White Hot Lines

July 2008

Thursday  31.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   A slightly disappointing day with no players leaving or joining.
  
However, quite worryingly, Spurs are said to be ready to bring in rubbish Derby County goalkeeper Stephen Bywater as cover for the first choice two goalies.
   Spurs are reported on the BBC Football website to have opened talks with Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko of Spartak Moscow .  Nothing substantial has been agreed as yet, although his international team-mate Andrei Arshavin has allegedly agreed terms, although Tottenham are said to be a long way away from Zenit St. Petersburg's price tag for the midfielder.  In a really unusual turn of affairs, the agent of Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito has said in a statement that Tottenham are not interested in his client.  Tottenham were scared off by the 14 million asking price for the 29 year old forward, he said.  Meanwhile, elsewhere in Spain, Deportivo La Coruna's Argentine central defender Fabricio Collochini is interesting Newcastle United and Spurs ... possibly as a replacement for Younes Kaboul, who looks set to join Portsmouth for around 5 million.  Blackburn Rovers seem to think that players are going cheap these days and want to spend 4 million of the 15 million down payment for David Bentley on Aaron Lennon, who obviously is nowhere near as good as the man Spurs have just signed.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Joey Barton has been charged by the FA with violent conduct for his assault on Ousemane Dabo in May 2007, for which he was found guilty in court recently.  The FA could not deal with the matter until it had gone through the legal system and now will consider the charge, which does not have a maximum sentence... Middlesbrough have been fined 20,000 and have a 30,000 fine suspended for 12 months after having the worst disciplinary record in the Premier League last season ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Former Spurs midfielder Rohan Ricketts has told new Tottenham signing David Bentley that he will not be popular at Arsenal.  And the problem is ?????????


Wednesday  30.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Leyton Orient 5-1 at Brisbane Road tonight in a pre-season friendly with goals from Luka Modric, Aaron Lennon and three more from Darren Bent.  For a match report, click here.
  
David Bentley has joined Spurs after he had a medical today and there is a press conference set for 10:00 tomorrow morning to formally introduce the England winger as a Tottenham player.  Unfortunately, Arsenal will receive some of the fee due to Blackburn Rovers, because of a sell-on clause in the deal that took him to Ewood Park.
   Midfielder
Steed Malbranque has left Tottenham to join the exodus to Sunderland on a four year deal.
  
Defender Younes Kaboul has turned down the opportunity to join his team-mates at the Stadium of Light, despite an offer for the player being accepted and the Frenchman is supposedly keen on a move to Portsmouth.
  
On TalkSport radio tonight, Graham Roberts claimed that a source at the club reckons they have made an offer for Sporting Lisbon's defensive midfielder Miguel Veloso.
   Tottenham have added a year to the contracts of defender Michael Dawson and midfielder Jermaine Jenas potentially taking them through to 2013 with the club.
  
The Daily Mirror has Andrei Arshavin for 19 million from Zenit St. Petersburg and David Bentley both joining Spurs in the near future.  

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Tuesday  29.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs and Blackburn Rovers were in talks about the transfer of winger David Bentley.
  
Defender Anthony Gardner has joined Hull City on loan until January, with a view to a permanent transfer after that.
  
In true Hollywood cop movie style, Sunderland manager Roy Keane has given Younes Kaboul and Steed Malbranque just 24 hours to decide whether they want to join the North East club.  The Daily Mirror claim that Spurs have had a 10 million bid for Roman Pavlyuchencko rejected by Spartak Moscow, but are keen to pursue their interest in him, while they are almost certain to sign Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito for around 8 million.  They also claim that Tottenham will sign Diego Capel from Sevilla and Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn Rovers.  The Daily Mail have Everton making a 10.75 million bid for four goal striker Darren Bent, but after the hit-man showed great scoring form last night, he must be worth at least 16.5 million.  The Sun run a story that Juande Ramos is looking for a suitable back-up keeper for Heurelho Gomes and is considering Elfsborg keeper Johan Wiland and Bosnian goalie Sead Ramovic, who plays for Norwegian side Tromso.  TeamTalk report that Palermo's Uruguayan 21 year old striker Edison Cavani will stay in Italy with his club despite interest from Spurs and West Ham United.
   The Spurs XI
visited Aldershot tonight and the game ended in a 3-1 win for the Tottenham team, with goals from Alan Hutton, Tomas Pekhart and Andy Barcham.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Ryan Giggs says he is still afraid of Alex Ferguson's "hairdryer".  I am more afraid that a man of his age is still using one.


