White Hot Lines

August 2009

Sunday  30.08.2009
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   Harry Redknapp is set to make a last ditch 2 million offer for Portsmouth goalkeeper David James before the transfer deadline the News of the World reports.
   The paper also notes that Spurs might be planning a 2 million bid for SCBC's 20 year old midfielder
Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been told by the French Under-21 manager that he must move to progress his international career.
   Everton are willing to spend 10 million of the money they received for Joleon Leescott on Spurs winger David Bentley according to the Sunday Mirror.
   The News if the World also claim that Tottenham's move for Internacional midfielder Sandro for 12 million will not go through this transfer window, because of a hold-up over a work permit.  It is said that a new bid for the 20 year old will be planned for January.
   As a throw-away line in the same article, the paper mentions that David James will not be joining Spurs while Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini are still on the books as they are high earners.  Also, the NoTW reckons Spurs might be able to sign Internazionale midfielder Sulley Muntari.
   Derby County have extended the loan of Jake Livermore until the end of January.  The Spurs midfielder scored his first goal for the club yesterday in the 2-3 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
   Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Peter Crouch are included in the England squad for the country's friendly against Slovenia and the World Cup qualifier against Croatia on the 5th and 9th of September.
   Gareth Bale is out of Wales' last World Cup qualifier s he has not fully recovered from his ankle operation.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Saturday  29.08.2009
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   Tottenham beat Birmingham City 2-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.
   Preston North End will be Spurs' next opponents in the League Cup after they were paired in the Third Round draw.
   The Daily Mail claim that Spurs have told Zenit St. Petersburg that they can buy Roman Pavlyuchenko for 10 million, although the Russian club are only ready to offer 9 million spread over two years.
   In the same paper they mention that Tottenham have enquired about Spartak Moscow's out of favour 30 year old Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa.
   Everton want to take Alan Hutton on a season long loan according to the Sun.
   The Under-18 Academy side lost 1-3 to Manchester United today, with Kudos Oyenuga scoring the Tottenham goal.

   OTHER NEWS ... Manager Simon Davey has left Barnsley by mutual consent ... ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The BBC Football website reports that the Daily Mirror says, "Everton will ask Tottenham about taking winger David Bentley after being quoted 15 for the former Blackburn winger last week."

Friday  28.08.2009
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   Midfielder Jamie O'Hara has signed a new contract that takes him through to 2013 at Spurs, but has gone out on loan to Portsmouth until December with the possibility of the spell being extended.  This was after the Mail said that Birmingham City were keen on signing him permanently.
   Midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng has left Spurs to join Portsmouth for 4 million on a three year deal.
   Spurs are said to be close to completing the signing of Brazilian defensive midfielder Sandro, despite having had a 14 million offer knocked back by Internacional.
   Tottenham have agreed a sporting link-up with Sport Club Internacional of Brazil.
   The Sun claims that Harry Redknapp is keen to sign Internazionale midfielder Sulley Muntari and he paper reckons that Jermaine Jenas might go in the opposite direction.
   Le Harve midfielder Kevin Anin will only join Spurs should they make a cash offer for him, the same paper tells us.
   Olympiakos are interested in taking Giovani Dos Santos on loan.
   Left back Gareth Bale is being looked at as a possible loan player by Newcastle United.
   David Bentley has been fined 600 and banned from driving for a year after appearing at St. Albans Magistrates Court following a crash earlier in the month when his Porsche hit a tree in Potters Bar.  Harry Redknapp said the club would be fining him the maximum amount possible.
   The Times have said that Everton are keen to sign David Bentley on loan until the end of the season, although Tottenham would prefer the majority of the 15 million spent on the winger last summer. 
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Benoit Assou-Ekotto might be the only absentee from the Spurs line up from the win over West Ham United.
   BIRMINGHAM CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Kevin Phillips and Keith Fahey could both return, as could defender Gregory Vignal, who could come in for ex-Spur Stephen Carr.
   Former Spurs midfielder Michael Brown has left Wigan Athletic to join Portsmouth for a nominal fee.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsene Wenger is furious as UEFA have better sight than him and could see Eduardo dive when he couldn't.

