White Hot Lines

July 2012

 
This page gives you a diary of events as they have happened at the club. 
News of all current and former players will be included, as well as any other Spurs related story, rumour or innuendo.

The MEHSTG spin story is our own unique take on some of the big breaking stories of the day ... with our 
"spin" (and little truth) attached to it !!  There are also "no spin" stories, which are strange but true !! 
You couldn't make them up !!

Tuesday 31.07.12
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   Midfielder Steven Pienaar has completed his move back to Everton for 4.5 million.
   Gareth Bale should be OK to start the season after the tackle on him by some no-talent Scot in the Liverpool game left him worried there may be ankle ligament damage again.
   The Daily Mail claim Spurs are considering a 7.5 million move for 17 year old Liverpool winger Raheem Stirling.
   Also in the Mail, they claim Spurs may be tempted to go for Olympique Lyonnais left back Aly Cissokho, who is known to Andre Villas-Boas from his time at Porto.  It is believed the French club would ask for 7 million for the French international.


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Monday 30.07.12
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   Gareth Bale has called Charlie Adam a "coward" after the tackle that put him in danger of missing the start of the season and said he hasn't had an apology from the Liverpool player.
   The Daily Mirror says that Manchester City will allow Emmanuel Adebayor to leave Eastlands for nothing as Robin van Persie has said he will not play for the same club as the former Arsenal striker.
   Ricardo Carvalho could be a target for Spurs according to the Times, as Real Madrid are set to let him leave.
   The Sun claims Spurs have agreed a 36 million fee for Luka Modric to join Real Madrid.
   The Daily Mail says that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will not be allowed to leave unless he asks to do so, according to the Olympique Lyonnais President.
   Also in the Mail they reckon that Giovani dos Santos could stay at Spurs after scoring twice for Mexico in the Olympics.  He will seek showdown talks with Andre Villas-Boas when he returns to the club after the Games.


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Sunday 29.07.12
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   Steven Caulker played all of Team GB's 3-1 win over United Arab Emirates at Wembley tonight in the Olympic group match.  Danny Rose was an unused substitute.  For a match report, click here.
   Giovani dos Santos came off the bench at half time for Mexico and scored twice to earn a 2-0 win over Gabon at the City of Coventry stadium tonight in their Olympic Group match.
   Sandro played 64 minutes for the Brazil Olympic team before being substituted in their 3-1 win over Belarus at the Old Trafford today.
   In the Sunday Mirror, it is intimated that Manchester City are unhappy with Spurs, as a 6 million fee was agreed for Emmanuel Adebayor to allow Tottenham to pay him the wages he demands, but they feel that Daniel Levy has gone back on this agreement and now want them to allow him to leave for free, according to an insider.
   Also in the Mirror, they claim Spurs are looking to sign Mousa Dembele from Fulham bidding around 10 million, although the Cottagers want 15 million.
   The Mirror report that the figures in Joe Allen's contract that would allow teams to buy him from Swansea City are 15 million for the four clubs mentioned yesterday and 12 million for anyone else..
   In The Sun on Sunday, they claim a 36 million deal had been agreed for the transfer of Luka Modric to Real Madrid.
   The same paper reckons a 4 million fee has been agreed to take Steven Pienaar back to Everton, although the Sunday Express puts it as low as 2 million.
   The Express also claim that Spurs are watching Birmingham City and Team GB goalkeeper Jack Butland.
   Ledley King has revealed to the Sun that he suffered the injury that has dogged him throughout his senior career just 30 seconds into his debut at Derby County in 1999, when a tackle from Rory Delap left him needing an operation on his knee that has plagued him ever since.  His England career also ended early in a game against the USA in the 2010 World Cup, landing awkwardly after just three minutes.  The player said he cried when he realised that his career had come to an end, but knew that after the Norwich City game at White Hart Lane last season that things were not good.


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Saturday 28.07.12
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   Tottenham drew 0-0 with Liverpool on their tour of the US in Baltimore this evening.  For a match report click here.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Jose Mourinho, who is a personal friend of Daniel Levy, has phoned the Spurs chairman to try to convince him it is in the best interests of the club to release Luka Modric to join Real Madrid.
   Meanwhile the Daily Star claims that Spurs have discovered that there is a clause in Joe Allen's Swansea City contract that says he will cost 20 million if Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool come in for him, but anyone else can have him for 10 million.
   Tottenham Hotspur's legends team are playing again on Sunday (tomorrow) at White Notley FC near Braintree with a 14:00 kick off.  The ground is at
Oak Farm, Faulkbourne, near Witham, Essex, CM8 1SF and entry is available on the day.


