White Hot Lines

August 2006

Thursday 31.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Transfer deadline day is here, so these are the moved affecting Tottenham Hotspur.
   Young reserve defender Rodrigo Defendi has joined AS Roma on a season long loan and his move can be made permanent if Roma wish as long as they pay a fee of 17,000 before 30th April 2007.
   Winger Wayne Routledge has joined Fulham on a season long loan.
   Making the opposite journey, midfielder Steed Malbranque has joined Tottenham for an undisclosed fee, but this is believed to be around 2.5 million.
   Wigan Athletic were said to have accepted the "biggest transfer fee ever" to allow defender Pascal Chimbonda to join Tottenham.
   Those who got away ... rumours of Julio Baptista coming to Spurs proved false, as he featured in a deal to take Jose Reyes to Real Madrid while Baptista went to Arsenal, with both moves being for the rest of the season on loan, but with the possibility of becoming permanent at some stage in the future.  Another player linked with Tottenham was Juan Pablo Sorin of Villareal, who joined Hamburg.
   The rumours leading up to the transfer activity saw the Daily Mirror claim that Martin Jol would make one last effort to sign Stewart Downing (with the Daily Mail saying that Boro would let him go if Spurs paid 60% of the rumoured 10 million fee up front), but if not Tottenham would switch their attention to Olympique Lyonnais winger Hatem Ben Arfa.  The Independent had Aston Villa down as being favourites to sign Jermain Defoe for 9 million and Harry Kewell's agent said there had been no talk about him leaving Anfield, let alone any club coming in for him.
   Young-Pyo Lee has returned to South Korea to prepare for the match in the Asian Cup against Iran on Saturday and has said his decision to turn down a move to AS Roma had nothing to do with his Christian beliefs..

  OTHER NEWS ... A 22 year old Egyptian international collapsed and died on a training pitch today. 
Mohamed Abdelwahab was a defender in the African Nations Cup winning side and he fell to the ground unchallenged and suffered what is thought to be a heart attack ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Chelsea have slammed the FA for fining them 40,000 for conducting internal drug tests on their players ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... What's the deal with Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherenos joining West Ham United ????????

Wednesday 30.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   As the transfer window starts to close the frenzy of speculation heats up.  Aston Villa are linked with a 9 million chase for forward Jermain Defoe in the Daily Mirror and both the Sun and the Daily Express reckon Tottenham are said to be lining up moves for Steed Malbranque from Fulham for 2.5 million (with TeamTalk reporting that Wayne Routledge might move top Craven Cottage as part of the deal) and a 5.25 million transfer of Wigan Athletic defender Pascal Chimbonda.  In Malbranque's case, he was set to join West Ham United, but instead of having a medical with the East London club, he has chosen to have one with Spurs (strange as the hospital part of the medical is done at the same location !!), as they are his preferred club of choice.  Chimbonda's transfer will probably see a payment of 3.25 million, with the rest related to appearances.  The Daily Star go down a different avenue with a claim that having missed out on Stewart Downing, Tottenham will make a late bid for Liverpool's Dutch left winger Boudewijn ZendenYoung-Pyo Lee's proposed move to AS Roma collapsed for personal reasons and he will stay at White Hart Lane now.  Tottenham refused to comment on the matter according to Football 365.  Early copies of the Sun reckon Spurs will offer 5 million for Australia and Liverpool left midfielder Harry Kewell and that the deal for Pascal Chimbonda will be sewn up for 5.25 million.
   The England Under-19 squad to play Holland at Walsall on Tuesday 5th September contains three Spurs Academy players - goalkeeper David Button and defenders Leigh Mills and Chris Riley.
   The reserves were away to Portsmouth tonight in their first league game and they had winning start with Hossam Ghaly's goal giving them a 1-0 victory.

  OTHER NEWS ... Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Penney has left the club by mutual consent ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Ben Thatcher has been handed a six match ban and fined six week wages ... the FA are to investigate the claims of Leeds United over two players who it is claimed were illegally approached by Chelsea ...

