White Hot Lines

August 2007

Friday 31.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The only transfer deadline day deal involving Tottenham was the sale of midfielder Danny Murphy to Fulham.
   Tottenham were drawn against Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus in the First Round proper of the UEFA Cup.  The first leg will be at White Hart Lane on September 20th and the second leg away in Larnaca on October 4th.
   Deadline day and the papers were guessing who would move where.  The Sun had speculated that Tottenham would sign either Morten Gamst Pedersen of Blackburn Rovers or Portsmouth's Matthew Taylor
   Paul Robinson and
Jermain Defoe are Tottenham's representatives in the England squad for the Euro 2008 qualifying games against Israel and Russia next month.
  
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Anthony Gardner is injured, but will be replaced by the returning Younes KaboulMartin Jol has said that Michael Dawson is not yet 100% ready to feature, but Aaron Lennon might play, even though he is lacking match practiceGareth Bale will continue on the left of midfield, although Darren Bent's thigh injury rules him out again.
  
FULHAM TEAM NEWS : -  With Fulham doing so much business on transfer deadline day, who knows who will turn out for them tomorrow ??  Jimmy Bullard, Hameur Bouazza, Lee Cook, Brian McBride and Aaron Hughes are all injured. 

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsenal's former vice-chairman David Dein has sold out his shares to a company called Red Army Ltd, who will move into the Emirates stadium and make it their base in London for an all out assault on the British game.  A shady Russian involved in the deal, who emerged from a Sushi bar said, "We intend to give all the Arsenal fans a warm glow."


Thursday 30.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The chase is on for Jermain Defoe, with Portsmouth set to turn to him after Nicolas Anelka signed a new deal at Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa lead the way.  Apparently, Blackburn Rovers are watching midfielder Tom Huddlestone according to the Sun and Sunderland ended their interest in signing midfielder Danny Murphy when they found out his wage demands.
   Lee Barnard has signed a five month loan deal at Crewe Alexandra.
  
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs may be boosted by the return from injury of Aaron Lennon, Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson.
   For a preview of Saturday's match against Fulham, click here
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   Tom Huddlestone and Ben Alnwick have been selected for the England Under-21 squad to face Montenegro and Bulgaria next week
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   MEHSTG's no-spin story 1 ... on the morning of the day he was to unveiled as Aston Villa's new signing, Zat Knight was arrested in a 5.30 a.m. police raid on a house in Birmingham, where drugs and firearms were suspected.  A 27 year old man was later released on bail to appear at the press conference introducing him as a Villan...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story 2 ... The Guardian run a story saying that Arsenal want to trademark the word Gooner to use on their club merchandise !!!!


Wednesday 29.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Jermaine Jenas has signed a new five year contract to stay at Tottenham until 2012.
   The Sun claims Spurs are discussing a swap deal with Chelsea involving Jermain Defoe and Shaun Wright-Phillips (plus Chelsea paying 4 million).  Harry Redknapp appears to be keen on Defoe as well and rumours of a swap deal with Portsmouth's left sided midfielder Matthew Taylor are circulating.  The bid by Manchester United for Dimitar Berbatov is put at 22 million by the Daily Mail, but they say that Tottenham will want 40 million to sell the Bulgarian striker.
  
The Reserves started their Premier Reserve League programme with a match against Derby County at Pride park and the score ended 2-2 with Tottenham's goals coming from Tomas Pekhart and Kevin-Prince Boateng.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leicester City have released their manager of three months Martin Allen with both parties mutually agreeing to the resolution of a situation where they had "different visions" ...
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Tuesday 28.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Star claims that Aston Villa are ready to offer Tottenham 11 million for striker Jermain Defoe according to The Daily Star, while elsewhere it is claimed that Martin O'Neill also wants to snap up winger Wayne Routledge.  Meanwhile, it is widely reported that Spurs have made Dimitar Berbatov their highest paid player to keep him at White Hart Lane
  
Read "Decisions, Decisions", the latest MEHSTG contribution to the Times Online Fanzine Fanzone section of their website.  Click here to read our piece.
  