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Friday 27.07.12
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   A Spurs XI will play Northampton Town at Sixfields in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 4th August 2012 with a 15:00 kick off.
   The Daily Star claim that Emmanuel Adebayor may not be coming to Tottenham after his suggestion that the whole of the 5 million fee Spurs are to pay for him should be given to the Togo international to make up for the shortfall in his salary once he arrives at White Hart Lane.
   The Sun claim that Spurs may seal a 9.5 million deal for Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris next week.
   Middlesbrough beat the Spurs Development team 5-0 in a friendly in Penina, Portugal tonight, with Ezekiel Fryers playing for Spurs.


   OTHER NEWS ... 1974 World Cup Final and respected Football League referee Jack Taylor dies ... 

   OTHER NEWS ... John Terry charged by FA with using abusive and/or insulting words and making a reference to Anton Ferdinand's colour/ethnic background/race ... 

Thursday 26.07.12
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   Danny Rose and Steven Caulker both played the 90 minutes of Team GB's 1-1 draw with Senegal at Old Trafford in the London 2012 Olympics.
   Sandro
played 78 minutes as Brazil beat Egypt 3-2 at the Millennium Stadium in their London 2012 Olympic group game tonight.
   Giovani dos Santos
was a 66th minute substitute for Mexico in their 0-0 draw with South Korea at Newcastle United in their London 2012 Olympic group game tonight.
   Stuart Pearce will not make a complaint about Gareth Bale not playing for his Team GB football squad according to the Metro and on the BBC website, Lord Moyinhan has said that Bale should not be banned, in spite of what Sepp Blatter said.  In response to Blatter's comments, Tottenham released a statement that explained the Welshman's situation and that he had never been prevented from joining up with the squad, but that his medical scans had been shown to the Team GB doctors and they felt that he would not recover in time for the Olympics.
   Jermain Defoe will be flying home from Tottenham's American tour after the death of his cousin while on holiday in St.. Lucia.  Our condolences go to him and his family on their sad loss.


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Wednesday 25.07.12
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   Spurs drew 1-1 with LA Galaxy early this morning in Los Angeles in a pre-season friendly.  For a match report, click here.
   A row has blown up over Gareth Bale's participation in Tottenham's tour of America, while the Team GB football squad prepares for their first game.  Bale was not selected for the Olympic squad because of a back problem, but has made a speedy recovery, although being nursed through the Spurs pre-season games.  Sepp Blatter couldn't help but get involved saying that if a complaint was to be received from a national FA, then FIFA could ban the player from taking part in the rest of the pre-season programme while the Olympics were on.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Paris St. Germain are ready to pay 40 million to Spurs for Luka Modric, although the Croatian midfielder's preferred destination is Real Madrid, who still appear confident of getting the deal done, despite only offering 28 million.
   Spurs are looking a making a bid for Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian, with a fee of 19 million for the 23 year old likely to be enough to prise him away from Shakthar Donetsk claim the Daily Mail.
   In the Daily Telegraph, they claim that Spurs are interested in signing Fulham forward Mousa Dembele, with the Cottagers demanding 15 million for the Belgian international.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Tuesday 24.07.12
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   Luka Modric has been reported to have apologised to Daniel Levy for missing training, with the club issuing a statement to say that he was back at Spurs Lodge in training on Monday.
   The Daily Star are carrying a piece claiming that Spurs are keen to include 22 year old German born Spanish striker Joselu in any deal that might take Modric to Real Madrid.
   Jermaine Jenas is a target for Nottingham Forest claim the Daily Mirror, with a loan possible, with Forest also looking at a permanent deal.
   TalkSport claim that Spurs might make a move for Swansea City and Newcastle United target Ryan Babel.  The former Liverpool winger has fallen out with the management at Hoffenheim and Spurs might look to  pick him up for as little as 3 million.  The Daily Mail say that Fulham may also be in for the Dutch wide-man.
   In The Sun, they report that Everton, Newcastle United and Spurs are all in for Getafe midfielder Abdel Barrada, who may cost 9 million.
   Martial arts, now singing ... is there nothing Sandro can't do ????.


