White Hot Lines

July 2003

Thursday  31.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  PSV Eindhoven striker Mateja Kesman has said that despite interest from Spurs, he will not be joining the club.
   Once more the Rivaldo rumours crank into action.  It is said that Spurs want to sign him, but AC Milan do not want to sell him.


Wednesday  30.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are reported to have brought back centre back Mbulelo Mabizela from South Africa with them.  He is believed to be ready to sign on at White Hart Lane after impressing Spurs in their defeat by Orlando Pirates.  The 22 year old defender has won 12 caps for South Africa and is the current South Africa Player of the Year.  Mbulelo has to pass a medical and gain a work permit before he can play for the club.
   Millwall's Irish midfielder Stephen Reid has joined Blackburn Rovers for around 2.5 million despite reported interest from Tottenham.
  Spurs and Middlesbrough are supposedly talking to Internazionale's French midfielder Stephane Dalmat after it looks as though he may have no part in the Serie A club's coming season.


Tuesday  29.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham beat Kaiser Chiefs 2-0 in Cape Town tonight.  Robbie Keane and Matthew Etherington scored the goals.
  Mark Viduka's agent said that his client was unhappy at Leeds United and would be interested in a move away from Elland Road, including Spurs as a possible destination.
  Apparently, Spurs and Fulham are interested in bringing Parma's Japanese midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata to England.
  Glenn Hoddle is supposed to be lining up a 700,000 move for Chelsea's French midfielder Emmanuel Petit according to the Daily Mail.
  A Spurs XI drew 0-0 at Leyton Orient tonight.


Monday  28.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

 Christian Ziege will miss the start of the new season after having surgery on his thigh injury again.  The muscles appears to have stuck together in his leg thanks to scar tissue joining them together.  Glenn Hoddle hoped the German wing back would only miss four weeks before returning to action.
  Spurs are showing interest in 24 year old Marseille striker Cyril Chapuis.  The left footed forward is also interesting , but Spurs watched him several times last season and may make a move to bolster their attacking options should Iversen and Rebrov move on.
  Glenn Hoddle is rumoured to have an interest in bringing Emmanuel Petit to White Hart Lane.  32 year old French midfielder Petit is looking for a new club after Chelsea will be ready to release him after buying a lot of players in his position this summer.


Sunday  27.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham are being linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven's Mark van Bommel.  The midfield enforcer is rated at 5 million and might be just what Spurs need.
  The club are also supposed to be interested in Preston North End's striker Ricardo Fuller.  His club have put a 3 million price tag on him.


Saturday  26.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  MEHSTG will be on it's pre-season tour for the next seven days.  We hope to find a connection to the internet to upload on a couple of occasions at least, so keep logging on and we will be back before you know it !!
  Spurs lost 1-2 to Orlando Pirates in Durban today.  The Tottenham goal was an own goal.
  Thanks to Juan Vilarino-Varela, who tells us that that the current home shirt (2002/2004) is on sale at Harrods for 20 quid (apparently they weren't selling very well). They still have most sizes although they are running out of the medium and large sizes.


Friday  25.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here

  The Tottenham Journal today run a story claiming that rail chiefs have binned the idea of extending the Victoria Line to Northumberland Park to provide an Underground station near White Hart Lane.  The cost (quoted as 60 million) of the project has meant it has been dismissed and leaves Tottenham with a dilemma about their future at the current location.  Despite the backing of the local Council and the Mayor of London, the lobbying appears to have failed, although Haringey Councillors said they will continue to push for the link to aid the development of the area.
  Sergei Rebrov has been linked with a move to VfB Stuttgart, while Glasgow Rangers are also watching his situation, although any club interested in a transfer bid for the Ukrainian will find Tottenham wanting 2 million for him.
  On the TeamTalk site, Kasey Keller revealed that Pat Jennings' experience as a mentor has helped him improve at Tottenham to become the No.1 goalkeeper at the club.
  A Spurs XI drew 4-4 with Bishops Stortford tonight, the goals scored by Jackson, Barnett, Bowditch and Yeates.


