White Hot Lines

August 2008

Sunday  31.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  For reaction, click here.
   The last Sunday before the transfer window closes and a whole pile of links about player who may or may not be coming to Spurs are in the papers.  So, here goes ...
   The People reckon that Dimitar Berbatov will complete his move to Manchester United by the close of the window
for a fee of 25 million.
   He will be replaced, the People tells us, by Real Zaragoza's striking pair Diego Milito and Sergio Garcia, as well as Wigan Athletic's Emile Heskey
.
  
Former Spurs striker Mido added fuel to the Heskey fire by saying that Wigan manager Steve Bruce wants to buy him to replace Heskey.  However, Heskey later stated that he was going nowhere.
  
The News of the World claim that Tottenham will demand the inclusion of 20 year old striker Fraizer Campbell as part of the deal worth 30 million.
  
Depending on whether the Berbatov deal goes through, the Sunday Mirror claim that either Manchester United or Spurs may bid for Newcastle United forward Michael Owen, who is refusing a new contract at the club.
  
The Mail on Sunday think he could be available for as little as 2 million, as he would be able to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.  He will cost 5 million according to the People, but they think only Manchester United are interested in him.
  
Midfielder Lassana Diarra of Portsmouth will be moving to Spurs for 12 million if his club fail to offload a number of players to reduce the wage bill at Fratton Park.
   The Independent on Sunday think that a deal for Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Andrei Arshavin might still go through before the end of the window
.
   The News of the World run a piece stating that midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng
wants to leave Spurs, as he is in the reserves and does not have a squad number.
   The Sunday People reckon that chairman Daniel Levy is being called a skin-flint because he only wanted to pay 12.8 million for 27 year old Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Andrei Arshavin
.
   Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley are included in the England squad for the World Cup 2010 qualifiers
against Andorra and Croatia next week.
  
England Under-17s beat Italy 2-0 at Northampton Town this afternoon, with John Bostock playing for England and Mirko Ranieri featuring in goal for Italy.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Saturday  30.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs have announced that they have completed the signing of Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko from Spartak Moscow.  He joins the club for a fee reported to be around 14 million.
   Tottenham have been drawn away to Newcastle United in the Third Round of the League Cup
.
   The transfer of Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United is expected to go through this weekend for a fee of 25 million plus a 3 million "adjustment" according to the Daily Mirror, to compensate Tottenham for the tapping up of the player through the media.  Some papers claim a late bid by Bayern Munich might challenge United's position, but it is thought that he will move to Old Trafford when Spurs have signed two new strikers.  The Mirror also claim that Spurs are closing on Sporting Lisbon's defensive midfielder Miguel Veloso, while the Daily Mail put a new name in the frame, with Anderlecht's defender Nicolas Pareja, who had just returned from Beijing with a gold medal having played for Argentina in the Olympic Games.  The Times think that Pablo Zabaleta's move to Manchester City will free up Croatian defender Vedran Corluka to join Spurs.  Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin's asking price was 6 million more than Spurs were willing to pay for the 27 year old, with an offer of 16 million rejected by Zenit St. Petersburg.  The Daily Express report that Celtic are seeking to sign midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng on loan for a season with a view to making the deal permanent.  On the website of Guillame Ballague, the Spanish football journalist, it is claimed that Tottenham are offering 10.47 million for Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito and 4.83 million for team-mate and striker Sergio Garcia, but the offer for Garcia may not meet the asking price.
  
Midfielder Didier Zokora has signed a new contract at Spurs taking him through to 2012.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Friday  29.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham have been drawn to play against Polish side Wisla Krokow with the first leg at home on 18th September and the second leg in Poland on 2nd October.
   Spurs are being linked with a move for 36 year old Swedish striker Henrik Larsson, who will be out of contract at Helsingborg in November
.  Everton and Feyenoord are also in for the former Celtic and Manchester United forward the Daily Mail says.  The Times report that Tottenham have come to a verbal agreement with Manchester United to sell them Dimitar Berbatov once the transfer of Roman Pavlyuchenko is completed, although Alex Ferguson is mithering in the papers about how pessimistic he is about signing any more players in an attempt to knock down the price and take another pop at Daniel Levy.  Other stories claim that Damien Comolli wants to keep the striker beyond the transfer window and the Sun claimed in the afternoon, that Bayern Munich (who pursued him when he was with Bayer Leverkusen) are interested in buying the Bulgarian.  The Guardian regurgitate the Miguel Veloso rumour, while Andrei Arshavin has told the Daily Express that it looks like he will be staying with Zenit St. Petersburg (backed up by a comment from the club's manager after the UEFA Super Cup match, when he said Spurs would not meet their 22 million asking price), much the same way that Fredi Kanoute has come out and told the media that he will be continuing his career at Sevilla.  Football 365 reckon the absence of Diego Milito and Sergio Garcia from the Real Zaragoza squad means Tottenham might be preparing a double swoop for the players from the side relegated to the Spanish Second Division.