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   MEHSTG's spin story ... Modric is supposedly training with the youth team ... at least he can then pick on someone his own size !!

Monday 23.07.12
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   More stories about Luka Modric's fine for not attending training prior to the squad leaving for the USA are in the papers, but it is claimed that he has turned up for training at Cheshunt today.
   Massimo Luongo has signed a contract extension until July 2014 and will spend the coming season on loan at Ipswich Town.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Sunday 22.07.12
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   It is reported widely that Luka Modric has been fined two weeks wages for missing training and in the Sunday Mirror, Rafael van der Vaart believes the player has gone back to Croatia in an attempt to force a move to Real Madrid, but this will not go down well with chairman Daniel Levy, who is in America with his wife who is reportedly ill.  Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has said it is making a bad situation worse.
   The Star Sunday claim that West Ham United want their former striker Jermain Defoe.
   In the Mail on Sunday, they report that Steven Pienaar will re-sign for his former club Everton in a few days time for 5 million.
   The same paper reckons Spurs had scouts at the Team GB v Brazil pre-Olympic friendly at Middlesbrough on Friday to watch Leandro Damiao and Hulk.
   The Sunday Telegraph report that Tottenham are not making a bid for French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, although the club are looking for another keeper.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 21.07.12
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   Papers report that Luka Modric has gone AWOL as he did not turn up for the last training session before the squad fly to America on their pre-season tour.  However, they have not checked with the club and appear to be reading into this that the Croatian is trying to push his move to Real Madrid through.  There is still the difference in valuation for the player which could yet scupper any move to Spain.
   The Guardian claim that Spurs are close to finalising the transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.


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Friday 20.07.12
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   Danny Rose played 90 minutes for Team GB in their pre-Olympic friendly against Brazil at Middlesbrough tonight.  Steven Caulker came on as a half time substitute, while Sandro scored Brazil's first goal and was substituted in the 85th minute
   Spurs may be hanging on to Luka Modric, as their asking price of 35 million is unlikely to be met by Real Madrid, who only want to bid
35 million = 28 million, according to the Daily Mirror.
   Daniel Levy  is starting talks with Olympique Lyonnais to sign goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but there is still some discrepancy between what Spurs will offer and what the selling club are asking, with 15 million wanted and Tottenham offering 12 million.
  The Sun claim that Emmanuel Adebayor may sit out the last year of his contract at Manchester City rather than take a 3 million a year pay cut by joining Spurs.  The Daily Express reckon that Emmanuel Adebayor is refusing to sign a deal with Spurs as his representatives feel that he should be paid a lot more than Tottenham are offering.
   Former Spurs reserve goalkeeper Tommy Forecast has joined Gillingham on a year long loan from Southampton.
   Spurs are looking at 27 year old Spain and Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla as a possible replacement for Luka Modric, with TalkSport claiming he may cost 15 million, with Giovani dos Santos perhaps being used as a make-weight in the deal.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Thursday 19.07.12
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   Spurs skipper and central defender Ledley King announced his retirement from playing today.  Having suffered with knee problems for some years, the Tottenham man, who has been at the club for 17 years, has decided to hang up his boots, but will be staying with the club as an ambassador.
   Andre Villas-Boas has said that Spurs will not stand in Luka Modric's way to leave the club but any prospective purchaser had to meet Tottenham's asking price of 35 million.


   OTHER NEWS ... Sean O'Driscoll has been appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest ... 