Thursday  24.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs flew into South Africa today to a Zulu welcome at the airport in Durban.  They had a training session at Amazulu FC next to the ground where they will play on Saturday, joined by some street kids, the official website tells us.
  For our South African readers, Wyart Lane will appear on SASM national radio (105 FM) being interviewed about Spurs' tour to that country, but the drawback is that it is at 5.50 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) morning.
  ... and finally ... Rustu Recber, the Turkish goalkeeper who has signed for Barcelona, accused Arsenal of "treating him like a child" and told the Press that "Wenger seemed obsessed with my back ... and I told him that I wasn't some 19-year-old he could treat as he wanted."


Wednesday  23.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton has signed an option to  last summer's contract for a second year at the club.  Apparently, Portsmouth offered him a longer deal, but he wanted to continue his time at Spurs ... hmm, am I too cynical or was a testimonial and big wages a contributory factor in swaying his decision ??
  On Police advice, the kick off of Tottenham's opening day fixture against Birmingham City has been brought forward to Noon.
  Spurs and SCBC are believed to be the two clubs who have enquired at West Bromwich Albion about Welsh midfielder Jason Koumas.  Hoddle has been an admirer of the schemer and may be ready to try the Baggies resolve with a bid for the former Tranmere Rovers player.
  Steffen Iversen, Kasey Keller and Neil Sullivan will not be included in the party for the trip to South Africa.
  The Spurs XI beat Northwood 3-2 in a testimonial match tonight with goals from Mark Yeates, Lee Barnard and an own goal.


Tuesday  22.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Norwich City 3-0 at Carrow Road tonight with goals from Anderton, Davies and Zamora.
  Early morning rumours of a Spurs move for Locomotiv Moscow's 29 year old midfielder Dmitry Loskov have been denied on the club website.
  Brighton and Hove Albion manager Steve Coppell has told the media that Tottenham got Bobby Zamora on the cheap as they needed to sell the striker quickly to fund their public inquiry over the Falmer Stadium project.
  Sergei Rebrov's agent says the Ukrainian striker would love the chance to prove he can make it in the Premiership, if Tottenham indicate that he can leave and join another club.
  Wolverhampton Wanderers have made clear their terms for taking Steffen Iversen to Molineux.  Their first option would be a year's loan with the wages split 50-50 or a free transfer on a one year contract with affordable wages, but only after the Norwegian has reached a settlement with Tottenham - presumably to pay up his contract.  The player's agent thinks that all he has to do is pass the medical and he will join Wolves ... that might be the flaw in his plan then !!
  Ben Thatcher's transfer to Leicester City was for a 'nominal' fee, but the London Evening Standard reckon it could rise to a fee of 500,000 if the Foxes stay up at the end of the coming season.  The player has said that the prospect of playing for Leicester on a  regular basis was better than waiting for Spurs players to get injured or suspended.  He was happy when George Graham signed him and played him, but when Glenn Hoddle came in as manager, it was clear he would not be first choice.  On the Sky Sports website, the former Millwall and Wimbledon defender said that in negotiations to joint he Midlands side, Micky Adams was "different class" and implied that he never thought the same of Hoddle, who had been responsible for his game "going nowhere" in the last two years.
  Spurs transfer target Steven Reid has gone for talks at Blackburn Rovers after the Ewood Park club had a bid accepted by the Millwall board.  The Irish midfielder has said that he would not rush into the move and hinted that as he had never been away from London for very long, that he might welcome some interest from clubs in the capital.
  Former Spurs keeper Dave Beasant has gone on tour with Fulham with a view to the Cottagers signing him.  This after he had turned out for Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend against Tottenham.
  Former Spurs target Marcelo Salas has joined River Plate in Argentina on loan from Juventus.


Monday  21.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle revealed that Ledley King had picked up an ankle injury in pre-season, while Jonathan Blondel's hand injury came when someone fell on him and dislocated a finger.  Precautionary X-rays will be taken to see if there is a break there.
  Spurs transfer target Scott Parker of Charlton Athletic has signed a new five year deal with the Valley side, thus quashing any move away from South London.
  Another rumoured Spurs target Florent Malouda, the Guingamp striker, will join Lyon this week for about 2.8 million.


