White Hot Lines

August 2004

Tuesday   31.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  New signing Calum Davenport's fee consists of an initial 1.1 million plus the rest associated with the number of appearances he makes for Tottenham.  He has travelled to team up with the England Under-21 squad.
  Grasshoppers young left sided defender Reto Ziegler has arrived at Spurs now instead of the original date of January 2005.  A deal has been struck to bring the 18 year old in straight away and he will join up with the squad.
  Formerly linked with a move to Tottenham, ex-Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord has joined Lyon.
  Spurs Reserves beat West Ham United reserves 2-0 at Stevenage Borough tonight.  The goals came from Michael Carrick on his first appearance in a Spurs shirt and Goran Bunjevcevic.
  Former Spurs manager George Graham is reported in the Daily Star to have been offered the manager's post at Newcastle United.

  OTHER NEWS ... Wayne Rooney's transfer to Manchester United went through today and the fee could rise to 30 million, a record fee for a teenager ... Moritz Volz will not be charged for accidentally kicking a pensioner in the head at last night's game between his Fulham side and Portsmouth.  Pompey manager Harry Redknapp said that the player was not to blame as he was "off balance" ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... West Ham United have snapped up Harchester United's Carl Fletcher from Sky TV's soap drama.  Ooops.  That should have read Bournemouth's Carl Fletcher.

Monday   30.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Guardian, the Daily Mirror and the Times claims that Coventry City centre-half Calum Davenport will join Spurs tomorrow for 2.5 million and this was confirmed by Coventry City, although the fee was set at 3 million.  Tottenham allowed Davenport to play for the Sky Blues against West Ham United tonight (he was captain for the night), but had already undergone a medical and the 6'4" 21 year old will link up with the club on Tuesday.
  One time Spurs transfer target Diomansy Kamara has signed for Portsmouth from Italian club Modena for 2 million.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Robby Bobson has been sacked as Newcastle United manager.  The OAP said today "I'm 72 you know !!" 

Sunday   29.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Poland include Jermain Defoe, Ledley King and Paul Robinson.
  Ledley King is reported as saying on Sky Sports website that he might think about leaving Spurs two or three years down the lien, but is happy in London with his pre-mature born son Coby doing well.
  The News of the World claims that Andy Reid will be on his way to Tottenham with Michael Brown going the other way with a cash balance.
  The People claims that Spurs are poised to make a 4.5 million offer for Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi.
  The same paper reckons Michael Brown might return to Sheffield United if he doesn't leave for Nottingham Forest in part exchange for Andy Reid.
  Dean Richards will be allowed to leave Spurs according to the News of the World.
  Czech midfielder Marek Jankulovski claims he would have been happy to join Spurs in the summer if their offer for him to Udinese had been accepted.  It seems now that Parma and Internazionale will battle for his signature.
  The Mail on Sunday tell us that Spurs and SCBC are the only interested parties in Coventry City's central defender Calum Davenport after Newcastle United have dropped out of the running for the player.

  OTHER NEWS ... Craig Brown has left Preston North End as manager by "mutual consent" ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Robby Bobson has said that Alan Shearer was rested for yesterday's game at Villa.  "I always have a nice rest when I go to the Villa.  It's a great holiday feeling, so I don't know what all the fuss is about," the old codger Newcastle manager told assorted hacks.

Saturday   28.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Birmingham City 1-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Jermain Defoe scored the winner.  For reaction, click here.
  Andy Reid has blasted Nottingham Forest for their attitude over his impending sale.  The Republic of Ireland winger said that the club told him last season that they would let him go if offers came in, but he claims that they have gone back on this agreement and he wants them to sell him to Tottenham.  Reid thinks that Forest are pricing him out of a move, but with deadline day approaching fast and Forest in need of cash to pay off debts, some movement might take place soon.
  The Under-18 team drew their Academy match against Wolves 1-1 at Spurs Lodge.

  OTHER NEWS ... Ian Rush has been appointed as the new Chester City manager ... Wayne Rooney has been attracting 20 million plus bids from Man U and Newcastle ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Friday   27.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Mirror today links former Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle with a return to SCBC as Director of Football, but hints that if Steve Wigley does not get success with the team, Hoddle will be asked to step into the manager's job.
  The article also claims that the New Dell will welcome Fredi Kanoute as a sop to deflect any fan reaction to the return of Hoddle, who left under acrimonious circumstances to take over at Tottenham.  The piece quotes a price of 8 million and the move is said to be on, whether James Beattie leaves or not.  Funnily enough, 8 million is what SCBC are asking for Beattie, so is a swap on the cards ??
  Kanoute does seem to be in demand at the moment, as AS Monaco are also after the Spurs striker.  They are desperately seeking a forward and although they have identified Kanoute as an option may get knocked back in any attempt to sign him.  The French side might now move for Barcelona's Javier Saviola on a loan deal.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : -  Michael Carrick is set to make his Spurs debut at some stage tomorrow.  Jermain Defoe might be rested for the match because of his hectic schedule over the last fortnight, while Thimothee Atouba has been undergoing treatment for a knee injury.
  BIRMINGHAM CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Darren Anderton is not rated match-fit, but might be thrown into the Birmingham side for this match, as Emile Heskey and Clinton Morrison are both rated unlikely with injury.  Robbie Savage's video panel inflicted suspension rules him out and David Dunn, Stan Lazaridis and Jamie Clapham all miss the match with injuries.
  Spurs are being linked with an interest in Coventry City's England Under-21 central defender Calum Davenport, along with Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and SCBC.
  Mark Yeates loan move to Swindon Town for one month has been confirmed by Spurs' official website.
  The visit of Manchester United will be on Saturday 25th September.  The club attempted to move the fixture to allow many Jewish fans to attend, as it falls on the holy day of Yom Kippur, but the Champions League draw has provided United with a home tie on the Tuesday following our game and so they have to play it on the Saturday.
  Nottingham Forest manager Joe Kinnear has indicated that any deal to bring winger Andy Reid to Spurs appears to be out of the question.  He claims that the 5 million fee was set and although Tottenham have been offering everything (including the kitchen sink), Kinnear said Spurs have not come up with the money.
  Spurs transfer target Morten Gamst Pedersen has signed for Blackburn Rovers for 2.5 million.

