White Hot Lines

May 2008

Saturday  31.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Harry Redknapp is making a move to sign Manchester City defender Richard Dunne ahead of Tottenham's intention to bring the Irishman to White Hart Lane according to the Sun.  The Daily Mirror have added another name to the list of players Tottenham have been linked with by saying that Juande Ramos will have 25 year old Benfica and Paraguay striker Oscar Cardozo watched when his country play France this weekend.  The player will cost 12 million apparently.  Apparently, both Spurs and Everton are keen on signing Valencia winger Joaquin.
   Paul Stalteri played for Canada in a friendly international defeat by Brazil, who won 3-2, with Gilberto playing on the other side in Seattle
   Young Pyo-Lee was in the South Korea side, who drew 2-2 with Jordan in a World Cup qualifier in Seoul.
   Didier Zokora
completed the World Cup qualifier in which Ivory Coast beat Mozambique.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

Friday  30.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Crystal Palace's 16 year old midfielder John Bostock has signed for Tottenham Hotspur.  However, it appears that Palace do not believe he has left the club, as they still have his registration and their chairman Simon Jordan is doing his best to make them an enticing option for any player by slamming players for leaving to better themselves after he claimed the club have put millions of pounds into their Academy to develop them.  The issue may well need to go to a tribunal to decide how much compensation Spurs will have to pay the fake tanned one.  5 million is what Jordan wants allegedly.
   The Daily Express and the Daily Mirror run a story stating that Manchester City defender Richard Dunne has agreed a 30,00 a week four year deal with Spurs and only has to pass a medical for the move to go through costing 5 million.  The Mirror also reckons that Tottenham might be interested in news that Alan Curbishley is to let defender Anton Ferdinand go at the cost of 5 million.

  OTHER NEWS ... Classy SCBC have sacked their manager Nigel Pearson, who kept them in the Championship, to replace him by Dutchman Jan Poortvliet ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Thursday  29.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mail claim that Tottenham are poised to sign Sevilla winger Diego Capel after matching the 12.3 million buy-out clause in his contract, although the Sevilla chairman denies any knowledge of Tottenham's interest.  Having been linked with Nice's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris yesterday, he has signed a deal with Olympique Lyonnais.
   Captain Robbie Keane scored a third minute goal to win the friendly international at Craven Cottage for the Republic of Ireland against Colombia
   The club have announced that skills coach Ricardo Moniz has left the club.
Former Spurs winger Peter Taylor has today been named as the new manager of Wycombe Wanderers.

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Wednesday  28.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Press Association claim that Spurs are interested in Sevilla's winger Diego Capel and also Nice's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, although AC Milan and Olympique Lyonnais are also keen to sign the 21 year old, with Milan leading the chase.  In Spain, they rumour that Barcelona are keen on Dimitar Berbatov, if they fail to sign Arsenal striker Emanuel Adebayour.  The Daily Star claim that Tottenham will beat off all competition to sign Mexican midfielder Giovani Dos Santos for 12.5 million.  Defender Daniel Diaz of Getafe and Argentina said he would be happy if a 3 million move to Tottenham came off.  The Daily Mirror report that bids of 4 million have been received by Cruzeiro from both Spurs and Shakhtar Donetsk, leaving striker Marcelo Morena the decision of who he wishes to join.  Later reports said that the forward had chosen to go to Russia and the deal had been signed.  the Times link Spurs with a 22-year old Fiorentina striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, who is an Argentinian Under-21 international and would cost 7 million.
   Tom Huddlestone and Jonathan Woodgate were both unused substitutes in England's 2-0 win over USA
at Wembley tonight.
Chris Gunter played 90 minutes for Wales in Reykjavik in an international friendly against Iceland, which ended in a 1-0 win for Wales.
   Younes Kaboul was captain for France Under-21s in their 1-1 draw with Portugal Under-21 in a friendly in Sweden.
David Button played in goal for England Under-19s in their 1-0 win over Serbia in the European Championship Elite qualifying match in Minsk, recording his second successive clean sheet.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Sepp Blatter has been branded as "discriminatory" and "illegal" by the EU.  Rats !! It should have read Sepp Blatter's "6+5" idea of having six home-grown players in the side has been branded as "discriminatory" and "illegal" by the EU.