This Friday at 13:00 (local time) in Nyon, Switzerland the draw for the First Round of the UEFA Cup will be made, with Spurs one of the teams in the pots.

  OTHER NEWS ... Antonio Puerta, who collapsed on the pitch during his club Sevilla's game against Getafe on Sunday has died aged just 22 of a massive heart attack.  The defender fell to the ground, but was helped around the pitch and down to the changing rooms, where he suffered another heart attack and was taken to hospital, where he remained in intensive care until he was proclaimed dead ...
Clive Clarke, the Leicester City defender collapsed at half-time in the dressing room and was very seriously ill, causing the League Cup tie to be abandoned at the interval ...


Monday 27.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Both Martin Jol and Dimitar Berbatov have confirmed that the Bulgarian striker will be staying at the club.  The Head Coach said he was 100% certain that the forward wanted by Manchester United would stay and the player himself told the press in his home country that he is staying at Tottenham of his free will, but ominously added "at least for now."  Berbatov did add that the board had decided to pay him a higher salary, but this was something being discussed earlier in the summer.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reported to be ready to break the bank to buy Ronaldinho from Barcelona.  It is believed that he has taken all the red 500 notes in an attempt to have a monopoly on the best players.


Sunday 26.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham lost 0-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.
   Depending on which Sunday paper you read either Martin Jol has three games to save his job (Sunday Mirror) or he is a s safe as houses and has a grovelling apology courtesy of director Paul Kemsley ringing in his ears) News of the World).  The People say that the meeting in Spain last week saw Kemsley and club secretary John Alexander spend five hours listening to Juande Ramos spelling out how he intended to revolutionise Tottenham into contenders at home and abroad.  So impressed does the People reckon they were that they offered him a five year deal to take over at Spurs.  Any such offer has since been denied by the club.
   Behind the scenes, the News of the World also reveals in their interview with Kemsley (from his yacht in the South of France ... and him a man who said he ahs had a season ticket since he was seven ... so what is he doing in the South of France when the club he is a director of has a game against Manchester United ??) that he has no intention of joining forces with his big mate Mike Ashley, who bought out Newcastle United a couple of months back, to take over at Tottenham.  But once more, other papers differ in what will happen in the boardroom.  The Sunday People run a story that Jurgen Klinsmann is to be lined up to front an American bid to buy Spurs and he will clear out the existing management structure as he takes control of running the whole club, while the News of the World claim that the former German manager is wanted by LA Galaxy to manage David Beckham and his team-mates.
  
On the playing side, Leicester City are believed to be preparing a 1.5 million offer for midfielder Danny Murphy, the News of the World reckons, while they also claim that Spurs are ready to go to 10 million to solve the left side of midfield issue by bidding for Blackburn Rovers' Norwegian winger Morten Gamst Pedersen.  The People claim that Tottenham and Everton are battling to sign Plymouth Argyle's talented youngster Dan Gosling.

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Saturday 25.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Martin Jol is urging Jermain Defoe to sign a new contract at Spurs, hinting that he did not want to take advantage of what the club were offering him, but if he did not sign, then he could be sold as Daniel Levy did not want to be the chairman responsible for another "Sol Campbell".  Jol also indicate that a club had come in for Dimitar Berbatov, but he had told them that he would rather die than sell the 20 million rated forward.
   Newcastle United owner and Spurs fan Mike Ashley is reported in the Daily Express to be ready to sell his share in the company, which he has only had for a couple of months, to buy into Tottenham Hotspur.  Ashley is an acquaintance of Paul Kemsley, who is a Tottenham Director.

  OTHER NEWS ... QPR's 18 year old striker Ray Jones dies this morning in a car accident in East Ham, London.  The club's game against Burnley was postponed as a mark of respect to the highly rated forward ...
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Friday 24.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   It appears that the story that the Tottenham Hotspur manager's post might be up for grabs ... which it isn't ... has attracted some of the big guns of European club management to show an interest.  Or it would be if you believe the newspapers.  The latest manager who is supposed to be ready to jump into Martin Jol's seat is Fabio Capello, who flew into London for a three hour meeting at lunch-time yesterday.  Only, it wasn't about the Tottenham manager's job and he met nobody from Tottenham.  So what does 2+2 equal again ???
  