Thursday  27.08.2009
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   Pascal Chimboda has joined Blackburn Rovers for a fee of over 2 million.
   French football paper L'Equipe claims that Tottenham's request to take Le Harve midfielder Kevin Anin on loan has been turned down, although the player has said he is keen to join Spurs.
   The club have also been unsuccessful in a 14 million bid for Internacional and young Brazil midfielder Sandro.
   For a preview of Saturday's game against Birmingham City, click here.
   Former Spurs striker Grzegorz Rasiak has left Southampton to join Reading.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Wednesday  26.08.2009
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   Tottenham beat Doncaster Rovers 5-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium in the League Cup tonight.  For a match report, click here.
   Blackburn Rovers are said to be close to completing a deal to sign defender Pascal Chimbonda for a fee of over 2 million according to the BBC Sport website.
   The Press Association are reporting that Spartak Moscow are willing to re-sign their former striker Roman Pavlyuchenko for 10 million.
   In the Daily Mail they claim that Spurs are chasing the signatures of
15 million rated Internacional and Brazil midfielder Sandro, Dinamo Zagreb striker Mario Mandzukic and a loan deal for midfielder Kevin Anin of French side Le Havre .

   OTHER NEWS ... Portsmouth's long-awaited take-over has finally been completed ... ... 

Tuesday  25.08.2009
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   In a Russian newspaper, Roman Pavyluchenko has said that he may need to leave Tottenham because of the lack of first team opportunities harming his chances of leading his country to the World Cup finals.
   French paper L'Equipe claims Spurs have made a bid for Le Harve midfielder Kevin Anin.
   The Sun reckons Burnley are trying to buy goalkeeper Ben Alnwick for 1 million.
   Harry Redknapp has said that he will not be making moves for Portsmouth goalkeeper David James or Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole during the summer transfer window
   The Guardian somewhat comically report that Harry Redknapp is interested in Sunderland's former Spurs winger Andy Reid.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Harry Redknapp will ring the changes to give the fringe players in the squad a chance of a game at Doncaster including Peter Crouch, David Bentley and Roman Pavyluchenko among others.
   DONCASTER ROVERS TEAM NEWS : -   Brian Stock (ankle) and James Coppinger (knee) are out of the running to be in the Rovers side against Spurs but midfielder Martin Woods returns after injury.
   For a brief preview of the game, click here.
   Former Spurs defender Sol Campbell as joined Notts. County after he had been released by Portsmouth.

   OTHER NEWS ... In tonight's League Cup game between West Ham United and Millwall, one fan was stabbed in pre-match violence and their ere a number of times owing to pitch invasions by West Ham United fans ... in the game between Swansea City and Scunthorpe United, the Welsh side were reduced to seven players in extra time when one left the field injured after three substitutes had been used and three Swans players were sent off ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... 

Monday  24.08.2009
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   Sky Sports website report that Tottenham are looking at Wilson Palacios' countryman Oscar Chavez, a 26 year old central defender with the Platense club.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Sunday  23.08.2009
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   Tottenham won 2-1 against at Upton Park this afternoon.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
   The Sunday Mirror claims Harry Redknapp is hoping to be re-united with former West Ham United prodigy Joe Cole after the paper reckons Spurs will launch a 10 million bid for the midfielder.
   Jermaine Jenas is being considered by Aston Villa as a replacement for Gareth Barry the News of the World claim.
   The NoTW also report that Glasgow Celtic are considering a 10 million package from Tottenham for Aiden McGeady and Scott Brown.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Saturday  22.08.2009
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   The club have announced that a share issue of 30 million additional shares to raise 15 million to cover the professional fees and preparation costs to put the club in a position to make a planning application for the new stadium.  It is expected that the application will be submitted soon.
   Glasgow Celtic manager Tony Mowbray has told the Press that he does not think that Aiden McGeady will be leaving the club despite interest from Tottenham .
   Tottenham's under-18s lost 2-3 at Middlesbrough in their first Premier Academy League match of the season.  Anton Blackwood and Paul-Jose M'Poku were the Spurs scorers.  Click here for a match report.
   Former Spurs defender Calum Davenport is in hospital in a serious condition after he and his mother were involved in a incident on Saturday morning where they were both stabbed, the West Ham player in both legs.  Two men have been arrested in Derby over the attack.