  OTHER NEWS ... Zenit St. Petersburg beat Manchester United 2-1 to win the UEFA Cup in Monaco tonight ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... In the UEFA Super Cup game in Monaco tonight, Manchester United's Paul Scholes made the least surreptitious attempt at punching a ball into the net ever.  His volleyball-like smash earned him a red card, but drew admiring glances from the Team GB volleyball selectors, who are seriously considering trying to persuade him to come out of international retirement for the 2012 Olympic volleyball team.


Thursday  28.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Independent link Spurs with a move for striker Vincenzo Iaquinta of Juventus.
   The draw for the UEFA Cup First Round takes place tomorrow at Noon, with Spurs amongst the teams in the pots.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Defender Matthew Upson has endeared himself to the fans at Upton Park, but not West Ham United manager by implying that the crowd were right to sing "You're getting sacked in the morning" to Alan Curbishley during the League Cup tie against Macclesfield, which they were losing for about 70 minutes.


Wednesday  27.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Stories in several sources indicate that Spartak Moscow striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is set to sign for Spurs.  Having originally said that he did not want to uproot his family from Russia, his wife has now given him the go-ahead to make the move to London and the price is between 12 million and 14 million.  The forward is waiting for a visa to travel and then will have his medical before agreeing terms with Tottenham.
  
Defender Young-Pyo Lee has been allowed to move to Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee.
   Spurs look set to renew their interest in Zenit St. Petersburg's attacking midfielder Andrei Arshavin, as they are now willing to sell at a lower price than first envisaged.  The BBC website also claims that two more deals will be done before the end of the transfer window on Monday night, with defender Vedran Corluka from Manchester City and Sporting Lisbon's defensive midfielder Miguel Veloso both set to join the club.  However, a deal for Ajax forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is not likely to come to fruition, as the price being asked by the Dutch club is too high for Tottenham.  Steve Bruce says that it would take a hell of an offer to make him think about losing Emile Heskey from Wigan Athletic amid rumours of Tottenham's interest.
   John Bostock captained the England Under-17
in their 1-2 defeat at Rushden and Diamonds' Nene Park.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Tuesday  26.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham are linked on TeamTalk with a move for Italian striker Marco Borriello, who plays for AC Milan, but might not get much of a look in now the Serie A side have bought some new forwards.
  
Reserve defender Charlie Daniels has joined Gillingham on a one month loan deal.
   Reserve striker Tomas Pekhart has been allowed to join SCBC on a loan until January 2009
.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Monday  25.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Independent reckons  that Dimitar Berbatov will be moving to Manchester United soon for between 25 million and 28 million.  The Guardian say that Spurs are looking at Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Ajax as a replacement, the Daily Mail say that Atletico Madrid want 23 million for Diego Forlan if Tottenham want him to come to White Hart Lane, but most sources think it will be 10 million-rated Columbian striker Radamel Falcao of River Plate who takes the Bulgarian's shirt.  Football365 think that Spurs might let Berbatov rot in the reserves if he does not leave in this transfer window, which must really please Development team coach Clive Allen.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Sunday  24.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Manchester United are reported in the News of the World to be ready to lodge a 25 million final offer for Dimitar Berbatov, with Spurs reportedly looking to waste 10 million of that on Wigan Athletic striker Emile Heskey.  God no !!  Apparently Latics manager Steve Bruce wants a deal done quickly if Spurs are interested.  No wonder he does.  He probably think all his birthday's have come at once.  The Sunday Mirror claims that the deal for Manchester City defender Vedran Corluka could still be on this week at 8 million and that the club have circulated a list of eight players, including Ricardo Rocha, Young-Pyo Lee and Paul Stalteri, who are available for sale before the deadline.  Rocha is supposed to be interesting Espanyol in the News of the World, which might see them persuaded to let one of their players go as part of the deal and in the same paper, Plymouth Argyle and SCBC are both interested in taking Czech striker Tomas Pekhart on loan to give him some first team football.
   News heard after yesterday's game is that The Park (the pub next to the BR station at Northumberland Park)
is now boarded up and will become a Spurs Shop.  Like there aren't enough already.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Saturday  23.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham lost 1-2 at home to Sunderland today in the Premier League.  For a match report, click here and for reaction click here.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Friday  22.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Spurs announced that the transfer of Anthony Gardner to Hull City has today been made permanent.  It was news that broke a while ago, but the club have it as completed today.
  