Sunday  20.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Oxford United 3-0 this afternoon at the Kassam Stadium.  Bobby Zamora marked his debut with two goals and Robbie Keane scored the other.  For a match report, click here.
  Daniel Levy has angrily denied that he is to meet a Venezuelan billionaire, who has also expressed an interest in taking over at Aston Villa, with a view to selling the club next week.  The Sunday Times say that he is willing to sell his stake in the club and talks might be taking place next week.
  Glenn Hoddle denied that Christian Ziege left the field yesterday with a thigh injury.  He is still getting strange reactions where the nerves were severed in his operation and was taken off as a precaution.
  It has been revealed that some of the Tottenham backroom staff have been sacked to aid cut costs.  Reserve coach Theo Foley, Chief Scout Ronnie Boyce, as well as the manager's secretary Irene Atkins (25 years at the club), have all been removed from the payroll.  "An insider" said that everyone was looking over their shoulder now, according to the News of the World.
  Wolverhampton Wanderers seem intent in ignoring rumours of Tottenham's interest in Scottish striker Kenny Miller.  Two bids are reported to have been made already.  However, with the following two stories doing the rounds, he might be a part of any future deal if Spurs are that determined to get him.
  Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa have both allegedly made enquiries about a 500,000 move for Neil Sullivan.
  Wolverhampton Wanderers hope to tie up a deal for Steffen Iversen next week and link him with former Spurs transfer target Jardel.
  Borussia Dortmund might be considering taking their former defensive midfielder Steffen Freund back to Germany.
  Apparently, Colchester United have enquired about having midfielder Rohan Ricketts on loan for three months it says in the People newspaper.
  As well as playing two friendlies and promoting the bid for the 2010 World Cup, Tottenham's trip to South Africa will see them undertake some football coaching sessions during their time in the country, much as they did at the end of last season in America, when they faced DC United.


Saturday  19.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs won 3-2 at Adams Park against Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon.  The pre-season friendly brought victory thanks to goals from Beasant (own goal), Postiga and Davies.  For a match report, click here.
  Bobby Zamora's contract at Tottenham is for three years includes an option of a further three years after that.  Half the fee is paid now with the rest after 12 months and there is a 10% sell-on clause that will go to Brighton if Spurs make a profit on the player.  30% of that money that the Seagulls receive will go to Bristol Rovers.
  One entirely unfounded rumour on the Internet reckons Peter Reid has set his heart on taking Sergei Rebrov to Leeds United to replace Mark Viduka if he leaves.
  Kasey Keller played in the 5-0 win for USA against Cuba in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight.  He is apparently now the "Shut out King of America" ... whatever that means !!
  Former Spurs defender Paolo Tramezzani has been released by Empoli.


Friday  18.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have completed the 1.5 million signing of Bobby Zamora on a three year deal from Brighton and Hove Albion.  The 22 year old striker said he is overjoyed to be at Tottenham and looks forward to learning from the high calibre players at the club.  Nearly 500,000 of the fee will go to his former club Bristol Rovers as a condition of his transfer to the Second Division club three years ago.  Glenn Hoddle said that the club had been monitoring him for two years and it was great business to bring Zamora in at that price.  The manager also hinted that more signings could be on the way and again reiterated that more players could go through the out door.
  While it is only supposition, MEHSTG guesses that Zamora will take the number 9 shirt, unless it is being reserved for an even bigger name.
  Steffen Iversen says he is tempted by the move by Wolverhampton Wanderers and he is having talks with the newly promoted club.
  Spurs are supposed to be vying with Manchester City for Lens' 28 year old Polish midfielder Antoine Sibierski, who would cost around 3 million.
  Glasgow Ranges have secured the signing of Zura Khizanishvili from Dundee.  Spurs had been linked with a move for the young Georgian defender.
  Having been linked with West Ham United's Trevor Sinclair, the winger has now signed a deal with Manchester City.
  Previous rumoured Spurs transfer target Jody Morris has joined Leeds United after being released by Chelsea.
  Former Spurs winger David Ginola made his stage debut tonight in a charity show at the Cliffs Pavilion Theatre, Southend.  He has been studying at RADA in London and made a guest appearance in 'Over The Rainbow', a musical in memory of Bob England, a former manager of Chas 'n' Dave and keen Spurs fan.  He died in January and the show was to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. 


