White Hot Lines

July 2009

Friday  31.07.2009
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   Tottenham beat Hull City 3-0 in the Worker's Stadium in Beijing this afternoon to win the Premier League Asia Trophy final.  For a match report, click here.
   Postings on the Twitter micro-blogging website express Darren Bent's disgust at Daniel Levy's dealings in the proposed transfer of the striker to Sunderland.  Bent targets the Spurs chairman as the one who is dragging the deal out and that the interest from Hull City and Stoke City is not deterring him from his choice of joining the Black Cats. A Spurs director said they were trying to establish if this was actually Bent posting to the Twitter site.  Bent later issued an apology on the Tottenham website.
   The Daily Mirror reckon that Aston Villa are ready to make an official bid for Jermaine Jenas.
   The Under-18 squad who travelled to Belgium for the pre-season youth tournament Eurofoot gained a 1-1 draw with Club Brugge in their first game with a Harry Kane penalty and beat Sao Paulo of Brazil in their second group match with an own goal the only goal of the game.
   Former Spurs striker Jamie Slabber is re-joining Grays Athletic.

   OTHER NEWS ... Sir Bobby Robson lost his long fight against cancer this morning and passed away aged 76. MEHSTG wishes his family and friends peace and warmth at this sad time ... ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... What was it David Cameron was saying about Twitter ??

Thursday  30.07.2009
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   Harry Redknapp has said that he is still keen on signing the Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar, but it depended on Darren Bent departing for pastures anew.
   The Independent reckons that Darren Bent will join Sunderland for 15 million despite late interest from Aston Villa.
   Arsenal are reportedly willing to match Tottenham's offer to Internazionale midfielder Patrick Vieira, which involves a big bonus incentive for the length of the one year contract.
   The Daily Mail have said that Aston Villa are watching the situation surrounding Robbie Keane, as they suspect the arrival of Peter Crouch might push the Irishman out.
   Also in the Mail, they claim that Tottenham might try to tempt defender Alvaro Arbeloa to join the club instead of going to Real Madrid, as Liverpool claim the Spanish club are not meeting their valuation.
   Portuguese veteran midfielder Luis Figo has not been having second thoughts about coming out of retirement to play for Spurs or Real Mallorca this season.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Wednesday  29.07.2009
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   Tottenham beat West Ham United 1-0 in the Premier League Asia Trophy in the Worker's Stadium in Beijing today.  Click here for a match report
   The Birmingham Mail has linked Aston Villa with a move for striker Robbie Keane.
   Middlesbrough striker Tuncay is attracting interest from VfB Stuttgart, Aston Villa, Everton and Tottenham, the Daily Mail reports.
   Stoke City are the latest club to be interested in Spurs forward Darren Bent.
   In the Daily Mirror, there is a story linking Spurs with an 8 million cash offer plus Pascal Chimbonda for Hull City central defender Michael Turner.
   Tottenham were once more linked with a move for Blackburn Rovers defender Stephen Warnock.
   Young central defender Troy Archibald-Henville has signed an extension to his Spurs contract that will keep him at the Lane until 2010.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Tuesday  28.07.2009
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   Forward Darren Bent has been allowed to have talks with Sunderland about a move to the North-East, while the two clubs are thrashing out a fee for the striker, believed to be a record for the Stadium of Light side.  However, later reports claim the race to sign Bent is on, with Aston Villa and Hull City both matching Sunderland's bid and this could bump his price up with an auction for his service son the cards.
   Spanish La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna might make a move for Giovani Dos Santos should they lose one of their forwards.
   The Daily Mail claim that Robbie Keane's Spurs future is in doubt after the signing of Peter Crouch.
   Hull City are said to be ready to battle with Everton for the 7 million signing of defender Alan Hutton, but Harry Redknapp said that he has had no bids for the Scottish defender from the Yorkshire club.
   A Spurs XI, mainly made up of youngsters, beat St. Neots Town tonight 3-1 with Dean Parrett (penalty), Paul-Jose M'Poku and Harry Kane scoring the goals.
   Former Spurs reserve defender Cian Hughton has won a six-month deal with Lincoln City.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Monday  27.07.2009
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   Tottenham today completed the transfer of striker Peter Crouch from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.  The fee was rumoured to be around 9 million - 10 million.
   Sky Sports News was reporting that Darren Bent had to get off the plane Spurs were taking to China on the Heathrow tarmac before it took off as Aston Villa stepped up their interest in the England striker ... or Sunderland, depending on which stories you believe.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Leeds United want 8 million for midfielder Fabian Delph.
   Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce is showing an interest in buying Pascal Chimbonda.
   Jermain Defoe was "unlawfully" arrested and put in a cell at Harlow Police station for five hours by Essex Police after he was arrested for driving while disqualified, but it turned out that there were inaccuracies in the information the Police were working on.
   Giovani Dos Santos was Man of the Match in the Gold Cup final yesterday when Mexico beat USA 5-0, scoring one of the goals and the Spurs midfielder was also voted Player of the Tournament.
   Andros Townsend was used as a 64th minute substitute in England's 7-1 win over Slovenia in the European Championships in Ukraine.  New signing Kyle Walker played the whole game.
   For those MEHSTG readers who have been seeking copies of "Tottenham Boys We Are Here" - the seminal 1970s project (while things were still proper projects) about the following of our club, you will be pleased to hear that
the book is being reprinted with a limited run of 750 copies.  The book will be sold in LT's (formerly The Phoenix) next to the Gilpin on the High Road and also in the Sir Bill Nicholson on Northumberland Park, from the day of the friendly against Olympiacos, a week before the start of the season, but get in quick as they will no doubt sell like hot spurs !