  OTHER NEWS ... Robby Bobson has denied he is set to resign as Newcastle United continue to be in mayhem after a poor start to the season ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Wayne Rooney has handed in an official written transfer request.  MEHSTG can reveal it was scribbled on the back of a receipt from a local brothel and read "Da Roo-Meister wants to leaf EVertin.  Offishul !!  Alright la'.  Wayne."

Thursday   26.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Carling Cup Second round tie at Oldham Athletic will be shown live on Sky Sport on Wednesday 22nd September with the kick off at 19.45 p.m.
  Tottenham are being linked with a 6 million move for Argentina and Boca Juniors attacking midfielder Oscar Tevez.  The young goal-scorer has caught the eye at the Olympics and Spurs are hoping to seal a deal before transfer deadline day.  It is reported that Boca will hold out for 10 million, which might see Spurs drop out of the running.
  It is rumoured that Andy Reid's omission from the Nottingham Forest line-up in last night's Carling Cup tie means he is on his way to Spurs, but Forest want to take Michael Brown in part-exchange for the Irish winger.
  Joe Kinnear has also said that he is keen to bring Johnnie Jackson to Forest, either on loan or permanently.  The former Spurs player said he had talked at length with Chris Hughton and seemed optimistic that some deal could be done.  Maybe Jacko will be the make-weight in any deal for Reid then ??
  Spurs and West Bromwich Albion are both said to be interested in Anderlecht striker Aruna Dindane.  While some reports say that he was watched coring twice in the Belgian side's win over Benfica in the Champions League and therefore, he will not be leaving, others say that he has told Anderlecht that he wants to go and they will not stand in his way if a 6 million offer came in.
  Mark Yeates is the young player who will be joining Swindon Town on loan as part of the deal to bring Leigh Mills to Spurs, with some reports saying that it might be with a view to a permanent transfer. 
  Mark Hughes has joined former Reserve team boss Colin Calderwood at Northampton Town on a month's loan.
  Jermain Defoe was taken off at West Bromwich Albion as a precaution after playing a number of matches in a short period of time and Thimothee Atouba has a knee injury from the match at the Hawthorns.  Both will have tests before being considered for Saturday's home match against Birmingham City.  For a preview of the game, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Manchester United are supposed to be ready to enter into discussions with Everton over the purchase of Wayne Rooney ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Wednesday   25.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs got a point from a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion tonight at the Hawthorns.  Jermain Defoe grabbed Spurs' equaliser, as Noe Pamarot made his debut.  For a match report, click here.
  The Second round of the Carling Cup has given Tottenham an away tie at Oldham Athletic to be played during the week starting Monday 20th September.
  The Guardian newspaper ran a story this morning linking Spurs with the free transfer of Luis Figo, indicating that Frank Arnesen had been to see Real Madrid officials and had negotiated a deal where they would pay a third of his 6 million a year salary !!  Needless to say, the Real Madrid website has issued a disclaimer saying that nobody from THFC had been in touch and Figo still figures in their plans.
  Sven Goran Eriksson has nothing but praise for Spurs keeper Paul Robinson, who the England boss thinks is in very good form and will soon be pushing David James for the gloves in the national side.
  Former Spurs reserve striker Peter Crouch scored his first goal for SCBC tonight in their 1-2 defeat by Bolton Wanderers.
  Former Spurs defender Gary Doherty scored his first goal for Norwich City tonight in their 2-2 draw at Newcastle United.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal win to break the Nottingham Forest record of 42 league games unbeaten ... Glasgow Rangers got knocked out of the Champions League by CSKA Moscow tonight 2-3 on aggregate ... Man U go through after beating Dinamo Bucharesti 3-0 in the second leg ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Tuesday   24.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Michael Carrick completed his move to Tottenham for a fee between 2.5 million and 3.5 million.  The former West Ham United midfielder said he is looking forward to the new challenge after his first transfer and hoped that his career will move on now that he is back in the Premier League.  Carrick said he was impressed by the squad assembled at the Lane and new a lot of the players and the area, so it would not be a big upheaval for him, but most of all he was looking to learn more form the new set-up with Spurs management and their training techniques to push himself into the England squad like some of his new colleagues.  Having had the interest by Arsenal terminated, he says in the London Evening Standard that he wants to show them what they are missing.  Michael Carrick takes the cursed squad number 23, but let's not hold that against him.
  Spurs also completed the signing of the Nice right back Noe Pamarot, who joins for 1.7 million.  Having spent some time with Portsmouth in 1999-2000, he felt that the club did not help him through his time on the South Coast, when as a youngster he needed some back-up and he has said he wants to show Portsmouth what he is capable of.
  Sky Sports claim that Tottenham have made an enquiry with Ajax about temperamental midfielder Wesley Sneijders.  The Dutch international is not a first choice under Ronald Koeman and Frank Arnesen is rumoured to have spoken to old friend Louis van Gaal about the winger, although he might have been told highly rated Sneijders is not for sale.
  News from the official site on injuries states that Simon Davies will be back in full training by the start of September; Stephen Kelly is already in training after his ankle injury; Fredi Kanoute has had a thigh strain and might be doubtful for tomorrow night; Dean Richards is seeing a specialist about his ears and Lee Barnard will be back in full training next week after his fractured collar bone.
  The club has issued details of access to the Hawthorns for fans travelling to tomorrow night's match.  Click here for details.
  Hull City have denied that their manager and former Spurs winger Peter Taylor will be joining the FA to take permanent charge of the Under-21 side at the end of the season.