Dimitar Berbatov's agent claims that Manchester United are interested in signing the Bulgarian forward and that Daniel Levy has told him they will have a meeting in the next few days to decide the striker's future.  Manchester United have said they did not make an offer for the Tottenham man.  Aston Villa are considering a 15 million bid to further reduce the Spurs strike-force by targeting Jermain Defoe.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -
 Gareth Bale could make his debut for Spurs after playing a half of a game for Wales in midweek.  Michael Dawson is still ruled out, but Berbatov might be fit to return, although Darren Bent will still be absent with a thigh muscle tear.  Teemu Tainio also returns to the side after a run out in Finland's friendly international in midweek.
  
MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  Club captain Gary Neville will be sidelined for two more weeks with a thigh injury, but Edwin van der Sar returns in goal and Louis Saha has made enough progress to be a substitute.  Brazilian signing Anderson could be ready for his first competitive game for United in midfield.
   Reserve midfielder Jamie O'Hara has joined Millwall on a month's loan.
   Scottish Premier League aside Motherwell
are hoping to take reserve striker Lee Barnard on loan, but will have to contend with Crewe Alexandra, who also want the forward a short spell with them.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Forward Kenwyne Jones has gone on striker at SCBC as the won't let him leave.  "It is the first time he has struck for ages," said a club spokesman.


Thursday 23.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   It is days before a match with Manchester United, so guess what story hit the news today ?  Yes, United make a 21 million bid to take Dimitar Berbatov to Old Trafford.  Designed to unsettle Spurs ?  Surely not.  And then, just for jolly, Real Madrid join the party and put in a reported 20 million offer.  Tottenham are reported to want 40 million.
  
Daniel Levy has made a statement in a question and answer session on the Spurs site to say that he is 100% behind Martin Jol and that there was never any intention to replace him as Head Coach.  Levy also said that their meeting cleared the air about a number of matters and there is no insistence that Jol has to take Tottenham into the top four, but that is the club's aim, with the last six years ebbing a better indication of the progress made at Spurs rather than the last three games.
   Paul Robinson has slammed the Spurs board for making moves to replace Martin Jol after all he has done over the last two years.  The keeper said that the Head Coach had the full backing of the players and he was backed up by Darren Bent's comments that he was the reason he chose Spurs over other options he had in the summer.
   Juande Ramos has now back-tracked and said that his words were misinterpreted in that he hinted the money English clubs
offer is "dizzying", but apologised if he had led people to think he had been offered the job of manager at Tottenham.
  
Former Spurs goalkeeper Kasey Keller has joined injury hit Fulham as cover for the absent Antti Niemi.
  
For a preview of Saturday's game against Manchester United, click here.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Not content with picking the ball out of the net after another goalkeeping gaffe, Jens Lehmann has picked up an Achilles injury.


Wednesday 22.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Claim and counter claim about Juande Ramos' right to the Tottenham hot-seat have followed today.  First Ramos claimed Tottenham had made him a "dizzying" offer, believed to be 3  million for a three year contract, but he turned it down as he is contracted to Sevilla and he wishes to see that out.  Then the club issued a brief statement on their website saying that the truth is told there and that they had never offered the job to anyone while Martin Jol has been head coach.  Stories have been run in the media that Jol will have a 4 million pay-off if he is forced out of his post.  The subject is looking like it will run and run ... unfortunately, as it does the club no credit at all.
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Paul Robinson played the first half in England's friendly international against Germany at Wembley, while Jermaine Defoe was an unused subsitute.
   Robbie Keane hit two goals in the Republic of Ireland's 4-0 win away in Denmark in a friendly tonight
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   Wales' 1-0 friendly win over Bulgaria in Bourgas saw Gareth Bale play the first 45 minutes to gain some match fitness.
  
Midfielder Teemu Tainio scored the winning goal in Finland's 2-1 victory over Kasakhstan.

