White Hot Lines

June 2003

Monday  30.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Former Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham has signed a one year deal with Portsmouth.  According to the London Evening Standard, he had a pop at Glenn Hoddle by saying that Harry Redknapp is someone who he can communicate with.  Perhaps Hod was trying to tell him something ??
  The transfer of Frederic Kanoute to Spurs is being held up because of a difference in valuation according to the player's agent.  Spurs have offered 3 million, which is 2 million adrift of what the Irons are asking.  Newcastle United are watching the situation with a keen eye, as they would like to conclude a swap deal for Kanoute using Carl Cort as bait.
  Charlton Athletic have denied that Scott Parker is the subject of a bid by Chelsea and that they have to sell players anyway.  They said the midfielder is under contract and there have been no approaches made by other clubs for his services.
  A Spurs XI will play Ryman's League Northwood on Wednesday 23rd July for Chris Gell's Testimonial.


Sunday  29.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It is reported that ex-Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham will sign a 20,000 a week deal with Portsmouth next week.
  Former Spurs striker Chris Armstrong is wanted by one of his former clubs, Wrexham, on being released by Bolton Wanderers.


Saturday  28.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have won a legal battle to gain control of the web address www.tottenhamhostpur.com.  The UN arbitration panel granted Spurs the site URL as the persons holding it had not developed the site and there was no mention of the club on that site.  The ruling on the grounds that the club were entitled to the intellectual right to it and the World Intellectual Property Organization had no opposition from the holders of the domain name.
  Guingamp striker Didier Drogba, who had been linked with a move to Tottenham, has signed for Marseilles.
  Rumours today claim that Chelsea have agreed terms with Charlton Athletic's Scott Parker.  Tottenham were linked with a move for the England midfielder, although his club said today that they had not received an offer for the player, who is on a long term contract at the Valley.


Friday  27.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Helder Postiga is set to be handed the number 10 squad number when he pulls on his Spurs shirt for the first time.  Vacated by Teddy Sheringham, the Portuguese international has said he will be proud to get that shirt and will do all he can to bring the good times back to White Hart Lane.  The young forward also revealed that his veteran Porto team-mate Jorge Costa, formerly of Charlton Athletic, gave him a very positive view of Spurs and their place in English football.
  The media have taken Hoddle's comments from yesterday and interpreted them as meaning that Darren Anderton will be on his way from Tottenham.  They have read into the comments that older, highly paid players will be cleared out for younger replacements to be brought in.  The player's agent denies this and says Anderton still has a part to play in Tottenham's first team.
  Brighton and Hove Albion manager Steve Coppell has said he would prefer a quick end to the Bobby Zamora saga.  He does not want the transfer deal to take place near the start of the season and would prefer it was over and done with soon, although he recognises that someone has to come in with an offer for that to happen.
  Chelsea are said to be favourites to sign Scott Parker from Charlton Athletic for around 4.5 million, leaving Spurs and Everton disappointed.
  Atalanta defender Cesare Natali is attracting interest from a number of Italian clubs, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City.  The 24 year old has also been linked with Spurs and the club's chairman said he is keeping Daniel levy informed of the situation.
  The club website has sadly announced the death on June 16th of former Spurs centre half Derek King, who played between 1951 and 1955.  MEHSTG sends our condolences to his family.