Monday  28.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Norwich City 5-1 in a pre-season friendly at Carrow Road tonight, with an own goal and four from Darren Bent gave Tottenham victory.  For a match report click here.
   Robbie Keane has left Tottenham to join Liverpool in a 19 million deal, which could rise to 20.3 million if certain conditions are met.  Additionally, Spurs have dropped their complaint to the Premier League about Liverpool's illegal approach for Keane, with the Scouse club making an apology and a donation to the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
   Spurs are supposedly lining up Russian striker Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St. Petersburg for 17 million to replace Keane.  Younes Kaboul is believed to have snubbed Portsmouth's attempt to sign him and Tottenham are reported to be pulling out of the chase for Valencia's David Villa believing that he will end up at Real Madrid. 
   A Spurs XI
drew 1-1 in a behind closed doors friendly at the New Den against Millwall today. The Tottenham goal came from an Alex Olsen penalty.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Sunday  27.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   A number or papers today claim that Manchester United are stopping their bidding for Dimitar Berbatov at 20 million, as they feel a package, including wages, that could rise to 38 million is too much, although the Sunday Times reckon that a 25 million deal could be agreed, but the relationship between Alex Ferguson and Daniel Levy is blocking it.  The Sunday Express plump for a 24 million deal taking place this week for the Bulgarian forward, but also add that AC Milan, Barcelona and (more unlikely) Newcastle United and Manchester City are also keen to purchase the player.  The News of the World report that Liverpool are making Robbie Keane their sole transfer target, as they think he will look better in red than Gareth Barry and if the deal goes through, the Sunday Telegraph believe that Tottenham will use the money to buy David Villa from Valencia, although Real Madrid and Manchester United are both interested in the forward too.  The Sunday People think it will be Russians Andrei Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko who come in for Keane and Berbatov as the new strike partnership at the Lane.  A story on TeamTalk claims that Spurs have approached the agent of Elfsborg keeper Johan Wiland.  The 27 year old goalie says he is in no rush to leave, but is flattered by the interest in him.
   In an interview in the News of the World, Dimitar Berbatov allegedly says he does not go out to nightclubs and prefers to feed squirrels from his balcony.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Newcastle United are reported in the Mail on Sunday to have made a "shock 4 million" offer for Arsenal's Phillipe Senderos.  No kidding !!  Who would think he was worth even half that price.


Saturday  26.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Defender Pascal Chimbonda has left the club to move to Sunderland for an undisclosed fee tonight.
   A number of sources today report that the agent of Valencia striker David Villa has said that he is open to a move to Spurs as he likes the style of football played by manager Juande Ramos.  The Sun claim that Portsmouth have taken pole position in the race to sign defender Younes Kaboul.  The Daily Mail claim that Gus Poyet is on the short-list to be the Manchester United number two and might give it serious consideration, only a week or so after he denied any interest.
  
Former Spurs reserve striker Steve Robinson has been released by Luton Town.
 

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Friday  25.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Goalkeeper Paul Robinson completed a 3.5 million move to Blackburn Rovers tonight.
   The Independent claim that Spurs have accepted a bid of about 3 million for goalkeeper Paul Robinson from Blackburn Rovers or 3.5 million if you read the Daily Mirror, while the Daily Mail claims that midfielder Andrei Arshavin is interested in a move to Tottenham from Zenit St. Petersburg or at least his agent says, but then other sources reckon the player wants 100,000 a week in wages.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Thursday  24.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs drew 1-1 with Hercules of Alicante tonight in Spain in a pre-season friendly.  The Tottenham goal came from Darren Bent.  Click here for a match report and reaction.
   Defender Anthony Gardner is due to have a medical to go on loan at Hull City until January.  It appears that this is with a view to a permanent move, although the asking price was too high for the newly promoted club initially, but has come down now to what is believed to be 2.5 million.
   The Sun claim that Tottenham are set to sell off striker Dimitar Berbatov
for just 25 million to AC Milan or Barcelona, rather than let him join Manchester United for 30 million.  The same source reckons that Paul Robinson could be the player to spark a mini-transfer wave, with Brad Friedel having agreed to join Aston Villa and Robinson could be his replacement, with his move also paving the way to allow David Bentley to move to White Hart Lane.  The Times claim that Robinson will make his move by the weekend.  Back at the Sun, they say that West Ham United have offered young striker Freddie Sears a new deal to deter him leaving amid interest from Spurs and Arsenal.  Mark Hughes has said that Spurs, Everton and Liverpool will be disappointed, as midfielder Michael Johnson will be staying at Eastlands.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Wednesday  23.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Teemu Tainio has left Tottenham to join Sunderland on a three year contract.
   Pascal Chimbonda is reported to be heading to Sunderland for a medical ahead of his move to the Stadium of Light.  Spurs were apparently after Portuguese defender Fernando Meira, but the 30 year old has joined Galatasaray.  The Daily Star claim that Aston Villa will sign Younes Kaboul,
   It is reported on TeamTalk that reserve midfielder Jake Livermore has sustained a fractured fibula in a friendly against Wrexham for Crewe Alexandra, the club
he is on loan at.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Alex Ferguson said he does not think that Phil Scolari's Chelsea side will give his team a run for their money for the Premier League title.  Or was it the Norwegian Man U supporters club who said that ??


