White Hot Lines

June 2008

Monday  30.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Mirko Rainieri, a 16 year old goalkeeper from Perugia, has signed for Spurs and will join the Academy.  The 6' 2" goalie has represented his country at Under-16 level.
  
Tom Huddlestone has signed a new contract at Tottenham that will go through to the summer of 2013.
  
Giovani Dos Santos has revealed that he turned down Chelsea and Manchester United to join Juande Ramos, whose ideas persuaded him to come to White Hart Lane.  The young talent claims he will do great things at Tottenham.
  
The Times claims that Sevilla have turned down a 12.5 million offer for winger Diego Capel, while the Guardian reckon that Liverpool will pursue their interest in Robbie Keane with Peter Crouch being off-loaded in our direction as part of the deal.  Other sources claim that Yossi Benayoun will also be part of the deal for the Spurs vice-captain to go to Anfield. 

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Sunday  29.06.2008   (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 Rafa Benitez wants to do a deal involving Peter Crouch plus cash coming to a grand total of 20 million for striker Robbie Keane.  The first bid has been refused by Tottenham.  not content with possibly signing our goalkeeper, one of our defenders and wanting Jermain Defoe before he went to Portsmouth, Aston Villa are said to be interested in a 4 million move for midfielder Steed Malbranque according to the Sunday People, although better news is that they are about to waste 10 million on alleged Spurs transfer target, West Ham United defender Anton Ferdinand.  The People also reckon that Middlesbrough are favourites to snap up goalkeeper Paul Robinson and that Spurs will win the race ahead of Liverpool to sign David Bentley, although the Sunday Mirror say he will only be sold to a top four side.  That must be good news for Spurs then, being considered a top four side !!  It might be more likely because he wants a return to London though. 

  OTHER NEWS ... Spain beat Germany 1-0 in Vienna tonight to win the 2008 European Championship ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ...  The Euro 2008 final was also notable as the last match that commentating legend John Motson broadcast.  His fact-filled run-down of the action will be much missed.


Saturday  28.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Times says that Tottenham may need to seek special dispensation to complete the signing of goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, because he has not played 75% of the matched Brazil has played over the last two years.  They go on to say that Spurs are confident of getting the necessary agreement on appeal.
  
The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs will clear the decks this summer with nine players, including Paul Robinson and Kevin Prince Boateng, leaving White Hart Lane.  Liverpool have beaten Tottenham and Barcelona to the signing of Danish 17 year old midfielder Nikola Saric from Herfogle.
   Former Spurs youth central defender Clayton Fortune has signed for Darlington on a free transfer after being released by Leyton Orient
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsene Wenger has been watching too much Doctor Who, as when asked if he was concerned about Emanuel Adebayour's rumoured move to AC Milan, he said he's "not bovvered."


Friday  27.06.2008   (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 Tottenham are in with Manchester City, Portsmouth and Newcastle for 9 million Liverpool forward Peter Crouch, while they must contend with Portsmouth and Ajax Amsterdam for Liverpool 5 million midfielder Yossi Benayoun.  The free London Lite newspaper predicts that Tottenham will offer Aaron Lennon plus 7 million for Blackburn Rovers winger David Bentley and that Paul Robinson will be on his way to Aston Villa very soon.  The paper, which seems to have the gen on the inside at Spurs, reckons PSV will be back for Young-Pyo Lee and will pay a knock-down 800,000 for the Korean full back.
  
The Times has reported that Spurs managed to pay PSV Eindhoven just 7 million for goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, as he wanted to leave the club, rather than the 10 million originally bandied about.
  
Former Spurs reserve midfielder Ciaran Toner has had his contract with Grimsby Town cancelled by mutual consent.
   Former Spurs midfielder Mark Gower has left Southend United for Swansea City on a free transfer after his contract at Roots Hall expired.