Thursday  26.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  At this morning's press conference, Glenn Hoddle announced that he thought that Helder Postiga will be a big hit in the Premiership.  He believes that if he can stay injury free, then he will have a great future in front of him and the Spurs boss was pleased that players in his position are willing to come to the club, especially when he has such a background knowledge and passion for the club too.  Hoddle said that for a 20 year old who's club had just won the Portuguese double and the UEFA Cup, he has shown that he is willing to face a new challenge and the way Tottenham want to play means that he should fit into the team comfortably.  
  Postiga told the assembled hacks that he followed Spurs because he likes teams in white and with the expectation on him in Porto, he feels he will be able to cope with the pressure at Tottenham.  He wants to play his best football and do well at the club, who's passionate fans was one of the reasons he was interested in joining Spurs.  He said that Hoddle and Klinsmann were his favourite Spurs players, but he would not compare himself to them, he was just himself.
  Hoddle told Sky Sports that this would be the first of his summer signings and that they would be conducted in the same manner - doing the groundwork before announcing anything in the media.  Hoddle let slip that another forward was a priority and also hinted that other areas will be strengthened, but that some players might have to leave to balance the books.  The sort of signing made in the case of Postiga is inline with Hoddle's 'third year' philosophy of his five year plan.  He claims that the board are behind him in his efforts to get the team how he wants it
  There was also hope for the younger players coming through, as Hoddle said that his idea to bring in experienced players had paid off with the 18 year olds learning well from those older heads.  He said they have a big future at the club and this indicated that they be more involved this season than last.
  One player being linked with Spurs, although not falling into the young and with a sell-on fee category, is Tugay, according to the London Evening Standard.  Spurs are supposedly in touch with his agent, who said that they will have to speak to Blackburn Rovers as he is still under contract to them.
  Frederic Kanoute's arrival at White Hart Lane is not ruled out by his agent, despite the signing of Postiga.  He said that if the clubs can come to an agreement about a fee, then the deal could still go through ... but he's been saying that for weeks now, with West Ham stating they haven't spoken to Tottenham about this matter in weeks.
  Heavily linked with a move to Spurs, Real Mallorca's Cameroon forward Samuel Eto'o has said he fancies linking up with Michael Owen at Liverpool.  A fee of 5 million was quoted in one report.
  Udinese's Danish midfielder Martin Jorgensen, who had been linked to a move to Spurs in the past, has joined Lazio.
  Marc Vivien Foe, who played last season for Manchester City and previously for West ham United, collapsed on the pitch during the Confederations Cup semi-final in France tonight and died after the match.  It is believed he died of a heart attack.  We send our condolences to his family and friends.


Wednesday  25.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have completed the 6.2 million signing of 20 year old Porto striker Helder Postiga.  He has joined on a five year contract and his fee might rise to as much as 8.5 million, depending on appearances and the success of the club over the period of his contract.  Half the fee will be paid now, with the rest to be spread over the next four years.  Portugal national coach Felipe Scolari said that Postiga is one of the most naturally talented players he had seen and believes that his age is not a reason not to rule him out of leading the attack in Euro 2004 for the hosts.
  Thanks to Steve Aukett, who translated a piece on a German site for us about our new signing.  This reveals that his favourite clubs are Real Madrid and Arsenal !!
  The newcomer is said to be blessed with great pace and also have a hot temper !!  That might have contributed to him missing the UEFA Cup final against Celtic through picking up two yellow cards in previous rounds.  He scored twice on his international debut against Bolivia and also scored against England Under-21s recently.  Portugal coach Felipe Scolari rates Postiga highly enough to say he could lead the forward line for the host country in the Euro 2004 tournament.  
  Bolton Wanderers are interested in defender Ben Thatcher.  Leicester City showed that they were making the early running, but now the Trotters might nip in to pinch him while the Foxes debate whether to pay 1.5 million or take him on loan.  However, on the Planet Football site, manager Sam Allardyce said there was no way he would be making a bid for Thatcher ... presumably because of the cost of the deal.
  Sky TV have announced their first tranche of fixtures which have had to be moved to accommodate the broadcaster's schedules.  Tottenham's games affected are
Manchester City (Away) from Saturday 27th September 2003 to Sunday 28th September 2003
Middlesbrough (Home) from Saturday 25th October 2003 to Sunday 26th October 2003
Aston Villa (Home) from Saturday 22nd November 2003 to Sunday 23rd November 2003
All games will kick off at 4.05 p.m.
  Former Spurs forward Neale Fenn has been released by Peterborough United.


Tuesday  24.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have announced on their website that they are very close to agreeing terms with Porto for the promising young striker Helder Postiga.  A Tottenham fan, he appears ready to snub Parma and Real Betis to play his football in the Premiership at White Hart Lane.  News on the progress of the deal for the 20 year old will be made in due course.  Sky claim that he is worth 8 million; the London Evening Standard says 8.3 million.  Whatever the deal, it is likely that the payments will be spread over the length of his five year contract.
  This could come at just the right time, as the Mirror reports that Spurs' 1.5 million bid for Bobby Zamora is likely to be unsuccessful.  Brighton and Hove Albion will be demanding a fee of 2 million, because of a sell on clause that requires them to pay Bristol Rovers 20% of any future transfer.
  Racing Santander have revealed that Spurs have made a bid to purchase Yossi Benayoun.  The Israeli striker had been linked with interest from Tottenham previously, but the talented 23 year old who was a prodigy at Ajax has not been discussed in monetary terms and is under contract until 2007.
  Frederic Kanoute pops up again on Planet Football's site, as one who will be joining Spurs shortly.  However, it just regurgitates the old news that he is willing to move if the price is right between the two clubs.  They do add that his agent and Daniel Levy spoke this week.
  Teddy Sheringham's agent said that he is still open to offers for the player, who looked likely to join Portsmouth when he returns from holiday later this week.
  Former Spurs defender Joe Kinnear failed to regain his place in the Luton Town manager's office, as he lost out narrowly to Mike Newell in a vote among fans, shareholders, season ticket holders and .