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Darren Bent thought he had been identified as suffering with swine flu when he was removed from the plane taking Tottenham to China.

Sunday  26.07.2009
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   Tottenham today lost their final game in the Wembley Cup 0-2 to Glasgow Celtic.  For a match report, click here.
   Spurs have reportedly had a 10 million bid for Peter Crouch accepted by Portsmouth.  The details of the deal are being completed and the striker, who started his career at Spurs,  may sign tomorrow and travel to China with the squad for the Asia Trophy according to the Sunday Mirror.
   The Sunday People reckon that Pompey are furious at Redknapp for his interest in Crouch and he might go back to try and sign keeper David James.
   The News of the World claim Sunderland are set to make Darren Bent their record signing at 15 million.
   The same paper says Harry Redknapp is reportedly flying out to Amsterdam to meet with Real Madrid striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar after Spurs have agreed to pay 18 million for the Dutch forward.  However, in the Sunday Express reckons Arsene Wenger is poised to nip in for Huntelaar for 15 million.
   The News of the World also reckons that Spurs are ready to bid for Matthew Upson, but West Ham United want 15 million their central defender.  However, after today's match, Redknapp said he does know where this rumour came from as he has never mentioned Upson's name.
   The Sunday Times reckon that Tottenham are favourites to sign 6 million Leeds United midfielder Fabian Delph.
   Back at the News of the World, they think Jermaine Jenas' comments about being at happy are all tosh and that Aston Villa will sign him, while in the Sunday Mirror, they say Jenas is a key pigure in securing the singing of Ashley Young from the Midlands club.
   Getting a taste for the inside information at White Hart Lane, the NoTW also claim that defender Alan Hutton will be on his way out, to Everton for 7 million.
   They also claim Thierry Henry has recommended Patrick Vieira to Harry Redknapp, but could this be a way of getting his old team-mate a last payday.
   The NoTW says Spurs are looking at Manchester City's central defender Richard Dunne to cover the injury-hit area of the team.
   The Daily Star Sunday claim that Aston Villa will step up their 12 million move for Jermaine Jenas.
   In the same publication, they reckon West Ham United have joined Tottenham in their pursuit of Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni.
   Another story the Daily Star Sunday carried is that Spurs are set to nip in ahead of Everton for the second time this pre-season for a defender and this time it is Hull City's Michael Turner.
   In the People, Hull City manager Phil Brown wants to take Pascal Chimbonda on loan for the coming season.
   Also in the People, it claims Tottenham are said to be after Panathinaikos striker Antonis Petropoulos.
   Defender Gareth Bale is being linked with a move to Italy, either to AC Milan or to AS Roma, according to the Italian Press.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Alex Ferusoin went into a huge rant about Manchester City today after he was infuriated by "Welcome to Manchester" posters with big pictures of Carlos Tevez on them.  It wasn't quite clear whether he was annoyed about the fact that Old Trafford is situated in Salford and not in Manchester itself or whether the pictures of Tevez were frightening small children in the area.