Thursday  17.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The official site announced tonight that a fee has been agreed with Brighton and Hove Albion for Bobby Zamora.  A fee of around 2 million has been mooted elsewhere.
  Wolverhampton Wanderers are reported to be ready to take two of Tottenham's strikers off their hands.  The Daily Star reckons it will be Sergei Rebrov who makes his way to Molineux on loan now that he has been released by Fenerbahce, while Steffen Iversen is the chosen target according to the Spurs website, who said he is having talks with the promoted side.  Another report claims Dave Jones has no interest in Rebrov ... just like Hoddle then !!
  Meanwhile, Ben Thatcher has agreed terms for a three-year deal with Leicester City and has been completed, subject to a medical.  No fee has been mentioned.
  Glenn Hoddle had not ruled out Darren Anderton's free transfer to Portsmouth, with a statement that it could have been done as soon as this afternoon.
  Rumours of a Spurs move for Feyenoord midfielder Paul Bosvelt for 1.5 million have been reported, along with interest from Manchester City and Middlesbrough.
  Spurs are supposed to be trying to snatch Henri Camara from the clutches of Fulham.  The Cottagers were believed to have a 2 million deal lined up, but Spurs are attempting a late swoop for the Cameroonian.


Wednesday  16.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs won their first pre-season friendly 2-0 against Stevenage Borough tonight at Broadhall Way.  A first half goal by Milenko Acimovic and a second half goal poacher's effort from Helder Postiga gave Spurs the win even though they fielded a completely different outfield side in the second half from the first.  A match report can be accessed by clicking here.
  Sedan's midfielder Modeste M'Bami has signed for Paris St. Germain.  He was linked with a move to Tottenham recently.
  Former Spurs target South African striker Benni McCarthy has joined Porto, as a replacement for Helder Postiga, from Celta Vigo.
  Former Spurs reserve striker John Sutton has joined Raith Rovers.
  Former Spurs midfielder Vinny Samways has joined Walsall.


Tuesday  15.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Sunderland are said to want 4 million for striker Kevin Phillips and Spurs are supposedly interested.  However, at his age, that price is perhaps a little unrealistic and the failure to sell players, because of the fees quoted for them, may explain why the relegated club are so close to going into administration.  However, the Daily Mirror claims he could be on sale for less than 1.5 million.
  Apparently, Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric is "furious" over the "lack of courtesy" shown him by Darren Anderton and his entourage.  The Pompey supremo flew back early form holiday, but did not receive a call from the Spurs midfielder before the deadline set to finalise the deal.
  Having failed to complete the transfer of Darren Anderton, Portsmouth are set to challenge Middlesbrough and Spurs for West Ham United's winger Trevor Sinclair.
  The Sun report that a 3.5 million bid by Tottenham for Charlton Athletic midfielder Scott Parker has been rejected.
  The long mooted deal for Gary Doherty to Cardiff City is still on ice, with the club's a long way away from agreeing a fee.  Spurs want 1.2 million, while the Bluebirds have only offered 600,000.
  Helder Postiga has admitted that he is finding pre-season training with Spurs harder than he was used to at Porto, but that he felt he was fitting in well.  He said the manager has told him to concentrate on his football and the 20 year old said they speak whenever it is necessary, even though his English is not great.  Luckily, Gus Poyet and Mauricio Taricco are helping him communicate and feel at home.
  Sad news that at 25 years of age, Espen Baardsen is quitting football to go travelling.  The former Spurs keeper was released by Everton in March and he says that he has not enjoyed his football for a couple of years, so is going to go around the world and may study economics when he finishes his trek.  MEHSTG wishes him well.
  A Spurs XI will visit Justin Edinburgh's Billericay Town on Saturday August 9th with a 3.00 p.m. kick off.