Another confusing change of mind comes in the shape of the Andrei Arshavin transfer.  With a comment that he would not be going to Spurs yesterday, the news today is that he might be available at a knock-down price after all, as Zenit St. Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat said it looked as though the striker was probably joining Tottenham and then he was omitted from their next game.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Thursday  21.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Gillingham have extended defender Leigh Mills' loan spell until January 2009, while making former Spurs reserve Stuart Lewis available to go out on loan.
  
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Alan Hutton is continuing his recovery from a stress fracture of his foot and will not be rushed back into action, while Tom Huddlestone and Jamie O'Hara are both expected to be fit to feature for Spurs. 
   For a preview of Saturday's match against Sunderland, click here.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Wednesday  20.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror claims that Juande Ramos wants to move Dimitar Berbatov on, so that he can bring in Atletico Madrid's Diego Forlan and Blackburn Rovers' Roque Santa Cruz.  Zenit St. Petersburg say that a move to Tottenham for Andrei Arshavin is out of the question and fellow Russian, striker Roman Pavlyuchencko has said he might not want to leave his home country, as he has a new baby and might not want to uproot his family. 
  
Jonathan Woodgate (57 mins), David Bentley (79 mins) and Jermaine Jenas (79 mins) all came on as substitutes in England's 2-2 friendly draw at Wembley against the Czech Republic.
  
Dimitar Berbatov scored both BUlgarian goals in their 2-1 friendly win over Bosnia-Herzogovina tonight.
  
Canada's Paul Stalteri played in the 1-1 World Cup qualifier draw with Jamaica today.
   Luka Modric featured in Croatia's 3-2 friendly victory over Slovenia tonight
.
   Didier Zokora was in the Ivory Coast side that beat Guinea 2-1 today in a friendly
.
   Giovani dos Santos played 56 minutes in Mexico's 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Honduras under new manager Sven Goran Eriksson today.
   Defenders Gareth Bale and Chris Gunter
played for Wales U21 in their 0-1 defeat by Romania at Wrexham today.

  OTHER NEWS ... FA Chief Executive Brian Barwick will leave his post at the end of 2008 ...  ...


Tuesday  19.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror scare Spurs fans with a story that the club are monitoring Anton Ferdinand's situation after West Ham United turned down a 6 million bid from Sunderland for the central defender, although better news on TeamTalk, who say that the lumpy Iron is not a target for Tottenham.  Additionally, the agent of Diego Forlan said he knows nothing about an approach by Spurs and it would be difficult for his goal-scoring client to leave Atletico Madrid anyway.  In The Times, they say that Zenit St. Petersburg say that Andrei Arshavin is not going anywhere unless someone pays over 20 million.
   Tom Huddlestone played 61 minutes
and Aaron Lennon 74 minutes of England Under-21s 2-1 friendly win over Slovenia at Hull City FC tonight.  Jamie O'Hara missed out with a neck injury.
  
Former Spurs reserve striker John Sutton has moved back to Scotland with Motherwell on leaving Wycombe Wanderers for an undisclosed fee.
  
Former Spurs youth midfielder Stuart Thurgood has re-joined Grays Athletic from Gillingham on a season's loan.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... In The Times, Arsene Wenger gives further evidence of his poor eyesight (and a surprising insight into his lifestyle) when he said, "I didn't know the English were good at swimming.  I have been in this country for 12 years and I haven't seen a swimming pool."


Monday  18.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The agent of Andrei Arshavin is still trying to peddle his player Tottenham's way, while some stories claim a deal for Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is close to completion.
  