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Thursday  26.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham announced that they have agreed the transfer of Brazilian international goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes from PSV Eindhoven to White Hart Lane.  the move is subject to agreeing personal terms and for the 27 year old to gain a work permit.
   The Daily Mail report that Spurs are seeking a double swoop on Liverpool to sign former Tottenham youth team striker Peter Crouch and Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun for a total of 15 million, while the Daily Mirror has Aaron Lennon plus a bag of cash heading for Ewood Park to secure the services of winger David Bentley.  The Guardian reveal that the amount in the bag is 7 million.  The Sun claim the Spurs defender Anthony Gardner will return to the Potteries with a 2 million move to Stoke City.  Aston Villa look likely to offer 5 million for goalkeeper Paul Robinson, although the Daily Express say that the Villains want o pay less than that for the England keeper.  The Guardian tells us that the deal with PSV Eindhoven for goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes will come to 10 million, although other sources reckon it is more like 6 million, but the transfer could include Young-Pyo Lee moving in the opposite direction as a make-weight.  The Times say the deal has been complicated by some political in-fighting at the Philips stadion.  Harry Redknapp is backing off buying Younes Kaboul, because of Tottenham's asking price for the young French defender.

  OTHER NEWS ... Jan Poortvliet was cleared to be the new SCBC manager today ...  ...


Wednesday  25.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spanish paper Marca claims Spurs are readying a 20 million bid for Valencia's David Villa, while more parochially, the Birmingham Mail claims that Villa (Aston, that is) are considering bidding 5 million for goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

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Tuesday  24.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Newcastle United are keen to sign Michael Dawson from Spurs for 4 million and Aaron Lennon for 6 million, as they try to replicate Tottenham's success, the Daily Mirror report.  This money will go towards buying Diego Capel from Sevilla for 8 million, the Independent tells us.  Spurs are said to be ready to pay 10 million for Heurelho Gomes as Gilberto tries to persuade him to come to N17 the Guardian reports ... 24 hours behind other sources, but the Times disagree and claim that the goalkeeping situation would be rectified by offering 9.6 million to Brescia for Emiliano Viviano, who has made the Italian side's first team aged just 18.  He is also the Italian Under-21 goalkeeper.  The Guardian additionally claim that Tottenham have interests in David Bentley, Lassana Diarra and Diego Milito
  
Hossam Ghaly injured knee ligaments in a game for Egypt against Malawi in the World Cup qualifiers at the weekend and will be out for three months.  This may affect his chances of finding a club to buy him from Tottenham.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Rather than Kevin Keegan being handed money to spend on new players, he has been handed Richard Money as new Academy Director.


Monday  23.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror has a story that Everton are interested in taking Darren Bent to Goodison Pak but only want to pay 8 million, while Harry Redknapp is willing to part with 2 million for Younes Kaboul.  That will be a loss on the two players of 14.4 million in just a year.  Almost equally as unbelievable, that is almost 4.4 million Tottenham are willing to pay for PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.  Spurs on the other hand might (according to the Daily Telegraph) or might not (According to the Daily Mail) get Valencia and Spain star David Villa

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Ex-Spurs manager Jacques Santini has thrown his hat into the ring for the job at Heart of Midlothian.  Hope he knows that there is not a beach too near the ground !!


Sunday  22.06.2008   (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 reckon that Newcastle United will make a 6 million bid for Aaron Lennon and also that the club have a 10 million bid in for Blackburn Rovers forward Roque Santa Cruz, while the The Observer puts us in line for a 10 million bid for Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito and say that Aston Villa and Middlesbrough are interested in taking goalkeeper Paul Robinson off our hands.  The Sunday Mirror reckon Spurs have made a 20 million bid to Valencia for Spanish striker David Villa, as Juande Ramos tempts him to the Premier League.
   Didier Zokora scored once as the Ivory Coast beat Botswana in a World Cup qualifier today.

  OTHER NEWS ... Blackburn Rovers appoint Paul Ince as their new manager, having got special dispensation as he does not have the requisite coaching qualifications ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Saturday  21.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Star rumour that Spurs will be making a double transfer bid in Spain, with bids for 10 million Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito and Real Madrid's Ruud van Nistelrooy, the Daily Mirror put Tottenham at the head of a bunch of clubs chasing Bayern Munich's international forward Lukas Podolski, while the Daily Express reckon that Spurs and Chelsea are more likely destinations than Aston Villa for Blackburn Rovers' winger David Bentley.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Shock at Euro 2008 ... a Dutch fan was seen not wearing orange.