Monday  14.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have announced that when they make a six monthly return, the club will report a loss of "not less than 5 million", which they are laying at the door of the flat transfer market meaning that fees could not be recouped when players were released.  I imagine that the majority of that amount was wages surplus over income and this might explain the off-loading of some top earners to lighten the load in that section of the finances.  This is linked with an attempt to raise money for transfers, possibly by a share issue, but this may push Daniel Levy's shareholding over the 30% level, which would result in him having to make an offer for all the remaining shares.  The London Evening Standard reckon that he will ask the Stock Market for a waiver to this requirement, as Alan Sugar did previously.
  Close on the heels of this story is one that highlights a Venezuelan businessman who is looking at clubs to invest in and Spurs are on his list.  This is the guy who's backers are two female old age pensioners who live in Norwich and Germany.  
  Meanwhile Planet Football report that Portsmouth are withdrawing from a deal to sign Darren Anderton from Spurs.  They had looked set to make him their highest earner at 1 million a year, but the club did not receive a response by their deadline according to the report and Anderton will be replaced by Kevin Phillips as their next target.
  Even though we have no money, Spurs are supposedly in the chase for West Ham United's Trevor Sinclair ... no doubt as a replacement for Darren Anderton if he does go.  Middlesbrough are the first out of the traps, but Spurs feel they might be able to tempt him to stay in London and the 30 year old is said to cost about 2-3 million. 
  Sinclair's team-mate, Frederic Kanoute might stay at Upton Park as Spurs and West ham United are still a way apart on the valuation of the player and so there is still no deal at the moment.
  Fulham seem to have jumped ahead of Tottenham in the race to sign up Sedan's Cameroon international forward Henri Camara.  The 26 year old striker will cost about 2 million.
  Guingamp's midfielder Florent Malouda, who had been linked with Tottenham, looks like joining Paris St. Germain for around 3 million.
  Six youngsters have signed new contracts with Tottenham - reserves Lee Barnard, Mark Hughes, Robert Burch and Shwan Jalal have signed further contracts.  David Galbraith has given a professional contract with the club as has Under-19 midfielder Owen Price.
  Lars Hirschfeld played for Canada in goal in their 0-2 defeat by Cuba in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  But it's not all bad news ... Spurs launched their own ice-cream, just as the heat-wave grips the nation.  The blue and white ice lolly is fruits of the forest and vanilla flavour and will be on sale around the ground.


Sunday  13.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton will apparently decide on where his future lies on Monday, with Portsmouth supposedly ready to complete a free transfer according to the Sunday Express.


Saturday  12.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs directors are supposed to have met with investing institutions in an attempt to raise about 15 million to buy new players.
  Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric has claimed that he has made a sizeable offer for Darren Anderton.  He claimed that it was higher than they had originally been prepared to go, but Harry Redknapp rates the former England midfielder and that judgement was backed.  However, it fell short of Tottenham's valuation of the player and therefore, there is currently no deal, with Pompey saying that the ball is in Spurs' court.
  Kasey Keller recorded another clean sheet - one away from the US national team record - in the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2-0 win over El Salvador tonight.
  Lars Hirschfeld also performed well in Canada's 1-0 win over Costa Rica in the same competition.
  Former Spurs defender Paolo Tramezzani has been transferred from Atalanta to Empoli.


Friday  11.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  With Brett Emerton joining Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United may up their offer to steal Stephen Carr away from Spurs.  The player said he is happy at White Hart Lane, but the need of the Magpies might induce a bigger bid, although it is unlikely that they will include Shola Ameobi - a striker Hoddle wants - as part of the deal.  However, the Newcastle chairman has reaffirmed that his club are not interested in signing Stephen Carr.
  Interestingly enough, David Pleat was talking today about players contracts and having lost one for nothing recently, he said that he should have been dropped from the team when it became clear that he was not going to sign a new contract.  This might be a hint to any players thinking of trying to see out their contracts and earn a big money move with no transfer fee payable.  Pleat added that fans would not believe the money that Spurs were offered for the player and how much that they would have given him to accept that deal, but he played by the rules and saw his contract out and moved on for free.
  One player who won't be worrying about that is Anthony Gardner, who signed an extension to his current deal before flying out with the rest of the squad to La Manga.
  Darren Anderton is being linked with a 1.7 million move to Portsmouth.
  Frederic Kanoute has said that he is happy to stay at West Ham United, but that if a deal is agreed between Spurs and West Ham he would be happy to talk about it.
  Former Spurs target  striker Jay Bothroyd of Coventry City has joined Perugia.
  Former Spurs target  striker Pauleta of Bordeaux has joined Paris St. Germain.
  Former Spurs target striker Rob Hulse has joined West Bromwich Albion from Crewe Alexandra.
  Former Spurs defender Danny Maddix has joined Barnet.
  Former Spurs youth keeper Gareth Howells has joined Havant and Waterlooville.
  Former Spurs striker Les Ferdinand has signed a one year deal with Leicester City after reaching the end of his contract with West Ham United.