Wednesday 18.07.12
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   Spurs beat Stevenage 2-0 at Broadhall Way tonight in a pre-season friendly, with the goals coming from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Yago Falque.
   Spurs are in talks with Brighton and Hove Albion defender Grant Hall, according to the TalkSport website  The 20 year old is out of contract with the Seagulls and played for Tottenham at Kingstonian on Monday night in the Spurs XI friendly.
   Rafael van der Vaart has told the Sun that he wants too stay at Tottenham and wants to win the title with the club, following talks with Andre Villas-Boas, which revealed he is central the new Head Coach's plans.
   TalkSport report that Bafetimbi Gomis will opt to stay with Olympique Lyonnais rather than join Tottenham.
   Lokomotiv Moscow are vying with Spurs for the signature of Emmanuel Adebayor, with an 8 million offer in the pipeline, as Manchester City want at least 6 million from Spurs, according to the Daily Telegraph.
   The Daily Mail reckon Spurs might try to pip Chelsea to the signing of Porto striker Hulk, who may cost as much as 38 million, although Tottenham will hope to get him for considerably less !!
   The paper goes on to say that Spurs will watch Fluminese midfielder Wellington Nem and another Fluminese player Manuel Lanzini this week.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Tuesday 17.07.12
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   Spurs are being linked with a move for Malaga striker Jose Salomon Rondon, who may be sold by his club who are in money trouble, using Giovani dos Santos as a makeweight in the deal according to the Daily Mail.
   TalkSport claim Spurs may move for Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho, as he will not feature in Jose Mourinho's plans for the coming season.
   Bongani Khumalo has joined PAOK Salonika of Greece on loan for the coming season.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Monday 16.07.12
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   Manchester City are said to be set to pip Spurs and Arsenal to the signing of 17 year old Caen striker M'Baye Niang, the Daily Mirror claims.
   Goals from Ryan Mason and Jack Barthram gave a Spurs Xi a 2-1 win over Kingstonian tonight at Kings Meadow.


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Sunday 15.07.12
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   The deal to take Luka Modric to Real Madrid could be done in the next 48 hours, according to the Sun on Sunday.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Tim Sherwood's new role at the club has not yet got a title, but he will be making the decisions on the development and recruitment of the young players at the club, with the soon to retire Ledley King assisting him.
   Brazilian midfielder Ganso will leave Santos this summer, but he will not leave for a cut-price deal the club vice-chairman reveals in the Sunday Mirror.  Spurs and Arsenal are keen on the 22 year old Brazilian international, who has a 45 million buy-out clause in his contract.
   The Sunday Express claims Spurs have agreed to allow Steven Pienaar to return to Everton.
   In the same paper they claim that Reading and QPR are interested in Jermain Defoe, while other papers claim Sunderland and Stoke City are also looking at making bids for the England striker.
   A number of reports have said that Andre Villas-Boas is keen to keep Rafael van der Vaart at the club.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 14.07.12
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   Rafael van der Vaart has said that he thinks he will probably start the season with Spurs, as he does not want to leave despite rumours in the papers to the contrary, he told the Daily Telegraph.
  
The Metro claim Porto want 30 million for midfielder Joao Moutinho, should Spurs wish to sign him.
  
Sky Sports reckon Everton are in talks with Spurs over the transfer of Steven Pienaar back to Goodison Park.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Friday 13.07.12
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   Spurs have agreed a fee to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.  Believed to be 4 million, Spurs will allegedly pay the striker 110,000 a week.
   Talksport claim that Spurs are willing to pay the 15 million buy-out clause in the contract of Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez.  The 24 year old is in the Spanish Olympic squad.
  
Porto manager Vitor Pereira claims Spurs will have to pay 31.5 million to buy Joao Moutinho.
   Spurs confirmed the players who have left the club this summer on the official website.  These are Ben Alnwick, Oscar Jansson, Mirko Ranieri, Louis Saha, Kudos Oyenuga and Jesse Waller-Lassen.  Academy players Paul McBride, Lee Angol, Ronnie Hawkins, Ramil Sheriff and James Yeboah have all been released too.
   The club have announced that Cameron Lancaster and Ryan Fredericks have signed new contracts until 2014, while goalkeeper Jordan Archer has signed an extension to 2013.  Jack Barthram, Jonathan Miles, Jack Munns and Kevin Stewart have been given first year professional contracts, while William Ekong has been given a third year scholarship.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Thursday 12.07.12
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   Spurs have completed the signing of Ajax and Belgium central defender Jan Vertonghen after he passed a medical today.
  
Tottenham's new kit supplier Under Armour has revealed it's first offering with the home kit being all white with a  collar and silver trim, with an away kit of all navy blue with white neck and cuffs.
  
The Metro claim Reading will bid 5 million for Jermain Defoe.
  
Spurs are interested in Joao Moutinho as a replacement for the Real Madrid bound Luka Modric, TalkSport reports.  The Independent reckons Real will pay 40 million for Modric, but Spurs will baulk at the 30 million Porto are asking for Mountinho.
  