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Friday  21.08.2009
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Harry Redknapp will once more be without Michael Dawson, Jonathan Woodgate, Gareth Bale and Jermaine Jenas, who have been joined on the sidelines by Heurelho Gomes, who sustained a thigh injury ay Hull on Wednesday.  Ledley King should be ready to play after being rested following the Liverpool game and David Button will be on the bench as over for Carlo Cudicini.
  WEST HAM UNITED TEAM NEWS : -   Long term ankle victim Dean Ashton is still out and is joined on the sick list by Luis Boa Morte and Valon Behrami (both knee), while Herita Ilunga may be out with a facial injury.  James Tomkins may be back in contention for the Irons following a foot injury.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Harry Redknapp is to make a 2 million bid for Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.
   The confirmation of former Spurs defender Ian Culverhouse as assistant manager at Norwich City has also been accompanied by news that former Tottenham midfielder Ian Crook will be remaining a the club as first team coach.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Thursday  20.08.2009
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   Depending which Scottish paper you read, either Harry Redknapp is set to try and batter down the 10 million asking price for Glasgow Celtic midfielder Scott Brown in the Scottish Daily Mail or to change tack and pay over 5 million for the same club's Irish winger Aiden McGeady according to the Scottish Sun.
  Following confirmation of Heurelho Gomes' groin injury, Spurs have recalled David Button from his loan spell at Crewe Alexandra.
  Sky Sports website have a story claiming that Tottenham have invited Le Havre midfielder Kevin Anin to have a trial and despite the 23 year-old being courted by a number of French clubs, he is keen on a move to the Premier League and his club are resigned to losing him after they were relegated to Ligue 2 last season .

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple is quitting football as he no longer enjoys it and says it is not what he though tit was going to be.  In a move similar to that of ex-Spurs keeper Espen Baardsen, he is going to pursue a career away from the game on his return to Ireland.

Wednesday  19.08.2009
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   Tottenham won 5-1 away at the KC Stadium against Hull City tonight.  For a match report, click here.  Reaction to follow.
   Benoit Assou-Ekotto has signed a new contract extension to take his contract to 2013.
   The Glasgow Celtic midfielder Scott Brown is the subject of speculation in the Daily Telegraph hinting an 8 million bid is being readied by Spurs.  After last night's showing against Arsenal, it still seems too much.
   The Independent claim that Harry Redknapp will not make a move for Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.
   Everton are being linked in the Daily Mirror with a 12 million move for David Bentley and Alan Hutton.
   The Daily Express carry an article in which Redknapp claims the rest of the Premier League are jealous as Spurs have Luka Modric.
   Former Spurs midfielder Johnnie Jackson has left Colchester United to join Notts. County for an undisclosed sum.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Tuesday  18.08.2009
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   The Daily Star links David James with Spurs, as the goalkeeper is desperate to leave Fratton Park as the takeover of Portsmouth falters.  Harry Redknapp said he would be interested in the goalie, but he already has two good keepers.
   In the Daily Mail they report that Martin O'Neill is lining up bids for David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas.  it claims that David Bentley will bring in 6 million and a further 2 million if conditions are met, while Jenas will see Villa pay 7 million.  I am not sure that the fees are likely to please Daniel Levy, although the article reckons that the money from the deals is designed to fund a 10 million move for Glasgow Celtic midfielder Scott Brown, while I would not class the bids for the two Spurs players as ones the club could not refuse.  The Spurs boss said they are both in his plans and he had not heard from Martin O'Neill about any interest in the two midfielders.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs central defender Ledley King will miss the trip to Hull City after playing against Liverpool on Sunday.  Midfielder Jermaine Jenas is still out with a calf injury and Gareth Bale's foot problem might rule him out.  Michael Dawson (Achilles) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) will be out of the squad for a while yet.
   HULL CITY TEAM NEWS : -  Hull City captain Ian Ashbee will be out for eight of nine months after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury, the same problem that keeps Jimmy Bullard on the side-lines with Richard Garcia.  Former Spur Dean Marney picked up a knee injury on Saturday at Chelsea to rule him out of the game, while Craig Fagan's hernia makes him a non-starter and Jozy Altidore is awaiting a work permit to allow him to feature for the Tigers.
   The Daily Star claims that Harry Redknapp has banned the drinking of alcoholic beverages after the accident suffered while under the influence last week.
   Former Spurs defender Ian Culverhouse will move to Carrow Road as assistant manager at Norwich City under Paul Lambert after leaving Colchester United.