Friday  20.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sun reports that Spurs have been said to have had a 4 million offer for Fiorentina's attacking midfielder Mario Santana accepted and he would be travelling to London to have a medical to seal a four year deal at the Lane.  The Serie A club later denied this was the case.
  
Luka Modric played all of Croatia's Euro 2008 quarter final against Turkey and missed the first penalty in the shoot-out after the game finished 1-1.  Turkey won 3-1 on penalties.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leicester City have announced former SCBC manager Nigel Pearson as their new manager ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Thursday  19.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Not many Spurs rumours today, apart from more links with Dimitar Berbatov and Barcelona.  The Times blah, blah on about Tottenham not being able to afford Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski and David Albelda of Valencia reveals he has not been contacted by any club as he seeks a way out of the debt-ridden La Liga club.

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Wednesday  18.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Rumours in today's press is linking a Dubai consortium with a 250 million buy-out at Spurs.
  
The Daily Record in Scotland reports that Glasgow Celtic's move for Darren Bent is only on loan for next season, although Aston Villa also seem keen on signing him.  The Daily Star give us good news that Richard Dunne is set to stay at Manchester City and Heurelho Gomes will not leave PSV Eindhoven.

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Tuesday  17.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Glasgow Celtic are said to be keen on signing Spurs striker Darren Bent, while Lukas Podolski has revealed that Juventus and Spurs are both showing an interest in him, with the German forward being willing to join either club.  The Daily Mirror reports that Tottenham are lining up moves out of the club for Pascal Chimbonda to Aston Villa and for Younes Kaboul to Portsmouth.
   Reserve team defender Leigh Mills has signed a season long loan deal at Brentford for 2008-09
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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Real Madrid will not be punished by FIFA for allegedly interfering with Cristiano Ronaldo, who is under contract to Manchester United.


Monday  16.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham will visit the Riverside Stadium on August 16th to start their Premier League campaign at Middlesbrough, followed by a home match with Sunderland the next week and then a visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday 30th August.
   With fixtures in mind, Tottenham have announced that they will host AS Roma in a pre-season friendly at White Hart Lane on Sunday 10th August
, the last game before the season starts.
  
On the transfer front, the Daily Mirror reports that Barcelona are planning a 25 million bid for Dimitar Berbatov and the Bulgarian is keen to move to Spain.  However, the Daily Mail claim that a deal involving goalkeeper Ben Foster plus cash might tempt Tottenham into parting with the striker allowing him to join Manchester United.

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Sunday  15.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Claims in some Sunday newspapers and on the internet indicate that Spurs have signed 16 year old Belgian Paul Jose Mpoku ahead of Manchester United.  The Standard Liege striker trained with Tottenham back in December and has supposedly arrives on a four year deal.  The club have not yet confirmed this signing.
   The News of the World
reckons that Tottenham will replace Paul Robinson with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and also Gregory Coupet, who will be leaving Olympique Lyonnais.  Newly promoted Stoke City and Hull City are battling for the signing of Spurs defender Anthony Gardner, who is available for a nominal fee.  The Sunday Mirror tell us that Tottenham want Dimitar Berbatov to decide his future by mid-July, so that they can prepare to buy a replacement if he intends to leave and if not they will hold him to the remaining two years of his contract.  However, the News of the World claim that Spurs are ready to live without the Bulgarian striker as he will be joining Manchester United, if, and only if, Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Old Trafford.  The Daily Star Sunday think that Tottenham will be unlucky in their pursuit of striker Alvaro Negredo of Almeria.

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Saturday  14.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sun run a story claiming that Manchester United are ready to bid 25 million for Dimitar Berbatov, although the Daily Star believes that Gareth Southgate has lost interest in taking Paul Robinson to Middlesbrough.
   Didier Zokora was in the Ivory Coast side that drew 1-1 with Botswana in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan today
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Friday  13.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs are chasing PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes as their preferred replacement for Paul Robinson.  The Sun says Sunderland are looking at putting in a bid for striker Darren Bent.