  OTHER NEWS ... Liverpool lost 0-1 to Graz, but go through to the next round of the Champions League on aggregate ... they also turned down a 70 million bid from Steve Morgan to take over the club - again ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Newcastle say they are serious about their 20+million bid for Wayne Rooney.

  MEHSTG's no- spin story 2 ... Birmingham City midfielder Robbie Savage says "I am an innocent man" !!

Monday   23.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Sky Sports site claims Spurs have struck a 1.7 million deal for Nice right back Noe Pamarot.  An initial bid of 1.3 million was rejected, but negotiations were completed over the weekend to bring in the 25 year old, who played twice for Portsmouth in 1999-2000, in on a four year contract.  Spurs were awaiting the medical checks on Pamarot before completing the signing.
  Tottenham were also giving Michael Carrick his medical today before sealing the transfer from West Ham United.
  The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs will make a new 2 million offer for Portsmouth's left back Matthew Taylor.
  The London Evening Standard site claims Spurs are set to nip ahead of Blackburn Rovers to sign Norwegian international midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen from Tromso.
  Jacques Santini says that Robbie Keane is 90% over his ankle injury and could feature against West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday, which might be just as well, as Fredi Kanoute failed  to train with the squad today as he has a thigh injury.
  Spurs Under-18s lost their first Academy match at the weekend 1-2 at Sunderland.
  Robbie Savage's elbow to the head of Mateja Kezman in Saturday's match with Chelsea has earned him a three match ban after the matter was reviewed on video.  The Birmingham City midfielder will start his ban straight away and thus will be ruled out of the game against Spurs on Saturday.
  Apologies for this page not being updated over the weekend, but MEHSTG had it's (almost annual pilgrimage to the V Festival).
  Your chance to win tickets to see Spurs in the UK Masters Grand Final can be found in a simple to enter competition by clicking here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Alex Rae's appeal against his five match Champions League ban has been thrown out by UEFA ... Everton were hopping that a Russian pulp billionaire was going to buy out 40% of their shares, but it appears he is not interested ... The Toffees have rejected a 20 million bid for Wayne Rooney from Newcastle ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Paul Sturrock has left SCBC as manager by mutual consent.  No doubt this is courtesy of our "mutual friend Rupert Lowe "Blow", who graciously allowed Sturrock 13 games in charge of a big club before letting him go.  

Sunday   22.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The player Tottenham want to sign to replace Stephen Carr, Nice's Noe Pamarot has had a nervous breakdown, according to the Sunday Mirror.  The 25 year old has refused to train after the French side said that they would not sell him to Tottenham.  He has produced a doctor's certificate stating that he has had a nervous breakdown over the whole saga !!
  Spurs have five players in the BBC Sport website's Team of the Week ... Robinson, Ifil ,King, Naybet and Atouba.  With Edman and Davis on the bench.


  MEHSTG's No-spin story ... Wayne Rooney has admitted attending a brothel for sex, including paying for it with a 48 year old granny dressed in a rubber cat-suit.

Saturday   21.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs beat Newcastle United at St. James' Park this afternoon by 1-0, the only goal being Thimothee Atouba's first for the club.  Click here for a match report.  Click here for reaction.


  MEHSTG's No- spin story ... referee Andy D'Urso booked Blackburn's Barry Ferguson twice at the New Dell today, but failed to send him off.  MEHSTG asks "Do you know the rules ref ?"

Friday   20.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have agreed a four year deal with Michael Carrick to sign from West Ham United.  The 23 year old midfielder will still have to undergo a medical, but Frank Arnesen has said he is very pleased to have secured a technically solid passer of the ball to add further competition in our midfield ranks.  It was rumoured that Tottenham were willing to offer Johnnie Jackson as part of the deal to bring  midfielder Carrick to White Hart Lane, but no mention has been made on the club's official website.
  Gary Doherty has finalised his move to Norwich City on a three year deal with the newly promoted club.
  Nice defender Noe Pamarot is upset that his club will not sell him to Tottenham and is threatening to go on strike.  The player could quadruple his wages at White Hart Lane and he now has his heart set on the move, rumoured to be worth 1.5 million.  His club are reluctant to let him go, having already lost two big names, but the 25 year old full back may find himself frozen out at the French club if he refuses to play.
  Spurs are also being linked with a 2.5m move for Tromso midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen, but scout Bryan King said he was not there to watch the wide player specifically  He claims he was only there to do a general report on the match with Belgium for the club.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Anthony Gardner makes the squad for the trip to Newcastle after overcoming foot problems, although Mauricio Taricco has suffered an abductor muscle injury and is ruled out.  Young  midfielder Mark Hughes is also travelling North with the squad.
  NEWCASTLE UNITED TEAM NEWS : - The Magpies have a doubt over Nicky Butt, who has a foot injury, but Ameobi, Bramble, Bowyer and Taylor are all fit for the game.
  The all yellow third kit has been revealed by the club today although it doesn't go on sale until October.  They had to let everyone know what it looks like as the team will be wearing it tomorrow at Newcastle.