Tuesday  27.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs and Chelsea are set to bring winger David Bentley back to London after he has failed to sign a new deal at Blackburn Rovers, while Liverpool might want to try and keep him in the North-West.  The fee might be a cool 15 million ... the going rate for any player these days.  In the Daily Mirror, they report that Spurs will be asked to pay at least 4 million for Moroccan born Norwegian Under-21 striker 20-year old Tarik Elyounoussi, who plays for Fredrikstad FK and was watched playing for them by a Spurs scout on Sunday and the Times link Tottenham with 9.6 million move for midfielder Valon Behrami of Lazio and Switzerland as he is interested in joining Spurs or Sevilla.  The Daily Mail has Spurs down as the favourites to sign Barcelona's Mexican wonder kid Giovani Dos Santos in a 7 million transfer, although Manchester City have also had talks with the player. 

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Paul Robinson is heading for Manchester City according to the Daily Mail, although he might be better using his hands !!

Monday  26.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Sky Sports website claim that Benfica could make a bid to take defender Ricardo Rocha back to Portugal. 
Alan Hutton has pulled out of the Scotland squad to face Serbia at Hampden Park on Friday through injury.
   Younes Kaboul played the full game as France Under-21s beat Holland Under-21 2-1 in a friendly in Sweden.
   England Under-19s 2-0 win over Poland in Minsk
saw David Button play as goalkeeper for the whole game.  The match was a European Championship Elite qualifying match.

  OTHER NEWS ... Stockport County beat Rochdale 3-2 in the League Two play-off final at Wembley and will be plying their trade in League One next season ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Sunday  25.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Observer claims that the father of Bolivian striker Marcelo Morena has said his son is set to decide between Spurs and Russian side Shakhtar Donetsk as he looks set to leave Cruzeiro.  The Sunday Mirror reckon that Portsmouth, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton, Middlesbrough and Manchester City are all looking at signing the Brazilian and former Arsenal and Valencia midfielder Edu.  The News of the World report that Juande Ramos is keen on spending 8 million on Sevilla defender Adriano Correia as cover at left back where Young-Pyo Lee will be leaving and Gareth Bale might not be back from his foot injury and also recount that Middlesbrough are keen on buying Tom Huddlestone.  The Daily Star Sunday reckons that Younes Kaboul is fed up with Tottenham and is pleading with Portsmouth to sign him.  The People reckon that Spurs will tempt Portsmouth with a player plus cash deal for midfielder Sulley Muntari and that Martin Jol might return to Tottenham ... but only to sign midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng.  Sky Sports website claim that Spurs along with Bolton Wanderers and Everton sent scouts to Dublin yesterday to watch 6' 7" Serbian striker Nikola Zigic of Valencia.
   This morning, Spurs beat Lech Poznan 2-0 with Dean Parrett scoring to
go through to the semi finals of the Tournoi International de Football de Talance in France, where they met hosts Talence, who they beat 2-0 with goals from David Hutton and Alex Olsen.  Through to the final, Tottenham met Alacana, who they played in their group and who had inflicted their only defeat by 0-1.  However, the final gave Tottenham the opportunity to wreak revenge and a 3-0 win with goals scored by Jon Obika (2) and Calum Butcher gave Tottenham Under-18s their second international youth trophy in recent weeks.  David Hutton was awarded the player of the tournament trophy.

  OTHER NEWS ... Doncaster Rovers beat Leeds United 1-0 in League One play-off to gain promotion to the Championship...  ...

  MEHSTG's n0-spin story ... John Terry has apologised to all Chelsea fans, officials, ex-managers and other hangers-on because he cannot kick a ball into the goal from 12 yards out.