Tuesday 29.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Rumours that Spurs are close to signing Mido on a permanent basis are all over the news today after Hassam Shehata, the Egyptian coach, said that the AS Roma striker would be joining up with his national squad tomorrow after having a medical in London before signing a deal.  The Daily Mirror claim that the striker has lost two stones over the summer, which has re-ignited Tottenham's interest in the forward.   Roma would not sanction another loan deal and therefore, only a suggested 4 million transfer (or 5 million in the Daily Star) would be acceptable to them and Spurs announced that he would be returning to White Hart Lane subject to receiving his work permit. 
   While the Sun run this story, they also claim that Tottenham have increased their bid for Real Madrid's Julio Baptista to 13.5 million.  News from Italy is that AS Roma are keen on defender Young-Pyo Lee, whose agent reckons the deal is almost sealed.  The Italian club came in for Lee in January, but the transfer was not completed, but now he could be used as a part of the deal to bring Mido to Spurs.  Other stories link Spurs with a move for Fulham's Steed Malbranque for the left side of midfield, after Middlesbrough turned down Tottenham's latest bid for Stewart Downing and said the winger was happy to stay at the Riverside stadium.  The Times reckon that West Ham United are still favourites to sign Malbranque, as Spurs have not met the asking price nor agreed to the player's terms.
   The Daily Express claim that after the Everton game there was a dressing room row between Didier Zokora and Edgar Davids.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

Monday 28.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   According to the Daily Star Middlesbrough have put an 18 million price tag on Stewart Downing's head in response to Tottenham's interest in the winger.  The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs have made another bid for Wigan Athletic's right back Pascal Chimbonda.  The Sky Sports website resurrects the current popular rumour about Mido returning to Tottenham, but add Newcastle United into the equation, with both clubs vying to bring the AS Roma striker in on loan.
   Former Spurs defender Thimothee Atouba has hit out at his club Hamburg, as they will not discuss his desire for a new longer contract, even though there is still three years to run.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Daily Mail reports that "Manchester City defender Ben Thatcher will be asked to take an anger management course."  An unreliable source told MEHSTG that Thatcher was heard to say, "@*!$ that for a game of soldiers !!!"

Sunday 27.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   With Tottenham having made a further bid (believed to be 8 million rising to 10 million depending on appearances, although it is only the press who think it is 10 million) for Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing, the News of the World claim the player is to seek "showdown" talks with his club about the situation.  Spurs are said to be shocked by Middlesbrough's response and will not be pursuing the player beyond this bid.
   Paul Robinson has said that Spurs should not be selling their best players to their Premier League rivals in a News of the World interview.  Referring to Michael Carrick's sale to Manchester United, he understood it meant good business for the club, but felt that Spurs should be hanging onto their top stars.  He also said that coming to White Hart Lane gave him a new challenge as things were expected from him and he has made the England goalkeeper spot his own, something he wants to do for the next 15 years.  Robbo told the paper that the team were decimated before the final game of last season and that seven of the players would not even have trained let alone played a game, but the club felt as though they were put in an invidious position and had to turn out against West Ham United ... a game that cost Spurs the chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
   A report in the Sunday People says that adidas are furious that Aaron Lennon has switched his boot sponsorship deal to Nike.  Lennon was signed up by adidas at the age of 14 making him the youngest player they had signed, but after his contract ran out after the World Cup, he has since changed to their competitor and has been wearing their boots since the start of this season.
   There is a weird story in the Sunday Times about Premier League footballers freezing stem sells from their new-born baby's blood from the umbilical cord, so that in future, they can grow ligaments and cartilage should they suffer injury and this would prolong their career.

  OTHER NEWS ... Roy Keane has agreed to take over at Sunderland as their new manager ... 

Saturday 26.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs lost 0-2 to Everton at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
   Martin Jol admitted after the game that Spurs had made an improved offer for Middlesbrough's England left winger Stewart Downing, believed to be 10 million.  Boro have issued a statement saying that Tottenham's offer was nto 10 million, but a "derisory" amount which they will not dignify by turning down and have said that they are interested in buying Aaron Lennon from Tottenham.  Rumour around the ground before the match was that Tottenham had signed Mido on a permanent basis, but nothing official has been said about the situation of the player Spurs had on loan from AS Roma last season.
   Spurs Under-18s beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 with goals from Terry Dixon and Thomas Pekhart (his first for the club).