Saturday  25.07.2009
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   Harry Redknapp has reiterated his desire to sign 33 year old Patrick Vieira from Internazionale and said that he has no qualms about bringing the former Arsenal captain to White Hart Lane.
   The Daily Mail reports that the Spurs manager is still keen to complete a deal for Real Madrid's Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar but he will have to take a cut in his 90,000 a week salary.
   A transfer move for Ashley Young is once more the subject of speculation in the Sun, but Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill said the winger is "going nowhere".  Not sure if he meant he was going nowhere at Villa though.
   The Daily Express have a piece claiming that Tottenham have made a 6 million bid for Newcastle United central defender Sebastian Bassong.
   Midfielder Jermaine Jenas is reported on Sky Sports website to say that he is happy at Spurs, despite continued rumours about interest from hoe and abroad.
   Former Spurs junior Quinton Fortune has been offered a trial with Doncaster Rovers.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Harry Redknapp said that he would be willing to sign Patrick Vieira because it is not as though he has killed anyone.  No, that's true, but it's the next worst thing.

  MEHSTG's no-spin story 2 ... Leyton Orient beat Newcastle United 6-1 in a pre-season friendly today.

Friday  24.07.2009
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   Tottenham tonight drew 1-1 with Barcelona at Wembley in the Wembley Cup.  For a match report, click here.
   Spurs have cancelled Gilberto's contract by mutual consent.  The Brazilian defender leaves the club after making 10 appearances in two years.
   Defender Troy Archibald-Henville has joined Exeter City on loan for a six month period.
   Norwich City have signed goalkeeper Ben Alnwick on a three month loan deal.
   Kyle Walker may return to Sheffield United on a season long loan after Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports that the arrangements were being made for the defender to stay with his former club for the coming campaign.
   Winger Danny Rose is being linked with a loan to Sheffield United following an agreement as part of the deal to bring Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton to White Hart Lane, while the Daily Star reckon the Blades want to sign him permanently.  However, the official club site say that Rose has signed a new deal until 2013.
   Spurs have been linked with moves for Fulham's Brede Hengeland, Portsmouth's Sylvain Distin and Manchester City's Richard Dunne following the injuries to the Spurs central defenders, but Harry Redknapp claims that it is unlikely that any will join the club because of the players' clubs not wanting to sell them.
   Redknapp also revealed that Spurs are unlikely to complete a deal for Real Madrid striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar, because the club will not sign players of "crazy" wages.
   The Daily Mail reckons that Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen will cost any potential suitor, including Spurs, 4 million.
   In the Times, it is reported that former Tottenham Head Coach Martin Jol is keen on signing defender Gareth Bale for Ajax.
   Jake Livermore has signed a new deal with Spurs that will keep him at the club until 2011.
   Defender Kyle Walker played all of England Under-19s 2-2 draw against Ukraine today in the European Championship and midfielder Andros Townsend was an unused substitute.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... TalkSport have come up with a few crackers lately ...
  Portsmouth are short of players and worries about relegation means they have signed former Nottingham Forest midfielder Eugen Bopp on loan.  They will keep on Bopp until they drop.
  Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayour was pictured texting his mates as he met Nelson Mandela in South Africa yesterday.  They had a sneak preview of his text, which was "Look who Nelson Mandela just met."

  MEHSTG's no-spin story 2 ... 3 (three) fans queued to buy the new yellow and yellow striped Newcastle United away kit when it was launched today ...

