that he has received offers from both Spurs and Blackburn Rovers for the Chelsea midfielder.

Friday  30.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The BBC reported today that Stephen Carr had been signed by Newcastle United.  It turned out not to be true ... for the time being.
  David Pleat has denied on the Spurs website that the club are looking to bring David Seaman to White Hart Lane on a free transfer, following today's stories on Sky TV and in the Sun.
  Frederic Kanoute's agent said that the player regarded a move to Spurs as a great one.  A price of around 4 million was quoted, while the player has been to America to get his injury problems sorted out.  Other clubs are interested, but Kanoute's choice would be Spurs and he believes he can get a good understanding going with Robbie Keane.  The agent said Hoddle had told Daniel Levy that this was his top target and the deal should be concluded in the next two weeks.
  Spurs have been linked, along with Liverpool and Newcastle United, with a move for 3 million rated Paul Konchesky of Charlton Athletic.
  Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp said he would love to bring Teddy Sheringham in at Fratton Park.
  Stephen Kelly could spend the whole of next season on loan at Queens Park Rangers after impressing on loan over the last couple of months in their run to the play-off final at the Millennium Stadium.
  The Spurs Academy team finished 10th out of 12 in the Zurich FIFA Blue Stars tournament after completing their group.  They lost 0-1 to FC Zurich and drew 0-0 with Celta Vigo, before the second day on which they lost 0-1 to FC Nania having started earlier with a 1-0 win over Sturm Graz, the Spurs website reported.

Thursday  29.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Newcastle are reported in the London Evening Standard to be offering striker Carl Cort plus cash to get Stephen Carr.  It claims Spurs have put a 6 million price on the Irish defender, who has two years to run on his contract.
  The same paper also claims that Glenn Hoddle is keen to bring Frederic Kanoute of West Ham United and Chelsea's Jody Morris to White Hart Lane.
  Teddy Sheringham's agent has denied that he or his client has been contacted by Wolverhampton Wanderers as claimed in reports yesterday.  As his Spurs deal does not run out until the end of June he is taking his time to decide on where he will finish his career and the agent was in Portugal at the time, so that might give a clue as to his final destination !!
  Spurs target - Nottingham Forest's midfielder Gareth Williams - has supposedly turned down a new contract at the City Ground.

Wednesday  28.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers have said they would be interested in taking Teddy Sheringham on after he was released by Spurs.
  Spurs have been told by Brighton and Hove Albion that Bobby Zamora will cost 3 million if they want him.
  Crystal Palace midfielder/attacker Julian Gray has turned down a new contract at the South London club and Spurs may re-new their interest in the young star.

Tuesday  27.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Brighton and Hove Albion have warned off clubs who think they will be getting Bobby Zamora on the cheap.  Their chairman Dick Knight said that clubs, including Tottenham, would have to meet the Second Division club's valuation before they would consider letting him go.
  Spurs responded to being named as one of the clubs going for Zamora, by saying they have not made a bid for the England Under-21 striker and therefore could not have been trying to get him for a knock down price.  The official website stated that the club admired the player, but he was just one of many they were monitoring.
  Simon Davies has told Tottenham that he sees his future at the club and has no intention of leaving unless told otherwise.  
  Davies appeared for Wales in their  0-2 defeat by USA in San Jose.
  Spurs are supposedly interested in Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda of Guingamp in the French League.  striker Drogba from the Ivory Coast hit 17 goals, while Malouda set up many of them from his midfield playmaker role.  Both have said they will leave the club, but Spurs might try and capture both, which might sway them in the direction of White Hart Lane. 
  Charlton Athletic were reported to have been having talks with Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, thus nipping in before Spurs could stake a bid for him.
  Planet Football claims that Spurs are to show interest in Arsenal back-up keeper Guillame Warmuz.  The 33 year old former Lens goalie is not likely to be kept on next season and has started looking around for a new club, so with Spurs likely to move on Neil Sullivan, who does not figure in Hoddle's plans, a free transfer to White Hart lane might suit both parties.
  Tottenham have said that they will be reviewing their Cup voucher scheme for season ticket holders in light of pressure via the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust and fan action, including an approach to the local Council's Trading Standards department.  While nothing can be changed for the coming season, the club are aware at the strength of feeling and will look at something for the 2004-05 season.  The item on the official website also included a mention of review for the 10% discount in Spurs stores season ticket holders had withdrawn.