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Friday 25.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have been drawn against Slavia Prague of the Czech Republic in the First Round of the UEFA Cup.  Tottenham will be away in the first leg of the tie on 14th September with the home leg two weeks later.
   The big Spurs transfer story today is that they are in negotiations with Real Madrid about the purchase of Brazilian striker Julio Baptista, with Real wanting 12 million and Tottenham willing to offer between 8 million and 10 million - depending on where you read it.  Rumours persist about Tottenham's interest in Stewart Downing with the Mirror claiming a 9 million offer is the latest move by Spurs for the England left winger.  Football365 claim that Olympique Lyonnais chief Jean-Michel Aulas has said that Spurs are pressing hard to sign Moroccan teenage star Hatem Ben Arfa, who they have tracked for a few years now.  The 19 year old has pace and experience in the Champions League and would be a good addition to the Tottenham squad.  The Times link Spurs to Australian midfielder Vince Grella, who plays in Italy for Parma. 
   Paul Robinson, Jermaine Jenas, Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon are all included in the England squad to face Andorra on September 2nd and Macedonia four days later, as the European Championship qualifying campaign begins.
   Tom Huddlestone and Wayne Routledge have been picked for the England Under-21 squad to face Switzerland on 6th September.
   For a preview of tomorrow's match against Everton, click

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  CRIMEWATCH ... Ben Thatcher has been suspended by his club and will be charged by the FA with serious foul play ... Togo have been fined $80,000 for threatening to boycott their group games in the World Cup Finals in Germany over a pay wrangle ...

Thursday 24.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mail run a story saying that Atletico Madrid's Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov will join Spurs next week, while the Independent appear to indicate that Spurs will be signing Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing as it states the club are "confident" of finally getting the left winger for a fee of 8 million.  I am not sure he is worth that much, but better we sign him than Boa Morte for the same amount in my opinion.  The other news from the same source is that Samuel Kuffour is hoping to sign for Tottenham from AS Roma and that Spurs made an unsuccessful 14 million bid for Spanish international striker Fernando Torres of Atletico Madrid. 
   In the same article the Independent raise the interesting point about the way Spurs have allowed some of the young English players to go out on loan for a payment, which goes towards covering the cost of their initial transfer fee, which the paper says happened with Wayne Routledge and Tom Huddlestone.
A Swedish public prosecutor has said no crime was committed in an incident on Saturday involving Henrik Larsson, who seemed to punch ex-Spurs youth player and Elfsborgs defender Jon Jonsson in the stomach on Swedish television during a league match.  However, the Swedish Football Association will look at the incident tomorrow to decide if they will take any action.
   Tottenham's games in the UEFA Cup will be shown on ITV after striking a deal for the company to cover their games.  Starting with the first round tie, ITV will show the games on ITV 1 and ITV 4 and the opponents for that first tie will be known after the UEFA Cup draw in Monaco tomorrow.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Dimitar Berbatov has an ankle injury from Tuesday's game and the other Spurs scorer Jermaine Jenas has a toe problem, but both expect to be fit for Saturday's visit by Everton.

  OTHER NEWS ... Ben Thatcher faces enquiries from the Police and the FA after his "challenge" on Pedro Mendes in last night's game between Manchester City and Portsmouth ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... in something straight out of BBC TV's war-time comedy programme "'Ello, 'Ello", Germany manager Joachim Low has appointed Herr (the former Bayern Munich player Hans-Dieter) Flick as his assistant coach ahead of the UEFA EURO 2008 .
  MEHSTG's no-spin story 2 ... Owen Hargreaves has been accused of "prostituting himself" in an attempt to join Manchester United by Bayern Munich Chief Executive Uli Hoeness.  14 million is one hell of a price !!
  MEHSTG's no-spin story 3 ... At last, Celtic have signed a big name player ... Jan Vennegor of Hesselink.

Wednesday 23.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs and Portsmouth are said to be interested in Sammy Kuffour, the Ghanian defender who is playing with AS Roma, according to the Daily Mirror.
   Paul Stalteri has been named in the Canada squad to face Jamaica in a friendly on September 4th in Montreal.

  OTHER NEWS ... Bobby Robson was said to be recovering after having a tumour removed from his brain ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... After a horror challenge by Manchester City's Ben Thatcher on Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes that left him needing oxygen and hospitalisation, Pompey midfielder Matt Taylor said, "How can that not be a sending off? What do you have to do, kill someone?"  Having been witness to some of Thatcher's "challenges" over the years, it is a good question.

Tuesday 22.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Sheffield United 2-0 tonight at White Hart Lane.  For a match report click here and for reaction click here.
   Luis Boa Morte is linked with a move to Spurs in the Independent today for a fee fo 8 million, while the Star have Tottenham down for a 6 million offer for Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing and the Sun reckon the club will return with another bid for the winger.
   Clyde have lost ex-Spurs midfielder Graham Roberts as their manager, sacking him for gross misconduct, but he has been exonerated from the claims that he made racist remarks in a pre-season match.