Saturday  24.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Gus Poyet has denied on Spanish radio that Spurs are not interested in Barcelona's striker Samuel Eto'o and that the management and the board will discuss transfers next week, when they have a meeting to talk about who will come and who will go.
   The Independent claim that PSV Eindhoven have rejected an offer from Tottenham for their Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, while the Daily Express reckons Tottenham will make cash bids to Chelsea of 15 million for Nicolas Anelka and 10 million for Shaun Wright-Phillips, but goes on to say that if they fail in signing Anelka, they will make a concerted bid for Real Zaragoza's Diego Milito.  The Daily Mail has Portsmouth, Spurs, Newcastle United and Sunderland all chasing Manchester City defender Richard Dunne.  Olympique Lyonnais have made a statement saying that they have not had any contact from Tottenham concerning a move for their goalkeeper Gregory Coupet and no transfer talks would take place until after today's French Cup Final anyway.  However, on the French club's TV channel, Coupet stated that the Cup Final would be his last game for the side.
Dates have been announced for the Feyenoord Centenary tournament, with Spurs taking on Glasgow Celtic on Friday 1st August (kick off 6:30 p.m. Dutch time, 5:30 p.m. UK time) and then facing Borussia Dortmund on Sunday 3rd August (kick off 5:45 p.m. Dutch time, 4:45 p.m. UK time).
   Robbie Keane played 69 minutes of the Republic of Ireland's friendly 1-1 draw with Serbia in Dublin tonight
Luka Modric played all of Croatia's 1-0 home friendly defeat of Moldova today.
The Under-18s are taking part in the Tournoi International de Football de Talance and drew 0-0 with Lorient of France, before suffering a 0-1 defeat by Spanish side Alcala.  However, in the afternoon session, Spurs beat Monaco 4-0 (David Hutton, Calum Butcher, Jonathan Obika, Ryan Mason) and then Toulouse 2-1 (Jonathan Obika, Ryan Mason).
   Spurs will be playing Hull City in the Premier League next season after they beat Bristol City 1-0 in the Championship play-off at Wembley this afternoon

  OTHER NEWS ... Leicester City manager Ian Holloway has left the club relegated to League One by mutual consent ... Chelsea sacked Avram Grant as their manager today ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Friday  23.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Jermaine Jenas misses out on the England friendlies coming up against USA and Trinidad & Tobago because he has a sprained ankle and has had to withdraw from the squad.
   Goalkeepers are on the news, as a number of sources put the move for Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Gregory
Coupet at 2.5 million and the Daily Mirror claims that Bolton Wanderer's manager Gary Megson is putting together a 5 million bid for Tottenham's existing goalkeeper Paul Robinson, although Aston Villa might be up for signing Robbo too, as they are being put off by Liverpool's asking price for Scott Carson.  Espanyol's 26 year old winger Albert Riera is demanding a move and Spurs and Liverpool are watching the situation.
Paul Stalteri has returned to Tottenham from his loan spell at the end of the season with Fulham.
   Pre-season friendlies for the Spurs XI (a mix of fringe first team players, reserves and youth
players) have been announced against St. Albans City (16th July - kick off 7:45 p.m. at Clarence Park), Crawley Town (22nd July - kick off 7:45 p.m. at Broadhall Stadium), Aldershot Town (29th July - kick off 7:45 p.m. at Recreation Ground) and Rushden and Diamonds (4th August - kick off 7:30 p.m. at Nene Park).

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Thursday  22.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   TeamTalk reckon Spurs are showing an interest in 34 year old French goalkeeper Gregory Coupet, who plays for  Olympique Lyonnais.  Liverpool, Juventus and Spurs are vying for the signature of Udinese's Italian full back Andrea Dossena, while the Daily Telegraph pin all their hopes on a tale that should Tottenham fail in a bid for Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o, they will turn their attention to Thierry Henry.  Yeah, right.  Just like newspapers spotting Real Madrid striker Robinho in London to mean that he might join Chelsea, Arsenal or Spurs.
   Didier Zokora captained Ivory Coast in the first game of the Kirin Cup in Japan, playing the full game against Paraguay in a 0-0 draw.