Jonathan Woodgate missed England training supposedly because of his injury record, although he will be fit to play on Wednesday.  It was also revealed that he won an appeal against a speeding fine in Middlesbrough today, thanks to his brief - "Mr. Loophole", who specialises in getting celebrity people off their motoring offences.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Sunday  17.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Sunday Express claim that Spurs are lining up Newcastle United striker Michael Owen to replace Dimitar Berbatov and this may be because the Sunday Mirror informs us that Tottenham are not going through with the transfer of Andrei Arshavin, because Zenit St. Petersburg will not reduce the asking price sufficiently. Late on, the BBC website reported that Tottenham had pulled out of any deal for Arshavin and were looking at alternative targets.  These did not include Owen nor Pavlyuchenko nor Kanoute
   Jonathan Woodgate and David Bentley are in the England squad for next week's friendly with the Czech Republic
Jermaine Jenas has been called up to replace the injured Michael Carrick.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Saturday  16.08.2008   (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 1-2 at Middlesbrough this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
  
The Sun claim that Dimitar Berbatov has handed in a transfer request, following the lead of Robbie Keane, to try and achieve his move to Manchester United.  With the Daily Mirror saying that the deal to bring Andrei Arshavin to White Hart Lane probably going through this weekend, it looks like that will free up Berbatov to leave for Old Trafford.  The Daily Mail reports that Spurs are still pursuing the transfer of Vedran Corluka, despite Manchester City refusing to allow him to join Tottenham earlier this month, when all seemed set for his move.  The Sun reckons Tottenham are keen to bring Fredi Kanoute back to the club, but Sevilla are asking 12 million for the 30 year old, which is a sticking point with Spurs.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Friday  15.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

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   The big rumour today is about the ever-decreasing asking price of Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin, which might put him within Tottenham's price range.  With the deal maybe hinging on Dimitar Berbatov's move to Manchester United, stories about him being in Manchester having a medical today indicate that Arshavin might be a Spur by the time they host Sunderland at White Hart lane next week.  The Daily Mirror pitch Spurs and Manchester City against each other as they both want to sign Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz.  Where Dimitar Berbatov will end up is a matter for conjecture with the Daily Star reckoning that he will be shown off before their home game on Sunday, but the Sun claim that there will be a twist in the transfer saga, with his final destination being Barcelona.  The Times report that Sevilla have told Tottenham that they are not selling Diego Capel and Fredi Kanoute.
   The  club has announced squad numbers for the first team ...

1  Heurelho Gomes
2  Alan Hutton
3  Gareth Bale
4  Didier Zokora
5  David Bentley
6  Tom Huddlestone
7  Aaron Lennon
8  Jermaine Jenas
9  Dimitar Berbatov
10  Darren Bent
11  Gilberto
14  Luka Modric
16  Chris Gunter
17  Giovani dos Santos
20  Michael Dawson
21  Cesar Sanchez
24  Jamie O'Hara
26  Ledley King
32  Benoit Assou-Ekotto
39  Jonathan Woodgate

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Alan Hutton is the only player absent from the squad as he has picked up a foot injury.  All the new signings and Ledley King are available for selection.
  
MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS : -  Midfielder Julio Arca and defender Chris Riggott both miss the opening game of the season with injury.
   Former Spurs defender Ben Thatcher has joined
Ipswich Town after being released by Manchester City.  It looked like he might sign for West Ham United, but was booed throughout a friendly against Villareal last week, which he played in as a trial.
   Former Spurs midfielder Pedro Mendes has left Portsmouth to join Glasgow Rangers
.
   Former Spurs striker Grzegorz Rasiak has joined Watford on a season long loan from SCBC
.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 


Thursday  14.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Anthony Gardner has signed for Hull City on a permanent basis for 2.5 million, becoming the Premier League newcomers' record signing.
   Juande Ramos is happy that Spurs have enough
attacking options even if Dimitar Berbatov leaves the club, which, if it happens in Daily Mirror style, will cost United 32 million after Tottenham were riled by proclamations that the deal was nearly done.  To try and avoid making a decision on whether United have been playing fast and loose, the Premier League decision makers have made a decision ... to ask Spurs for even more evidence that the Bulgarian had been tapped up through the media.  Can't these people read newspapers or websites ??  The Daily Mail prepares Tottenham's front line for the future, with news of an improved bid of 17 million for Zenit St. Petersburg's attacking midfielder Andrei Arshavin and add to the attack by bringing Fredi Kanoute back from Sevilla.  They also tell us that Barcelona are keen on Berbatov and will enter the bidding, possibly bumping the price up further.
   For some reason, Jose Mourinho reckons that Spurs will finish fourth this season in the Premier League
.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Blackburn Rovers have installed a prayer room at Ewood Park.  With the stories coming out of that part of Lancashire, it looks like they might need one.