Thursday  10.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Simon Davies has gone on the Spurs website to slam rumours that he is unhappy at Spurs prior to the squad flying off to Spain.  He said the manager has played him in almost all of the games, so he could not be more content and does not have a problem with the boss.  He said if he had wanted to leave, he would have let his old contract run (which would have had a year left now), but he chose to extend it and now has four year left to run on it.
  Meanwhile, his former Peterborough United team-mate Matthew Etherington is stalling on a two year extension to his current contract at Tottenham saying he will see how a number of things pan out if he is not a part of the first team plans for the new season.  Speculation in the London Evening Standard is that he will be offered as a part exchange player plus cash deal for Charlton Athletic's midfielder Scott Parker.
  Apparently, Khalilou Fadiga has turned his back on interest from Manchester City, SCBC and Spurs to sign for Internazionale of Milan.  The 29 year old Senegal and Auxerre winger had previously said he would welcome a move to the Premiership.
  One of our South African readers reports that Kaiser Chiefs have pulled out of the match against Spurs on July 29th.  Because of a tour to South Korea and other commitments, they feel they will not be in their best interest to take on Tottenham.  We are not sure where this leaves the club, who are scheduled to play Orlando Pirates, but now have a gap in their itinery.
  One time Spurs target Fernando Morientes looks like tying up a deal with Olympique Lyonnais.


Wednesday  9.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  PSV Eindhoven have said that neither they nor Mateja Kezman have had any contact from Tottenham Hotspur.
  AC Milan have issued a statement saying that defender Martin Laursen is a part of their squad and a player who they have not considered allowing to leave.
  Patrick Kluivert is reported to have had talks with Chelsea on Monday, after being linked with Spurs at the weekend.
  Tottenham begin pre-season training tomorrow and then fly out to Spain for a training camp at La Manga in the evening.
  Apparently, Planet Football report that Sergei Rebrov might be sent back to Spurs, as Fenerbahce are interested in buying in Pierre van Hooijdonk.


Tuesday  8.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sun newspaper claims that Tottenham are leading the chase for Barcelona and Holland striker Patrick Kluivert.  The player who has been linked with Newcastle United and previously said he would only consider playing for Manchester United and Arsenal in England, would cost around 1.25 million, but would require a salary of 100,000 a week.  It is believed that Spurs have offered 75,000 a week for four years, but the player's agent is alleged to have set the wages at 100,000 a week and the first team who offer that, whoever they are, will get their man.  So, it looks like he will be on his way to Middlesbrough !!
  Should Kluivert prove to be out of Tottenham's reach, then the final destination for the former Ajax and AC Milan striker could be Chelsea, which would see Eidur Gudjohnsen pushed out of Stamford Bridge.  Spurs could snap up the Icelander, as Hoddle has been a long term admirer of his scoring abilities.
  The London Evening Standard reports that Lionel Morgan might have to prove to the Tottenham hierarchy that he has regained full fitness after a knee injury that contributed to him missing the last two months of the season for Wimbledon and he has been played just 11 matches in the last three seasons.
  Spurs are one of the teams interested in Crystal Palace's want-away winger Julian Gray, who is tipped to join Leeds United in a number of newspapers.  The 23 year old hopes to resolve his situation next week, with several Premiership clubs chasing his signature.
  Cameroon and Sedan midfielder Modeste M'Bami claims that Chelsea, Spurs and Wolverhampton Wanderers are all willing to buy him.  Sochaux are also monitoring the situation, while Paris St. Germain almost completed a deal for the 20 year old, but it failed to take place because of a wrangle over wages.
  Former Spurs reserve forward John Sutton has been released by Cambridge United, where he played a number of games for their reserves at the end of last season.
  Former Spurs forward Les Ferdinand is in a three way tug of war for his services between West Ham United, Portsmouth and Leicester City according to a story in The Sun.