Thursday  23.07.2009
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   TEAM NEWS : - Spurs might be struggling for players at centre half with three first-teamers set to miss the start of the season.  Jonathan Woodgate has gone to the USA to see a specialist about his groin problem, while Michael Dawson has an Achilles injury and Ledley King has had another pre-season where he has been unable to train and is not likely to be fit for the start of the Premier League campaign.  Additionally, strikers Robbie Keane (groin) and Roman Pavlyuchenko (thigh) will miss this weekend's Wembley Cup.
   Harry Redknapp said on Sky Sports news today that Daniel Levy thinks the price for Peter Crouch may be too high for a 28 year old, who might not have a great sell-on value, so sources in the media are now linking Tottenham with a move for Klaas Jan Huntelaar, who has stalled on a move to Stuttgart.  The only problem is that in the same interview, the Tottenham boss said that the Real Madrid striker might also be too much for Spurs to afford.  The Daily Express suggest that a deal for Crouch might be funded by including Pascal Chimbonda and Giovani Dos Santos moving to Fratton Park.
   The Spurs boss also repudiated the rumours circulating that Aston Villa are willing to make an offer for midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who is a player Redknapp said he did not want to sell.
   Sky Sports website carries a story linking Juventus' Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen with four Premier League clubs, believed to be Spurs, Fulham, Portsmouth and West Ham United.  The 29 year old, who played against Spurs in the UEFA Cup for Sevilla a couple of seasons ago, might go on a season long loan before a permanent deal is arranged.
   An expert on Middle Eastern business said on TalkSport this afternoon, that Tottenham are one of a few Premier league clubs  being touted around the region for rich investors to buy the club.
   Former Spurs striker Paul McVeigh has re-signed for Norwich City after being released by Luton Town.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Wednesday  22.07.2009
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   Tottenham completed the signing of the Sheffield United Kyle twins - Naughton and Walker.  The two right backs were signed for an undisclosed sum (although rumoured to be near 10 million), but Walker will return to Bramall Lane for the whole of the 2009-10 season, while Naughton went straight into the Tottenham squad for tonight's Spurs XI side for the friendly at Aldershot.  Sheffield United will also be able to take players from Spurs on loan throughout the season as part of the deal.
   Reading wanted to take midfielder Adel Taarabt on a season long loan according to the Daily Mirror, but after appearing in tonight's friendly, the Moroccan international has been allowed to re-join Queens Park Rangers for the whole of the coming season.
   Young goalkeeper David Button has joined Crewe Alexandra on loan until January 2010.
   Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch will choose between a 12 million move to Tottenham or to Fulham after turning down a transfer to Sunderland, as he wishes to stay in the South.
   As a result, Sunderland will make a concerted effort to sign Spurs striker Darren Bent.
   The Daily Mail once more linked Spurs with a move for LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, but Harry Redknapp has said he does not know where this link has sprung from.
   The Daily Mirror claim that Tottenham have put in a 17 million bid for Real Madrid's 23 year old striker Alvaro Negredo.
   While back at the Mail, Manchester City's Bulgarian left winger Martin Petrov could be the subject of a 5 million move by Spurs.
   19 year old Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko has said he does not know of any link to a transfer to Spurs or Liverpool and is happy to stay with the Ligue 1 club, according to Sky Sports website.
   A Spurs XI featuring Kyle Naughton and Heurelho Gomes lost a friendly 1-3 at Aldershot tonight.  Danny Rose scored the Tottenham goal.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

   CRIMEWATCH ... Four players have been banned from playing football for up to a year and fined 5,500 for betting on the outcome of the Accrington Stanley v Bury League Two game at the end of last season ... The Ivory Coast FA have been fined 28,5000 for the lack of organisation at their match against Burkina Faso in 2008 when 22 fans died in a stampede... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Sven Goran Eriksson has taken over as Director of Football at moneybags Notts. County.

Tuesday  21.07.2009
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   Tottenham beat Peterborough United 4-0 in a friendly at London Road tonight.  For a match report, click here.
   Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent has rubbished talk of his client joining AS Roma.
   The Sun claim that Spurs and Manchester City will give David Beckham an option to return to England should he wish to leave LA Galaxy.
   The same paper has Aston Villa as chasing 10 million rated Jermaine Jenas, while the Guardian put Internazionale as the team to snap up the Spurs midfielder.
   The Daily Mirror claim that Spurs transfer target Real Madrid Klaas Jan Huntelaar is set to join Stuttgart.
   Later news revealed that Sunderland have pulled out of the chase for Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch, leaving Spurs and Fulham to battle it out for the tall forward.
   Former Spurs midfielder/defender Thimothee Atouba has joined Ajax to link up with former Spurs Head Coach Martin Jol.
   Defender Kyle Walker and midfielder Andros Townsend played for England Under-19s in the European Championship 1-1 draw with Switzerland today.
   Tottenham's game at Hull City on Wednesday 18th August will kick off at 7:45 p.m. and not 8:00 p.m. as was previously stated.