  OTHER NEWS ... Jonathan Woodgate is due to complete his 13.5 million transfer to Real Madrid today and he said that George Graham and Terry Venables were better managers than Robby Bobson ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Liverpool complete the singing of Luis Garcia from Barcelona and Xabi Alonso from Real Sociedad.  The second player's name in pronounced "Shabby" !!  True !!

Thursday   19.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Fredi Kanoute will be reassured about his place at Tottenham by Frank Arnesen amid the rumours about his departure from White Hart Lane as part of the deal to buy James Beattie.  Arnesen has stated that Kanoute was never mentioned to SCBC as part of any deal.
  Spurs are said to have agreed a fee for West Ham United midfielder Michael Carrick.  It is reported that the players terms are still subject to discussion.
  Sky Sports website reports that Spurs watched Morten Gamst Pedersen in Norway's 2-2 draw with Belgium last night.
  Olivier Dacourt has said that Liverpool and Spurs wanted to buy him during the summer, but he was happy to stay at AS Roma.
  For a preview of Saturday's match at Newcastle United, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Jonathan Woodgate has been the subject of an agreement to move to Real Madrid from Newcastle United ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Kieron Dyer has apologised for his spat with Newcastle United manager Robby Bobson.  He said he is sorry and as long as he plays for England he hopes he can keep off the boos !!

Wednesday   18.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have agreed terms to sell Gary Doherty to Norwich City and the move will be completed when he returns from international duty.  The transfer is subject to a medical and the player agreeing terms with the Canaries.  The London Evening Standard believe the deal is worth about 1 million.
  Spurs reserves drew 0-0 at Fulham tonight.
  West Ham United pulled Michael Carrick out of a reserve match tonight amid speculation that he has agreed to have talks with Tottenham about a 3.5 million move from East London.  Spurs are said to be moving for Carrick following the unsuccessful bids for Danny Murphy and Owen Hargreaves.  It is reckoned that Dean Richards might go the other way on a year long loan should the deal come off, but his agent said there is no way Richards would drop down a division.
  The Daily Mail claim that Tottenham are interested in Norwegian left-winger Morten Gamst Pedersen of Tromso.
  Ledley King played the whole 90 minutes of England's 3-0 friendly win over Ukraine and Jermain Defoe got 45 minutes as a substitute and nearly scored his first goal for his country.
  Erik Edman played for Sweden in their 2-2 friendly draw with Holland tonight, making the second goal for his country.
  Fredi Kanoute has said that he wants to stay at Spurs and fight for his place in the side.  He is unhappy at the many rumours circulating about him being used as a makeweight in other transfers of players to Tottenham.
  The Daily Mirror claim that SCBC are keen to take Anthony Gardner off Tottenham's hands.

  OTHER NEWS ... Scotland lost 0-3 to Hungary tonight and Wales beat Latvia 2-0 away, while the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Bulgaria ... Kieron Dyer was roundly booed throughout his appearance for England at St. James' Park as the Geordie fans showed their unhappiness about his row with Bobby Robson ...

Tuesday   17.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Liverpool's Steve Finnan has been allowed to talk to Tottenham about a 2 million move.  The Republic of Ireland right back looks set to replace his fellow countryman Stephen Carr at Spurs, as Rafael Benitez completes his overhaul at Anfield.
  Dr. "Good" Charlotte Cowie has indicated that Robbie Keane might be fit for Tottenham's next home match against Birmingham City on August 28th.  Cowie also revealed that Stephen Kelly will be fit for the West Bromwich Albion match; Dean Richards has an ear problem (tell us something we don't know); Taricco has overcome his hamstring strain and will be available for Saturday's game at Newcastle United; Simon Davies is three weeks away from full training; Anthony Gardner will be ready to face Newcastle; Jamie Slabber is seeing the specialist after his dislocate shoulder and Lee Barnard is starting training when it is safe for him to do so.
  Although not included in the England team for their friendly against Ukraine on Wednesday, Jermain Defoe has said this is a big season for him at Tottenham.  He hopes to impress Sven Goran Eriksson enough to force his way into the England side.  Ledley King starts for the national side and Paul Robinson will join Defoe on the bench at Newcastle.
  Reports today suggest that Owen Hargreaves is not willing to join Tottenham, as he wants to re-establish himself in the Bayern Munich team.  He apparently failed to agree terms and has fallen out of favour at the German club, so expect a further move for him in the January transfer window if, as is widely tipped to happen, he doesn't get a regular start under new manager Felix Magath.

  OTHER NEWS ... Rangers will launch an appeal against Alex Rae's five match ban in the Champions League ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Rupert Lowe said today that SCBC might have to sell James Beattie.  If a player doesn't want to stay at a club, the chairman said they might have to part with him.  But then, why on earth wouldn't a player want to stay with a big club like the Saints ?? 

Monday   16.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  SCBC chairman Rupert "the Bear" Lowe has told Aston Villa that James Beattie is not for sale.  I hope the same applies if Tottenham intend to follow up their rumoured interest in the striker.  Mind you, if they rate him at 8 million, then perhaps they will take Dean Richards in a straight swap for Beattie.

  OTHER NEWS ... Glasgow Rangers' Alex Rae has been banned for five Champions League matches after being found guilty of kicking an opponent in the head ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ...  The headline on TeamTalk said "Beattie or bust for O'Leary."  David, to make sure the money is well spent, I would go for the boob job !!