Tuesday  22.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Blackburn Rovers want more than 18 million for David Bentley say the Times, while The Guardian claim that Sunderland manager Roy Keane is still interested in buying Darren Bent from Spurs.  For some reason, Harry Redknapp thinks Younes Kaboul will join Aston Villa rather than Portsmouth, although the word in the media is that he looks set to join Sunderland !!  The player himself said he will announce his decision on a move to the North-East in the next 24 hours.  The Independent claims that when Everton sell Andy Johnson, they will send  for Darren Bent and pay 10 million for him.
   The deal to bring John Bostock to White Hart Lane can end up costing Tottenham up to 2 million, with add on fees for reaching 10, 20, 30 and 40 first team appearances, with additional payments for playing for the senior England team and a 15% take of any subsequent transfer
.
   A Spurs XI lost 1-6 at Crawley own tonight.  The solitary Tottenham goal came from Andy Barcham.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Monday  21.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have allegedly submitted a year's worth of evidence about Alex Ferguson's pursuit of Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov and evidence on Rafael Benitez's comments in public about how he wanted to sign Robbie Keane.  The Premier League confirmed the receipt of the complaints from Tottenham.
  
The BBC website says that the move to Sunderland by Pascal Chimbonda, Younes Kaboul, Steed Malbranque and Teemu Tainio looks set to go through with the North-East club paying 23 million for the quartet.  Zenit St. Petersburg have been contacted by Tottenham about the signing of Andrei Arshavin according to the Russian media.  The midfielder impressed for Russia in Euro 2008, with Tottenham believed to have made a 15.9 million offer.  This may not meet the asking price the Russian club have set though.  Barcelona's Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o claims that he has been the subject of offers from Chelsea, Internazionale and Spurs.  The Sun reckon that Tottenham will sign Sevilla winger Diego Capel, Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito, David Bentley from Blackburn Rovers and Spartak Moscow forward Roman Pavlyuchenko in a 57 million spending spree that includes the money raised from the sales of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov.  .

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Sunday  20.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Darren Bent has turned down a 10 million move to Sunderland hoping that Everton will pursue their interest in his striking services it says in the Sunday People.  Also in the paper, they claim that the four players Spurs have allowed Sunderland to talk to have been up to see Roy Keane and look around their facilities.  Pascal Chimbonda and Teemu Tainio went up first and it is reported that Younes Kaboul and Steed Malbranque followed after when they found out the numbers on offer for the move.  The paper corners the market on Tottenham stories today, as they also tell that Chelsea and Spurs may be in for Valencia's 30 year old midfielder David Albelda, who will cost as little as 1.5 million and that Blackburn Rovers are close to agreeing a price to buy Paul Robinson.  The Observer claims that Liverpool will bid 18 million for Robbie Keane in the next 48 hours, while some other sources claim it will be between 20 million and 22 million any time up to Thursday.
   The Sunday People report that Juande Ramos has fined Dimitar Berbatov a week's wages for being moody while away in the Spanish training camp
.
  
David Button and Danny Rose were both in the England U19 side that crashed out of the European Championships today with results elsewhere condemning them to a journey home despite a 3-0 win over Greece today.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Saturday  19.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat C.D. Denia 4-2 in a friendly at the club's Spanish training ground, with goals coming from Adel Taarabt, Jermaine Jenas, an own goal and Darren Bent.
   The Press Association report that Pascal Chimbonda has travelled to Sunderland for talks with the club about a move from Tottenham, with this coming after the Daily Mail claimed he was set to turn his back on the Stadium of Light club for a move to Everton or Newcastle United.  It is reported that Blackburn Rovers are believed to have rejected a straight 12 million cash offer from Tottenham for winger David Bentley.
  
Alex Ferguson thinks Spurs will be embarrassed over the complaint to the FA Premier League about his public pronouncements on buying Dimitar Berbatov.  He claims that he doesn't know where the club got their information form, but he didn't make those comments to a newspaper last week.  When asked about the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, he described him as "different."