Monday  26.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Wolverhampton Wanderers have made it to the Premier League for season 2003-04 by beating Sheffield united in the play-off final this afternoon at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

Sunday  25.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle said he will be staying at Tottenham and will be seeing through the five year contract he signed on joining the club.  He said that he realised that it would not be possible to turn the club round overnight, but the third year of his tenure would be an important one and he intended to get the right personnel to take the club forward.
  According to the Sunday Mirror, Spurs have made a 1.75 million offer for Kevin Phillips, but Sunderland are looking for nearer 4 million.  Middlesbrough's 1.5 million offer can only be increased if they sell first.
  The Sunday People say that Leeds United will beat Spurs to the signing of Liverpool's Czech midfielder Patrik Berger.
  The News of the World is full of Tottenham rumours today.  Hoddle is said to be ready to make Frederic Kanoute his first summer signing from West Ham United.
  Then Spurs are supposed to be interested in QPR midfielder Marc Bircham along with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City ...
  ... and Spurs are vying with West Bromwich Albion for Everton's Swedish midfielder Niclas Alexandersson, who would cost about 500,000 ...
  Spurs loan defender Stephen Kelly and ex-Spurs reserve keeper Chris Day ended up on the losing side while playing for Queens Park Rangers in the Second Division Play-off final this afternoon.
  Former Spurs defender Terry Fenwick has been interviewed for the job as Luton Town manager, but is also considering an offer from a Northern Second Division club.

Saturday  24.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are being linked with a move for Italian striker Dino Fava of the Triestina club.  SCBC are also sniffing around.
  Former Spurs youth defender Neil Young was in the successful Bournemouth side that won promotion to the Second Division in the play off final against Lincoln City this afternoon.  On the losing side were former Tottenham youth players Alan Marriott and Peter Gain.

Friday  23.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have announced that they will play PSV Eindhoven on Sunday 3rd August at White Hart Lane with a 15.00 p.m. kick-off.
  Millwall are trying to take the heat out of the rumours linking Teddy Sheringham with a  move to the New Den and a possible coaching role at the club.  They said today that there is no truth in an announcement being made on such a transfer in the near future.
  Rumoured Spurs target - midfielder Lee Bowyer - has agreed a four year deal with Newcastle United, where e teams up with former Leeds United team-mate Jonathan Woodgate.
  Former Spurs defender Joe Kinnear has been dismissed as Luton Town manager, following a change in ownership at the Second Division club.

Thursday  22.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Bobby Zamora's agent has confirmed Tottenham's interest in the Brighton and Hove Albion striker and said today that two other Premiership clubs were asking about his availability.
  The London Evening Standard carries a piece from Steffen Iversen, who says he can make an impact next season now that he has shaken off the back injury that has restricted him to playing at 75-80%.
  It is reported today that Spurs have bid 500,000 for Sunderland's Kevin Phillips, but the relegated side are said to have "laughed off" the offer.
  Spurs are supposed to be among the clubs interested in 2 million rated Sunderland defender Michael Gray.
  Another forward Tottenham are being linked with is Frederick Kanoute, who, despite being tagged at 4 million, is also a target for Liverpool and Newcastle United.
  While Newcastle United were thought to be in the driving seat to sign Lee Bowyer from West Ham United, Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal are believed to be ready to keep the midfielder in London.  Aston Villa also are keen to take Bowyer on.
  Peter Taylor has denied the Alton Thelwell rumour suddenly circulating.  He said he was aware of the player, but had not made contact with Spurs about the defender.
  Tottenham are said to be one of the clubs chasing Liverpool's Czech international midfielder Patrik Berger, along with Leeds United and Portsmouth.
  Hannover 96 of the German Bundesliga want Steffen Freund, who has been released by Tottenham.
  Tottenham's previous interest in Brazilian midfielder Kleberson keeps being dragged up as his agent tries to fix him up with an English Premier League club.

Wednesday  21.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Mirror today claims that Tottenham are to launch a 2.5 million bid for Brighton and Hove Albion's Bobby Zamora.