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Tuesday 21.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   With stories circulating in the media that -
        Martin Jol told the Spurs board that they could sell Dimitar Berbatov after he had been substituted at Sunderland
        That the board had sent Paul Kemsley out to Spain to bring back Juande Ramos from Sevilla as the new manager
        That senior players had approached the board claiming Jol had "lost the plot" with his training schedules and team    selection
the board have come out and said that the manager's job is safe, but that they expect him to deliver Champions League football.
With some sources not believing he can deliver top four finishes on a regular basis, other names are being bandied about as likely successors should Jol go.  Italian Marcello Lippi is one of the big names mentioned, along with Harry Redknapp and Ramos according to the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mirror and the Guardian both have Jol out of the door by Sunday.
Sevilla say that Ramos has one year left on his contract and they want him to stay and Berbatov's agent has stated that his client has no problems with Martin Jol and affirmed that he was one of the reasons he came to the club.
   Darren Bent's thigh injury might keep him out for longer than first thought, coming hot on the heels of Dimitar Berbatov's groin injury, it leaves Spurs short up front as well as at the back.
   A Spurs XI beat Crawley Town 3-2 at their Broadfield Stadium tonight
thanks to goals from Andy Barcham 2 and Jamie O'Hara.
   Tom Huddlestone and Ben Alnwick were both second half substitutes in England Under-21s 1-1 draw with Romania in a friendly at Ashton Gate tonight
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   Kieran McKenna scored for Northern Ireland Under-21s in their 2-1 1win over Finland tonight in B
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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Luckily for Spurs the Daily Express reports that Former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock says he would be interested in the vacant manager's job at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

  MEHSTG's spin story ...  Ahead of the friendly against Germany, Jens Lehmann has said that England's players are "bottlers".  Well, if they had bottle, at least they would be hold onto their bottle unlike certain butter-fingered goalkeepers we could mention.


Monday 20.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Bolton Wanderers striker El-Hadji Diouf wants to leave the Reebok Stadium and reckons Spurs are among a couple of other clubs to make a move for him.
   Darren Bent has had to withdraw from the England squad for the friendly against Germany because of a thigh injury, which may make him a doubt for the game at Manchester United on Sunday.
  
The speculation about Martin Jol's job gathers force.  He told the Sun that he is not immune to criticism and does not like it, while the Daily Telegraph propose that he could be out of a job before Sunday's game at Old Trafford if Spurs can persuade Juande Ramos to take over.  Yeah, and Jose Mourinho could eat humble pie !!  Not content with all this, the Daily Mirror reckons Jol will seek showdown talks with Daniel Levy to see if someone is trying to undermine him and the Guardian carry a story along the same lines.
  
Young signing Danny Rose has had to return home from the England Under-17 party in Korea for the U17 World Cup to join the Spurs sick list with a stress fracture of his leg. 
  
Former Spurs defender Jamie Clapham has gone on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Leeds United until the end of September.
  
Read MEHSTG's contribution to the fanzine fanzone on the Times Online at http://timesonline.typepad.com/fanzine_fanzone/2007/08/ewe-should-be-w.html

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Jermain Defoe's girlfriend Charlotte Mears has been given a job in the Foreign Office advising on matters in the Middle East conflict ... oh, no sorry, that's Tony Blair.  Charlotte is advising WAGs how to enjoy their trips abroad with their partners on international duty.


Sunday 19.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sunday Express claims Spurs will complete the signing of Portsmouth left sided player Matthew Taylor for 5 million, while over at the News of the World, Tottenham are supposedly ready to splash out another 10.5 million on midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme of Villareal to solve the creative midfield role.  The Daily Star Sunday runs a story that Martin O'Neill has dropped out of the chase for West Bromwich Albion's young England defender Curtis Davies after being asked to pay 15 million !!  They also claim that another player that the club is chasing Benfica's 19 year old forward Fabio Coentrao.
   On the managerial front, the Mail On Sunday claim that Jurgen Klinsmann is being lined up to take over should Martin Jol be asked to leave, while various Sunday papers reckon that representatives from the club had a meeting with Sevilla's boss Juande Ramos on Friday.  Ramos knocked back the speculation as an attempt to upset his preparation for the club's game against Real Madrid at the weekend and said he was in the same hotel as the Spurs personnel, but only because he had to meet a friend that had nothing to do with football, the Sky Sports website reveals.  Doth he protesteth too much ?