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Friday  18.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Late tonight a statement appeared on the Spurs website from chairman Daniel Levy criticising the managers of Manchester United and Liverpool for their public comments about wanting to sign Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane respectively against the wishes of THFC.  Neither club had reportedly been given any indication that Tottenham would sell nor were they given permission to speak to the players involved.  However, Levy has said that both players now wish to leave for the clubs who have expressed their desire to take them and THFC have made official complaints to the Premier League about the behaviour of those clubs.  Levy went on to say the players have now become negative influences within the dressing room and it perhaps can be drawn from that they will be allowed to leave, but hopefully in circumstances which suit Tottenham rather than their suitors.
   Dimitar Berbatov will be a Manchester United player by the end of the month if you believe The Sun, but the Guardian claim Barcelona have turned to the Bulgarian hit-man after failing to take Adebayour from Arsenal and will make a 24 million bid for Dimi.  Sunderland want to become Tottenham, as they have put in bids for Teemu Tainio, Steed Malbranque, Younes Kaboul and Pascal Chimbonda, Football 365 report, for anywhere between 23 million (Daily Mirror) and 12 million (The Daily Telegraph).  It was all a bit of a farce according to the Mirror, as the four players were flown from the Spanish training camp to London and only on touchdown were they told why.  Apparently, they were all to meet the Sunderland representatives to discuss terms, but none of them want to join the club, with Kaboul's agent saying he wouldn't join the Black Cats even if there was an earthquake.  Where this leaves them, Tottenham and Sunderland, who knows.
  
The Spurs website has informed us that Luka Modric, Didier Zokora and Gilberto have joined the squad in Spain after playing in the European Championship and the World Cup qualifiers respectively.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Thursday  17.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Manchester United may have to battle with Barcelona for the signing of Dimitar Berbatov according to today's press, while Liverpool have made Robbie Keane their number one target, with an 18 million offer being prepared apparently.  Juande Ramos has denied an interest in Espanyol striker Luis Garcia.  The Sun tell us that Everton and Newcastle United are slugging it out to buy Pascal Chimbonda for 4 million.
   David Button and Danny Rose played in England Under-19s second group game against Italy in a 0-0 draw in the European Championships
.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Wednesday  16.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs will face Hercules of Alicante in a pre-season friendly in Spain on July 24th.
   Rumours that Juventus dropping out of the bid for Xabi Alonso, may leave Liverpool short of funds to buy wither Aston Villa's Gareth Barry and Spurs striker Robbie Keane, surmise the Daily Mirror, although the Sun think that the Reds will find 20 million for Keane anyway.  Diego Capel, the Sevilla winger, said that if his club agree a fee with Spurs, he would consider a move to develop his career, according to the Press Association.  Hossam Ghaly said he is "anticipating" offers for his services from Europe, but if not he will accept a move back to Egypt with his old club Al-Ahly.
   Spurs have apparently refused to negotiate with Manchester United or any other club about the sale of Dimitar Berbatov, contrary to reports yesterday about a deal being agreed with the Old Trafford club.
  
Aaron Lennon has said he is intent on staying at Tottenham, with Juande Ramos saying he wants the winger to be part of his plans at the club.
   A Spurs XI won 2-1 against St. Albans City tonight at Clarence Park
.  The Tottenham goals came from David Hutton and Alex Olsen.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Alexander Hleb's buy-out clause in his contract for the move to Barcelona has been set at 71 million.

  MEHSTG's no-spin story 2... Chelsea bench-warmer Wayne Bridge has signed a new four year deal believed to be worth 16.6 million.


Tuesday  15.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Gus Poyet has told the Spurs website that he is happy at White Hart Lane and wants to work with the manager and the current squad of players, so will not be joining Manchester United as Alex Ferguson's assistant.
  
The Sun claim that the transfer of Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United is dependant on the Old Trafford club stumping up 30 million, although they only want to pay 24 million and might tough it out to get a drop in the asking price.  The Guardian claim that Roque Santa Cruz has said he wants to leave for a bigger club, allowing Spurs and Arsenal to monitor the forward's situation.  The Daily Mail reckons that Damien Comolli has been in contact with Zenit St. Petersburg about Andrei Arshavin, but he would prefer a move to a South London Premier league club.  Spurs are believed to have been in talks with Blackburn Rovers yesterday about a transfer for David Bentley.  The winger is priced at 17 million, but Spurs would prefer a lower price tag or to use players as part exchange.  Paul Robinson's involvement in the deal is at risk, with Rovers' manager Paul Ince saying he is not interested in the keeper, although right back Pascal Chimbonda has been mentioned as an alternative.  The Independent reckon Blackburn would prefer a cash deal to allow them to buy replacements.  The Daily Express claim that Spurs are willing to sell Robbie Keane too and will be concentrating on brining in new strikers.  Following this theme, the Daily Telegraph reckon Juande Ramos might turn to Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito, while other sources think Roman Pavlyuchenko is another in the frame, as Comolli watched him in action for Spartak Moscow at the weekend.
  