  OTHER NEWS ... Jimmy Mullen has been appointed as the new manager of Walsall ...  ...

Wednesday  21.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Press Association are running s troy that Spurs are not confirming that they are bidding for Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o, denying they have had talks with the Cameroonian forward, perhaps because they have been unsuccessful according to the Daily Mirror, which is why the paper believes they are chasing 10 million rated Real Zaragoza striker Daniel Milito.  Oh, the Mirror also say Juande Ramos is also going for Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano of Sevilla.  Spurs midfielder Hossam Ghaly has told the media that he has had some interest in signing him from Blackburn Rovers, as well as other Premier League clubs and Hertha Berlin in Germany.
Spurs have appointed 35 year old Hans Leitert from La Liga club Recreativo Huelva as the club's new goalkeeping coach.  Perry Suckling who has carried out the role since Hans Segers left Tottenham, will return to being goalkeeping coach for the Academy.

  OTHER NEWS ... The Champions League final saw beat Chelsea on penalties after a 1-1 draw and after John Terry missed the chance to win it for the Pensioners when he slipped in the run up to his penalty kick which, if successful, would have made it 5-4 to Chelsea on penalties.  But didn't. ...  ...

Tuesday  20.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mail reckon that a deal for Crystal Palace's 16 year old midfielder John Bostock could be struck with a fee rising to 5 million depending on meeting certain conditions.  Damien Duff's departure from Newcastle United has apparently alerted Blackburn Rovers, Spurs and Portsmouth to his availability.  Blackpool manager Simon Grayson hopes to take Spurs reserve defender Joe Martin back on loan next season after a successful time there at the tail end of this season.  Spurs will be taking a long look at Olympique Lyonnaise's striker Loic Remy, who has not scored for his club, but has hit three goals in six games for RC Lens, where he was on loan at the end of the season before they were relegated.  Setanta Sports have reported that Portsmouth are in touch with Tottenham about signing defender Younes Kaboul.
   The club have announced that defender Chris Riley and winger Jamie Davis have been released on the expiry of their contracts and that reserve defenders Cian Hughton and Leigh Mills have signed new deals to keep them at the club
Radek Cerny's loan spell at Spurs has ended and he returned to Slavia Prague, but signed a contract for Queens Park Rangers to stay in England.

  OTHER NEWS ... Paul Lambert resigned as manager of Wycombe Wanderers today ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Joey Barton was today jailed for six months after being found guilty for assault in an incident in Liverpool in December 2007...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Joey Barton was given a six month jail sentence today.  Still, Newcastle United gave him a four year deal, surely punishment enough ?

Monday  19.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mail reckons that Spurs are set to sign Dean Ashton from West Ham United for a possible fee of 15 million, while the London Evening Standard has Tottenham down as favourites for the signature of Samuel Eto'o for 24 million, as both AC Milan and Internazionale have both only reached 16 million in their attempts to buy the striker from Barcelona.

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Sunday  18.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The News of the World claims that Juande Ramos wants to buy the 8 million rated defender Adriano Correia from Sevilla in the summer and the paper also tells us that Spurs might be favourites to buy Samuel Eto'o after putting in a 24 million bid for the Cameroon striker with Barcelona, with Dean Ashton lined up as a fall-back, should the offer be rejected.  Over at the Sunday People, they have Spurs looking at Newcastle United's Michael Owen should the Eto'o deal not go through.  The Mail on Sunday reckons that Manchester City defender Richard Dunne has set his sights on a move to White Hart Lane, although Sven Goran Eriksson wants to keep him at Eastlands.  Tottenham are also being linked with a move for Atletico Madrid's former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan, but as he would cost about 20 million, it is unlikely to happen. 

  OTHER NEWS ... Exeter City have gained promotion to the Football League with a 1-0 win over Cambridge United in the Conference play-off final today ...  ...