Sunday   15.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Mail on Sunday are running a story about Alex Ferguson wanting Jermain Defoe for 12 million.  He's having a laugh !!  If Saha was worth whatever he was worth, then he should try doubling it (at least) to get Defoe.
  Tottenham Hotspur have responded by saying the club is in a strong financial situation and does not have to sell any of it's top players, reiterating the point by saying we are building a team at this time.


  MEHSTG's spin story ... David Dein says he will report Real Madrid to FIFA about unsettling Patrick Vieira.  He said "dark forces" were at work to tap up the Arsenal midfielder.  Sounds like an inside job at Highbury then !!

Saturday   14.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs drew 1-1 with Liverpool today at White Hart Lane.  Jermain Defoe scored the Tottenham goal.  Click here for a match report.
  The proposed move of Jurgen Colin from PSV Eindhoven to Everton collapsed at the last moment and it is rumoured that Tottenham might step in to take the 23 year old Dutch right back to White Hart Lane for the 500,000 fee agreed by the Toffees.
  Spurs transfer target Shaun Wright-Phillips has signed a new four year deal with Manchester City.
  Paul Robinson, Ledley King and Jermain Defoe have been called up to the England squad for the friendly with Ukraine at Newcastle on Wednesday.
  Sky Sports website claims that Juventus officials are in London to finalise the deal to bring 26 year old Croatian international defender Igor Tudor to Tottenham.  They may also be in town to sign a former Spurs defender with another London club.

  OTHER NEWS ... Nigel Worthington has signed a new deal to continue as Norwich City manager ... Michael Owen was unveiled as Real Madrid's new number 11 at a press conference today ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Friday   13.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have completed the signing of Edson Silva Sousa for an undisclosed fee from PSV Eindhoven.  The 20 year old striker has come to Spurs after appearing on loan for a few games in pre-season.  His signing has come in time to be included in the squad for the game with Liverpool.
  Noureddine Naybet has received his work permit and will be available to play in tomorrow's match against Liverpool.
  Cameroon defender Thimothee Atouba has also been cleared to play in the Premier League's opening match.
  TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS : - Injuries have ruled out Anthony Gardner, Robbie Keane, Stephen Kelly and Simon Davies.  Doubts hang over the availability of Mauricio Taricco, Dean Richards, Jamie Redknapp, Ledley King and Mbulelo Mabizela due to knocks and pulls they are carrying.  Phil Ifil could well start the game for Tottenham if injuries rule out other options at right back.
  LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS : - Vladimir Smicer is the only Reds player out with injury, leaving the side to include Josemi and Djibril Cisse to make their debuts.
  Rumours today claim that Spurs' interest in Bayern Munich's England international midfielder Owen Hargreaves has faltered after the asking price of 8 million was set by the German club and the Guardian claim that Tottenham will switch their focus onto Michael Carrick of West Ham United.  Newspapers today put a price on the deal for Hargreaves at anything between 5.3 million and 8 million !!  The Daily Mail claims that the club cannot agree personal terms with the player.
  Norwich City manager Nigel Worthington has denied any interest in signing Spurs defender Dean Richards.
  Charlton Athletic and Tottenham are supposed to be in the chase for SCBC forward James Beattie, who looks like he wants to leave the New Dell after submitting a transfer request.
  Former Spurs keeper Lars Hirschfeld is set to be offered a five month contract at Dundee United.
  Former Spurs midfielder Darren Caskey has signed for non-league Hornchurch.

  OTHER NEWS ... Michael Owen is now a Real Madrid player after having passed a medical ... restructuring at the FA has deprived Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein of his position as vice-chairman at the ruling body of football in this country ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Patrick Vieira will be staying at Highbury after he claimed that "his ties are too strong to break".  Does he means "ties" or "purse-strings" ??

Thursday   12.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have completed the signing of Deportivo La Coruna's Moroccan defender Noureddine Naybet subject to a work permit.  The 34 year old is the captain of his country and joins Spurs on a two year deal costing 700,000.  Naybet has won 104 caps fro his country and will add a great deal of experience to our defence.
  The link with a transfer for Owen Hargreaves to Spurs has grown stronger today with his German club Bayern Munich making a statement that one Premier League club has sent their manager to make a solid bid for the player.  Spurs are believed to want to pay around 5 million, while Munich are seeking 8 million for the 23 year old midfielder, according tot he London Evening Standard.  The deal for Hargreaves to move to whichever English club it is, will likely taker place next week.
  Today's Guardian newspaper claims that Spurs are to make a bid to sign Real Madrid's Portuguese midfielder Luis Figo.
  Michael Brown has explained that he turned down a better financial package offered by Glasgow Rangers to join Spurs.  The midfielder said that the strength of the Premier League makes it the only place to be and although his move was never about money, he wanted to be pitched in against the world's biggest stars, who invariably come to England rather than Scotland.
  Rumoured Spurs transfer target Michael Carrick has had talks about a transfer to West Bromwich Albion.
  Everton might be the lucky benefactors of Dagui Bakari not accepting Tottenham's 3 month loan deal.  The frankly disappointing Ivory Coast striker felt he would rather see out his contract at Lens, but now David Moyes might snap him up to "strengthen" the Merseyside club's forward line.
  Ex-Spurs defender Stephen Carr has said it was not a difficult decision to make to move to Newcastle United, as he was not being tested at Tottenham.
  Tottenham's opening reserve team match against Fulham, due for a 19.00 p.m. kick off at Craven Cottage on Wednesday 18th August, will now be played at the club's training ground at Motspur Park with a 2.00 p.m. kick off.