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Thursday  12.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs and Manchester City are chasing Lazio midfielder Valon Behrami, who wants to quit the Serie A side according to Gazzetta Della Sport, with the Sun claiming that goalkeeper Joe Hart is refusing to sign a new deal at Manchester City and could be on his way to White Hart Lane. 
   Luka Modric played all of the 2-1 win for Croatia over Germany in Euro 2008 tonight
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Wednesday  11.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Times worries all Spurs fans by telling us that Anton Ferdinand is about to make a 6 million move to White Hart Lane from West Ham United.  Aston Villa, Fulham and Glasgow Rangers are all interested in Pascal Chimbonda at 2 million, so says the Daily Mail.  Without coming from the player himself (as so little does these days), Djibril Cisse of Marseille is being linked with a move to Tottenham or Portsmouth by his agent.  Sky Sports' website reveals that Tottenham have made an offer to Lille for Cameroon midfielder Jean Makoun, but it is said that the player is holding out for a club to some in for him who is playing Champions League football next season.

  OTHER NEWS ... Phil Scolari has been named as the new manager of Chelsea ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The Daily Mirror informs us that Mr. Joseph "Joey" Barton has politely turned down Newcastle United's kind offer of a 30,000 a week pay cut from his prison cell.  Who said crime doesn't ...


Tuesday  10.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   19 year old Mexican midfielder Giovani Dos Santos completed his move to Tottenham today for an intial 4.7 million that could become 8.6 million.
   The Daily Telegraph claims that Portsmouth Chief Executive Peter Storrie has said that midfielder Lassana Diarra will not leave Fratton Park, despite rumours that Spurs would be interested in the 10 million man.  It looks like some player lack real challenges in their professional life.  PSV's Peruvian striker Jefferson Farfan said he rejected moves to the Premier League (with Spurs) and to Serie A (with Fiorentina) because he wanted to play for a team in a more competitive league than the Dutch Eredivise.  So, where did he go after blanking the two clubs above ??  That's right ,,, Spain's La Liga.  Oh, no sorry.  That hyper competitive league the Bundesliga, where he will strut his stuff with Schalke 04.  Hmm.  Perhaps he should have at least joined the bst team in that league if he was going to go there.  Another player not wanting to commit to Spurs is Samuel Eto'o, who said today that with Tottenham being a mid-table team, it is not enough for him to move to N17, while over at N7, some Mexican who has been playing Second Division Spanish football and who nobody has ever heard of reckons that Giovani Dos Santos is too good for Spurs.  Seems like we just can't win ... but hopefully that will change in the new season !!  Adel Taraabt's agent seems to think that a move to West Bromwich Albion might be on the cards, as the French midfielder seeks a chance to get first team football.   Pascal Chimbonda's agent has said that Tottenham have allowed him to punt his client around for a new club, with the asking price about 2 million.  It is something he has been accused of previously anyway, but this time he has the blessing of the club, who have adequate replacements in that position.  The Sun report that Tottenham are willing to take a 5 million hit on the French defender Younes Kaboul, by accepting just 3 million for him after his 8 million move last summer.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... From BBC website's transfer gossip ... "Arsenal have won the 5m race for Cardiff star Aaron Ramsey ahead of Manchester United and Everton, with boss Arsene Wenger proving influential for the 17-year-old. (The Sun)"
  MEHSTG's no-spin story 2 ... The Times reports that Blackburn Rovers have a shortlist of 40 names who have applied for the vacant manager's job.  I would hate to have seen the long list !!


Monday  09.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   No Tottenham news in the papers today.

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Sunday  08.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sunday People reckons that Spurs will offer Kevin Prince Boateng plus 3 million to Sevilla to capture winger Diego Capel.  In Scotland, the Sunday Mail reckons Spurs will not meet Glasgow Rangers' asking price of 10 million for goalkeeper Allan McGregor.  Good news there then.  The News of the World claim that Hamburg and former Spurs manager Martin Jol will return to White Hart Lane to enquire about the possibility of midfielder Teemu Tainio and defender Paul Stalteri joining him in Germany.  The newspaper also reckons that if Spurs are not successful in buying attacking midfielder Sergio Garcia from Real Zaragoza, they might go back to try and buy striker Diego Milito, especially if Dimitar Berbatov leaves the club.  Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is to make a bid for out of favour Spurs defender Anthony Gardner, but according to the News of the World, Newcastle United are also willing to take on the centre-half. 
  