   OTHER NEWS ... Paul Hart has officially been appointed as manager of Portsmouth following the club's take-over ... ... 

Monday  20.07.2009
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   Chris Gunter completed his 1.75 million move to Nottingham Forest today.
   The Daily Mirror claim that Spurs are about to complete the double deal for Kyles Walker and Naughton for 11 million from Sheffield United.
   Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has said that Blackburn Rovers, Spurs, Fulham and Sunderland are all interested in signing him, but not his preferred choice Arsenal.
   Tottenham transfer target James McCarthy, the 18 year old Hamilton Academicals midfielder has joined Wigan Athletic as they have guaranteed him first team football and Spurs had not offered this to the youngster who was sold for 1.2 million, which could rise to 3 million.
   The Daily Star reckon that David Beckham will be joining Tottenham soon, after he was abused by LA Galaxy fans on his return to action in a 2-2 friendly draw with AC Milan.
   Malaga have withdrawn from an attempt to take Adel Taarabt on loan for the coming season, as they have not been able to agree terms with Spurs.
   MEHSTG has had a request for any fans who want to take part in a SKY TV series ...

A major London-based production company is making a series of web documentaries for Sky Sports about football fans of all kinds.

Each film will revolve around fans from a specific Premiership club. We're looking for subjects who are ardent football supporters but also interesting characters in their own right. They can be any age or gender -- the most important thing is that they're also interesting people with stories of their own to tell. We'll be talking to each person about their thoughts on the club's 2009 season, their hopes for the coming season, and just more generally finding out about them, their lives and the cities they live in. These people must be willing to be interviewed and filmed for films that will eventually appear online.

The filming would take half a day up until the first couple of weeks of the season. The films will be screened online website.

If you think you fit the description, or know someone who does, please email elliotcarrbarnsley@yahoo.co.uk with a bit about your candidate, including age, what team they support, their occupation, their highlight of the 2009 premiership season, what their hopes are for 2010 and any interesting personal facts about them. Small groups of friends (max. 4) are also encouraged to contact us.

Elliot Carr-Barnsley.

0207 462 4005

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Sunday  19.07.2009
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   The News of the World report that Spurs are set to sign Peter Crouch from Portsmouth for 12 million, with the striker halting talks with Sunderland and Fulham when he found out there was a chance of linking up with his former manager Harry Redknapp.
   The Sunday People also claims Spurs will make a 25 million bid for Ashley Young, although they reckon that Aston Villa have knocked back an initial bid of 18 million and the The Sunday Times say Martin O'Neill wants 30 million for the former Watford winger.
   The Mail on Sunday claims Tottenham will hear on Monday if they have been successful in tempting Klaas Jan Huntelaar to White Hart Lane, in contrast to the NoTW, who claim the move for Crouch is because Huntelaar will not be coming to N17, while the People claim Spurs will go for Huntelaar if Crouch turns Tottenham down.
   The Mail on Sunday report that Chelsea and Spurs are keen to bring David Beckham back to the Premier League from LA Galaxy.
   The People put Spurs down as favourites to sign Fabian Delph from Leeds United for 6 million ahead of Aston Villa's interest.
   It also claims Fulham may be in for Jamie O'Hara with a 4 million offer.
   Tottenham's Under-16s won the Puma USA Cup today in Minessota, beating Charlotte United 2-0 in the final.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Saturday  18.07.2009
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   The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs will seal a 13 million deal for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Negredo.
   The Times report that Sunderland have made an enquiry to Spurs about the availability of defender Alan Hutton and that Blackburn Rovers are interested in full back Pascal Chimbonda.
   Leeds United's 19 year old midfielder Fabian Delph is interesting Spurs according to the Daily Express.
   The same newspaper claims that Tottenham have until Monday to agree a fee for Klaas Jan Huntelaar otherwise Real Madrid will sell him elsewhere.
   Spurs are said in the Times to be set to sign full back Kyle Walker from Sheffield United for 3 million and lease him back to the Blades for a season, while Everton will have to match the Tottenham bid of 5 million for his team-mate Kyle Naughton, who is said to favour a move to White Hart Lane.
   According to the Herald, Tottenham have made a late entry into the chase for Hamilton Academicals midfielder James McCarthy with a 2.7 million offer, although Wigan Athletic remain favourites to sign the 18 year old.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Friday  17.07.2009
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   Spurs beat Bournemouth 3-0 in a pre-season friendly at the Fitness First Stadium tonight.  Match report to follow.
   Tottenham today agreed to sell full back Chris Gunter to Nottingham Forest for 1.75 million, just 18 months after signing him for 2 million from Cardiff City.
   The Sun claim that Spurs are about to sign striker Alvaro Negredo from Real Madrid.
   The Times reckon Spurs are also keen to sign up Real Madrid's Dutch forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
   8 million will seal a double swoop on Sheffield United by Spurs for their full backs Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker, so says the Independent
   Former Spurs reserve striker Jacques Maghoma has signed for newly promoted Burton Albion.