The Daily Mail claim that Rafael van der Vaart could be heading for the United Arab Emirates after a move to Hamburg fell through.
  
The Mirror claim that Watford want to take Andros Townsend on loan.


   OTHER NEWS ... Steve Cotterill has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest by the club's new owners ... 

Wednesday 11.07.12
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   Spurs have appointed Steffen Freund as Assistant Head Coach.
  
Tottenham are close to signing Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris, but will need to up their offer of 12 million by 3 million to clinch the deal.
  
The London Evening Standard claim that Spurs are willing to sell Rafael van der Vaart, with Hamburg SV interested.  The paper reckon Spurs want 11 million for the Dutch international, but as he does not fit into the intended 4-3-3 formation AVB wants to play, Spurs will cash in on him to buy another striker, thought to be Leandro Damiao from Internacional of Brazil.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Tuesday 10.07.12
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   Spurs are said to be set to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City for 5 million allowing a big signing on fee to equate to him being paid 170,000 a week salary, as this will allow City to start their move for Robin van Persie, the Sun reports.  They claim that with Gareth Bale earning over 100,000 a week, the club intend to give Andre Villas-Boas the best chance of success by attracting the best players.  The Daily Mail claims Adebayor would be paid 115,000 a week with a 4 million signing on fee.
  
The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs will beat Arsenal to the signing of Nottingham Forest's 18 year old England Under-19 defender Jamaal Lascelles.
  
Also in the Mirror, they report that Chelsea are attempting to jump ahead of Spurs in the signing of Internacional and Brazil midfielder Oscar by offering 25 million.
  
The paper reckons Spurs are closing in on the transfer of Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho as a replacement for Real Madrid bound Luka Modric.  The player would cost 22 million, with that money coming from the Modric deal, but Real are hoping to a swap deal with 28 million plus 34 year old defender Ricardo Carvalho, but Daniel Levy is holding out for a deal amounting to nearer the 35 million he prices the Croatian at.
  
The Daily Mail report that Spurs and Chelsea will vie for the 20 million signing of Poland and Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Ledandowski.
  
The paper also carries a story claiming that Spurs and Liverpool are interested in 17 year old Caen striker M'Baye Niang, who is having a trial with Arsenal.
  
The Mail reports that a deal for 30 year old midfielder Kaka to leave Real Madrid for Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande have broken down and while the player would like to join his former club AC Milan, Internazionale, Paris St. Germain and Spurs are also watching the situation with interest.  However, Madrid have an asking price of 19.8 million for the Brazilian.
  
L'Equipe, the French sports paper reports that Spurs have opened negotiations with Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with a view to a 13 million transfer.
  
In the Daily Express, they have Spurs and Arsenal ready to battle over the signing of Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Affelay, who would cost 6 million.
  
Harry Kane scored the winning goal for England Under-19s to give them a 2-1 win over France and to see them through to the semi-final of the European Championships in Finland.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Monday 09.07.12
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   Spurs are keen on Loic Remy who is unsure about his future at Marseille.
  
Tottenham have appointed former Sporting Lisbon and Saudi Arabia youth coach Luis Martins as first team coach at the club.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Sunday 08.07.12
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   Spurs have agreed a fee with Ajax for the transfer of Jan Vertonghen.  The central defender will have a medical to ensure the deal goes through smoothly.
  
The Mail on Sunday claim that Spurs and Chelsea will challenge Arsenal for the transfer of 20 million rated Robert Ledandowski, the Poland and Borussia Dortmund striker.
  
Spurs are also claimed to be ready to offer 17 million for FC Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho, with Manchester United in competition according to the Mail on Sunday.
  
The same paper report that Spurs and Arsenal missed out on 15 year old AS Cannes defender George Brady, who will join Chelsea on a three year deal.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 07.07.12
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   The Daily Mirror reports that Spurs could bid for Brazilian attacking midfielder Ganso, as he stalls on contract talks with Santos .  Chelsea, Manchester United and Porto are also keen on the midfielder, who might cost Tottenham less than the 11 million they have supposedly bid for Internacional midfielder Oscar Oscar himself said he knows there have been talks but he is content at Internacional the Metro reports.
  