Monday  23.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  For some reason Tottenham have made an announcement on their website that they have not made an offer for Deportivo La Coruna's Uruguayan forward Walter Pandiani.  They say he isn't one they are going for and so won't be making a bid for him.  Does this mean that all the other names mentioned who they haven't mentioned are subject of bids ??
  The denial was probably prompted by a story on Planet Football which stated that the club had an offer of 8 million rejected by Deportivo, because they did not like the payment scheme offered by Spurs.  They are now likely to sell him to Real Mallorca, where he has been on loan for the last season.  Perhaps there is reason behind the Tottenham denial, as any sensible reports would not put the club's offer at 8 million.  Everyone knows we don't have that much to spend, let alone blow it all on one player.  It smacks of Deportivo La Coruna trying to up the ante to reduce their debt.
  Apparently, Glenn Hoddle is 8-1 to be the first Premier League manager to get the sack in the coming season.
  Having been released by Barcelona, Frank de Boer is looking to the Premiership for his next move.  Spurs and Blackburn Rovers both made offers before he was given a free transfer, so both clubs might be back to try and attract him to England.
  Released Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham has agreed terms with Portsmouth, but a deal will not be completed until he returns from a foreign holiday.
  Formerly linked with interest from Tottenham, Crewe Alexandra's forward Rob Hulse is the subject of a successful undisclosed bid by Cardiff City.  The player is currently on holiday and will finalise details on his return.
  Former Spurs midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen is being linked with a Bosman move to Brann of Norway.


Sunday  22.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sunday Mirror claims that Glenn Hoddle will be sacked within three months of the season starting unless the club are in a position to challenge for honours (although I am not sure how you can tell in October).  The piece claims that he survived being sacked by one vote at a hastily arranged board meeting a few weeks ago and if he is dismissed (incurring a huge pay-off in settlement), Spurs will allegedly turn to Martin O'Neill to take over.
  Glenn Hoddle is believed be be negotiating with Scott Parker and his agent about a move from Charlton Athletic to Tottenham.  Hoddle has nipped in as rumours the midfielder is not committing himself to a long term contract at the Valley.  Although the England Under-21 player is a Spurs fan, he will attract a fair amount of interest from other clubs in the Premiership.  Manager Alan Curbishley rates him as being worth 3 million.
  The News of the World also reckons Hoddle might turn to Diego Forlan for a striking option, as Manchester United have said he can find another club.  Bought for 7.5 million eighteen months ago, the Uruguayan will be allowed to leave for around 4 million.  Sevilla are interested, but may not be able to fund that size of transfer fee.
  The paper also suggests Tottenham are in talks with Celtic's 19 year old striker Craig Beattie.  In Under-19 football last season he scored over 30 goals and can leave for 200,000 on UEFA's compensation valuation 'Bosman' ruling.
  The Sunday Mirror claim that Alex Ferguson wants Stephen Carr to bolster the Manchester United defence - mainly because Roy Keane is a big fan of the Tottenham wing back !!.  He will definitely not be going to Newcastle United as they would not part with Shola Ameobi as part of the deal.
  It looks like everyone wants Samuel Eto'o !!  The player Spurs started being linked with last year is now being chased by Manchester United, Valencia, Lyon, Marseille and Parma.
  Bolton Wanderers are in talks with former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Josep Guardiola.  It is rumoured that Spurs are also interested in the free transfer of the 32 year old.  Newcastle United, Panathaniakos and a club in Qatar are also monitoring the situation.
  The Spurs website reports that the Tottenham Hotspur Masters side failed to break out of their group to make the semi-finals, after drawing with Charlton Athletic and losing to West Ham United and Arsenal.
  David Beckham has said that he turned down the offer of a buy-back clause by Manchester United, as when he finishes his Real Madrid career, he wants to return o the Premiership.  With speculation that he wants to be based in his Hertfordshire "Beckingham Palace", this prompts debate that he will end up at a London club and obviously, Tottenham will be top of his list to come to when he decides the time is right.