Saturday  17.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Times relates that Damien Comolli might be in peril of staying at Tottenham, after some questions have been raised about the quality of players he has recommended.  Genoa's Honduran midfielder Julio Cesar de Leon is supposedly a target for Spurs according to his agent, with terms to be agreed and the transfer for the 28 year old nicknamed "Rambo" to go through quickly thereafter.

  OTHER NEWS ... Portsmouth beat Cardiff City in the FA Cup Final today ...  ...

Friday  16.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sun claim that Chelsea and Tottenham are keen on signing Barcelona's Portuguese midfielder Deco, while The Times has Spurs among Newcastle United and Portsmouth willing to take on the 6 million rated "defender" Anton Ferdinand of West Ham United.  News coming out of Spain claims that Liverpool, Spurs and Fiorentina are all keen to sign Espanyol and former Manchester City winger Albert Riera.
   Tottenham's Academy side came back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 with South African side SuperSport today
in a friendly at Spurs Lodge with David Hutton and Ryan Mason scoring.
   Dunga has called up Gilberto to the Brazilian squad to play in the World Cup qualifiers

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... after Wednesday's riot in Manchester by a minority Glasgow Rangers fans might have damaged England's hopes of hosting the 2012 World Cup finals, they will turn up in London on Saturday for the FA Cup Final and stay for the play-off finals to ensure the bid dies in the water and their aim is achieved.

Thursday  15.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Paul Jewel has told the Press that Derby County will not be signing Hossam Ghaly, as he wants to stay in the Premier League.
Tom Huddlestone started for England Under-21s in their friendly match against Wales U21 at Wrexham tonight.  England won 2-0 with Huddlestone scoring the first from the penalty spot, with Chris Gunter being on the losing side from the start and Jamie O'Hara joining Huddlestone as a substitute in the 57th minute.

  OTHER NEWS ... Glasgow Celtic player/coach/manager Tommy Burns died today of skin cancer aged 51 ...  ...

Wednesday  14.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Setanta Sports have revealed that Tottenham have failed to sign Cruzeiro's Bolivian striker Marcelo Moreno for just under 6 million, while the Epping Forest Guardian reports that Ricardo Rocha has said to head coach Juande Ramos that he wants to leave White Hart Lane in the summer.  The Daily Star has chairman Daniel Levy getting involved to complete a 15 million transfer for Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o and the Sun have Tottenham bidding 15 million for Blackburn Rovers' David Bentley.  In some sort of competition to link Spurs with as many different players in as many different papers, the Daily Mail reckons there will be a swap deal with Paul Robinson going to Manchester City, as Joe Hart moves the other way to White Hart Lane as the transfer totals 10 million, as the Daily Express have their own take on the transfer rumours with Tottenham chasing unwanted Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka for another 15 million, but only because they think they will fail in the move to sign Eto'o.  The Times have a story saying that PSV Eindhoven are lining up a bid to take Young-Pyo Lee back to Holland.

  OTHER NEWS ... Iain Dowie has been appointed as the new coach of QPR ... Zenit St. Petersburg won the UEFA Cup tonight beating Glasgow Rangers 2-0 at the City of Manchester stadium ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... the traditional present of the player's shirt to his boot boy seems to have gone by the by at Birmingham City, where Olivier Kapo gave his boot boy his boot.  Along with the steering wheel, bonnet and the rest of a 30,000 Mercedes Benz.

Tuesday  13.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The London Evening Standard are still trying to wind up Tottenham fans by telling us that Spurs and Newcastle United are said to be in competition for Manchester City's Republic of Ireland centre half, Richard Dunne.  For once I am hoping Newcastle beat us !!  The Daily Mail reckons that despite a series of stories that he would be staying at Selhurst Park, teenage midfielder John Bostock is about to join Tottenham, instead of Barcelona and Manchester United.  Blackburn Rovers are set to reject Tottenham's 4 million for their Norwegian winger Morten Gamst Pedersen, the Sun reports.
Tom Huddlestone has been picked for the England Under-21 squad for the friendly against Wales on Thursday.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Rochdale striker Lee Thorpe broke his arm in three places while arm-wrestling on the coach on the way to the play-off semi-final first leg.  Manager Keith Hill said that it was a perfectly good way of team-bonding ... and MEHSTG reckons it is no doubt a way to make sure you get a place in the team.