Tuesday  20.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham could be making a shock move for former Notts. Forest and Feyenoord striker Pierre van Hooijdonk.  The controversial 33 year old looks set to leave the Dutch side this summer and it is rumoured in the London Evening Standard that Tottenham have already had talks with his agent about a move to London.  They face competition from Portsmouth and perhaps Manchester City.
  However, it appears any transfer activity involving German forward Miroslav Klose will not be happening as he has said he wants to stay with Kaiserslautern now they have avoided relegation.
  Matt Holland has denied the stories of yesterday saying he wanted to join Spurs and told reporters that he did not know where the rumours came from.
  Lazio striker Bernardo Corradi is being fought over by Spurs and Newcastle United according to some reports.
  Spurs transfer target Samuel Eto'o has hinted he will leave Real Mallorca this summer, but said he would only join one of the top European sides if he did so.
  Former Spurs forward Sergei Rebrov is complaining that he is being played on the right side of midfield by Fenerbahce in Turkey, where he is on loan for a year.  He said he hoped a new manager would restore him to his proper place in the team.
  Former Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh has been appointed manager of Billericay Town.
  Former Spurs defender Gheorghe Popescu will retire after Saturday's game for Hannover 96 in Germany.
  Former Spurs youth team goalkeeper Gareth Howells (brother of David) has been released by Aldershot Town.

Monday  19.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gus Poyet has said that he wants to see out the final year of his Spurs contract and has had talks about this with Glenn Hoddle.  The Uruguayan said after a summer break, he will return hungry to play again.
  Matt Holland, the Ipswich Town and Republic of Ireland midfielder, has said that he would be interested if Tottenham Hotspur came in for him.  He is a player that has long been linked with a move to Spurs and now he is working with Chris Hughton as coach of the Irish national side, he has indicated that he would be happy to move to White Hart Lane.  The 29 year old has also attracted interest from relegated Sunderland.  
  Former Spurs player and manager Ossie Ardiles has resigned as manager of Racing Club of Argentina.

Sunday  18.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Daniel Levy has told the Sunday Express that Glenn Hoddle will have to add quality and depth to his Tottenham squad without making any big money purchases.  Cutting the age bill might allow Hoddle the luxury of making a big signing, but I suppose we should expect players from lower divisions or Bosman transfers to bolster the squad this summer.
  Tottenham are rivals with Chelsea for the signing of Espanyol's midfielder Roger.  The 29 year old is not happy that contract talks have stalled at the Spanish club.
  Spurs are up against Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and Fulham for Nigerian midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha.
  Reports are to be found in the newspapers today stating that Liverpool might turn to former Spurs target Samuel Eto'o, should they not sign Auxerre's Djibril Cisse.
  Tottenham Ladies had an up and down day today.  The reserves lost their Sue Sharples Memorial Trophy Final to Charlton Athletic 3rds 1-4, but the Under-15s triumphed in the Herts. Girls Football League Cup Final, overcoming QPR to win the trophy.  For more info, click here.

Saturday  17.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Former Spurs reserve striker Peter Beadle has been released by Bristol City.
  Tottenham Ladies Under-11 side lost their Herts. Girls Football League Cup Final to Luton Town Belles today 0-5.  For a report on the game, click here.

Friday  16.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Newcastle United are said to be keen on signing both Wayne Bridge of SCBC and Stephen Carr.  The price has to be right for the Magpies though.
  According to the London Evening Standard, the board meeting at the club last week went on for seven hours, with the team's form a major talking point.  What also emerged was that Qu Bo might fail to meet the criteria for a work permit once more and Sergei Rebrov is not happy at Fenerbahce, so could be coming back to White Hart Lane.
  Spurs are supposedly favourites to bring Jason Roberts to North London should he leave West Bromwich Albion, as is feared by the Baggies fans.
  West Ham United have released ten players from their squad after relegation to Division One, including former Spurs midfielder John Moncur.  Les Ferdinand has been offered a new one year deal with the Irons and rumoured Spurs target Lee Bowyer is another one of the players who has been let go.