  OTHER NEWS ... Niall Quinn has stood down as manager of Sunderland and will return to his role as chairman ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Juventus have had more misery put upon them, because as well as getting relegated to Serie B, they have signed Jean-Alain Boumsong from Newcastle United for 4 million.

Monday 21.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs are being linked with Ajax and Czech Republic defender Zdenek Grygera, but the player says he is not keen on coming to the Premier League as his preferred destination, although he refused to rule out a move to our "high-quality team".
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Midfielder Teemu Tainio returns to the squad for tomorrow's game against Sheffield United, Jermain Defoe might be doubtful after suffering a bruised foot picked up at Bolton on Saturday.
   SHEFFIELD UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  Central defender Craig Short is a thigh injury victim and will not be ready for consideration for Tuesday's game, but other than that United have no other injuries.

  OTHER NEWS ... Former England boss Bobby Robson is to have brain surgery to remove a small tumour ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Sunday 20.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   After yesterday's defeat there is surprisingly no transfer news surrounding Tottenham.

  OTHER NEWS ... Wayne Rooney is to withhold his image rights for FA purposes as he sulks after getting a three match ban for getting sent off in a pre-season tournament ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The BBC show their sense of humour with this snippet ... "And elsewhere, it is reported that the Gunners have offered Cole to Newcastle in a bid to reduce a 30m deficit. (News of the World) "

Saturday 19.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs lost 0-2 at Bolton Wanderers this evening.  For a match report, click here and reaction will follow later.
   Spurs Under-18s won their first game of the season by coming back to win 3-2 after being 0-2 behind.  Stuart Lewis scored a late winner after Terry Dixon had brought Spurs back into it and Lewis himself converted a twice taken penalty.

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Friday 18.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The rumours are that if Tottenham are unsuccessful in their attempts to sign Atletico Madrid's Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov, they will turn to Fulham's Portuguese international and ex-Gooner Luis Boa Morte, who the Daily Mirror say Martin Jol has already made an approach for.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Spurs are waiting to see if Robbie Keane will be fit for tomorrow's late encounter with Bolton Wanderers and Anthony Gardner's groin injury is causing concern too.  The rest of the squad will be fit except for knee operation victim Ledley King and an ankle injury to midfielder Teemu Tainio.
   BOLTON WANDERERS TEAM NEWS : -  Kevin Davies, Nicky Hunt and are all expected to be fit for tomorrow's game and feature at some stage, while Ricardo Gardner, Joey O'Brien, Henrik Pedersen and Abdoulaye Faye are all ruled out of the game.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

Thursday 17.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Andy Reid has said that Martin Jol's theory of employing a rotation system will cause problems as he will not be able to keep everyone happy.  Reid said that his injuries counted against him and that with new players coming in, he fell down the pecking order
   It looks as though Pascal Chimbonda will be staying at Wigan Athletic as Spurs are unwilling to pay the 6 million asking price and the player has settled back into pre-season training and the club's friendlies.  Spurs have said they have not made a further approach for the French defender.
   Former Spurs youth defender Nathan Peprah-Annan is on trial at Leyton Orient.
   Former Spurs head coach Jacques Santini has turned down the chance to manage Cameroon, possibly as he was unable to agree a financial package with the African company.

  OTHER NEWS ... Reggina have been hit with a 15 point deduction from the coming season's Serie A campaign as they have been implicated in the match-fixing scandal in Italy and have been fined 70,000 ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Leeds United have hit back at Chelsea's retaliation to the original claims that they had signed young players after making illegal approaches.  The Premier League champions claimed that Leeds chairman Ken Bates had made offensive and abusive remarks by calling the Chelsea board a bunch of "shysters from Siberia."  Leeds said they had been amused by the claims and Bates added that he had not had such a good laugh since "Ma caught her tits in the mangle."

Wednesday 16.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Andy Reid has signed a four year deal for Charlton Athletic in a deal which could earn Spurs up to 3 million.  The Independent revealed that Manchester City were interested in the Republic of Ireland winger, but were reluctant to pay the fee Charlton coughed up.
   Jermain Defoe and Paul Robinson started England's 4-0 win over Greece at Old Trafford tonight.  Defoe was substituted after 69 minutes, when Aaron Lennon replaced Stewart Downing and Robinson was taken off at half-time.  Michael Dawson and Jermaine Jenas were unused substitutes.