Monday  12.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Midfielder Jamie O'Hara has signed a three-year extension to his contract with Spurs, taking it through to 2011.
   Spurs and Arsenal are said to be ready to lock horns in the battle to sign Lille midfielder Jean Makoun, although the French club want 11 million for him according to Sky Sports. 

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Sunday  11.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs lost 0-2 at home to Liverpool this afternoon in the final league game of the season.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
Tom Huddlestone has won his first call-up to the full England squad for the up-coming friendlies against USA and Trinidad and Tobago.  Also in the squad are defender Jonathan Woodgate and midfielder Jermaine Jenas.
The News of the World claims that AC Milan have been put off bidding for Dimitar Berbatov, as they believe the intended asking price of 30 million is too much, although the Observer report that Barcelona and Chelsea are willing to meet the price put on the Bulgarian striker's head.  The paper reckons that Spurs will make a move for Espanyol central defender Marc Torrejon.  The Sunday People claim that Spurs see Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o as Berbatov's replacement and are looking for sponsors to come in and pay the player's 100,000 a week salary.  The People also run stories indicating that Portsmouth are hoping to take Younes Kaboul off Tottenham's hands at a cut price, while Juande Ramos intends to offer Tom Huddlestone to Middlesbrough in exchange for winger Adam Johnson.
Tottenham's Academy side won the Tournoi International de Football de Monthey in Switzerland with a 2-1 final victory over Sporting Lisbon, thanks to goals from Tomas Pekhart and Jake Livermore.
Tottenham's former trainee defender Che Roberts died today aged 38.

  OTHER NEWS ... With Fulham winning, even the victories for Birmingham City and Reading could not save them from relegation ...  ...

Saturday  10.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Express claim that Chelsea are ready to launch a 20 million bid for Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov, while it might not all be in cash, as Chelsea might want to throw in winger Shaun Wright-Phillips as a make-weight (and not a very heavy one at that) as part of the deal.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Daytime GMTV show host Lorraine Kelly has called for drastic action on the state of refereeing in Scotland after her beloved Dundee United were robbed of what seemed like a perfectly good goal and a stuck on penalty against Glasgow Rangers.  She will be discussing the issue on Monday's show with designer Bruce Oldfield and nutritionist Amanda Ursell.

Friday  09.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror runs a couple of Spurs stories, with Blackburn Rovers' asking price of 15 million ready to be met to sign winger David Bentley, which is a story repeated in the Daily Express and that Tottenham will beat Newcastle United to the singing of Glasgow Celtic winger Aiden McGeady.
LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS : -  Fabio Aurelio could be back to play for Liverpool on Sunday and Rafa Benitez could select Damien Plessis and Emiliano Insua cold get their chance.  Daniel Agger will not be risked, even though he is back in training after injury.
Just Tottenham's luck.  An extra place in the UEFA Cup has been awarded to England because of their good behaviour and fair play, leaving the top rating side not already qualified for Europe taking a UEFA Cup qualifying place.  At the moment this would be Manchester City, but above them are Spurs (top of the Fair Play League), Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.

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Thursday  08.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mail claim that Manchester City owner Thaksin Sinawatra wants to buy Dimitar Berbatov for 32 million.  Let's make sure we get the money up front !!  However, the paper reckons he will end up across the city at Old Trafford, as United are willing to offer 21.8 million - twice what Spurs signed him for.  If Berbatov does go, then Tottenham have made provision for a replacement by contacting Barcelona about the signing of 15 million Samuel Eto'o, although Spanish paper Marca reckon he would cost 27.5 million. 
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Dimitar Berbatov has recovered from his groin strain and will be fit for selection to meet Liverpool on Sunday
   For a match preview of Sunday's meeting with Liverpool, click here.
   Spurs pair Charlie Daniels and Andy Barcham will return to White Hart Lane after their loan spells at Leyton Orient.
Former Spurs reserve defender Clayton Fortune has been released by Leyton Orient.