Saturday  21.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are reported to have been beaten to the signing of Wimbledon's young star Nigel Reo-Coker.  A 450,000 deal has been agreed by the newly promoted side Portsmouth.
  Although he says he is keen to come to Tottenham, Frederic Kanoute was offered as a part of a player exchange with Newcastle United, with Carl Cort going the other way to Upton Park.  The Magpies were not interested in the deal though.


Friday  20.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  There is a report in the Independent saying that Tottenham and West Ham United are talking about a deal for Frederic Kanoute, but Spurs' offer is still well below what the Irons expect.
  The London Evening Standard reports that Spurs have had a week long fitness top-up, with three days at the Five Lakes country club near Colchester, Essex and two days at Spurs Lodge to ensure that their fitness levels are maintained during the summer break.
  Zhurab Khizanishvili of Dundee has said he would like to move to Glasgow Rangers.  The Georgian defender also has interest from Portugal in the shape of Sporting Lisbon, but said England also appeals, although he says he has not heard from Tottenham.
  Chievo defender Nicola Negrottaglie, once linked with Spurs, has moved to Juventus.


Thursday  19.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs start their 2003-2004 season away at Birmingham City on Saturday 16th August.  The first home game will be on Saturday 23rd August against Leeds United.  All fixtures are provisional and may be subject to rescheduling to allow for live TV coverage and for opposition to recover from European matches.
  The official website has announced that there was no U-turn on Steffen Freund's retention at the club.  They say they were asked by the player to re-consider his position and did so, but came to the conclusion that he was not required for the coming season.
  Tottenham have revealed that they were offered Pierre van Hooijdonk by Feyenoord, but declined the former Celtic and Nottingham Forest striker.
  Alleged Spurs target, Sporting Lisbon forward Jardel, appears to want to move back to Brazil with Santos his preferred destination.
  Former Spurs defender Joe Kinnear might be making a swift return to management in his previous job at Luton Town !!  Having been sacked by a consultant brought in by the new owners, he may now resume his work at Kenilworth Road.


Wednesday  18.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Reports on Planet Football claim that Daniel Levy met the agent of Monaco's Congolese international striker Shabani Nonda on Monday, but there are financial problems with the proposed deal to bring him to White Hart Lane.  It is said that the player has refuse a move to Lyons and will only move to the Premiership.
  Having been told he might have a place in Glenn Hoddle's plans for the coming season, Steffen Freund was informed by Daniel Levy last week that he is being released and can find a new club.  The German feels that there must be a personal  problem between the manager and him, as he feels there is no way back now that the decision has been turned around.
  Previous rumours that had connected Spurs with Charlton Athletic's left back Paul Konchesky may gain more weight with the player putting in a transfer request, which his club have reluctantly agreed to.  Tottenham are bound to have competition from Liverpool, who have also been linked with the England international in the past.
  Real Madrid are said to be ready to offload Steve McManaman and Manchester City and Tottenham are reported to be first in the queue for the former Liverpool midfielder.
  Liverpool are to step up their interest in Frederic Kanoute, now that he has made it clear that he is willing to leave West Ham United.
  Cardiff City have said they want to sign ten players to help in their first season back in Division One and one player they have their eyes on is Gary Doherty, while two others are players linked with a move to Tottenham - Oldham Athletic centre half Fitz Hall and Wimbledon midfielder Lionel Morgan.


Tuesday  17.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Striker Frederic Kanoute has said that if his club, West Ham United and Spurs can agree a fee he would be willing to move to White Hart Lane.  Spurs have offered 3 million, while West Ham are holing out for double that.
  Glenn Hoddle is supposed to be reviving a former interest in Alaves' Dutch striker Jordi Cruyff.
  Monaco striker Shabani Nonda's agent has said that he has not spoken to Tottenham and it is therefore unlikely that he will come to England.
  Apparently, former Spurs midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen has not responded within the required one month to Aston Villa's contract offer and may now move on from the Midlands club.
  Swindon Town manager Andy King is interested in taking Paul Gascoigne to the County Ground from his Chinese Second Division side.