Monday  7.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  On Sunday August 10th, Spurs will play Sporting Lisbon at White Hart Lane.  The club who finished third in Portugal last season will provide tough opposition for Spurs six days before the season starts.
  Spurs have further announced details of their South Africa tour from 26th-30th July.  On 26th July, Tottenham will play Orlando Pirates in Durban with a 3.00 p.m. kick off and then on Tuesday 29th July, they will face Kaiser Chiefs in Cape Town with the kick off at 8.30 p.m.
  Today's Mirror claims that Glenn Hoddle has a 3 million first option with the player's agent on PSV Eindhoven's Serbian 24 year-old striker Mateja Kezman, should his efforts to sign Real Madrid's Javier Portillo fail.  Portillo would cost Spurs 10 million and the paper claim that if they signed him, it would be followed by a sale ... possibly of Simon Davies to Manchester United or Liverpool ...
  ... however ... Glenn Hoddle has refuted stories claiming that Spurs will sell Simon Davies to fund other transfers.  The manager said both he and Davies had been on holiday before returning to pre-season training this week, so there had been no meeting where the Welsh international had asked to leave the club.
  The London Evening Standard reports that Lionel Morgan will come to Tottenham for 350,000 ... a fee that will allow his team-mates to be paid for the first time in months.
  They also claim that Spurs are set to complete a move for West Ham United's Frederic Kanoute next week if the relegated club reduce their 5 million asking price.  The Standard also add that Spurs might offer a cash plus player deal involving either Gary Doherty or Chris Perry.
  One source claims that talks have been held with Valencia's Norwegian striker John Carew's agent.
  The Montpelier president has said that he has had no bids for his young players, including Bertrand Robert, who Spurs were linked with some time ago.
  Football 365 reckons that Paul Merson is to leave Portsmouth to make way for Darren Anderton, who Harry Redknapp is keen to bring in at Fratton Park.
  Former Spurs target Samuel Eto'o has joined Valencia from Real Mallorca.
  Another former Spurs target Pierre van Hooijdonk has flown to Turkey for talks with Fenerbahce.
  Former Spurs striker Chris Armstrong signed a two year deal with Wrexham today.
  Former Spurs manager Ossie Ardiles has taken over as manager at Tokyo Verdy.


Sunday  6.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It's Sunday, so the transfer mill goes round a lot quicker than normal.  Simon Davies is supposedly wanting to leave Spurs according to the Sunday People.  The Welsh midfielder is said to have had talks with the club and although there is no bad feeling, he wants to quit White Hart Lane, with Liverpool lying in wait with a 10 million bid.
  The paper also reveals that Spurs have been negotiating with Real Madrid about taking young striker Javier Portillo to Tottenham for 10 million ...
  ... and not only that, but the Wimbledon winger Lionel Morgan could be joining the club in the next few days for 400,000.
  And the paper that really seems to have it in for us goes on to say that Neil Sullivan could be the next Lilywhite to join Redknapp's Revolution ... that's Harry's and not Jamie's.  The People claim that he will be joining Portsmouth for around 500,000.  This despite the fact that Pompey have just signed a free transfer Dutch keeper !!
  Steffen Freund is the other Spurs player that the People are reporting on and it is claimed that Glenn Roeder will take him to West Ham United if they can afford the German midfielder's wages.
  Everton manager David Moyes is set to reignite his interest in Spurs winger Matthew Etherington.
  The media today claim that Blackburn Rovers are set to complete the signing of Brett Emerton this week using the money they received for David Dunn to fund the transfer.  Spurs had been linked strongly with the Australian for a few days last week.
  Meanwhile the News of the World claims Glenn Hoddle might swoop for cut-price Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who is deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.  Apparently, Hod has been looking at Valencia's John Carew too.
  Stephen Carr has said that it looks like he will be at Spurs on the first day of the new season and that he has never made a fuss about leaving, so it will be fine with him, as he is happy at the club.
  TeamTalk report that Senegal World Cup striker Henri Camara says that Spurs are one of four sides chasing his signature.  The 26 year old Sedan player says in the Daily Star Sunday that Birmingham City, Middlesbrough and Fulham are the other clubs involved in the scramble for his services.  Don't forget "the Camara never lies" !!
  Glenn Hoddle has been replaced as favourite to be the first Premier League manager to get the sack this season, with Chelsea's Claudio Ranieri taking poll position.
  Kasey Keller was back between the sticks for the USA side that overcame Paraguay 2-0 today.
  ... and finally ... Dennis Bergkamp's agent has said of the treatment his client is getting from Arsenal ... "what is happening now is a joke. For a club of their calibre - and Arsenal really are among the best clubs in Europe - they are showing disgraceful behaviour.''  You can take the club out of the gutter, but ...