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Saturday 18.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Derby County 4-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
   The Daily Mirror reckons that the Spurs dressing room is split with their players from abroad claiming that they do not spend enough time on fitness, relying too much on ball work.  Now who would have thought you would have heard that !!
  
The Independent plays devil's advocaat by saying if our Dutch manager is replaced because of the poor start to the season, it is Sevilla boss Juande Ramos who is the favourite to replace him.
  
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Friday 17.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : - Dimitar Berbatov's groin injury keeps him out of the squad, while Gareth Bale will not be available although he has returned to training.  Michael Dawson is still ruled out and Aaron Lennon is a few weeks away from recovering from his operation, as is Ledley King.
   DERBY COUNTY TEAM NEWS : -  Claude Davis is struggling with a rib injury, while Giles Barnes broken foot keeps him out of the side.  Full back Tyrone Mears could recover from a calf injury to play.

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Thursday 16.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have sold Mido to Middlesbrough for a 6 million fee.  The Egyptian forward has signed a four year deal at the Riverside Stadium.  his new manager Gareth Southgate very convincingly told the assembled media that, "We have got some very good players here, players of great character and big reputation. That's one of the reasons we were able to attract Mido to come here."
   The Sun have a story claiming that West Bromwich Albion have put a 10 million price on Curtis Davies' head ... no doubt prompted by Tottenham's injury crisis in the middle of their defence.  Good player though he is, it is far too much money to spend out on him.  But, hey, I wouldn't have spent 6 million on Mido, so what do I know ??  More interestingly, it is said that Jol is looking at bringing talented Dutch midfielder Raphael van der Vaart to White Hart Lane.  Will this spell the end for Ghaly ??
  
The Independent claim that Martin Jol was summoned to have "crisis talks" with Chairman Daniel Levy, but left with the dreaded vote of confidence !!
   Dimitar Berbatov has had his groin looked at in Germany and it does not require surgery, although he will be out of action for a couple of weeks
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Tom Huddlestone and Ben Alnwick are included in the England Under-21 squad for the friendly match at Ashton Gate against Romania next Tuesday.
  
Robbie Keane is in the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly meeting with Denmark next Wednesday.
  
For a preview of Saturday's game against Derby County, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sheffield United are to take West Ham United to court for damages for getting relegated last season.  They are seeking 50 million from the Irons, using new evidence about the East London club's behaviour in the Carlos Tevez saga ...
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Wednesday 15.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Dimitar Berbatov has been ruled out for a couple of weeks with a groin injury, which he has travelled to Germany to have it looked at, while Younes Kaboul will miss three or four weeks with a hamstring pull.
   Getting his injuries mixed up, Martin Jol said that Kaboul's injury was a real "kick in the teeth."

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... There was no truth to the scurrilous rumour that Mido's medical at Middlesbrough included a visit to the weighbridge at Yarm.


Tuesday 14.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs lost 1-3 at home to Everton tonight.  For a match report, click here and reaction, here.
   Mido looks as though he was on his way to Middlesbrough after Tottenham had agreed a fee for the forward and he was on Teeside having a medical.  Sunderland hoped to still be in with a chance of signing him, but it looks like he will play at the Riverside unless there is any last minute hitch.  The fee was rumoured to be in the region of 6.8 million according to the Daily Mirror.
  
If Real Madrid sign Arjen Robben from Chelsea reports indicate that Guti will be surplus to requirements and Spurs will make a 5 million move for the left sided midfielder, the Daily Mirror claims.  The Guardian claim that Tottenham will approach West Bromwich Albion with another bid for defender Curtis Davies

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Independent reckons Sunderland are looking to sell goalkeeper Martin Fulop.  Perhaps this is the brother of former Spurs goalie Marton Fulop.