New signing Luka Modric scored from the penalty spot after four minutes to earn Croatia a 1-0 win in their opening Euro 2008 match against hosts Austria this evening.

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  CRIMEWATCH ... Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving over the legal limit of alcohol in the blood and also driving without insurance, following an accident in Staffordshire yesterday, where two young boys were killed ...  ...


Saturday  07.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have had 22 year old Brescia goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano watched in the first leg of the Italian Serie B play-off semi-final, with a view to signing him up, so relates the Times.
   Pascal Chimbonda has been released from his bail conditions by City of London Police, who were holding him on suspicion of involvement in a fraud investigation surrounding the game.
  
Robbie Keane today married his girlfriend of six years, Claudine Palmer, in Ballybrack, Dublin with many Current and ex-Spurs players among the invited guests.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... FIFA have made Adrian Mutu pay Chelsea 9.6 million after his contract was annulled because of his positive drugs test.  UEFA president Michel Platini complained about the fact that Manchester United and Chelsea both seem more interested in making money than winning trophies.  Two statements which don't quite add up ... unless you are Chelsea's accountants.


Friday  06.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have completed the signing of Barcelona's 19 year old midfielder Giovani Dos Santos for an initial fee of 4.7 million which could rise to 8.6 million over the course of his five year contract.  There will be a 20% payment of any transfer fee should the Mexican player leave within two years and after that Spurs will have to pay Barca 10% of the fee.  Dos Santos has to agree personal terms and pass a medical.
  
AC Milan have said that Dimitar Berbatov is one of five strikers from across Europe that they are looking at.  The Liverpool Echo inform us that Everton believe that they will be able to prise Tom Huddlestone away from Tottenham for 6 million, while the Daily Mirror also concentrate on the Tottenham midfield, with Juande Ramos supposedly set on buying Portsmouth's Lassana Diarra for 10 million.
  
Former Spurs defender Chris Perry who was on loan at SCBC at the end of last season has made his move permanent on a free transfer.  

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... for someone who is refusing to discuss his future, Cristiano Ronaldo can't keep his mouth shut about it.


Thursday  05.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Giovani Dos Santos has said this afternoon that next season he will be playing for Tottenham.  He could be joined by Real Zaragoza's 25 year old attacking midfielder Sergio Garcia, according to Sky Sports website, but he would cost around 14.2 million.

  OTHER NEWS ... CSKA Sofia have been denied a place in the Champions League because of their debts ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Wednesday  04.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham and Arsenal are set to vie for the signing of David Villa of Valencia, with the price of 17 million quoted in the Daily Telegraph, while over at the Sun, they let us know that Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers are after 4 million rated Spurs defender Michael Dawson and that West Bromwich Albion hope to take midfielder Adel Taarabt on loan for next season. 
  
The Daily Mail claim that Spurs are set to offer Dimitar Berbatov a new contract worth 70,000 a week, seeing as how they have had no offers for the Bulgarian striker.

  OTHER NEWS ... Mark Hughes was named as the new Manchester City manager today ... FC Porto have been ejected from the Champions League because of a bribery scandal back in 2003-2004 ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Luton Town have been hit with a 10-point ban and a fine of 50,000 for irregularities in transfer dealings, although this was under the club's previous regime.  They may receive an extra fifteen points deduction concerning their going into administration, as they face a season in League 2 after the club's relegation at the end of last season.

  MEHSTG's nospin story ... From the BBC Transfer Gossip section ... Honduran striker Carlo Costly is a 2m target for Wigan. (Daily Mirror)


Tuesday  03.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Anthony Gardner is a wanted man.  Not, it appears, by Tottenham, but hot on the heels of Queens Park Rangers expressing an interest in buying him, now Stoke City are keen on the defender, who comes from the Potteries.  And Glasgow Rangers want him as well.  Spurs and Arsenal should be ready to fight it out over Wolverhampton Wanders' Welsh international goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, while the Daily Express have Spurs about to waste 9 million on Glasgow Rangers keeper Allan McGregor.  The Daily Mail claim that Tottenham are in the running to buy Deportivo La Coruna's Argentinian defender Fabricio Collochini.
  