Wednesday  13.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Lots of papers, websites, TV and radio stations are all saying that Dimitar Berbatov will be joining Manchester United for around 28 million in the next couple of days.  He was allegedly in Manchester having a medical today, but photos on the Spurs website showed him training with the rest of the squad at Spurs Lodge.  Some rumours are circulating that Tottenham will make a move for Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole; some saying it is an attempt to use Cole as a make-weight to secure Berbatov for the Stamford Bridge club.
   Gareth Bale has extended his contract with Tottenham until the end of July 2012
.
  
Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon and Jamie O'Hara are all in the England Under-21 squad for the friendly game against Slovenia at Hull City FC on Tuesday 19th August.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Tuesday  12.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham completed the signing of goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez from Real Zaragoza today.
   The London Evening Standard claims that the transfer of Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United will finally go through before the opening weekend of the Premier League
with a fee nearer 30 million than 25 million.  Portsmouth are rumoured to be in pole position to sign Ghanaian midfielder Stephen Appiah ahead of Tottenham and West Ham United, so say the Sun.  The BBC website reports that the Brazilian press claim that 27 year old Monaco forward Nene is a target for AS Roma and Spurs, after claiming that he has spoken to representatives of both clubs and hopes that when he played in Spain against Sevilla, that he made a good impression on Juande Ramos.  The player possesses a Spanish passport from his time spent playing in that country, so would not need a work permit.  After Sunday's match, I wonder who he will join ??  The Daily Express relates how Spurs are "furious" at Manchester City's refusal to allow the transfer of Vedran Corluka to go through at the last minute.  Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has said that forward Samuel Eto'o will be staying at the La Liga club for the coming season.
   Darren Bent has attracted the attention of England manager Fabio Capello and he may be included in the country's next match - a friendly against the Czech Republic
.
  
Spurs captain Ledley King was today presented with the Premier League Fair Play trophy for the 2007-08 season.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Monday  11.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Defender Younes Kaboul signed for Portsmouth today in a deal worth a reported 6 million.
   Rumour has it on the Internet (and rumour it is), Vedran Corluka of Manchester City had a medical, agreed personal terms with Spurs and signed a document transferring his registration to Tottenham (co-signed by a City Director authorised for such purposes), which was then faxed to the FA.  The next thing, Mark Hughes says Corluka is staying at Eastlands and the player's agent says he wants to move to White Hart Lane and continue his career there.  Make of that what you will.  And you will !!  Another Manchester City link pops up on TeamTalk, who say that Michael Johnson's refusal of a new deal with the club has alerted seven clubs to his potential availability and one of those clubs is Spurs, who, as we are well aware, are particularly light in the midfield area.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Sunday  10.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat AS Roma 5-0 in a pre-season friendly at White Hart Lane today.  For a match report, click here.
   The News of the World claim that Younes Kaboul has agreed to join Portsmouth in a 6 million deal and will be moving on Monday.  The Sunday People claim that Dimitar Berbatov might snub Manchester United and join Barcelona instead, with rumours that Samuel Eto'o might make the opposite journey as part of the deal.  However, the Sunday Telegraph and some other papers claim that Alex Ferguson might get fed up with the deal and sign Thierry Henry instead.  Then we will see how much he loves Arsenal.  The Daily Star Sunday reckon that Real Madrid are after Luka Modric, even before he has played a competitive game for Tottenham.  The story reckons they will watch him this season with a view to signing him next summer.
   The Daily Star Sunday
appears to have it in for Tottenham today, as they have a story from former Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood saying they should sell off Dimitar Berbatov to stop him "poisoning the dressing room."  Does this sound familiar to anyone about stories which circulated at the time about someone who might have played for Tottenham under Glenn Hoddle ??

  OTHER NEWS ... Manchester United beat Portsmouth in the FA Community Shield 3-1 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in 90 minutes ...  ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The Daily Star Sunday run a piece claiming the Martin Jol wants to replace Rafael van der Vaart, who has joined Real Madrid, with ... wait for it ... Mido !!