Thursday  15.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-1 to DC United in the Capital Cup early this morning in Washington's RFK Stadium.  The only goal came from a deflection off Stephen Carr.
  Spurs are in trouble with Leeds United, who say they have not had a formal approach from Tottenham for Mark Viduka and if they have spoken to his agent, then they will regard this as an illegal approach.
  It looks as though any bid for Charlton Athletic's Scott Parker might be unsuccessful too, as he said he is happy at the Valley and believes he can achieve all he wants at the South London club.
  Spurs Ladies played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane against Chelsea Ladies tonight.  A crowd of about 300 watched Lucy Auguste give Spurs an early lead and a Zoella Freeman goal put them ahead again, before the Blues pegged them back with an equaliser.  For a match report, click here.
  Sunderland are the latest club to be linked with a move for Teddy Sheringham.
  Former Spurs defender Ian Hendon has left Peterborough United to join Barnet on a free transfer.

Wednesday  14.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Teddy Sheringham's agent is playing down rumours of a move to Millwall, claiming that neither the player nor agent had spoken to the South London club all season.  Glasgow Rangers are also said to be interested in signing the 27 year old.
  Sheringham's replacement seems to be being lined up with Daniel Levy rumoured to have had talks with the Italian agent of Mark Viduka of Leeds United.  A fee of less than the 6 million Leeds paid for him has been mooted, but the agent thinks that Spurs will be out bid once the European sides start discussing the services of his client.  
  Charlton Athletic's Scott Parker has also been linked with a move to Tottenham today.  Matthew Etherington plus 1 million was believed to have been offered, but was knocked back by the South London club.
  Jonathan Blondel said he can't wait for first team football and that if Tottenham cant provide that then he hoped he would be loaned out to get that experience.
  Chelsea have joined Spurs in making enquiries about Perugia's Brazilian wing back Ze Maria.
  Kasey Keller will travel to Birmingham Alabama to get some bone cleared out from both of his elbows after the match against DC United.
  Kazuyuki Toda has said he needs to be stronger if he is to make a significant impact on the Premier League.  The Japanese international said he had learned much in his five months here, but that if he hoped to gain more appearances in the coming season, he needed to improve his physical strength.
  Former Spurs transfer target Jody Morris looks set to join Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer from Chelsea.
  Former Spurs transfer target Kevin Phillips looks ready to throw in his Sunderland career and join Middlesbrough.

Tuesday  13.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  There are grumbles coming out of the Spurs camp about the trip to America to play DC United and a two week "warm-down" to the season in La Manga.  Players are upset that they will have to do all this before their summer holiday after a "long and gruelling" season !!
  Further rumours are claiming that Teddy Sheringham has struck a deal with Daniel Levy not to criticise the club in return for a chance to come back one day to manage Spurs.  t is believed that Hoddle felt that Sheringham was having too much undue influence on the side and the player is believed to have turned down a substantial sum for spilling the beans on what has gone on at the club.  He is reported to have left "on good terms", so that a return would be easier for him and the club to facilitate.  He has been talking with Millwall about a move to the First Division club.
  Spurs Ladies will be playing a friendly match at White Hart Lane on Thursday 15th May with the kick off at 18.00 p.m.  The opposition will be Chelsea Ladies.  Entrance is FREE, so come along and see the Ladies in action in a London derby.  Entrance is via the West Stand.
  Tottenham are said to be interested in West Ham United forward Jermain Defoe.  The striker handed in a transfer request within hours of their relegation and although it has been refused by the board, there may yet be some further movement on the matter.  Spurs have to weigh up if he is a better buy at 20 years old costing 5 million (a price quoted by the papers) than Kevin Phillips at 30 for 3 million.  Phillips is leaving Sunderland and it is between Spurs and Portsmouth according to the London Evening Standard as to who gets the former Watford man.
  The Irons striker Frederic Kanoute has also been linked with Tottenham and Liverpool.
  George McCartney, the young Sunderland and Northern Ireland international defender, is a target for Spurs.
  Steffen Freund has said he thinks he can still do a job in the Premiership and has had offers from other clubs.  He said he would not criticise the manager as Tim Sherwood had done, as he does not want to throw away his time at the club with adverse comments.  The German midfielder added that he would still be available if the club said that they wanted him to stay.

Monday  12.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are supposed to be looking at Fulham's England under-21 midfielder Sean Davis along with Newcastle United.
  Matthew Etherington is in the England Under-21 squad for the friendly international against Serbia and Montenegro on June 2nd and then the European Championship qualifier against Slovakia on 10th June.
  Former Spurs youngster Neil Le Bihan has been released by Crawley Town.