Monday  16.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs today announced that they had not had an approach from Newcastle United for Stephen Carr.
  Rumoured Spurs midfield target Ipswich Town's Matt Holland has joined Charlton Athletic for 750,000.
  Another player that interested Spurs who they will miss out on is Shabani Nonda of Monaco, who looks like joining Lyons for more than 10.5 million.
  According to quotes attributed to Northampton Town manager Martin Wilkinson, it appears that Wimbledon midfielder Lionel Morgan has been sold to Tottenham for a fee of around 150,000.  There is no solid confirmation of this transfer though.
  Dundee's Georgian defender Zhurab Khizanishvili has been the subject of speculation concerning a transfer away from Dens Park.  Glasgow Rangers and Spurs are two clubs said to be involved in the interest shown in the 21 year old, with Sporting Lisbon, Everton and Leicester City also linked.
  The London Evening Standard reports that last week Gus Poyet shunned the sunshine and studied for his UEFA 'A' coaching badge.


Sunday  15.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd said that there was no deal for Stephen Carr and it was all a total fantasy.  He told reporters that he should know as it was him who signed the cheques.
  According to the News  the World, Glenn Hoddle is ready to outbid Chelsea for 2 million rated Valencia striker, Kily Gonzalez.
  The Sunday People newspaper reckons Spurs will be watching Brazilian born Japanese striker Alex in the Confederations Cup along with Charlton Athletic, who are said to be favourites to sign the 25 year old.
  David Pleat is supposedly ready to come to the aid of Luton Town by returning to manage them after an unsettled period under new ownership, so say the News of the World.
  Former Spurs defender Richard Gough might be a leading candidate for the job as manager at Hartlepool United.


Saturday  14.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Stephen Carr for a sum of 5million, the Daily Mirror reports.  Having turned down the offer of Carl Cort plus cash, Spurs are to take the money for the Republic of Ireland full back, who has one more year to run on his contract.
  Tottenham are reportedly ready to bid 3 million for Shabani Nonda, the Congo and Monaco forward.  The French side are about to be relegated due to financial irregularities and are having to sell off some of their higher wage earners, so Glenn Hoddle is ready to step in for the free-scoring striker, who got 26 goals in 35 games last season.
  Apparently, Gus Poyet is considering an offer from a club in Qatar to join them in the Gulf.


Friday  13.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Daniel Levy is reported in the London Evening Standard to be warning that it will be a long hard summer of negotiation to get some players in at White Hart Lane and even then, Tottenham will not pay inflated prices for their targets.  The club chairman said that he and Glenn Hoddle had started to strengthen the squad, but it would be naive to imagine that this would be an easy task, but he would do his best to get the best deal for the club.
  Alleged Tottenham transfer target Matt Holland has turned down a move to Portsmouth as he could not agree terms, but his club Ipswich Town have agreed a fee with Charlton Athletic and it is now down to the player to decide if he wants to move to the Valley.  As far as anyone knows, Spurs have not made a firm bid for the Republic of Ireland midfielder.
  Spurs have pulled out of the chase for West Ham United striker Frederic Kanoute.  After refusing to increase their bid beyond 3.5 million, Spurs dropped out of talks with the Frenchman for whom West Ham wanted 6 million.  However, the player's agent said he thinks the move will go ahead should the clubs agree a fee and Kanoute was looking forward to moving across London to play for Tottenham.
  The Daily Mirror said that Glenn Hoddle hoped to conclude a 2 million deal for Brighton and Hove Albion's forward Bobby Zamora.
  Pierre van Hooijdonk's move back to the Premiership from Feyenoord is reportedly involving interest from Birmingham City, Portsmouth and Spurs.  600,000 is the maximum that he should cost ... according to the player himself !!
  Spurs youth and reserve players Rob Burch and Ben Bowditch were in the England Under-21 side that lost 0-8 to Argentina in the Toulon tournament.
  Former Spurs youth midfielder David Lee is in talks to take him from Brighton and Hove Albion to Cambridge United, but nothing might happen until the end of the month.


Thursday  12.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs and SCBC are in competition for the Monaco striker Shabani Nonda.  The 26 year old striker would be available for a fee of 6 million.
  Celtic and Manchester City will vie with Tottenham for Crewe Alexandra's transfer listed striker Rob Hulse.  His current club said that they have to sell him this summer, as they cannot afford to let him go on a free transfer when his contract is up next season.
  Leicester City seem to have a thing about Tottenham defenders at the moment and are now after Ben Thatcher.  The 27 year old is out of favour at White Hart Lane and could be allowed to leave by manager Glenn Hoddle, who has been a target for criticism
  Released defender Alton Thelwell has been signed by Hull City's manager Peter Taylor.  Gillingham and Wycombe Wanderers were also interested in the 22 year old.
  Rob Burch got a place in the starting line-up for England Under-21s v Portugal in the Toulon tournament, but England lost 0-3.  Midfielder Ben Bowditch came on as a second half sub.
  Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne is reported to be having talks with Stockport County manager Carlton Palmer after the Geordie had come out of an American clinic where he had been having treatment for his alcohol dependency.
  Former Spurs midfielder Allan Nielsen has returned home to Denmark after being released by Watford and will join Herfolge on a free.
  Former Spurs forward Ilie Dumitrescu has been appointed as manager of Cyprus side Apollon Limassol.