Didier Zokora played in Ivory Coast's 0-1 friendly defeat by Senegal today.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The Daily Express reports that Wycombe are to be fined 50 after they had to wear Bristol Rovers' away kit last week.

Tuesday 15.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   With internationals taking place, Spurs transfer rumour seems to have ground to a halt.
   Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes have received three match bans for being sent off against FC Porto in a pre-season tournament in Amsterdam.  The last game of their bans will be the match against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.
   Dimitar Berbatov played for Bulgaria in the 0-0 draw with Wales at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff tonight.
   Wayne Routledge and Tom Huddlestone won England Under-21 caps tonight when they featured in the 2-2 draw with Moldova in the European championship qualifier at Portman Road tonight.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Dean Ashton was set to prove that he will not be a one-cap wonder.  After cruelly breaking his ankle, he may not be lucky enough to be even that.

Monday 14.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Absolutely no transfer gossip today !!  Something must be about to happen !!
   Robbie Keane will miss the start of the Premiership season when Spurs travel to Bolton as he has a thigh injury and may also be unavailable for the home match against Sheffield United.
   It is hoped that Ledley King will be ready for first team action within two weeks instead of three after the operation on his knee ligament injury.
   A Spurs XI beat Canvey Island away tonight 11-0.  The goals came from Lee Barnard 4, Charlie Daniels 3, Andy Barcham 2 and two from Jamie O'Hara.  The team was
Stroud (Dalton 60), Riley (Mtandari 60), Ifil, Lewis (Livermore 79), Lee (Hughton 46), Defendi, Maghoma (Hutton 60), O'Hara, Barnard, Barcham, Daniels and the unused substitutes were Fraser-Allen and Suckling.
   Former loan midfielder Stephane Dalmat has joined Bordeaux after leaving Racing Santander.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton was faced with an armed man in the hotel where the squad were staying.  Police are said to have found the man and believe that this is the attacker the manager had been looking for.

Sunday 13.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Star in Sunday is playing catch up, as it reports that Spurs have offered Andy Reid plus Danny Murphy plus cash for Wigan Athletic defender Pascal Chimbonda.  The News of the World claim that Tottenham have made a 3 million offer to Atletico Madrid for midfielder Luciano Galletti, but have been unable to agree personal terms with the player himself.  Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool have been warned by SCBC to forget about bidding for teenage Welsh international defender Gareth Bale.
   Robbie Keane and Terry Dixon have withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad to play Holland this week.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Steven Gerrard said today that he couldn't believe it when he heard that Sven Goran Eriksson was taking Theo Walcott to the World Cup Finals.  Welcome to our world Stevie ... we all thought he was the mascot !!

Saturday 12.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Real Sociedad 2-1 this afternoon in a pre-season friendly at White Hart Lane.  For a match report, click here.
   All quiet on the transfer front today, which hopefully means that there are moves going on that the papers don't know about.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Steve McClaren has said he will remove the "shackles" from the England players when they report for duty.  This will be great news for Jermaine Pennant and Craig Bellamy (even though he is Welsh), who will be looking for call-ups to the England squad.

Friday 11.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Sunderland are set to withdraw from the bidding for winger Andy Reid after they claimed that an excessive bid was made and upped a couple of times, without tempting Spurs to accept.
   Thierry Henry has praised Ledley King as the only defender who does not shirt-pull and get the ball off him.
Spurs will be without Robbie Keane who has injured his thigh, foot injury victim Andy Reid, Ledley King with a knee injury and Teemu Tainio and Wayne Routledge, who both are suffering with ankle injuries in tomorrow's friendly against Real Sociedad at White Hart Lane.  But the team will feature Paul Robinson, Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas and new signing Didier Zokora.
   Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon and Paul Robinson have been included in the England squad for the 16th August friendly against Greece at Old Trafford.
   Former Spurs manager and Director of Football David Pleat has joined Nottingham Forest as a football consultant.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... S.Cumball has made lots of new friend son the South Coast by telling the press that Portsmouth were not his first choice club and he only joined them because a move abroad was not forthcoming.