Sunday  11.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-4 to Blackburn Rovers this afternoon at White Hart Lane.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
  The News of the World reports that Teddy Sheringham was willing to cut his wages to 15,00 a week to stay at White Hart Lane.  It is rumoured that Torino might be interested in taking him to Italy.
  Stephen Carr is wanted by Fulham for 2 million to replace Liverpool bound Steve Finnan.
  While on the subject of Liverpool, Emile Heskey looks like being unloaded at the end of the season and Spurs are said to be one of the teams he might end up at.  The Sunday Mirror say that a 5.5 million fee would be agreeable to Tottenham.  Noooooooo !!
  West Ham United slipped out of the Premier League today when Bolton Wanderers won their match against Middlesbrough.

Saturday  10.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has vowed to continue to try and bring success to White Hart Lane and also to make some key moves to achieve this.  The two things that he has set as his priorities are to bring in key players and to sort out the injury situation at the club that has resulted in players being missing for long periods.  The Spurs boss said that if he can get the squad fully fit, then the potential of the club might be able to be realised.
  Jonathan Blondel's agent will be seeking talks with the club about his client, as he is not happy at the club and feels he has not been given a chance to show what he can do in the first team.  He stated that if he is not in the manager's plans then he will leave.
  Teddy Sheringham is again being linked with a move to Portsmouth after not being offered a new contract by Spurs.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - The Spurs website has said that Anderton, Richards,, Iversen and Doherty will all miss the match, while Ziege hopes to play, but he might not yet be ready for match-play.
  The new Spurs change kit was aired on Soccer AM this morning and is a very fetching light-blue shirt with a round neck and no other colour on it apart from the club badge and the Thomson's logo ... but fear not, it is dark blue and centrally placed on the chest.  Being Kappa made, it is snug-fit again, so beware of the sizing chart !!

Friday  9.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The genius that is Tim Sherwood has told the Sun newspaper that Glenn Hoddle is ruining Tottenham Hotspur.  He said that it didn't take a rocket scientist to see that there were problems at Spurs and that Hoddle was behind them, as the team do not respect him and look up to the experienced players more than the manager.  The Portsmouth midfielder went on to add that the way the Tottenham boss has treated Steffen Freund and Teddy Sheringham is disgraceful and that the club will not get success until Hoddle is kicked out.  He said nobody would shed a tear of Glenn was sacked tomorrow.  Conversely, he changed his tack on the lack of ambition of the board (see his comments prior to the current season) by saying that they saw the recession in football's finances coming before him and many others and praised them for doing the right thing by the club.
  Hoddle himself has said that Sherwood was keen to stay nine months ago, so why is he stating that things were so bad.  The manager said it was only when Sherwood was told that he would not be getting a new contract that his attitude changed and that he would not lower himself to the level of the midfielder by getting involved in a slanging match.
  Spurs have issued a denial that an approach has been made for Klaus Toppmoller, the Bayer Leverkusen manager, as speculation surrounds Hoddle's continuation in the post.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Dean Richards is likely to miss the game with a back injury that has ruled him out of the last few matches.  Darren Anderton's knee injury may allow Jamie Redknapp to continue in midfield.  Steffen Iversen is struggling to be fit after resuming training this week with a rib injury, while Christian Ziege has a very slim chance of appearing in the side after his thigh and calf injuries sustained since Christmas.
Spurs squad : - Keller, Carr, Perry, Gardner, King, Bunjevcevic, Taricco, Ziege, Acimovic, Redknapp, Davies, Etherington, Poyet, Toda, Ricketts, Sheringham, Keane, Blondel, Yeates, Sullivan, Burch
  BLACKBURN ROVERS TEAM NEWS : - Henning  Berg is doubtful with a hamstring injury, but hopes to play in his last game for the club after being informed he will not have his contract renewed.  Meanwhile David Thompson is ruled out until next season, but Matt Jansen is in the squad after missing a large chunk of the season with a head injury.
Blackburn squad : - Friedel, Kelly, Neill, Todd, Berg, Johansson, Taylor, McEveley, Flitcroft, Dunn, Tugay, Hignett, Jansen, Yorke, Ostenstad, Duff, Cole, Sukur.
  Spurs might be one of five Premiership clubs who wants to talk to Brazilian midfielder Kleberson, when he flies in to England.
  Millwall have said that it is not out of the question that they might sign Teddy Sheringham, but it would require the former Lions forward to take a pay cut.
  Meanwhile, Sheringham is having talks with the FA about fast-tracking his coaching career to get the necessary certificates to become a manager in double-quick time.
  Spurs will unveil their new away kit in the last match of the season at home to Blackburn Rovers.  The kit is believed to be light blue and white in colour.