Wednesday  11.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Planet Football reports that Glenn Hoddle has apologised for saying that Steffen Freund has no future at the club and the German hinted that he might be staying at White Hart Lane, although he left the door open for an exit by saying that there are other parties interested in his services.
  Stephen Carr's transfer to Newcastle United might have hit problems in that Spurs are asking for Shola Ameobi as part of the deal and Robby Bobson is not keen on letting his England Under-21 international striker leave.
  Both Cardiff City and Leicester City are keen on buying Gary Doherty.  The Republic of Ireland international would cost in the region of 1.5 million and the Daily Express says the clubs are in talks with him.
  Alton Thelwell is also a wanted man, with Hull City leading the way, but other clubs are now expressing an interest following his release from Tottenham.
  Now Reading are in the chase for Teddy Sheringham.
  Spurs target, AC Milan's Martin Laursen, is supposed to be having talks with Bolton Wanderers.
  Real Mallorca's Uruguayan striker Walter Pandiani is reported to be an 8 million target for Spurs.
  Both Gary Doherty and Robbie Keane scored for the Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2004 qualifier at home to Georgia tonight.  Stephen Carr also played for the Irish side.
  Steffen Iversen was a sub, coming on for the last nine minutes in Norway's 1-1 draw with Romania in their Euro 2004 match.


Tuesday  10.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gary Doherty has discussed his future position with Niall Quinn and has decided that he will prefer to play at centre-half for Tottenham and up front for the Republic of Ireland.  The former Luton Town man believes that he will get more chances in defence at Spurs.
  Charlton Athletic are the latest club to express an interest in Teddy Sheringham.
  Glenn Hoddle is supposedly renewing his interest in Kaiserslautern's German international striker Miroslav Klose.


Monday  9.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle has said that there has been plenty of time for Spurs to come in for Matt Holland and they have not heard anything from White Hart Lane, so as far as they were concerned the player would be leaving to go to Portsmouth.  The player said he will not think about his future until he had completed the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2004 games and he returned to talk things over with his wife.
  Former Spurs skipper and assistant manager Steve Perryman has been unveiled as Director of Football at Exeter City.  Stevie will work two days a week and will not receive payment for his services.


Sunday  8.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle's position as Spurs manager is safe according to chairman Daniel Levy.  Stories are circulating that the club have approached Blackburn Rovers boss Graeme Souness and Celtic manager Martin O'Neill, but these have been denied by Levy, who said Hoddle would be Spurs manager on the first day of the new season.
  Spurs plan to match Portsmouth's offer for Ipswich Town's midfielder Matt Holland and hope to tempt him to come to White Hart Lane.  Pompey have agreed a 750,000 fee for the Irish international, but personal talks are on hold while he is away playing Euro 2004 qualifiers.  However, Tottenham are said to be ready to talk to his club and then hold negotiations with the player next week.
  Spurs and other clubs interested in signing Scott Parker from Charlton Athletic will be disappointed by the news that he is happy at the Valley and intends to stay.
  The News of the World claim that Spurs might take Dwight Yorke off Blackburn Rovers' hands for a fee of 1 million.
  Teddy Sheringham is to be made an MBE in next Saturday's Queen's Birthday honours list.
  Having been linked with a move to Spurs in the past, Chelsea's Jody Morris in the past, the midfielder is regretting some of his previous misdemeanours.  The diminutive England Under-21 international said "I'm sure a lot of people don't think too highly of me as a person."