Former Spurs forward Bobby Zamora has left West Ham United for Fulham and was part of a deal worth 6.3 million that included John Pantsil too.

  OTHER NEWS ... Luton Town lost their appeal against a ten point deduction for illegal payments to players and agents, leaving them to start the season 30 points behind everyone else in League Two ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... even though Manchester City are offering 25.5 million to Barcelona and 200,000 a week to Ronaldinho, it looks like he is still reluctant to sign on for the side from Eastlands.


Monday  14.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Spanish side Tavernes 8-0 tonight in a pre-season friendly at their training camp.  Giovani Dos Santos scored 2, with other goals coming from Tomas Pekhart 2, Jamie O'Hara 2, Aaron Lennon and Steed Malbranque.
   The London Evening Standard claims that Spurs have agreed the 28 million sale of Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United.  The fee involves some money up front and the rest on conditions, but will free up money to complete the signing of David Bentley from Blackburn Rovers, with Paul Robinson going the other way as part of the deal, the Daily Mirror says.  The Independent links Spurs striker Darren Bent with a move to Everton, with the Mirror reckoning on Younes Kaboul being keen on a move to Portsmouth (as his agent told Sky Sports website that the two clubs are talking about a deal) and looking forward to linking up with Tony Adams.  The Times run the "Ricardo Rocha to Hull" story ... for 3.3 million (!!) and the Daily Mail put Roque Santa Cruz up as the man to replace Berbatov.
   David Button and Danny Rose were both in the England side that lost 0-2 to the hosts the Czech Republic
in the European U19 Championship.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin has been fined 2,000 and made to pay 982.95 costs for refusing to cancel his holiday to appear in court over the charge of assault by Joey Barton on Ousmane Dabo ...  ...


Sunday  13.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   It's all Spurs in the papers this morning, as the Sunday Express reckon that Spurs have turned down a 20 million bid for Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United, but will sell for 25 million (or 35 million in the Daily Star), although over at the News of the World they claim that the club have struck a 24 million deal for the sale, but it is on delay until Tottenham can secure a replacement for the Bulgarian.  Who that replacement is concentrates the attention of many of the papers.  The NoTW put us in the frame for Blackburn Rovers' Roque Santa Cruz, while the Mail on Sunday reckons it will be either Luis Garcia of Espnayol and Roman Pavlyuchenko of Spartak Moscow and also ponders on THFC making an 18 million swoop for Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Andrei Arshavin before Barcelona sign up the Russian.  The Sunday People continues Alex Ferguson's love of all things Tottenham with a story that he wants Gus Poyet to join him as his number two to replace the departing Carlos Queiroz.  The Sunday People write that Spurs could bid for West Ham United central defender Matthew Upson as there are still doubts about injury-hit duo Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate.  Why then go for someone who is injury-hit themselves, unless we want to go for a like-for-like replacement ??  The People seem to have cornered the market on weird Tottenham stories this week, as they sensibly claim that Blackburn Rovers might make a 5 million bid for goalkeeper Paul Robinson (or 2 million in the NoTW), but then claim that Juande Ramos has brought in Fulham's haphazard keeper Tony Warner as cover for Heurelho Gomes !!  Haven't we got enough goalkeepers on the books and one of them must be better than Warner ??  Another story the paper runs is that Hull City have pulled out of talks about a loan for Ricardo Rocha on the grounds that they didn't realise he was that short.  Television must put inches on you !!  Warming to their subject, they go on to tell us that Stoke City have been shocked by the 4 million price tag Spurs have put on defender Anthony Gardner.  Not half as shocked as we are !!  The Potters are willing to shell out 1.5 million.  And still the People keep them coming, with Fulham being set to make a 4 million bid for midfielder Jamie O'Hara in the next 48 hours and they claim the youngster will consider the move to have first team football (a story also carried in the News of the World, who say that a loan deal was refused).  The News of the World reckon Everton are shirking at paying 12 million for Darren Bent, but Sunderland are keen on the Spurs striker, while the Stadium of light club are also willing to pay 4 million for Steed Malbranque, with the midfielder also interesting Manchester City and Aston Villa.  The Sunday Express claim that Aaron Lennon has "played down" talk of him leaving White Hart Lane.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Saturday  12.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Times claims that Tottenham have succeeded in obtaining a work permit for PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, with a special dispensation as he has not played 75% of Brazil's internationals over the last two years.  The deal will cost Spurs 7.8 million.  Central defender Ricardo Rocha is interesting Hull City and he may move either on a season long loan or a permanent move, depending which source you read.  Goalkeeper Paul Robinson has turned down a season long loan move to West Bromwich Albion and is hoping to complete a transfer to Aston Villa or Middlesbrough, although Villa have agreed a deal for a US keeper.  Almost as an afterthought, an article in the Daily Mirror about slave Cristiano Ronaldo mentioned that Manchester United have made a 20 million bid for striker Dimitar Berbatov.  Other sources reckon a deal could be done and dusted within a week.  Apparently, the Times claims that Liverpool are selling almost half their team to secure funds to bid for striker Robbie Keane.  The Daily Star claim that Tottenham are set to pay Asante Kotoko 2 million for Ghanaian international striker Eric Bekoe.  The 21 year old is also being chased by Hertha Berlin.  The Sun inform us that midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng is close to a 3 million move to VfB Stuttgart.  Nelson Cabrera, a 25 year old Paraguayan international central defender, is unlikely to join Spurs, as he cannot be guaranteed first team football. 