Monday 13.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Star tell us that Portsmouth might be willing to reduce the asking price for Matthew Taylor to 6 million to attract interest in him and raise funds to buy former Spurs striker Frederic Kanoute.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Long term knee casualties Ledley King, Young-Pyo Lee, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Aaron Lennon will definitely be out for tomorrow's game, while thigh strain victim Gareth Bale will also be ruled out.  Michael Dawson's training ground ankle injury will be given a late fitness test to see if he can return to the centre of the Tottenham defence.  The media feel that Martin Jol might include Darren Bent in attack to shake up the ineffective partnership that started Saturday's match.
  
EVERTON TEAM NEWS : -  Leighton Baines' hamstring pull prevents him making his Everton debut, while James McFadden, James Vaughan and Tim Cahill all miss out on the Spurs game.
   Gareth Bale has been included in the Wales squad for a friendly
international in Bulgaria on 22nd August.
  
Gareth Southgate said today that he thought that Mido was set to sign for his Middlesbrough side, but that the deal has hit a late "twist", as the deal appears different for Boro as opposed to how it was structured for other clubs.  The Sky Sports website claims a fee has been agreed with Middlesbrough.
   The club have submitted a new planning application to Enfield Council to try and gain approval for their
new training ground and academy at Middleton House in North Enfield.  The new application is centred around the extra parcel of land bought by the club, thus making the impact on the Green Belt a lot less and offering an expansive package of community based activities to encourage children of all abilities in the borough to participate in sport.

  OTHER NEWS ... Neil McDonald has been sacked as Carlisle United manager just two days after the first match fo the season ...
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Sunday 12.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The People report that Daniel Levy is asking 7.5 million from Middlesbrough for Mido, as Spurs look to offload the Egyptian striker, even though the forward would move to Boro, as Sunderland have offered that fee in instalments.  Frankly, Daniel take the 6 million and run ... think how much you will save on wages and pies !!
  
From tomorrow, MEHSTG will be taking part in a forum on the Times website for Spurs fans.  The forum will be hosted by the Times on their Fanzine Fanzone section in The Game part of their site.
http://timesonline.typepad.com/fanzine_fanzone/

I will be posting there, on topical issues and I would be happy if any of you are around and able to post, to take part.  I think the idea is to get other club's fans to take part in the banter (no rude words please) between each team's supporters.
As contributors to MEHSTG, it would be good to hear your views and join in the friendly discussion.
 
I hope that you find it useful and enjoyable to share your opinions, so go on, have a go ...
Wyart

  OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea set a new record for consecutive unbeaten home games with their 64th game without defeat ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Wayne Rooney suffered a fractured metatarsal injury (he thought that was what wiped out the dinosaurs) in Manchester United's opening fixture against Reading.  Perhaps he will spend some more time with P Diddy and his other hip-hopping mates now he can't stand on one foot for long !!


Saturday 11.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham lost their opening league game of the season 0-1 away at Sunderland this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.
   Former Spurs striker Paul McVeigh has joined Luton Town after being released by Norwich City.
  
Tottenham's Under-18s beat Manchester United in a friendly by 5-3 thanks to Dean Parrett, Andros Townsend, Jon Obika, Sol Asajile and Alex Olsen.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Bernie Ecclestone is thinking of bidding to take over at Arsenal.  That Formula 1 is all about over-taking isn't it !!


Friday 10.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sun run a story about Tottenham's interest in Portsmouth left-sided midfielder Matthew Taylor, who would cost 8 million, but little business will be done unless his fee is slashed by half.  In the Daily Express, it claims that Glasgow Rangers have been unsuccessful in their bid to lure winger and former Spurs trialist Qu Bo from his Chinese club Qingdao.  The Daily Star claims that Martin Jol has made comments that he did not believe what Steve Bruce said about Hossam Ghaly's behaviour at Birmingham City before he was sent back to Tottenham on the eve of signing for the Blues.
   The Sky Sports site reckons Mido has agreed to join Middlesbrough, having passed some of his medical, but there has been a fresh and improved bid from Sunderland for the striker.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs start their Premier League campaign without Gareth Bale (thigh), Ledley King (foot), Aaron Lennon (knee), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) and Young-Pyo Lee (knee).  This will probably see Ricardo Rocha fill in at left back and Younes Kaboul make his first senior appearance in the middle of defence with Michael Dawson.  Both Hossam Ghaly and Kevin-Prince Boateng lack match practice and will sit the game out too.
  