Thursday  8.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have pulled out of a pre-season friendly against Wimbledon in Milton Keynes.  The Wimbledon site claims that their National Hockey stadium will not be ready by that date, while Spurs' official website says that on consultation with the fans, they have decided to withdraw from the fixture.  The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust had made representation to the club that this game would attract unwanted criticism from the media and the club acted swiftly to cancel the match.  Charlton Athletic pulled out of a friendly there earlier this week.
  The Sun claims that Tottenham are in the hunt for Lee Bowyer should West Ham United be relegated.  The midfielder can leave for 500,000 and might go even if they stay up, because of the drain on resources his wages make.  Having shown sensitivity in not playing against Wimbledon, the Spurs board might think again about this proposed signing.  Birmingham City are also interested.
  The Sun also link Hoddle with an interest in 24 year old Yildmaz Basturk, the Turkish midfielder playing for Bayer Leverkusen.
  Having announced that Spurs will let Teddy Sheringham leave at the end of this season, he has been linked with FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon, if he doesn't make a move to a Premiership team, such as newly promoted Portsmouth, which has been hinted at.  The London Evening Standard reckon that the Spurs captain has told associates that he is well off out of the club !!
  Sheringham's old mucker Neil Ruddock has slammed Spurs by saying that it is madness to let him leave, as he could do so much with the kids coming through the ranks, both on and off the pitch to help them develop.
  Goalkeeper Neil Sullivan and midfielder Gus Poyet have been the subject of stories saying Tottenham are willing to let them go on freebies.
  Meanwhile, the Bobby Zamora to Spurs rumour is gathering pace, with a price of 1.5 million quoted for the 22 year old Brighton and Hove Albion forward.
  And just in case, Tottenham are also rumoured to have approached West Bromwich Albion for 25 year old striker Jason Roberts with the same fee mentioned or 3-4 million, depending on which report you read.
  Both the above players are supposedly awaiting Hoddle's green light to start spending and their club's have agreed deals with an initial amount plus the rest based on appearances, to be paid in installments.
  Manchester United feature in two former Spurs transfer targets.  Firstly, Quinton Fortune has signed a new three-year deal at Old Trafford, scuppering any chance Spurs had of attracting him, while Man U are now interested in Samuel Eto'o of Real Mallorca - a player Tottenham have been strongly linked with in the past.
  Porto striker Helder Postiga has said he is happy to stay in Portugal despite being linked with many clubs, including Tottenham.
  Spurs and Liverpool are being reported as opponents in a round robin tournament in South Africa next summer (2004) in an attempt to boost their bid to host the 2010 World Cup.
  Former Spurs defender Danny Maddix has been released by Sheffield Wednesday.

Wednesday  7.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have today released a statement saying that they will not be offering Teddy Sheringham a new contract when his current one ends in the summer.  The 37 year old striker will be released after mutually agreement on terminating his current contract.
  And the Daily Mirror claims that Hoddle would like to re-unite Mark Viduka with Robbie Keane by buying him from Leeds United.
  The London Evening Standard proposes the theory that Gus Poyet will follow Sheringham out of White Hart lane with Tottenham buying out his contract.  However, the Uruguayan midfielder said he wanted to see out the last year of his contract and then retire at the end of the 2003-04 season.

Tuesday  6.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  John Gorman was watching Spain Under-21 v Australia Under-21s and the senior Spanish side play Ecuador at the weekend, with Javier Portillo of Real Madrid his main focal interest apparently in the first game and hat-trick man Fernando Morientes in the latter.  The London Evening Standard said that the club are looking for an aggressive central midfielder and a right sided player, hinting that Davies and Carr might both be sold. 
  Tottenham Ladies Under-11s will face Luton Town Belles in the Herts. Girls League Cup final on Saturday May 17th.  The venue has yet to be decided.