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Friday  11.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs will feature seven times in the first batch of Sky Sports TV and Setanta Sports covered live matches up to the end of November.  The games affecting Tottenham are ...
Sunday 31st August 2008                 Chelsea (Away)  kick off 13:30   [Sky]
Monday 15tt September 2008          Aston Villa (Home)  kick off 20:00  [Setanta]
Sunday 28th September 2008          Portsmouth (Away)  kick off 13:30   [Sky]
Sunday 19th October 2008               Stoke City (Away)  kick off 16:00   [Sky]
Wednesday 28th October 2008       Arsenal (Away)  kick off 20:00   [Sky]
Saturday 1st November 2008           Liverpool (Home)  kick off 17:30  [Setanta]
Sunday 23rd November 2008           Blackburn Rovers (Home)  kick off 13:30   [Sky]
  
Some of the club's pre-season friendlies are also being televised live ...
Monday 28th July 2008                       Norwich City (Away)  kick off 19:45  [Setanta]
Friday 1st August 2008                      Celtic (at Feyenoord)  kick off 18:30  [Sky]
Sunday 3rd August 2008                    Borussia Dortmund (at Feyenoord)  kick off 17:45  [Sky]
   Because of our
UEFA Cup ties, the Premier League games at White Hart Lane have been moved and Spurs will now play Wigan Athletic on Sunday 21st September and Hull City on Sunday 5th October.
   Contrary to yesterday's story about Spurs being on the brink of signing Espanyol's Luis Garcia and today's Sun story about a 10 million deal, the Spanish club's chairman said they have not received a bid from Spurs for the striker.  Winger Charles N'Zogbia is to hold talks with manager Kevin Keegan about his future at Newcastle United, but is keen to move back to his native London with Spurs or Arsenal. 
The Daily Star report that Stoke City have had a 1 million offer for defender Anthony Gardner knocked back by Tottenham.  .
   Reserve midfielder Jake Livermore will continue his football education with a loan spell at Crewe Alexandra until January 2009
.
   Former Spurs reserve striker Peter Crouch has joined Portsmouth from Liverpool for a fee of 11 million
.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Peter Crouch said today of leaving Liverpool for Portsmouth ... "I have left a great club but this club is going where it can be."


Thursday  10.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The BBC website claims Spurs are close to signing Espanyol striker Luis Garcia and Blackburn Rovers winger David Bentley.  The 27 year old Spaniard would cost around 8 million, while Bentley would go for around 15 million.  Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez has said that Liverpool are interested in signing Robbie Keane and claims that the two clubs are talking and he said he will what comes out of it.  The Daily Express claim that Espanyol keeper Carlos Kameni turned down a 4.5 million move to White Hart Lane because Tottenham wanted a clause in the contract preventing him representing Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations.  The Sun runs a story claiming that Tottenham want to sell a whole team of players and five substitutes (including Young Pyo Lee, Robbie Keane, Younes Kaboul, Anthony Gardner, Paul Robinson, Kevin Prince Boateng, Steed Malbranque, Michael Dawson, Hossam Ghaly, Paul Stalteri, Adel Taarabt, Teemu Tainio, Darren Bent, Ricardo Rocha  and Pascal Chimbonda), but this was denied in a BBC website article later in the day.