Saturday  09.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Not a lot of news surrounding Spurs today, although a number f papers have it as only a matter of time before Dimitar Berbatov joins Manchester United ... with that time being next week apparently.  Andrei Arshavin is still frustrated that the price tag Zenit St. Petersburg have put on him is deterring him moving out of Russia. 

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Friday  08.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   It is reported that a deal has been agreed for the transfer from Real Zaragoza of goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez.  Some stories put it at 240,000, while others have it reported as a loan for a season, with the prospect of it being made permanent next year.
  
Reserve team captain Troy Archibald-Henville has signed for Norwich City on a year long loan.
   However,
Leigh Mills has been recalled from his loan at Brentford, but has gone straight out on a one month loan to Gillingham.
   Spurs are not willing to pay Zenit St. Petersburg 19 million for Andrei Arshavin and willing be moving on to other targets unless their is a change in the Russian club's stance.  The Daily Star reckon that Aston Villa will sign defender Younes Kaboul ahead of Portsmouth, who are struggling to find the money to pay for him.  The Times think that the 6.8 million deal for Manchester City defender Vedran Corluka will go through soon.
   Academy striker Ryan Mason has signed his first professional deal with Tottenham
.
  
Former Spurs midfielder Kevin Watson has left Colchester United to join Luton Town on a free transfer.

  OTHER NEWS ...  ...  ...


Thursday  07.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

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El Mundo, the Spanish newspaper says that Valencia hope to tie up David Villa on an improved contract to stop him leaving.  Spurs defender Younes Kaboul's move to Portsmouth is being delayed, as manager Harry Redknapp is being told to sell players to raise the money to buy the French Under-21 international.  It has also been reported on TalkSport that Andrei Arshavin has gone on strike at Zenit St. Petersburg, as they would not let him speak to Tottenham.  For some reason, the Scottish Sun claim that Spurs will want to spend 12 million on Glasgow Rangers' defender Carlos Cuellar, while former winger Chris Waddle has been putting it about that he thinks Dimitar Berbatov's sulky demeanour and attitude disappoints him, making him think that Tottenham might become a feeder club for the top four if he goes to Manchester United.  Sky Sports website reckon that as soon as Spurs and Manchester City enter into talks, a deal for Croatian defender Vedran Corluka will be agreed and the Setanta Sports website says that Tottenham are in talks with Real Zaragoza about the transfer of goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez.  It is not yet known if Zaragoza will ask for a fee for the 36 year old keeper.  Norwich City are interested in taking central defender Troy Archibald-Henville on loan.
   Former Spurs defender
Luke Young has left Middlesbrough to join Aston Villa for 6 million.

  OTHER NEWS ... Sir Robby Bobson is suffering from his fifth bout of cancer and is saying that the disease will beat him sooner rather than later ...

  CRIME WATCH ... Bournemouth have been given a17 point deduction for their League Two campaign after going into administration last season ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Referee Mark Clattenburg is in trouble with the Professional Referees Organisation because he didn't know where to draw the line with his electrical business' debts.


Wednesday  06.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Having been ready to pay up to 15 million on West Ham United striker Dean Ashton (Lord knows why) and being quoted 18 million (which makes him almost twice as good as Dimitar Berbatov), they have turned their attention to Diego Forlan of Atletico Madrid.  The Daily Star claims that Vedran Corluka will agree an 8 million deal to join Spurs after agreeing personal terms.  Spurs are also supposedly interested in Mateo Musacchio, the 17 year old Argentinian central defender, who plays for Real Madrid Castilla (Real Madrid's reserves).  He only signed for the Spanish side this year though.
   Tottenham Hotspur
are the first club from the Premier League to join the Superleague Formula One racing championship.

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  CRIME WATCH ... Rotherham United have been given a17 point deduction for their League Two campaign after going into administration last season ...

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... West Ham United have sent 6 million to get Freddie Ljungberg ... out of Upton Park !!  No wonder they want 18 million for Ashton.