   OTHER NEWS ... Alan Pardew has been named as the new manager of SCBC ... ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... John Terry has said he doesn't want to sign for Manchester City as one of their infamous fans Oasis' Noel Gallagher has a funny eye-brow and has a monkey walk.  He also said he is a Manc.

Thursday  16.07.2009
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   The Daily Mirror report that Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is chasing a former player in David Bentley, with Spurs said to be willing to do business at 12 million.
   The same paper says that a 15.5 million bid for Real Madrid striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar could be on after he dithered over a move to Stuttgart.
   The Telegraph have Spurs down as being interested in a different Real player, with winger Arjen Robben saying Tottenham have made enquiries about him.
   Yeovil Town are hopeful that Jon Obika can return to Huish Park for a loan spell, where the forward was on loan at the end of last season.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Sheikh Mansour met his new employees today in Abu Dhabi and gave them each a watch worth at least 1.68

Wednesday  15.07.2009
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   Spurs beat Exeter City 3-0 in a pre-season friendly tonight at St. James Park.  For a match report click here.
   The Times report that Tottenham have held talks with Real Madrid's Klaas Jan Huntelaar although Stuttgart are also interested in signing him.
   The supposed deal to bring Patrick Vieira to White Hart Lane are said to involve Internazionale paying some of his wages or giving him a pay off to make up the difference in the 60,000 a week Spurs will offer him and what he earns at his current club (85,000 a week).
   The Sun reckon AS Roma want Gareth Bale on loan to provide competition for John Arne-Riise at left back.
   Continuing on the Spurs theme, the same paper says that Tottenham rejected a 14 million bid from Sunderland for Darren Bent, as they wish to recoup the whole of the 16.7 million they spent on him two years ago.
   Kyle Naughton is the subject of a late bid by Spurs, after Everton had a 6 million offer accepted for the Sheffield United defender, the Daily Star report.
   Former Spurs defender Ian Hendon has retired from playing to concentrate on managing at Barnet.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Wayne Rooney has said that if he had not become a footballer, he would have become a priest and was willing to swear on the bible that was true.

Tuesday  14.07.2009
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   Tottenham have today been linked with 33 year old Patrick Vieira.  The current Internazionale and former Arsenal midfielder is said to be wanted on a one year deal on a pay-as-you-play basis in the Daily Mail.  Hilariously, the paper claim that the Frenchman is willing to cut his wages to 35,000 a week just to work with Harry Redknapp.
   The Press Association report that Mirko Vucinic would turn down a move to Tottenham, preferring to stay at AS Roma.
   The Daily Star claims Aston Villa will complete a 24 million double deal for Darren Bent and Stewart Downing this week.
   Sheffield United full backs Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker are the subject of a 11 million offer from Spurs according to the Daily Mirror ... or 8 million in the Daily Express.
   Ryan Mason and Stephen Caulker have gone on a one month loan to Yeovil Town.
   Director of Football Steve Perryman revealed on TalkSport today that Troy Archibald-Henville will appear for Exeter City in tomorrow night's friendly against Spurs, with a view to another loan spell at St. James Park.
   A proposed loan move for Adel Taarabt to Malaga has hit the buffers with the Spanish club looking at other positions in their side before committing to taking on the Moroccan international.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Monday  13.07.2009
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   Pascal Chimbonda was today being linked with a move to Portsmouth for 2.5 million according to the Daily Mail, but the defender says he knows nothing about the move.  Panathinaikos are also said to be interested in the right back.
   The Daily Mirror reports that Spurs are keen to sign Sheffield United defender Kyle Walker and let him return to Bramall Lane on loan for a season.
   Malaga are reportedly interested in taking Adel Taarabt on loan for the season ahead.
   Young Spurs Ryan Mason and Stephen Caulker are rumoured on TeamTalk's website to be joining Yeovil Town on loan for the coming season.
   Also a loan target is Troy Archibald-Henville, who is wanted back by Exeter City, where he spent a spell on loan last season.
   Both Spurs matches listed by ESPN for live coverage will now kick off at 17:30 p.m. and will be the ones at home to Manchester United and away to Aston Villa.
Tottenham's Premier League match away at Eastlands against Manchester City has been moved to Sunday 7th March, with the kick off at 15:00 p.m.