Thursday 10.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs will host an international friendly match at White Hart Lane on 5th September between Wales and Brazil.
   Zlatan Ibrahimovich, who was a transfer target for Spurs had joined Internazionale for 16.7 million and another, Ajax defender Hatem Trabelsi, looks set to sign for Manchester City.  Sunderland are reported to have made a 3 million bid for winger Andy Reid.  Meanwhile one player Spurs are denying interest in is the Valencia and Argentina central defender Roberto Ayala.
   Didier Zokora has been named in the Ivory Coast squad for a friendly with Senegal on 16th August.
   Former Spurs striker Gerry Armstrong has left his post on the Northern Ireland coaching staff because of personal and business reasons.

  OTHER NEWS ... John Terry has been named by Steve McClaren as the new England captain ... ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... After having his drinks spiked, now Everton's Andy van der Meyde has been stung when his own club fined him for being out drinking

Wednesday 09.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   News on the Spurs website that the Academy squad who were in Belgium for the Eurofoot competition have come home after youth striker Radwan Hamed collapsed six minutes into their first game against Cercle Bruges.  The player has been in intensive care in a local hospital after being taken from the pitch and the game abandoned.  Everyone at MEHSTG wishes him a full recovery.
   Mark Yeates has joined Hull City on a season long loan, thus re-uniting him with Phil Parkinson, the manager who took him to Colchester United on a similar deal last season.
   The Sun claim that Tottenham are favourites to sign Argentine international central defender Roberto Ayala from Valencia.  Mido's permanent return to Spurs is featured in the Times today, while the club seem to have been linked with Internazionale striker Obafemi Martins by the press, but have had no intention of signing the Nigerian forward who is rated at 15 million.  Andy Reid is being courted by Sunderland, who are preparing a bigger offer to Tottenham than the 1 million bid that they was rejected earlier this summer.  The Sky Sports website claims that Martin Jol has been impressed by the Belgian Under-21 international Thomas Vermaelen who is playing left back at Ajax, but as he is under contract, it is believed that it will be a watching brief for the time being for the Spurs Head Coach.
   Wayne Routledge and Tom Huddlestone are in the England Under-21 squad to face Moldova at Portman Road on Tuesday 15th August.
   A Spurs XI lost 0-2 at Dover Athletic tonight.  The team that represented Tottenham were
Cerny, Stalteri (Mills 58), Ifil, Huddlestone (Lewis 58), Lee, Gardner (Defendi 58), Routledge (Riley 46), O'Hara, Barcham, Dixon (Maghoma 7), Ziegler (Daniels 58). Stroud was an unused substitute.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Chelsea have said that the price for Arsenal's Ashley Cole is too high.  Many said that West Ham United's Shaun Newton was too high as well.

Tuesday 08.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Stewart Downing of Middlesbrough said he is flattered that clubs like Spurs are interested in buying him, he is happy to stay at the Riverside as he thinks that the club could progress under Gareth Southgate and his place in the England set-up is almost guaranteed with Steve McClaren being the new national boss.  Monday was supposed to have seen Mido return to London for a medical that sparked rumour amongst the media that he was about to signed permanently by Tottenham.  Spurs are said to be lagging behind in the chase for Marseille midfielder Franck Ribery, whose destination appears to be Olympique Lyonnais, Real Madrid or Arsenal and Sky Sports website says that Middlesbrough have entered the race to sign Wigan Athletic defender Pascal Chimbonda
   The Republic of Ireland squad that has been named to play Holland at Lansdowne Road on August 16th contains two Spurs players - Terry Dixon of our Academy side and Robbie Keane.

  OTHER NEWS ... Huddersfield Town's Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored the 500,000th goal in Football League history tonight in the Terriers' 3-0 win over Rotherham United ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Sol Campbell has achieved his aim of a move to a top club after terminating his contract at Highbury.  He will sign for Portsmouth ... rapidly becoming the new SCBC.

Monday 07.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   With Internazionale signing Hernan Crespo from Chelsea, Obafemi Martins is considering his options as he might be squeezed out of the San Siro.  Chelsea, Newcastle United, Portsmouth, Valencia  and Spurs are all said to have been in touch with the Serie A champions.
   Various sources report that Didier Zokora reckons he can become the Patrick Vieira of White Hart Lane.  Let's hope he's better than that.
   Spurs forward Mark Yeates has been lined up by Hull City for a season long loan at the Kinston Communications Stadium under Phil Parkinson, the manager who had him on loan at Colchester United last term.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Andy van der Meyde has claimed that someone spiked his drink in a nightclub in the city, leading to him to spend the night in hospital.  Welcome to Liverpool Andy !! 