  OTHER NEWS ... The Football League have added a twenty point deduction (for financial insolvency) to ten points that  Luton Town have already had removed (for misdemeanours involving agents payments) from their starting total for their first season back in League Two ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Gareth Southgate says he is the man to take Middlesbrough into the Champions League.


Wednesday  09.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham are being linked to a move for Juan Arango, a winger with Real Mallorca, as he wants a move to England this summer or so say ClubCall.  The Sun claim that it is between Spurs and Arsenal as they try and sign the 15 million rated Real Madrid midfielder Ruben de la Red.  Spurs have reportedly refused VfB Stuttgart's offer to take Kevin Prince Boateng on loan.
  
A tribunal has set the fee for 16 year old midfielder John Bostock at 700,000, which could rise to 1.2 million depending on certain conditions being met.  Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan said (from behind his sunglasses) that he thought the decision was "scandalous" and that he was wondering what he was doing in football (something that has passed through our mind from time to time).

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Tuesday  08.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror say that Blackburn Rovers are willing to sell David Bentley for 17 million and the Guardian helpfully indicate that Tottenham are throwing players such as Paul Robinson, Anthony Gardner and Darren Bent into the equation to secure the winger.  The Times report that Steed Malbranque will be allowed to leave White Hart Lane, with Aston Villa keen to snap him up and also claim that Tottenham are monitoring the move by Manchester City for Blackburn Rovers' keeper Brad Friedel.  Unfortunately, Valencia have denied any interest in paying 8 million for Pascal Chimbonda.  Damn !!
   It is being reported
on TeamTalk that as part of the deal that took Tommy Forecast to SCBC, the Championship club also accepted an immediate payment for the remainder of the fee for Gareth Bale, which was less than the originally agreed sum.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Sun report that Felipe Scolari was shocked to see a game of darts being played in the Chelsea dressing room.  It was the amount of weight that Frank Lampard and John Terry had put on over the summer that stunned the Brazilian boss.


Monday  07.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Reports on the BBC website, through the Press Association, claim that Spurs transfer target Sevilla's Diego Capel will not be moving this summer and that Rafael van der Vaart has turned down a move to Tottenham, saying Tottenham is not the club he wants to swap Hamburg for.  The Daily Mail claim that Aston Villa, Arsenal and Spurs (although the Guardian got mixed up with their claret and blue and reckon it is West Ham United not Villa) are battling to sign Real Madrid midfielder Ruben de la Red and the Daily Mirror reckons that Valencia will pay Tottenham 8 million for Pascal Chimbonda ... it would be nice if it was part of a deal to bring David Villa to White Hart Lane.  A number of papers and websites reckon Portsmouth will make a move for defender Younes Kaboul soon, with the French press claiming the deal will cost the FA Cup winners 6 million.  It is claimed that Juventus, Hamburg and two other Premier League clubs are also interested, but Kaboul has set his mind to moving to Fratton Park.   
   Football 365 claim that Juande Ramos will take the first team squad to Spain for a pre-season training camp with Luka Modric joining up a little later, after being involved in Euro 2008
.
   Spurs reserve goalkeeper Tommy Forecast has joined SCBC on a five year deal for an undisclosed fee.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Perhaps Valencia think they can recoup the large expenditure on Pascal Chimbonda by merchandising his trademark woolly gloves and tights.


Sunday  06.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have moved to dispel rumours that Aaron Lennon will be sold.  He has often been mentioned as a makeweight in any move Spurs might make for David Bentley.
   Spurs are set to make a 15 million bid for Blackburn Rovers winger David Bentley, the Mail on Sunday say, while the Sunday People seem to have change their target by going for Andrew Johnson of Everton after failing to get Darren Bent to leave Spurs.  The same paper claim that Everton have joined the chase for 10 million rated Spurs winger Aaron Lennon.  The News of the World think Martin Jol might return to White Hart Lane to pay 4 million for Pascal Chimbonda.
   The News of the World
reproduce a well-circulated rumour on the Internet about Tottenham sharing the MK Dons stadium when the development of White Hart Lane takes place.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The Mail on Sunday report that A wealthy construction company run by the family of terrorist Osama bin Laden has emerged as a front-runner to buy Newcastle United. (from the BBC Football website)

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Former Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce believes that Joey Barton could become suicidal if the player, who is currently returning to training after a jail sentence, is sacked by the Geordie club, he tells the News of the World.  If I was Barton, I wouldn't beat myself up about it.  Or perhaps I would.
  MEHSTG's spin story 2 ... The Sunday Express reports that Manchester United will employ electric vans to ferry injured players off the pitch next season.  This could lead to further serious injuries occurring, as the pitch at Old Trafford falls away sharply beyond the touchline !!