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Saturday  12.07.2009
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   The Sunday People reports that Internazionale manager Jose Mourinho might make a move for midfielder Jermaine Jenas after his interest in Chelsea's Deco is cooling.
   The People also report that full-back Chris Gunter is wanted by 10 Championship clubs.
   Spurs are said to be preparing a deal involving cash plus David Bentley worth around 25 million to secure the signing of Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.
   Defender Michael Dawson is a target for Sunderland and the News of the World reckon it could be on if they offer around 6 million.
   The NoTW also says that Jonathan Woodgate is seeking contract talks with Spurs over the salary he is paid, as Middlesbrough had been paying a proportion of his 70,00 a week wages, but now they have been relegated, that will not be the case and the centre half wants Tottenham to make up the difference to maintain his earinngs.
   The Mirror reports that David Bentley was attacked in Nolita restaurant in Brookman's Park, Herts by an assailant who ran off to a waiting taxi.
   Swedish striker Marcus Berg is set to announce if he will join Tottenham or Aston Villa later this week according to the Daily Star Sunday.
   The same paper claim that Adel Taarabt is seeking "showdown" talks with Harry Redknapp over his future.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Saturday  11.07.2009
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   The 5 million move by Everton for Sheffield United right back Kyle Naughton might be disrupted by Tottenham's late interest, the Sun reports.
   The Daily Mirror claim that Harry Redknapp wants any deal involving Darren Bent going to Sunderland to include Kenwyne Jones going to Tottenham as part of the transfer.
   Last season's loan striker Frazier Campbell has left Manchester United to join Sunderland.
   Former Spurs full back Young-Pyo Lee has left Borussia Dortmund to join Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Micah Richards has caught swine flu in Cyprus and cannot leave until he is better. 

Friday  10.07.2009
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   Sunderland are reported in the Daily Mirror to be ready to bid 12 million for striker Darren Bent, although the report also hint that Spurs want to recoup the 16 million they spent on him.
   Over at the Sun, they claim that Spurs will be lining up a 5 million bid for forward John Carew of Aston Villa.
   Former Spurs reserve defender Cian Hughton is on trial at Lincoln City.

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   CRIME WATCH ... Jermaine Defoe has been found guilty of speeding and was fined 1,500 for not informing the court who was driving the vehicle in Chigwell, Essex at the time and banned from driving for six months, having to pay 600 in costs too.  He intends to appeal against the sentence ...

Thursday  09.07.2009
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   Spurs have signed a former Arsenal Academy defender Anton Blackwood.
   Academy players Sam Cox, Lee Butcher and Stephen Caulker have been signed up on their first professional contracts with the club.
   Blackburn Rovers are said to be contesting the signing of Darren Bent with Sunderland for 11 million according to The Sun.
   Spurs are supposedly ready to make a 3 million bid for Sheffield United's 19 year old defender Kyle Walker.
   The following Premier League games have been chosen for live TV coverage.
Liverpool (home)                    Saturday 16th August 2009  -   kick off 16:00  (Sky)
West Ham United (away)       Sunday 23rd August 2009  -  kick off 13:30  (ESPN)
Manchester United (home)     Saturday 12th September 2009  -  kick off 17:15  (ESPN)
Chelsea (away)                       Sunday 20th August 2009  -   kick off 16:00  (Sky)
Arsenal (away)                        Saturday 31st October 2009  -  kick off 12:45  (Sky)
Aston Villa (away)                   Saturday 28th November 2009  -  kick off 17:15  (ESPN)
   For some reason (not TV coverage), Wigan Athletic (away) will now be played on Sunday 22nd November with a kick off at 15:00.