The Mirror also reports that having signed former Spurs transfer target Diego Forlan, Internacional may be ready to let striker Leandro Damiao leave should Spurs meet their asking price.  However, the forward says it is not just Spurs who want him and other clubs may enter the bidding.
  
Arsenal will vie with Spurs over the potential signing  of 26 year old Emiliano Viviano, an Italian goalkeeper, who is part owned by Internazionale and Palermo.  With Inter signing Spurs target Samir Handanovic, it may leave room for the exit of the player wanted by both North London clubs.
  
The signing of Jan Vertonghen moves closer with the talks the player's agent and Ajax, but the negotiations are not yet complete.
  
The Sun reckon that Tottenham have made a 13 million bid for Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
  
The Daily Mail claims that Andre Villas-Boas has told Jermain Defoe that he is not leaving Spurs this summer, after the striker had wanted to be moved on following a lack of opportunities given to him by Harry Redknapp.
  
Luka Modric is close to getting his move to Real Madrid soon, but while he has agreed personal terms, the fee is still in debate, with Spurs asking for 40 million and Real wanting to pay nearer 30 million.
  
The Metro report that Spurs may make a move for long time transfer target Lassana Diarra after Real Madrid have said he can leave.
  
Harry Kane played 80 minutes of England Under-19s 2-1 win over Serbia in Estonia today.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Friday 06.07.12
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   Ezekiel Fryers looks set to sign for Spurs in the next few days thus causing Alex Ferguson to fume at losing the 19 year old left back.  His fee will fall to a tribunal to decide, with Spurs thought not value the player at 2 million according to the Sun, while Manchester United want 4 million although they were only willing to offer Fryers 1,500 a week on a new deal.  The Daily Mail reckons Spurs have agreed a four year deal for the youngster.
  
The Sun also reveal that Luka Modric is setting a 17th July deadline for Real Madrid to sign him or he will investigate other options or even stay at Spurs.
  
The Spurs XI's friendly against Watford for Lloyd Doyley's testimonial has been changed to a first team friendly and the date is put back a day to Sunday 5th August with a 15:00 kick off.
  
Sandro has been selected for the Brazilian Olympic squad, along with a number of other full international players.
  
The Daily Mail reckon that Jan Vertonghen's move to Tottenham may be completed soon, with the player's representative meeting with the club after Ajax's training session today.
  
FC Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho is being watched by Spurs according to the Mail, with Manchester United said to already been in talks with the Portuguese international, said to be priced at 20 million.
  
Also in the Mail, Tottenham are reported to be ready to bid 7 million for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland, who was with England for the Euro 2012 finals.  They also claim that Spurs are willing to listen to offers in the region of 10 million for Rafael van der Vaart, who has expressed an interest in returning to Germany, to be closer to his wife's work.
  
Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has joined Barnsley on a free transfer.
  
Former Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has rejoined Middlesbrough on a free transfer from Stoke City on a three year deal.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Thursday 05.07.12
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   Spurs are said to be ready to make a bid for Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, with his club wanting 16 million according to the Telegraph.  The paper also claims that Spurs have made an 11 million bid to Internacional for midfielder Oscar.
   The Daily Mirror claim that Everton are making Steven Pienaar one of their key signings this summer, but the South African midfielder wants to speak to Andre Villas-Boas to see if he is part of the Head Coach's plans.  Spurs are likely to ask for 6 million for Pienaar to return to Goodison Park on a permanent basis, after his loan from January last season.
   Central defender Steven Caulker has signed a contract that will extend to 2016.
   The first batch of fixture changes have been announced for TV coverage and to accommodate Europa League group fixtures.  The Tottenham games that have moved form their original times and dates are ...
Newcastle United (away) will be on Saturday 18th August, but the kick off will now be 17:30 for coverage by ESPN
Reading (away) has moved to Sunday 16th September with a 16:00 kick off to be shown on Sky Sports TV
QPR (home) has moved to Sunday 23rd September - kickoff 16:00
Manchester United (away) is still on Saturday 29th September, but will now kick off at 17:30 for ESPN to show live coverage.
Aston Villa (home) will be a 15:00 kick off on Sunday 7th October
Chelsea (home) will kick off at 12:45 on Saturday 20th October (Sky Sports TV)
Southampton (away) will be played on Sunday 28th October with a 15:00 kick off
Manchester City (away) will kick off at 13:30 on Sunday 11th November (Sky Sports TV)
Arsenal (away) will take place on Saturday 17th November with a 12:45 kick off (Sky Sports TV)
West Ham United (home) will be played on Sunday 25th November kicking off at 16:00
Liverpool (home) will move to Wednesday 28th November kicking off at 19:45
Everton (away) will kick off on Sunday 9th December at 15:00.
  
Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has joined Barnsley on a free transfer.


   OTHER NEWS ... Martin Allen has been named as the new manager of Gillingham ... 

Wednesday 04.07.12
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   Tottenham completed the signing of 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson today.  The player who was on loan at Swansea City last week cost an estimated 8 million.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas will have 50 million to spend on players to bolster the squad and the players he is interested in are Gylfi Sigurdsson (Hoffenheim midfielder), Loic Remy (Marseille striker), Jack Butland (Birmingham City goalkeeper), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow midfielder) and Jan Verthonghen (Ajax defender).
   The Sun have Internacional midfielder Oscar as a player the new Head Coach wants, with the 20 year old rated at 20 million.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


   MEHSTG's spin story ... Gillingham were thrown off their Council owned training ground today, with an over-zealous park keeper thought to be to blame.

Tuesday 03.07.12
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   Andre Villas-Boas was announced as the new head coach at Tottenham Hotspur on a three year deal today.  The former FC Porto and Chelsea manager brings with him Jose Mario Rocha as fitness coach and Daniel Sousa as his opposition scout.
   The Daily Mail is  reporting that AVB might move for a striker at his former club Chelsea, with Daniel Sturridge having one year left on his contract and Spurs might try a 10 million bid for the former Manchester City forward.
   The Sun claims the new manager wants to sign Internacional's Brazilian midfielder Oscar, but Daniel Levy is worried that the player may cost 20 million.
   The Guardian has Joao Moutinho as AVB's first signing, as he prepares for the loss of Luka Modric in midfield.  The article also claims that the Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao is a target, as well as Emmanuel Adebayor.  The new man in charge is also said to be keen on former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho and Gonzalo Higuain as part-exchange options for Modric if he goes to Real Madrid.
   Giovani dos Santos may be joining Malaga for 5 million according to the Daily Mirror.
   The Sun reckons Martin Jol might try to take Tom Huddlestone off Tottenham's hands, as he looks for a replacement for Blackburn Rovers bound Danny Murphy.
   Former Spurs defender Gary Doherty has joined Wycombe Wanderers on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee, after playing their on loan last season.
   Harry Kane played 77 minutes of England's 1-1 draw with Croatia in the European Championship fginals Group B game today.
   Lee Angol has joined Wycombe Wanderers for an undisclosed fee.


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Monday 02.07.12
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   Steven Caulker and Danny Rose have been included in the Team GB football squad for the 2012 Olympic Games.
   The Daily Mail reports that Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is interested in a move and this has alerted Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal.
   The Guardian claims that Andre Villas-Boas will take over as Spurs manager in the next 24 hours and will bring his backroom staff of Jose Mario Rocha and Daniel Sousa with him.


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Sunday 01.07.12
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   With Andre Villas-Boas being set to be named as the new Spurs manager, the Sunday Express reports that his first signing could be Theo Walcott.
   According to the Observer, Spurs are also keen on Internacional's 20 year old Brazilian playmaker Oscar.
   The Daily Mirror reports that Manchester City will have to sell Emmanuel Adebayor before they are able to buy Robin van Persie from Arsenal.  Spurs are looking at getting the Togo striker on a free transfer and pay him the remainder of the two years on his City contract as a signing on fee, so that will allow them to pay him a lower salary than the 170,000 a week he earns at the Etihad.
   The paper also claims that Tottenham are eyeing Klass Jan Huntelaar of Hamburg and may e ready to give Steven Caulker a leading role in the middle of the defence next season, with William Gallas a possible departure in that area of the team.
   The Daily Mail claims Spurs are in for CSKA Moscow attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev according to the player's father.
   The same paper reckons South African defender Bongani Khumalo will join PAOK Thessaloniki on loan.
   Former Spurs striker Fredi Kanoute has left Sevilla to move to China to play for Beijing Guoan.


   OTHER NEWS ... Spain won the European Championships in Kiev tonight with a 4-0 win over Italy ...

 

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