  OTHER NEWS ... Silvio Berlusconi has resigned as chairman of AC Milan because he cannot have a conflict of interest during his third spell as Prime Minister of the country ... Frank Rijkaard will leave as manager of Barcelona at the end of the season it was announced today, with former player Pep Guardiola taking over the reins ... Micky Adams has been re-appointed as manager of Brighton and Hove Albion with current boss Dean Wilkins retained as first team coach ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Luigi Di Canio has left QPR's manager's post, with rumours that Zinedine Zidane may come in to take his place

Wednesday  07.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spanish newspaper Marca, reckons Spurs are in talks to sign Samuel Eto'o, while Setanta Sports claim Juande Ramos is keen to snap up Real Zaragoza striker Sergio Garcia, who Villareal are also chasing.  Two more dodgy stories come from the British press, as the Sun reckons Ramos will make a 6 million offer to West Ham United for Anton Ferdinand (Please noooooooo !!) and the Guardian have us down as signing Lassana Diarra from Portsmouth too.  The Mirror's preference is 6 million for Birmingham City midfielder Olivier Kapo, should the Bluenoses get relegated on Sunday, although he might not be playing alongside Dimitar Berbatov, as the newspapers seem to mostly consider him to be gone after not featuring in the club's new kit launch last night.  Over at the Daily Mail, they are in dreamland, suggesting that an interest in Glasgow Rangers central defender Carlos Cuellar could cost Tottenham 10 million, even though he arrived last summer for only 3 million.
Tottenham have announced that they will play a friendly at Leyton Orient on July 30th with the game kicking off at 7:45 p.m.  Ticket prices will be 15 for adults, with concessions tickets priced at 10 and accompanied Under-16s can get in for 5.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Arsene Wenger said today that he could not break the Arsenal wage structure to keep Mathieu Flamini, who was offered 55,000 a week, while William Gallas is on 80,000 a week and Fabregas 75,000 a week.  "Arsene !!  Ou est le calculator ?"

Tuesday  06.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The club have still not decided on what they will be doing about a new ground, so have put off an announcement which was supposed to be made by June this year.
Thanks to Malcolm Blazey for mentioning the fact that Martin Jol has been signed as head coach of SV Hamburg for next season.
   The club launched the new 2008-09 kit tonight, with the home kit being a white shirt with navy blue trim on the neck and arm, with a blue insert under the arm; navy blue shorts and navy and white hooped socks.  The away kit is all very pale blue
.  The third kit is all black, with two white stripes on one shoulder, white trim on the neck and arms, with a gold Spurs logo.
   Academy full back Adam Smith has signed his first professional contract with Spurs.

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Monday  05.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   New signing Luka Modric has been included in the Croatia squad for the European Championships this summer.

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Sunday  04.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham are being linked in the News of the World with a move for Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson in the summer, with Arsenal also interested, while the same tabloid reckon Spurs will fight Liverpool for 17 year old Colchester United winger Medy Elito.  The Sunday Mirror claims that Real Madrid will make a 25 million offer for Dimitar Berbatov, but Tottenham's response will be a pay rise up to 90,000 a week, but this will only be dependent on him signing a four year deal and answering the club's proposal within two weeks, thus allowing them time to arrange for a replacement should he wish to leave.  The Sunday People reckon that Spurs are up against Celtic and Sunderland in the chase for Dutch Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng (Didier Zokora won't be pleased) and also that the club are willing to spend 10million to bring 23 year old Lokomotiv Moscow striker Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to Tottenham.  The Russian international can fill the left wing position, centre forward or his preferred choice as an attacking midfielder behind the front two.  The Daily Star on Sunday also carries the Michael Johnson story and an additional one confirming last week's news that Tottenham will make a move for Wolfsburg's German central defender Alexander Madlung.
   Radek Cerny, whose loan deal is up in the summer, has revealed to Sky Sports website that he looks set to join QPR on a two year contract
   The Spurs Ladies First Team today beat Horley Town 2-1 to give them the three points they needed to be champions of the London & South-East Regional Women's Football League
Premier Division.  This guarantees them promotion to the Women's Football South-East Combination league.  For a report on their game, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... West Bromwich Albion won the Championship title today, with Stoke City going up automatically with them in second place.  At the bottom of the table, Leicester City drop into League One with Scunthorpe United and Colchester United ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Rumours circulating that Berbatov refused to pose in the club's new kit to be launched on Tuesday indicate that he may be on his way out of White Hart Lane. That and he was spotted barefoot on the pedestrian crossing at Abbey Lane.