SUNDERLAND TEAM NEWS : - Midfielder Grant Leadbitter will miss the game with a hamstring injury, wile Carlos Edwards (knee) and Greg Halford (groin) will be given late fitness tests to see if they can make the game.  New record signing Craig Gordon looks set to play after shaking off a shoulder injury.  New striker Roy O'Donovan should be in the squad if he receives his clearance in time.
  
The Club have issued the squad numbers on the eve of the new season ...

1 Paul Robinson 20 Michael Dawson
2 Pascal Chimbonda 21 Wayne Routledge
3 Young-Pyo Lee 22 Tom Huddlestone
4 Didier Zokora 23 Darren Bent
5 Younes Kaboul 24 Jamie O'Hara
6 Teemu Tainio 25 Aaron Lennon
7 Paul Stalteri 26 Ledley King
8 Jermaine Jenas 27 Ben Alnwick
9 Dimitar Berbatov 28 Lee Barnard
10 Robbie Keane 29 Phil Ifil
11 Mido 30 Anthony Gardner
12 Radek Cerny 31  
13 Danny Murphy 32 Benoit Assou-Ekotto
14 Hossam Ghaly 33 Ricardo Rocha
15 Steed Malbranque 34 Andy Barcham
16 Gareth Bale 35 Dorian Dervite
17 Kevin-Prince Boateng 36 Simon Dawkins
18 Jermain Defoe 37 Danny Rose
19 Adel Taarabt 38  

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Thursday 09.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Mido could have his pick of clubs after Middlesbrough allegedly held talks with him over night following Tottenham accepting their offer of around 6 million.  Sunderland are waiting for a reply from the Egyptian and Fulham and Birmingham City are both said to be interested in the forward. 
   Young defender Rodrigo Defendi has made a move to US Avellino of Serie B in Italy after being allowed to find a club to continue his career when Spurs did not offer him a new deal
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   For a preview of Saturday's game at Sunderland, click here
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  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United's 15 point penalty has been upheld by a large majority of other clubs who voted on the panel hearing the appeal.  The decision has disappointed the Whites, who said that they were focused on starting their promotion campaign against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday !!  ...
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Wednesday 08.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Midfielder Danny Murphy is likely to be the subject of a 2 million bid from Leicester City according to the Daily Mirror, with the Daily Star in full agreement.

  OTHER NEWS ... A new British record for the transfer of a goalkeeper was established today when Sunderland signed Craig Gordon from Heart of Midlothian for a fee that could reach 9 million ...
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... A number of members of Norwich City staff were sick after going to a barbeque at the club's ground.  The Canaries deny that there were any parrots that the players compared their vomiting with.


Tuesday 07.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   A Spurs XI beat Grays Athletic 3-2 at the Recreation Ground tonight.  For a match report, click here.
   Football 365 reveal that some little heard of Italian newspaper is spreading rumours that Pascal Chimbonda is heading for Roma and Fiorentina are keen to sign Aaron Lennon, but feel the 17 million asking price is a bit steep.  Egyptian striker Mido is in demand it seems, with Birmingham City ready to re-open talks on a deal with the Spurs forward, while Sunderland are interested, but Niall Quinn's comments that
"Character is important to us. The players showed it in abundance last season and if you're not prepared to scrap in a Sunderland shirt, Roy Keane and Sunderland is not the place for you," might count against the heavily temperamental big man.  The secretive front man would not reveal a potential third buyer, who he said have made an offer, but like any good potential partner, his lips are sealed.  Now there's a first !!

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Leroy Lita has said he doesn't get out of bed for less than a month off for pulling a muscle (and that is not rhyming slang).