  OTHER NEWS ... Zinedine Zidane has retired from international football ... Alex Rae has been charged by UEFA with gross unsporting conduct after the incident when a CSKA Moscow player got kicked in the head during their Champions league tie with Glasgow Rangers ... Chelsea have had to pay Charlton Athletic 1.5 million compensation after reneging on their loan of Carlton Cole to the South London club ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Zinedine Zidane has retired from international football ... 

Wednesday   11.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The London Evening Standard claim that Tottenham have sent Frank Arnesen out to Germany to discuss a 7 million transfer for Owen Hargreaves.  The England midfielder has said that he wants to move to England, where his family hail from, but he was expected to go to Arsenal until Bayern put a 7 million price on his head.  However, with money available from the sale of Vieira and the need for a replacement, do not be surprised if the Gooners re-enter the chase for the 23 year old.
  Tottenham are supposed to be signing Juventus central defender Igor Tudor in a 2m deal according to The Sun, but the Times report that Spurs have denied any interest in the Croatian player.
  With Arsenal dropping out of contention, Spurs are one of five teams in for West Ham United's Michael Carrick.  Everton, Portsmouth, Crystal Palace and  West Bromwich Albion are the other teams looking at the midfielder. 
  Spurs are to turn to Liverpool's right back Steve Finnan if their interest in Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips does not succeed.  His former club Fulham and Blackburn Rovers have been watching his situation, but a move to Spurs to replace his Republic of Ireland right back rival might appeal to him.
  Aston Villa's move for SCBC's centre forward James Beattie is the subject of a story in the Daily Mail, where they report that Tottenham match the Midlands club's offer of 6 million and add Frederic Kanoute into the deal to bring it up to 8 million.
  New signing from Swindon Town Leigh Mills and Andy Bircham scored for a Tottenham XI in their 2-0 win at Harlow Town tonight.

  OTHER NEWS ... Man U won 2-1 against Dinamo Bucharest in their Champions League qualifier tonight ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... UEFA are to examine evidence concerning a Rangers midfielder's X-Rat-ted "tackle" which resulted in one of the CSKA Moscow players.  Well, ain't that a kick in the head.  

Tuesday   10.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 0-2 to Celtic in a friendly tonight at Celtic Park.
  Spurs have agreed a 675,000 deal with Deportivo La Coruna for Moroccan central defender Noureddine Naybet.  The 34 year old will sign a two year deal with Tottenham.
  Dagui Bakari has turned down Tottenham's offer of a three month contract.  He will return to Lens after a short trial with Spurs.  Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic are both said to be interested in the Ivory Coast international.
  Having had negotiations on a deal  terminated, Danny Murphy has joined Charlton Athletic in a four year deal for 2.5 million.  Murphy said that he did not demand a place in the Tottenham team and was impressed by Alan Curbishley.  The Addicks manager claimed that Spurs had been "naive and spiteful" as his club had agreed a deal last week.  If that was so, why did Murphy even bother talking to Tottenham ??
  Brazilian defender Rodrigo Defendi has received his Italian passport and has completed his move to Spurs on a four year deal. The 17 year old travelled to Celtic and was on the bench tonight.
  Rumours [persist in Italy that Igor Tudor is on his way to Tottenham.
  There is a story on TeamTalk that links Steed Malbranque with a move to Spurs.
  Michael Brown tweaked his knee tonight in the Celtic game and is doubtful for Saturday's match against Liverpool.
  Stephen Carr completed his four year deal with Newcastle United today, with some reports putting his fee at 1.8 million.
  Former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton has signed a one year pay-as-you-play deal with Birmingham City.

  OTHER NEWS ... Liverpool won 2-0 in the Champions League at AZ Graz, while Rangers lost 1-2 in Moscow to CSKA ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Monday   09.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have agreed a 2 million fee with Newcastle United for Stephen Carr.  The right back had one year left on his contract and although Frank Arnesen said he did not want to lose the player, he respected his decision to move on.  Carr will complete his medical and sign within the next 48 hours.
  Reports that Spurs have been in negotiations with Danny Murphy today proved to be true, but those discussions broke down, with the official site announcing that the player wanted a guaranteed first team place, which it appears Spurs would not give him.
  It has been reported today that Spurs made two bids last week for Manchester City's pacy winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.  An initial .5 million offer was knocked back and Spurs returned with a 5.5 million bid, which was also rejected.  Manchester City have once more come out and said they do not wish to sell the player, but with large debts and Wright-Phillips not yet signing an extension to his contract, the move might come about should they need the cash.
  Tottenham are being linked with a move for Juventus' Croatian central defender or midfielder Igor Tudor.  The 26 year old has been hit with injury, but played for his country at Euro 2004 and is seen as the ideal partner to play alongside Ledley King.  Reports in Italy claim that the player is heading for the Premier League, but the two clubs do not appear to have agreed a fee according to Sky Sports website.
have injuries as they travel North to face Celtic tomorrow night.  Taricco (hamstring), Ledley King (Achilles) and Anthony Gardner (ankle) are all doubtful. 

  OTHER NEWS ... WBA striker Lee Hughes was jailed for six years today for causing death by dangerous driving ... Mateja Kezman has had his red card received in America overturned for being wrongly identified in smacking Olivier Dacourt in the face ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... SCBC chairman Rupert Lowe has warned boss Paul Sturrock that it is time for him to deliver at St Mary's.  He has put the advertisements for the post of local postman on the manager's desk as a none to subtle hint to the Scot.