Sunday 06.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The News of the World reports that Portsmouth are interested in signing midfielder Danny Murphy for 2 million to "rescue him from his Tottenham nightmare", while the People reckon Wigan Athletic will compromise on the price they will sell Pascal Chimbonda to Spurs for and they will eventually settle for 5.25 million (that is 3.5 million now and then 1 million after 50 games and then 750,000 if Spurs qualify for Europe next season) and the paper also claim that Tottenham are willing to offer defender William Gallas a way out of Chelsea if he wants it.
   The Sunday Mirror carries a story in which it claims that Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov turned down a move to Manchester United in May, as they were waiting to sort out Ruud van Nistelrooy's future and Tottenham, who had shown interest in him ever since he went to Germany, came in with a definite bid that secured his signature.
   Former Spurs defender Steve Walford has joined Aston Villa as a member of Martin O'Neill's backroom staff.
   For those of you out there who have read the MEHSTG fanzine before or would like to in the future, this is a reminder that a subscription for the six issues of the 2006-07 season can be yours for just 15.00 (includes postage and packing) if you send your subscription made payable to Liz Mighall to MEHSTG, PO Box 4360, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6WJ before 19th August.  After that date the subscription will cost 16.00.  These prices apply to UK subscribers only.  Please e-mail us at
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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... headline of the day ... Sky Sports' "Doug Coy on O'Neill's kitty" ... ooh err Mrs. Slocombe !!

Saturday 05.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs drew 1-1 with Borussia Dortmund in a pre-season friendly this afternoon in the Westfalenstadion.  For a match report, click here.
   The Sun reports that Martin Jol in convinced that Pascal Chimbonda will leave Wigan Athletic and be playing for Spurs this coming season, while the Daily Mail reckon that Daniel Levy has told the Lactics that they have now turned their attention to Blackburn Rovers' Lucas Neill.  The Star make an amazing claim that Spurs will sign last season's loan striker Mido from AS Roma on loan again.
   Kyle Fraser-Allen played for England Under-17s in their 0-4 defeat by Denmark this afternoon.  He was substituted and later in the game Adam Smith came on as a substitute.
  OTHER NEWS ... Michael Carrick is out for three weeks after just 14 minutes of his second appearance with a foot injury ...  ...

Friday 04.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The BBC website speculates that Spurs are after Blackburn Rovers full back Lucas Neill, after his agent told the media that the Australian international would not be signing a new deal at Ewood Park.  Sunderland have made a bid to buy Andy Reid and Calum Davenport from Tottenham, but they have been given no encouragement to return after being rejected by Spurs.  The Daily Express have Andy Reid down for a 2 million move to Leeds United.
   Marton Fulop has expressed his frustration at not being allowed to join Coventry City ,where he spent a large amount of last season on loan.  The Hungarian keeper said that he is still hopeful of joining the Sky Blues in the January transfer window or when his contract expires in the summer of 2007, should they still be interested in him, but with Spurs in Europe, the club need to have three keepers on the books.
   Teemu Tainio has twisted an ankle in training and might be out of the team for two weeks, it was revealed on the club website today.  He will miss tomorrow's friendly with Borussia Dortmund, along with Edgar Davids who has returned home to Holland for an eye test and Ledley King (knee), but Paul Stalteri will return after his ankle injury.  Paul Robinson, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon, Young-Pyo Lee and Didier Zokora are all in the squad for the friendly in Germany.

  OTHER NEWS ... Martin O'Neill has been appointed as Aston Villa's new manager ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Manchester Reds beat Porto in a friendly tournament tonight that wasn't so friendly with two sendings off of two red-heads - Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes

Thursday 03.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Edgar Davids will spend another season at Spurs after he turned down the opportunity to return to his former Dutch club Ajax.  Head Coach Martin Jol told the media that Edgar wanted to stay with Tottenham rather than accept the chance of returning home just yet and said he still has the right mentality to engender a winning mind-set in the team..
   Various sources have reported that Tottenham are set to turn their attention away from right-back Pascal Chimbonda, as they are not willing to meet the asking price of 6 million that Wigan Athletic are asking.  Still in the same area, Spurs' interest in Blackburn Rover's Australian right-back Lucas Neill might not come to fruition, as Rovers are unwilling to sell him to Tottenham, even if he fails to enter into contract negotiations with only a year to run on his current deal and they have to let him go on a free transfer next year.  Spurs are linked on the Sky Sports website with an interest in Deportivo La Coruna's Argentinian midfielder Aldo Ducsher.  The 27 year old looks certain to leave La Raizor and Newcastle United and West Ham United are also watching the situation, with the player's agent keen to tie up a deal by the weekend, although the 6.2 million he has been priced at previously seems a tad too dear.
   The Daily Mail speculates that Jermain Defoe will be recalled to the England squad for the friendly against Greece on August 16th.
   Kyle Fraser-Allen was a 62nd minute substitute for England Under-17s in the 2-1 win over Norway tonight.  Adam Smith started the match, but was substituted after 40 minutes.