Tuesday  05.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The deal to bring Derby County goalkeeper Stephen Bywater to Tottenham has fallen through, even though the player had a medical on Friday.  It is not known exactly why the transfer has collapsed, but Spurs are reported to be looking at other options, including Spanish keeper Cesar Sanchez of Real Zaragoza, who would only cost a nominal fee, according to the Daily Mail.  The Sun claim that Spurs are set to sell Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United to fund a 32 million deal to bring Valencia's David Villa to White Hart Lane.  A number of different sources reckon that Tottenham are making a 9.5 million offer for Manchester City's Croatian right back Vedran Corluka in an odd move when we signed a 9 million right back in January, in the shape of Alan Hutton.  Some sources put it at only 7 million though.  So that's alright then !!  The Independent appear to be a bit more grounded, but still think that Spurs will sign Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St. Petersburg with a bid that is improved from their 16 million first offer.  The article says that he would be on about 50,000 a week and not become the "highest paid player in the world."  The Villa deal is said to be worth 100,000 a week to the Spanish striker.  Not something the club have approached in terms of salary to any player and one which would smash the pay structure wide open.

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Monday  04.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Zenit St. Petersburg claim that Tottenham made an offer of 15.8 million, but this was nowhere near the 24 million they want for Andrei Arshavin.  Portsmouth are supposedly still interested in defender Younes Kaboul and want to sign him up before Sunday's Community Shield game with Manchester United, allegedly for 5 million.
  
The Spurs XI that visited Rushden and Diamonds tonight for a pre-season friendly ran out 4-2 winners.  Tomas Pekhart scored a hat-trick and the other goal came from an own goal by Gareth Jellyman.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The two parties reportedly involved in talks with Newcastle United about taking over the mid-table Premier League club have since announced that neither were in talks to buy out Mike Ashley at St. James' Park.  Looks like if nobody is talking to Newcastle, they appear to have been sent to Coventry.


Sunday  03.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham won the Feyenoord Jubileum tournament with a 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund putting them at the top of the table with six points from two games.  For a match report, click here.
   The People run a headline that claims that Juande Ramos will return to Spain to bid 18 million for Atletico Madrid's 29 year old Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan.  They say Tottenham have had one bid rejected already, but may have an alternative target in Monaco's Brazilian forward Nene, who would cost 8 million and holds a Spanish passport.  The Mail on Sunday say that if Tottenham want to obtain the services of Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin, they will have to pay Zenit St. Petersburg 19 million and pay him the highest wages in the world.  It's not going to happen is it ?  But it is if you believe the Sunday Mirror, who inform us that the move will go through this week.  The News of the World reports that Aaron Lennon sensibly does not want to leave Spurs for Newcastle United and it looks like Younes Kaboul won't be moving to Portsmouth, as the South Coast club are not keen on playing 7 million for the French defender.  The NoTW also claims that a 18 million bid for West Ham United forward Dean Ashton has also been knocked back, as they don't want to sell, while Tottenham's reserve striker Andy Barcham is wanted by Chesterfield and Bournemouth.  Good news in the Sunday Mirror ... Anton Ferdinand says he is staying at West Ham United, thus disappointing Spurs, who were reported to be interested in him.  Can't say that I am too disappointed.  The Mail on Sunday reports that Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has said he does not want to play for Tottenham, as he would rather go to Chelsea or Arsenal.
  
The Spurs Academy side narrowly failed to successfully defend their Eurofoot youth tournament trophy when they lost 2-3 to Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Saturday  02.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   The Daily Mirror reports that Zenit St. Petersburg expect Tottenham to return to negotiations for their international midfielder Andrei Arshavin, despite Spurs having pulled back from transfer talks about the player because of the price being asked.
  
Former Spurs reserve keeper Shwan Jalal has gone on loan at Bournemouth from Peterborough United.

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Friday  01.08.2008   (For other Spurs history on this day click here; For the current news on each player in the squad, click here)

   Tottenham beat Glasgow Celtic 2-0 in the Feyenoord Jubileum tournament this evening.  For a match report click here.
  
The BBC website says that a source at the club claims that Tottenham have ended their interest in Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin.  it is claimed that Spurs only wanted to offer 16 million, while Zenit St. Petersburg wanted 24 million.  The Daily Star report that Juande Ramos says that Dimitar Berbatov will be in the Spurs side that starts the new season and the paper also reckons that the club are on the brink of signing Derby County goalkeeper Stephen Bywater.
  
Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido reckons Daniel Levy is a "hypocrite" after criticising Manchester United for trying to tap up Dimitar Berbatov.

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