Saturday  7.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The club have formally announced two friendlies in South Africa, as reported elsewhere previously.  Details of the matches will be released at a later date.
  Tottenham are being linked with an 8 million bid for Walter Padiani, the Uruguayan striker at Real Mallorca, where he is on loan from Deportivo La Coruna.  Planet Football report that he has a 40 million buy-out clause, but for some reason Spurs believe they can clinch a deal at 8 million and the piece claims there might be some discussion over the means of payment, with Deportivo wanting a lump sum, while Spurs might prefer a payment by instalments deal for the 27 year old.
  Stephen Carr and Robbie Keane played the whole of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2004 qualifier against Albania at Lansdowne Road, while Gary Doherty started on the bench, but got on in the second half.  All played a part in the 2-1 victory, with Keane opening the scoring in the sixth minute, while Carr crossed to Doherty in injury time for the sub to hit a low cross that was stuck into his own net by an Albanian defender.
  Premiership chairmen voted yesterday to allow Premiership to loan players to each other.  The move is a change in policy and clubs will be able to use two Premiership loaned players at any one time and four in a season, as long as the moves take place in the transfer windows.
  Milenko Acimovic played in Slovenia's 0-0 draw with Israel in his country's Euro 2004 qualifying match.
  Former Spurs midfielder Neil McNab is being linked with the role as assistant manager to Steve Claridge at non-league Weymouth Town.
 Former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne has been linked with a move to Stockport County .


Friday  6.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Carr has issued a challenge to Spurs to qualify for the Champions League or he might have to leave the club.  In the London Evening Standard, he said that Tottenham cannot consider getting in to the Champions League when they can't even get a UEFA Cup place and if the progress is not quick, he will consider leaving before his contract expires in two years time.  He did admit that the reason the club had failed to gain a high enough placing for the UEFA Cup this year was because their results and performances in the second half of the season were not good enough.
  Anderlecht's Serbia & Montenegro striker Nenad Jestrovic is a target for Tottenham, Aston Villa and Newcastle United and has been watched by all the clubs recently.  The player scored the goal for his country in their 1-2 defeat by England on Wednesday.
  Portsmouth have offered Teddy Sheringham a player-coach role in an attempt to tempt him to join the Premiership new boys.
  Ousmane Dabo of Atalanta has said that he has heard the rumours of Tottenham's interest, but can say no more than that before he spoke to his agent. 
  Cardiff City might be interested in taking Gary Doherty to Ninian Park to boost the squad for their first season back in Division One.
  Goalkeeper Rob Burch and midfielder Ben Bowditch have been included in the England under-20 squad attending the Toulon tournament in France, where they will play Portugal, Argentina, Turkey and Japan.


Thursday  5.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Telegraph claim that Arsenal are closing in on signing Stephen Carr, who allegedly has a 4 million get out clause in his contract.
  The Daily Mirror claim that Glenn Hoddle yesterday had a 3.5 million bid for West Ham United's Frederic Kanoute turned down.
  Both Spurs and Chelsea may be in competition for AC Milan's Danish midfielder Thomas Helveg, who will be leaving the Champions League winners.
  Christian Ziege has returned from a family holiday in Crete and was exercising his injured thigh every day in an attempt to be fit for the start of the Premiership season.
  The Daily Mail report that Tottenham have said they will not pay more than 2 million for Brighton and Hove Albion's Bobby Zamora.
  Thanks to Enda McGuire in South Africa who reports that there are rumours circulating there that Spurs might play Kaiser Chiefs in Cape Town a few days after their fixture with Orlando Pirates. 


Wednesday  4.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are said to be due to play Orlando Pirates in South Africa as a part of a two team tour with Liverpool.  The Tottenham match is said to be set for Sunday July 27th.
  After Atalanta's relegation to Serie B, midfielder Ousmane Dabo wants a move away and the Premiership is his preferred destination.  He has been called up for the French national squad and Tottenham are believed to be following the situation closely.  Blackburn Rovers are also supposed to be interested in the player who is contracted until 2005.
  Glasgow Rangers claim that signing Sporting Lisbon's Brazilian forward Mario Jardel is a long shot, but the Daily Express states that Tottenham are set to nip in to capture the prolific goalscorer.
  Portsmouth are said to have agreed a fee of 750,000 for Ipswich Town's midfielder Matt Holland, who has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham.  The player said some other clubs have contacted his agent and nothing will be sorted out until after he has played for the Republic of Ireland and gets back from a family holiday.
  One transfer rumour that won't be coming true is the Seaman for Spurs story, as he signed for Manchester City today.
  Former Spurs forward Neale Fenn of Peterborough United, who almost joined Barnet last week, is allegedly having talks with Dagenham & Redbridge about a move to Victoria Road.
  Former Spurs midfielder and scorer of the winning goal in the 1999 Worthington Cup Final, Allan Nielsen, has been released by Watford and will return home to Denmark to find a team to play for in his homeland.
  Former Spurs goalkeeper Kevin Dearden has been released by Torquay United.
  Former Spurs youth player Narada Bernard has been released by Bournemouth.
  ENIC have put Vicenza up for sale.  The investment company have a majority shareholding in the Italian club and their are no interested parties at the moment.