  OTHER NEWS ... Wrexham are out of 18 months of administration ...  ...

Wednesday 02.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Bolton Wanderers have been linked with a 2 million move for midfielder Danny Murphy, after it was reported that Spurs would consider selling him if the offer was right.  TeamTalk claim that on Monday Spurs bid 3.5 million plus Andy Reid for Wigan Athletic's right back Pascal Chimbonda, but were turned down, as they are only interested in cash.
   One report claims that Spurs will not be passing any of the money received for Michael Carrick on to West Ham United, as they refused to include a sell-on condition in the contract to buy him from the Irons or so say the Sun.
   A Spurs XI featuring Anthony Gardner, Jermaine Jenas and beat Fisher Athletic 3-1 this evening, with the goals scored by Jamie O'Hara and two from Andy Barcham.  The Spurs team was :
Forecast, Ifil, Daniels, Lewis, C Lee, Gardner (Defendi 74), Barcham, Jenas (Njie 61), Dawkins, O'Hara, Ziegler (Maghoma 46). The unused substitutes were Button, Mills and Riley.
   Former Spurs loan striker Mido has said he has turned down a move to Blackburn Rovers for the chance to establish himself at AS Roma under the new coach there, even though he was offered more money to make the move to the North-West of England.
   Former Spurs youth defender Clayton Fortune has signed for Leyton Orient from Bristol City.
   Former Spurs defender Jamie Clapham has signed a contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers after being released by Birmingham City.
   Former Spurs goalkeeper Ray Clemence will stay on as England's goalkeeping coach under new manager Steve McClaren.
   Former Spurs winger Peter Taylor has discussed his role as England Under-21 manager after taking on the role of manager at Crystal Palace and will be doing the job on a match-by-match basis.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

Tuesday 01.08.2006   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewel has told the media that he had turned down a 3.5 million plus players (believed to be Andy Reid and Danny Murphy) offer from Tottenham for defender Pascal Chimbonda the Times reports, stating he would only accept a 5.5 million cash offer according to the Guardian or 6 million in the Manchester Evening News, which may move Spurs to look elsewhere.  However, the player's representative, Roger Boli, said that he has come to England to finalise the move to White Hart Lane in the next few days.  As an option to signing Chimbonda, Spurs are once more linked with Blackburn Rovers' Australian right back Lucas Neill, the Daily Mirror reckons.  The Sun claim that Tottenham are ready to pay Chelsea's 4 million price tag on left back Wayne Bridge
   Didier Zokora has told the media that he turned down a move to Arsenal as he really wanted to join Tottenham, where he believes the club has a side for the future.  The Ivory Coast international said that he was impressed by Damien Comolli, who signed him for St. Etienne from Belgian side Genk, who sold him the ambition of the club, where he acknowledged that players like Aaron Lennon are the future of English football.
   Dimitar Berbatov said today that he is feeling comfortable in the Spurs side and is looking forward to scoring the goals that will help the team enter the Champions League.  Martin Jol revealed that the Bulgarian had been playing as part of a three man attack, but this was only because Jermaine Jenas had just returned to training and Aaron Lennon is also not fully match fit.  When they are both ready to play, Jol said the team would play a different formation.
   Harry Redknapp has congratulated Daniel Levy on signing Michael Carrick from West Ham United for 2.5 million.  The Portsmouth manager said he nearly signed him again for his current club, but Arsenal came in, dithered and Tottenham took the plunge, with the chairman being the one who brought him in rather than Jacques Santini, who did not know about Carrick.  Redknapp said that Levy was the reason Spurs were now reaping 16 million profit, but cheekily suggested he should be hired at White Hart Lane as Chief Scout !!
   Adam Smith came on as a 62nd minute substitute in England Under-17s 1-0 win over Faroe Islands U19s.  Kyle Fraser-Allen was an unused substitute. 

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


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