Sunday   08.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Today's Independent on Sunday carries MEHSTG's contribution to their Premier League preview and an interview with Frank Arnesen.  In the Observer, you can read Spurs Odyssey's preview for the club's 2004-05 campaign.
  Spurs have had a near 3 million offer for Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy accepted.  Charlton Athletic and Everton are both interested in the 27 year old England man and it is rumoured in the News of the World that he might prefer a move to Everton if they can come up with the money.  This might indicate that he is not the most ambitious of players.  The Sunday Mirror claims the move will go through this week at 2.5 million.
  The fee for Thimothee Atouba is said to be nearer 1.5 million in today's press.
  Shaun Wright-Phillips is to be the subject of a 6 million bid by Spurs the Sunday People claims, while the Sunday Mirror say that he will reject a new deal if the club cannot satisfy him of their ambition.  Kevin Keegan has come out and said that the winger is integral to City's future (probably because he is actually worth something if sold) and that they expect to sit down with him and his representative soon to discuss an extension to his contract.
  A number of Sunday papers report that Ledley King will be given the Spurs captaincy for the season this week.
  The People report that Charlton Athletic are keeping an eye on Fredi Kanoute.
  Spurs fans could be very disappointed as Ronaldo is supposed to be interested in a move to Manchester United next season and not Spurs, who might have been a favoured destination as he recently said he would love to play for Frank Arnesen again.
  Today's bid for Stephen Carr from Newcastle United has reached 2 million according to the Sunday Mirror.
  Rumoured disquiet at the New Dell over SCBC manager Paul Sturrock's methods might open the door for former boss Glenn Hoddle to return in his place and what a wind-up that will be for the Saints fans !!.

  OTHER NEWS ... Arsenal won the Community Shield by beating Man U 3-1 ... Newcastle will seek a postponement of their Tyne-Tees derby with Boro if the conjunctivitis outbreak continues to spread through the club ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Steve Bruce has been left top sweat over Emile Heskey's injury picked up in yesterday's friendly against Osasuna.  Bruce believes it is a radical cure for the England man's knee knock.

Saturday   07.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 1-2 at home to Cagliari today, with Fredi Kanoute scoring Tottenham's goal.  For a match report, click here.
  The official website has confirmed that Spurs have signed Thimothee Atouba, a left sided defender or midfielder.  The 22 year old Cameroonian international has played in Switzerland for a few years and joins from FC Basle, where he has been for two and a half years.
  Joe Kinnear loves Tottenham so much that he has tipped off Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson about the skills of his Irish winger Andy Reid.  Bitch !!
  Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson has put in a 1.5 million bid for Stephen Carr.

  OTHER NEWS ... MK Dons earn a 1-1 draw with Barnsley in their first ever match ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Furious Manchester City officials are to consider reporting Monaco to UEFA over an alleged illegal approach to record signing Nicolas Anelka.  It is alleged that the approach has led to Anelka going around with a smile on his face and City will just not stand for it.

Friday   06.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Mail and the London Evening Standard both carry stories saying that Tottenham are the club most likely to sign West Ham United midfielder Michael Carrick.  Portsmouth's bid had been topped by an un-named club, who have gone to just over 3 million for the England player, but other sources indicate that the club in poll position might be Arsenal.
  The Daily Express reckon the next player to arrive at Spurs will be FC Basle's Cameroonian defender Thimothee Atouba.  The paper claims that he is due to fly in for a medical and the 3 million will be completed soon from Christian Gross' Swiss side.
  Joe Kinnear has dropped his initial valuation of 10 million for Andy Reid, saying the winger will stay at Nottingham Forest until someone offers 5 million for him.
  Rumoured Spurs target Gareth Southgate has signed a two year extension to his deal at Middlesbrough.

  OTHER NEWS ... Ruud van Nistelrooy will need a hernia operation that will keep him out of the Man U side for a month ... Chester City manager Mark Wright and his assistant David Moss have resigned from the club for non-footballing reasons on the eve of their return to League football ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Chelsea have appealed against Mateja Kezman's sending off against Roma in the USA stating it was wrongful identification.  The person who was involved in the bust-up with Olivier Dacourt was really Lee Harvey Oswald.

Thursday   05.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham lost on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Partizan Belgrade in the Kappa Cup third/fourth play-off place tonight.  Jermain Defoe scored for Tottenham, but they were pegged back before Johnnie Jackson missed the first penalty and Partizan converted theirs to win the sudden death shoot-out !!  For a match report, click here.
  The Mirror claim that Nottingham Forest are upset that Andy Reid put in a transfer request and is unsettled, but Spurs are alleged to have withdrawn their interest in the Republic of Ireland left winger.  Forest turned down a bid of 5 million last January and a 3 million offer this summer, but seem to want to deflect the fact that their greed might have forced Spurs to look elsewhere for players to fill the left midfield berth.
  One player who might fill that position is Marek Jankulovski of Udinese, who is believed to be available for around 2.5 million, according to the Sun.
  It is being reported that Tottenham have signed an Australian right sided midfielder Spase Dilevski.  The 19 year old had previously been with PSV Eindhoven (where Frank Arnesen knows him from) and Rot-Weiss Essen, who have just released him.  However, the Spurs official website said that there has been no agreement on the deal and there are several issues to be sorted out before he joins Tottenham.  The player appears in the squad list on the site already though.  Hmmm ... something has gone wrong somewhere !!
  Manchester City's attacking midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips and Lyon front man Sidney Govou are said to be interesting Jacques Santini.  Can't imagine the former will arrive ... especially if his old man has anything to do with it.
  Tottenham's South African defender Mbulelo Mabizela has been named in his country's squad for their international friendly with Tunisia.
  Former Spurs reserve midfielder Ben Bowditch has signed for Colchester United.
  Former Spurs reserve keeper Lars Hirschfeld has gone on trial at Dundee United.
  Former Spurs reserve midfielder Ciaron Toner has left Leyton Orient to join Lincoln City.