Saturday  03.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Reading 1-0 at the Madjeski Stadium this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.

  OTHER NEWS ... Nottingham Forest have gained promotion from League One to the Championship, while at the other end of the table, Gillingham and Bournemouth will be playing their football in League Two next season ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Manchester United winger Nani found Lucas Neill's head so hard when he head-butted him in this afternoon's game against West Ham United, that he needed treatment before being sent off !!

Friday  02.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Mark Kendall, the Spurs goalkeeper from 1978 - 1980 died last night in Newport, Wales.  Kendall served as a police officer in the Gwent Police for 15 years reaching the rank of Detective Constable and MEHSTG's condolences go to his family and friends at this sad time.
David Villa may have snubbed Tottenham's approach to buy him from Valencia, as he hopes for a transfer to Real Madrid.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Harry "Hangdog" Redknapp is unhappy about the police raid on his home in connection with corruption in the game and has taken an appeal against them to the courts.  Redknapp said that the front men were too far apart, the men at the back were too loose and there was no cohesion between the rank and file.

Thursday  01.05.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham are at number 12 in the world football's rich list of clubs, with Manchester United coming out top in Deloitte's annual survey of the clubs with the most money in the world.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Alan Hutton has recovered from a toe injury picked up in last Saturday's game against Bolton Wanderers and should be fit to play.  Pascal Chimbonda may well be omitted after stories today say he could have played his last game for the club, while
long term absentees Ledley King, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Gareth Bale will all be missing.
   For a preview of the Reading game, click here
   Spurs are linked with an array of players in the media today.  A 4 million deal for Espanyol keeper Carlos Kameni is close to being agreed with Paul Robinson moving out to Middlesbrough or Aston Villa.  The Villains are also keen on defender Pascal Chimbonda, who has been shocked to be told he has no future at the club and he will have a choice of the Midlands or the South Coast, as Portsmouth are also interested in him.  The Daily Mail continues on the 16 million offer for Valencia's David Villa, while over at the Daily Mirror, Lille midfielder Jean Makoun claims that Spurs and Manchester City are both interested in signing him.  The Cameroonian 24 year old is rated at 6 million.  It is widely claimed that goalkeeper Radek Cerny will sign for QPR on a free transfer at the end of the season.  Sky Sports website reckon that Tottenham will pursue the Wolfsburg central defender 25 year old German international Alexander Madlung, who has a 2.3 million buy out clause in his contract.
   Spurs Reserves lost 1-3 at White Hart Lane in a behind closed doors friendly this afternoon.  Tottenham's goal came from Alex Olsen
Spurs Ladies First team play at home at Frederick Knights Sports Ground, Willoughby Lane, Northumberland Park N17 on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. against Horley Town.  The Ladies need a win to finish top of the league in what is their last game of the season.  Entry is free, so why not come along and support the Ladies !!  Details of the venue can be found by clicking here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United lost their appeal to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators against the Football  League's 15 point deduction for not meeting the insolvency criteria of the Football League  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Former Manchester City manager Peter Reid said today about current City owner Thaksin Shinawatra, "It's alright running a country, sometimes it's harder to run a football club."



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