Sir Alex Ferguson blames Tottenham for the current state of Paul Gascoigne, as he said if he had signed for Manchester United instead, Ferguson could have saved him from the demons he is now facing.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Monday  02.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Wolverhampton Wanderers are hoping to take Spurs full back Chris Gunter on loan for next season.  Any alleged interest from Tottenham in Lazio's Macedonian striker Goran Pandev is set to end in failure, as he looks ready to stay at the Serie A club.  Reportedly more successful is the move for Giovani Dos Santos, the 19 year old Mexican midfielder with Barcelona, who is supposed to be signing later this week in a 6.2 million deal rising to 8.6 million if certain criteria are met.  Almeria's Alvaro Negredo has been linked with two offers from Premier League clubs, one of whom is thought to be Spurs, although West Ham United and Newcastle United have also been put forward as the mystery clubs.  Things are further complicated as Real Madrid, his former club have a buy back clause in the deal and intend to take him back to the Bernabeu, just so that they can sell him on for a profit at 9.4 million.  That seems a standard fee for players from Real with Ruben De La Red, the midfielder, being the latest player who Spurs might be interested in, so says the Sky Sports website.  Borja Oubina of Celta Vigo said he is happy to move to White Hart Lane, but will not go on a trial.  The 26 year old Spanish international midfielder was on loan at Birmingham City last season, but picked up a cruciate injury in his second game and returned to Celta, but would like Spurs to make a firm offer for him.
   Former Tottenham midfielder Paul Gascoigne was detained on Sunday night under the Mental Health Act, the second time he has been sectioned in the last few months, after acting strangely in Hemel Hempstead
.  He left the care of the hospital this morning.  Read our reader's views here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sven Goran Eriksson finally heard the news that everyone was expecting today and will start job-searching after being sacked as manager of Manchester City ...  ...


Sunday  01.06.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sunday Mirror reckons that Juande Ramos will be clearing the decks at White Hart Lane for a number of new signings and on their way out are Paul Robinson (who, it says is on his way to Middlesbrough), Gilberto, Adel Taarabt, Darren Bent, Younes Kaboul, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jamie O'Hara.  While a number of these players have been mentioned as possible departures before, Taarabt and O'Hara are new additions and as they appear to be highly rated at the club, it could be unlikely that they leave just yet.  The paper more realistically claims that defender Anthony Gardner could be snapped up by Queens Park Rangers.  The News of the World worry Tottenham fans by saying that Anton Ferdinand is set to make a 6 million move to Spurs from West Ham United.  The Sunday Times says that cost of the deal to bring Crystal Palace teenager John Bostock to Tottenham will be decided by tribunal.  The Observer reckons that Samuel Eto'o wants a salary of 7.8 million a year to move from Barcelona, which the paper quotes as three times that of any other player at the club.  The Sunday People inform us that should Dimitar Berbatov leave the club, Spurs will make a move for Real Zaragoza's striker Diego Milito and that Tottenham are hoping to nip in ahead of Liverpool to sign up winger David Bentley, by offering 7 million plus Aaron Lennon and Hossam Ghaly to Blackburn Rovers.  The paper also puts Spurs in competition with Newcastle United for Sampdoria's Argentine international defender Hugo Campagnaro, who would cost 4 million.
   Chris Gunter played all of the friendly international for Wales in their 0-2 defeat in Rotterdam this afternoon
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   Jonathan Woodgate played the 90 minutes of the England friendly international in , where they beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 tonight
Tom Huddlestone was a non-playing substitute.
   David Button kept another clean sheet, as England Under-19s drew 0-0 with Belarus in Minsk to go through to the UEFA European U19 championships in July.
   Younes Kaboul was in the France Under-21 side that drew 1-1 with Sweden in the last of a series of friendlies in the Scandinavian country.
   The News of the World reports that the Spurs back room staff is being
broken apart, with the shock news that one of the most highly regarded scouts in the game Eddie Presland is leaving the club in his role as Chief Scout.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Alex Ferguson revealed that the owners of Manchester United would be happy for Cristiano Ronaldo to rot in the stands rather than sell him to Real Madrid.  It must be a bit worrying for the Portuguese international that he will be spending the next few weeks in Austria.

 

 

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