  OTHER NEWS ... The FA have cleared Sven-Goran Eriksson of any charge of improper conduct over an affair with a secretary at Soho Square, saying he has no case to answer and can carry on as England manager ... Man Utd's game in the Vodaphone tournament was postponed tonight because of safety fears in a thunderstorm at Old Trafford

  MEHSTG's no spin story ... West Ham have signed a new attacker in the shape of Moses Ashikodi, who allegedly pulled a knife on a team-mate in the dressing room at former club Millwall.

Wednesday   04.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Guardian report that Spurs could be in for SCBC's James Beattie again.  Still looking to add to the strike force having sold Helder Postiga, the paper claim that 6 million might tempt the forward to leave the New Dell for London, although Charlton Athletic are also interested.
  The London Evening Standard reveals why Paul Robinson and Sean Davis were missing from the squad in Seville.  Keeper Robinson was attending a family funeral and Davis stayed at home with his wife, who is going through a difficult pregnancy.  
  Spurs Head Coach Jacques Santini has said he will make a decision on the trialists at the club - Daguri Kakari and Silva Sousa - after the Cagliari match.
  Former Spur Darren Anderton has been in talks with Glasgow Rangers, but both sides have decided that the move will not take place at this time.
  This weekend, the Independent on Sunday will feature MEHSTG in their preview of the season for Spurs. The paper will also have an exclusive 1300-word interview with Frank Arnesen.

  OTHER NEWS ... QPR have had to suspend sale of tickets for their Championship game against Rotherham United on Saturday because the security firm they use has not got enough qualified stewards .... they are also about to announce a 4 million loss last year ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Newcastle United have cancelled a friendly with York City because of an eye infection sweeping through their squad.  It has been announced to the media that the side fail to see how rubbish they are.

Tuesday   03.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs lost 1-2 to Feyenoord in the Kappa Cup tonight in Seville.  Fredi Kanoute scored Tottenham's goal and they will now play Partizan Belgrade (who lost 0-1 to Real Betis) on Thursday in the 3rd/4th place play-off.  For a match report, click here.
  Andy Reid has asked for a transfer away from Nottingham Forest.  The Republic of Ireland left winger has constantly been linked with a move to Spurs, who had an offer rebuffed recently.
  Sky Sports claim that Tottenham have enquired about Modena's midfielder Stefano Mauri.  The 24 year old was due to join Siena, but the deal broke down and any bid from Spurs might be accepted, although it is not known if the player wants to leave Italy.

  OTHER NEWS ... Paul Scholes has retired from international football at the age of 29 ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsenal have agreed a fee of 23.1 million for Patrick Vieira to join Real Madrid.  Hahahahahahahahahahahaha !!

Monday   02.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The Daily Star has claimed that Tottenham are putting together a 5 million bid (consisting of cash plus players) for Nottingham Forest winger Andy Reid.
  Sky Sports website claims that Spurs are preparing a bid to take Dagui Bakari on to cover the strikers at the club.  The Lens striker would join on a one-year loan deal and there would be the prospect of signing him on a permanent basis.  The Ivory Coast forward was pleased with his performance against Nottingham Forest, but said there is more to come.
  The same site carries a story that Christian Wilhelmsson's agent reckons he has spoken with Spurs, as well as other clubs in the Premiership, in Spain, Italy and France.  Monaco are considered to be the favourites to buy the right sided midfielder.

  OTHER NEWS ... England will play home and away friendlies against Holland this season ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Although chairman Freddie said that the club will not be offering Newcastle United manager a new contract, 71 year old Robby Bobson said that he thought he was too young to retire from football management, because he is "only 64 you know !"  To show how mad he actually is he went on to (truly) add that "I've still got a bright and alert mind and I've still got ambitions."

Sunday   01.08.2004   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The club showed off some of their new signings in a training day at White Hart Lane for those who received tickets with the new home shirt.  For a report, click here.
  The Sunday People claims that Tottenham will step up their interest in SCBC striker James Beattie this week.
  The Sunday Mirror reports that Spurs are denying that they said Ledley King was worth 20 million, when Chelsea expressed and interest recently.  However, Frank Arnesen said today that Ledley is not for sale at any price.
  Charlton Athletic are supposedly battling with Spurs for the services of Marek Jankulovski, the Czech defender who plays for Udinese, according to the News of the World.
  Testing the credibility, the Mirror also claims Spurs will switch their attention to Chelsea's Marcel Desailly after being given no joy in their quest for Gareth Southgate.  Desailly ??  Purlease !!
  On a roll, the same paper says Darren Anderton is likely to join Birmingham City after West Ham United pulled out of the race.
  Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid is the centre of speculation in the Sunday Express, who say that a 5 million deal for the Republic of Ireland winger is to be agreed with Spurs.
  A couple of papers carry the story that Tottenham want to sign up Anderlecht's Swedish international midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson before the start of the season.
  Former Spurs midfielder Stephen Clemence has turned down the opportunity to play international football for Northern Ireland.
  Perhaps it is just as well we sold Helder Postiga, as he picked up ankle ligament injury in training and will miss a few weeks action, thus ruling him out of the Olympic Games.

  OTHER NEWS ... Mark Palios has resigned from his position of Chief Executive of the FA over the "Svengate" Affair, while Press Officer Colin Gibson has tendered his resignation too ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 



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