Saturday  5.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Cardiff City's manager Lennie Lawrence has said that his club is in talks with Gary Doherty and he hopes a deal can be done, but it will involve a transfer fee and this could require some negotiation.
  Today's newspapers put Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough as favourites to sign Feyenoord's Australian midfielder Brett Emerton, without mentioning Tottenham.
  Newcastle United pulled out of the race for Emerton and papers today are speculating that they might turn to Stephen Carr as an alternative, but would Spurs only let the Irishman go if they had a replacement ... in the form of Emerton ??


Friday  4.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton has been linked with a move back to his old club Portsmouth.  The midfielder said he is happy at Spurs but would not be upset if he made a return to Fratton Park.  Spurs have said that they have had an enquiry about the player from the newly promoted club, but there has been no firm offer for Anderton.
  Chinese international winger Qu Bo will be back with Tottenham later this month.  His return to Spurs has been delayed by an foot injury, which will prevent him lining up alongside his team-mates at La Manga in their pre-season training camp, but he will be linking up with the squad 
  Dennis Bergkamp is rumoured to be a target for Tottenham seeing as he is available on a free transfer from Arsenal, but the club say there is no truth in this scurrilous story.  
  There is speculation in some quarters that Spurs are one of the clubs in the running for Australian midfielder/defender Brett Emerton.  The agent of the Feyenoord player has said that he will be playing in the Premiership next season and that an announcement will be made in the next 72 hours.  Newcastle United were thought to be favourites, but appear to be out of the running now, leaving Chelsea and Middlesbrough as two other sides who have expressed an interest in taking the tall Aussie on.  However, the 22 year old would cost around 4 million, which put off the Magpies, but could fit into Tottenham's budget
  Christian Gross might be making a return trip to the Premiership as number two at Manchester United.  The Mirror claims that Alex Ferguson is looking for a replacement for Carlos Quieroz, who has taken over at Real Madrid and likes the look of the Basle manager, who has good European experience in the Champions League.  Fergie also does not see Gross as a threat to his own position at Old Trafford, meaning he can rest easy as Gross takes training.
  Helder Postiga will play in the number 8 shirt next season, while strike partner Robbie Keane will don the shirt vacated by Teddy Sheringham - number 10.
  Spurs target Julian Gray has turned down a new contract at Crystal Palace and will be on his way from Selhurst Park.  The former Arsenal reserve midfielder is keen to move on to a bigger club.
  Former Spurs forward Chris Armstrong has joined Wrexham after being released by Bolton Wanderers.


Thursday  3.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  One player not coming to White Hart Lane is Celtic youngster Craig Beattie, who has signed a three year deal at Parkhead despite rumours of interest from Spurs.
  German side Wolfsburg are are set to sign Argentinian midfielder Andres D'Alessandro, who has been linked with Tottenham for a very long time.
  A player Spurs have been linked with in the past, Jason Roberts, has been put on the transfer list by West Bromwich Albion, who say that he will only be sol dif an appropriate fee is received for him.


Wednesday  2.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Chelsea's new majority shareholder, Russian oil billionaire Roman Abramovich, apparently looked at buying Arsenal, Spurs or Manchester United before turning his attention to the Stamford Bridge club, where he has paid 60 million for a 50.9% stake in the club.
  Tottenham have been chosen to have their matches at Leicester City on Sunday 19th October to be covered by Sky TV for a pay-per-view showing.  The match will kick off at 2.00 p.m.
  Former Spurs midfielder Mark Gower has joined Southend United from Barnet for 25,000.
  Southend are also looking at Chris Armstrong, who is yet to find a club after being released by Bolton Wanderers.


Tuesday  1.7.2003   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  A player formerly linked with Spurs, Luca Toni of Brescia, has joined another Italian club, Palermo.
  Despite being the day that player's contracts expire, there has been little new transfer activity.

 

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