Tuesday  3.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  AC Milan's Danish defender Martin Laursen has changed his tune since the weekend, as he is now saying that his future is secure at the Italian winners of the Champions League.  Three days ago, he was saying that he would love to come to Spurs.
  Gillingham could be keen on signing released Spurs defender Alton Thelwell, but Peter Taylor at Hull City also has his eyes on the former England Under-21 player.
  Montpelier's Bertrand Robert is set to disappoint Tottenham by singing his first professional contract with the French club.  Spurs had allegedly watched the brother of the Newcastle United winger, as had Manchester United.
  Former Spurs manager Christian Gross has signed on at FC Basel until 2006, after turning down the offer of taking over at German side Schalke 04.


Monday  2.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Spurs website reports that Kasey Keller's elbow surgery has gone well and he hopes to be back paying for the USA national side next month.
  Spurs will release defender Alton Thelwell at the end of his contract on June 30th, after he suffered a string of injuries that kept him out of the first team picture.
  Keeper Gavin Kelly has also been released.
  Tottenham target PSV and Serbian and Montenegro striker Mateja Kezman is also being chased by Barcelona, the London Evening Standard claim.  Tottenham are alleged to have moved their focus onto the 24 year old goalscorer after West Ham United asked for 6 million for Frederic Kanoute, the same price Kezman might move for.  When the PSV man scored 35 goals in 32 games, the value for money rating blows Kanoute out of the water.
  Having been linked to Charlton Athletic left back Paul Konchesky, the player has threatened not to sign a new contract if he continues to be played out of position by manager Alan Curbishley.
  Pierre van Hooijdonk has said that he will stay at Feyenoord despite the loss in the Dutch Cup final at the weekend.  Spurs were rumoured to be after the former Celtic and Nottingham Forest striker.
  Leeds United have announced that another alleged Spurs target - Mark Viduka - is not for sale.
  Tottenham are being linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon's Brazilian striker Mario Jardel, along with Hertha Berlin, Glasgow Rangers and Middlesbrough.  A value of 2 million has been placed on his head.
  Former Spurs striker Les Ferdinand has been released by West Ham United.
  Former Spurs midfielder John Moncur has been released by West Ham United.
  Former Spurs striker Chris Armstrong has been released by Bolton Wanderers.
  Former Spurs youth player Charlie Mapes has joined Wycombe Wanderers from Berkhampstead.
  Stephen Kelly played for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s against Germany Under-21s in a 2-2 friendly draw.


Sunday  1.6.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  AC Milan's Danish defender Martin Laursen has said it would be good for him to transfer to Tottenham Hotspur as they are a big club with great traditions.
  Glenn Hoddle is rumoured to be ready to offer around 4 million for Mateja Kezman of PSV Eindhoven.  The 24 year old Yugoslav international said he would be happy to move if a club came in with a big bag of money for him.  That would be in addition to the reported 6 million fee he would cost.
  Newcastle United were reported to still be willing to offer Carl Cort plus cash in exchange for Stephen Carr ... while the Sunday Mirror claims Chelsea are leading the chase for Carr with a 3.5 million offer in the pipeline.  The report claims that Carr is not interested in staying at Tottenham after his contract expires next summer.
  The News of the World report that Teddy Sheringham might return to Millwall as coach, following Steve Gritt's departure and combine it with a playing role too ...
  ... but Wolverhampton Wanderers denied that they had made an approach for the former Spurs and Manchester United forward.
  The reserve/youth Spurs XI's pre-season fixtures have been released by the club on their website and are as follows
Tuesday July 29 (kick off 7.30pm)                     Leyton Orient
Saturday August 2 (kick off 3pm)                      Aldershot Town
Wednesday August 6 (kick off 7.45pm)           Crawley Town
  Tickets for the pre-season friendly at Stevenage Borough on Wednesday 16th July go on sale on Monday 2nd June 2003.  Prices are 15 (12 concession) for seats and for standing terrace tickets 10 (8 conc.).

 

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