Monday 06.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Sunderland and Fulham might be in contention for the services of Spurs striker Mido.  Sunderland are believed to have made a 6 million offer, while the Cottagers could need another striker with injuries hitting their squad.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260146303439  Check out the questions asked of the E-Bay seller.  (Thanks to Steve White for the link)


Sunday 05.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sunday Mirror puts Tottenham as one among ten Premier League clubs who are interested in signing Chilean 18 year old Franco de Santo.  The player arrives in London next week with a big reputation to fit his big size ... he is 6' 4". 
   Former Tottenham defender Dean Richards
has taken the post of Youth Team coach at his first club Bradford City.
  
Our Under-18 side won the Eurofoot tournament in Belgium this afternoon.  Tomas Pekhart scored the only goal of the semi-final against to take Spurs through to meet Anderlecht in the final.  It was a more convincing result, with Tottenham winning 4-0 thanks to goals from Pekhart, Dean Parrett, Jake Livermore and Andros Townsend.  In  addition to the trophy win, new signing Yuri Berchiche won the Player of the Tournament award.

  OTHER NEWS ... Manchester United beat Chelsea in the FA Community Shield at Wembley 3-0 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 ...
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Saturday 04.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Torino 2-0 in a pre-season friendly at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.
   More on Hossam Ghaly's departure from Birmingham City, where he hadn't signed for the promoted club.  Apparently, the BBC site reports that the Sun say that the Egyptian midfielder refused to take part in a running session.  The BBC themselves report that Blues manager Steve Bruce was upset by Ghaly's attitude, which included criticising him and the other players at the club and he said that Ghaly was arrogant and insulting.  With the player virtually sold, Martin Jol signed up Kevin Prince Boateng the next day and told the press that he will have a talk with Ghaly about the situation.

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Friday 03.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Hossam Ghaly's move to Birmingham City has fallen down on "footballing reasons" the Midlands club revealed today, leaving the Egyptian midfielder to return to Spurs.  The Spurs website claims that Ghaly decided not to go through with the move, while a story on TeamTalk claims an incident in a training match saw Ghaly deemed to have a "bad attitude" and as the move hinged on his obtaining a work permit, the paperwork was not completed and the Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce decided to cut his losses and leave the midfielder to return to Tottenham.
   The Daily Mirror reckon that Curtis Davies has pleaded with West Bromwich Albion to allow him to join Spurs.
  
Leyton Orient are taking defender/midfielder Charlie Daniels on loan for the whole of the 2007-08 season.
   Former Spurs trialist Gareth Whalley has left Swindon Town to join Altrincham
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  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United have been given their share in the Football League to allow them to take part in the League One campaign, but only with a 15 point deduction to start the season with...
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Carlos Tevez might join Manchester United for as little as 2 million.  Meanwhile, the legal team involved in this football soap opera are worth about 3 million more after making sure the Argentine is playing for the team of hic choice.


Thursday 02.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Ledley King will be sidelined as he is recovering from his summer operation and will miss another two months football.
   The club announced today that the rights for their UEFA Cup games will be bought by ITV and the matches shown on ITV1 or ITV4 during the campaign.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Mido is on his way to Sunderland in a 6 million deal which is almost complete.  Derby County boss Billy Davies has
put a 5 million price on the head of young forward Giles Barnes to deter Spurs and West Ham United in their efforts to sign the England Under-21 man.

  OTHER NEWS ... Leeds United are in danger of being kicked out of the league with nine days to go before their campaign starts, as they do not have a Company Voluntary Agreement after going into adminstration ...
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  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Carlos Tevez affair is almost over.  Let's hope the on pitch career is as entertaining !!


Wednesday 01.08.2007   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs beat Leyton Orient 4-2 in a pre-season friendly at the Matchroom Stadium tonight.  For a match report, click here.
   Tottenham were never an option for Stewart Downing he today revealed, despite Martin Jol's continued interest over the last 18 months.  The player was sure he would not settle in Tottenham ... not that he would have been living in Tottenham, which would still be a step up from Middlesbrough anyway.
  
The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs are in talks about signing West Bromwich Albion's young centre-half Curtis Davies.

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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Headline on TeamTalk website "Pogatetz to miss Premiership kick-off."  It's not like the hot-headed Boro defender to miss any sort of fight action.

 

 

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