   OTHER NEWS ... SCBC have sacked their manager Mark Wotte ...

Wednesday  08.07.2009
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   Didier Zokora today joined Sevilla on a four year deal for an undisclosed fee.
   In the Times, Spurs have apparently been rebuffed in their interest in Aston Villa striker John Carew, even with it being as part of a deal that included Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley going to Villa Park.
   The Sun reckon that Spurs will battle with Sunderland to secure the signing of central defender Richard Dunne.
   In the same pages, the paper seem to have got it all wrong, as Spurs were allegedly interested in offering Didier Zokora plus 2 million for defender Ryan Shawcross.  That would make him worth about 9 million(ish).  It's your guess as to whether it is more likely Harry Redknapp or the Sun reporters have lost their mind.

   OTHER NEWS ... Gary Ablett has been appointed as the new manager of Stockport County ...

Tuesday  07.07.2009
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   The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs are nearing a deal with Sevilla to take midfielder Didier Zokora to the Spanish club.
   Tottenham are being linked with a move for Manchester City's Craig Bellamy, should he be surplus to requirements when the Eastlands club finishes their spending for the summer.  Please don't let their spending spree end.
   The Times report that Lazio have made an offer for Adel Taarabt.
   It is claimed in the Daily Telegraph that Gronigen might only ask for 5 million for Swedish striker Marcus Berg.
   Sky Sports website reckons Spurs are about to hijack Sunderland's move for 29 year old Paraguay defender Paulo Da Silva of Mexican club Toluca.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Cristiano Ronaldo was presented to 80,000 Real Madrid fans last night, who were massively disappointed at seing a tanned fat bloke in a white suit as they had all got excited at the thought that they were going to see the thin pale bloke in a white glove.  That is why there was nearly a riot.

Monday  06.07.2009
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   The Tottenham players returned to training at Spurs Lodge today.
   The Times reports that Spurs have had talks with Real Madrid about signing striker Alvaro Negredo.

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Sunday  05.07.2009
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   The Daily Star Sunday regurgitate the story about Gareth Bale going on loan to Birmingham City for the coming season.
   While there are a lot of stories about Peter Crouch being on the move from Portsmouth, Spurs do not feature in them, but it is reported in the News of the World that Spurs may be after the "Spanish Peter Crouch" - namely 6' 4" Fernando Llorente of Athletico Bilbao, who would cost 12 million.
   However, the Daily Star Sunday has Tottenham allegedly pursuing Almeria striker Alvaro Negredo.
   A Portuguese newspaper reports that Harry Redknapp bumped into Luis Figo at a golfing event and is ready to try and get him to come out of retirement to play for Tottenham.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Manchester United signing Michael Owen says he was made to feel like a "criminal" at former club Newcastle because of all his injury problems at St James' Park. 

Saturday  04.07.2009
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   Not a lot of Spurs news today ... it's all a bit too quiet seeing as how the team return to pre-season training soon.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Manchester United have signed former Liverpool striker Michael Owen.  Which should be interesting when the two teams meet next season.

Friday  03.07.2009
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   The Daily Mail claims Spurs will spend 12 million on Lille's Brazilian midfielder Michel Bastos.

   OTHER NEWS ... Paul Ince has been re-appointed as manager of MK Dons ... ... 

Thursday  02.07.2009
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   No real Spurs news today.

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Wednesday  01.07.2009
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   Arsenal are supposedly ready to contest the signing of 25 year old Albanian Loik Cana from Marseille as Spurs seek to bring in the midfielder according to the Daily Express.
   Spurs are supposed to be considering a move for Lokomotiv Moscow's Swiss international goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic according to The Times.
   The Sun run a tale of unbelievable proportions, saying that the Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will bid 6 million for Watford's goalkeeper Scott Loach, who let a soft goal in for England Under-21s in the European Championship final against Germany in Sweden on Monday.
   Former Spurs midfielder Sean Davis had left Portsmouth on a free transfer to join Bolton Wanderers.

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