Monday  5.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Fernando Morientes is likely to be offloaded by Real Madrid for around 12 million for the 27 year old striker.  Spurs have been mentioned as potential purchasers.

Sunday  4.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Teddy Sheringham is a target for Valencia according to the News of the World today.  The La Liga side have enquired about the 37 year old striker's availability. 
  The Sunday Mirror claim Tottenham are after Aston Villa's Gareth Barry and Scott Parker of Charlton Athletic.
  Fode Mansare of Montpelier in France is a striker who's name has cropped up again in the News of the World as being a Tottenham target in the summer.  The 22 year old Guinean striker said he is excited by talks about him moving to Spurs, but that would have to wait until the end of the season.
  Another player supposedly incoming is Hatem Trabelsi of Ajax - a right back to replace Stephen Carr according to Sky Sports.
  ... and finally ... Manchester United won the Premier League title this afternoon, when Arsenal failed to beat Leeds United, losing 2-3 at home (to an offside goal).  So stop blaming Spurs now ... it's your own fault !!

Saturday  3.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 1-5 at Middlesbrough this afternoon and Chris Perry was sent off.  Jamie Redknapp got the one goal Tottenham scored.  For a match report, click here and reaction will follow tomorrow.
  Glenn Hoddle said after the game that he intends to appeal against the straight red card Chris Perry received for a professional foul.
  Newcastle United are interested in taking Stephen Carr to St. James' Park for 4 million.
  Spurs will contest with Fulham, the signing of Luigi Di Biagio, the Internazionale midfielder.
  Simon Davies has been included in the Welsh squad for a friendly against the United States of America on May 26th in San Jose.
  Tottenham Ladies Under-11 side reached their League Cup final today with a 1-0 win over QPR in the semi, while the B team lost 4-6 in a high-scoring match against the Rangers B side.  For more details click here.

Friday  2.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The big news is that Spurs might have to pay out 900,000 in compensation to fans for the unused Cup voucher in their season ticket books.  Having only had one home cup tie, THFC may be taken to task by Haringey Trading Standards for not refunding the money paid for the extra "unplayed" match if some disgruntled fans have their way.  Details that no refund would be given were featured in the literature sent out with the renewal forms and therefore, I do not think many Spurs fans expect to get some money back from the club.
  Quinton Fortune is a target for Spurs, who have approached Manchester United for his services.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Dean Richards is out with an ankle injury picked up against Manchester United, to be replaced by Anthony Gardner and Jamie Redknapp is in the squad after missing four months with a broken toe.  Darren Anderton (knee), Steffen Freund (groin), Steffen Iversen (cracked rib) and Gary Doherty (knee) are all out for the trip to Teeside.  Some youngsters have been added to the squad to travel North and Mark Yeates, Rob Burch, Dean Marney and Rohan Ricketts will all join up with the more experienced players.
  MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS : - Juninho has recovered from a hamstring injury and will be fit to play, although midfield colleague Geremi might miss out with an ankle problem.
  TeamTalk claim that Real Madrid star striker Savio is interested in a move to London and this has alerted Tottenham to his availability.  The 29 year old Brazilian would like to stay at Bordeaux, but they might not be able to afford him.
  Rumour also links Spurs with Leon McKenzie of Peterborough United, who has refused to sign a new contract as he wants to play for a bigger club, but manager Barry Fry said that a fee for the 24 year old former Crystal Palace striker would have to meet the valuation of himself and the chairman.

Thursday  1.5.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Apparently Arsenal have dropped their proposed bid of 5 million for Stephen Carr because of the over-inflated opinion of themselves ... no sorry, that should have read, the over-inflated cost of their new ground, which has plunged them 42.7 million into debt.
  The Daily Mail reports that Steffen Iversen is now fighting fit because he has cut out getting injured.  Or was it eating Pizza ... oh, yeah, that was it !!  He has lost 5kg from cutting out the takeaway food and concentrating on making the best use of his skills for Norway, as the national coach's target man.
  Tottenham have signed Scott Thyer, the Welsh Under-16 striker, on a free transfer for a two year deal.


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