Saturday  05.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Guardian report that newly promoted West Bromwich Albion have approached Spurs about signing goalkeeper Paul Robinson on loan for the season.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Friday  04.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Real Madrid have very kindly decided Dimitar Berbatov's future at Spurs by telling Manchester United that they will not contest the Red Devils' attempt to sign the Bulgarian striker if they let Cristiano Ronaldo go to the Bernabeu and join the Spanish champions.  In what might be an attempt to secure a replacement for Berbatov, Spurs have bid 10 million for Roman Pavlyuchenko turned down by Spartak Moscow, the Daily Mirror reports.
   19 year old reserve defender/midfielder Joe Martin
left to join Blackpool for an undisclosed fee today.
   Danny Rose and David Button have been selected for the England Under-19 squad for the European Championships in the Czech Republic later this month
.
   Spurs transfer target Richard Dunne is set to sign a new four year deal with Manchester City, along with goalkeeper Joe Hart, who Tottenham were also said to be interested in
.

  OTHER NEWS ... Mansfield Town manager Paul Holland was sacked today and immediately replaced with Billy McEwan ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Newcastle United have said that a reported 420 million bid to take over the club from America is "absolute nonsense."  A spokesmanwomanman went on to add that the club are worth nothing like that much !!


Thursday  03.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mail reckon that Dimitar Berbatov might stay with Spurs one more season as long as they drop the 30 million asking price next summer.  The Independent reckon Spurs and Sunderland are a long way apart in their valuations of Darren Bent, putting a move to the Stadium of Light in jeopardy.  Lots of sources report that Giovanni Trapattoni has told the Press that he thinks Robbie Keane would be a better player if he moved to Liverpool.  The Guardian claim that Spurs are confident they can complete the transfer of David Bentley from Blackburn Rovers for 12 million.
  
Most of the Spurs players returned for pre-season training today.

  OTHER NEWS ... Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed as the new manager of MK Dons ...  ...


Wednesday  02.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Times claim that Kevin Price Boateng has been told he can leave Tottenham, with Borussia Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart interested in the German midfielder, with German newspapers claiming he is more likely to join Stuttgart on a year's loan.  Sunderland aim to sign Darren Bent for 10 million and make him the best paid player in the club's history according to a number of reports.  Younes Kaboul says he wants to join Portsmouth and Aston Villa will try to wrap up the signing of Paul Robinson before the weekend.
  
Reserve striker Simon Dawkins will be on loan until January 2009 at Leyton Orient.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Blackburn Rovers have been fined 10,000 (7,500 of which is suspended until 31st May 2009) for failing to control their players on a game at St. James Park against Newcastle United, when Morten Gamst Pedersen and Habib Beye fought over a ball that had gone out for a throw-in ...  ...


Tuesday  01.07.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   It looks as though Spurs will be taking the field next season with no recognised strikers.  With Manchester United looking to step up their interest in Dimitar Berbatov, although they only want to pay 23 million rather than the 30 million Tottenham want, there is news that the other two senior strikers might be leaving too.  The Daily Mirror, which carried the Berbatov story also reckon that Sunderland want to prise Darren Bent away from White Hart Lane for 12 million, with Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers waiting to see what happens.  Over at the Sun, they run a story, which we heard about last night (see incoming), in which Robbie Keane has handed a transfer request in to the club as he wants to play for his boyhood heroes Liverpool.  Benitez wants him and is willing to offer Peter Crouch plus 5 million to secure the Irishman's services.  Tottenham have been linked with a 9.5 million move for Espanyol forward Luis Garcia, in an attempt to have at least one man in attack next season.  Also in Spain, Spurs are being linked with Sunderland and Manchester City in an interest in Spanish international striker Dani Guiza.  Roma and Barcelona are also keen on the Real Mallorca forward. 
  
Tottenham reserve midfielder/defender Joe Martin has been allowed to talk to Blackpool about a permanent move after the two clubs agreed a fee.  Joe had spent a period on loan at Bloomfield Road late last season.
  
Ex-Spurs goalkeeper Rob Burch has left Sheffield Wednesday after his 12 month contract expired and has signed a two year deal with Lincoln City.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Joey Barton has been sentenced to four months suspended for two years and 200 hours community service for being found guilty for assaulting Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo in training.  Barton also had to pay 3,000 compensation to Dabo and all of the Frenchman's costs for the case ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Untypically for a Scot, David Moyes is trying to get a Round in at Goodison Park ;o)  Newcastle United coach Steve Round is at the centre of a (light and) bitter battle to secure his services for Everton.

 

 

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