   OTHER NEWS ... Norwich City have appointed Colchester United boss Paul Lambert as their new manager ... ... 

Monday  17.08.2009
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   Spurs are reported in the Daily Mirror to be interested in buying Kieran Richardson of Sunderland and Manchester City winger Martin Petrov.
   The Daily Mail claim that Spurs have denied making a 10 million bid for Glasgow Celtic midfielder Scott Brown.  Thank goodness for that.
   Tottenham are among a clutch of clubs mentioned in connection with a move for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Robert Koren, who doesn't want to join Glasgow Celtic.
   Jermain Defoe has been stopped by the police in Essex again after visiting his mother on Sunday night following the win over Liverpool and his solicitor claims it is questionable as to why he was pulled over just days after saying he will sue the police for wrongful arrest.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Ledley King has been reported as saying, "It has been quiet here. There has not been too much talk about us and the top four.  For the last few seasons everyone has been talking about us doing this and that. Now it has been nice to say nothing and just work hard. With the quality we have got, we can break into the top four." 

Sunday  16.08.2009
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   Tottenham beat Liverpool 2-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.  For reaction, click here.
   The News of the World claim Spurs are going to spend 10 million on Glasgow Celtic's midfielder Scott Brown.
   David Bentley is wanted by Manchester City, but Everton are also keen, with the asking price about 9 million according to the Sunday Express.
   Spurs are accused of tapping up Peter Crouch and causing Portsmouth to accept a fee of 9 million, when Fulham and Sunderland were ready to pay 10 million says Pompey Chief Executive Peter Storrie in the News of the World.
   The Sunday People claim that Spurs may still be interested in Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben should his club cut the price being required for the ex-Chelsea man.
   A couple of days after MEHSTG's story about Spurs watching Gillingham striker Simeon Jackson, the News of the World run a piece saying Tottenham are planning a 1.5 million bid for the Canadian international.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... The Sunday Mirror report that Freddie Ljungberg missed Seattle Sounders' game against LA Galaxy as he was suffering from "disorientation and memory loss."

Saturday  15.08.2009
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   The Times indicate that Aston Villa might move for winger David Bentley, but that he would only be a squad player at Villa Park.  The Sun report that Harry Redknapp says Bentley still has a future at Spurs, as long as he behaves himself.
   For a preview of tomorrow's game, click here.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Friday  14.08.2009
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs will be without Michael Dawson and Jonathan Woodgate with Achilles and groin problems, while Jermaine Jenas misses out with a calf injury.  Gareth Bale is still sidelined with a knee problem
   LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS : -  Alberto Aquilani will be missing for a few weeks after undergoing an operation on his ankle, while Steven Gerrard is doubtful with a broken fist ... no sorry, a groin injury, but Jamie Carragher's ankle and Martin Skrtel's hamstring are not expected to stop them playing on Sunday at White Hart Lane.
   MEHSTG has received word that assistant manager Joe Jordan was rumoured to be at Priestfield on Tuesday, supposedly watching Gillingham striker Simeon Jackson.
   Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker have had their one month loan deals at Yeovil Town extended to three months.
   Former Spurs reserve winger Emil Hallfredsson has completed a deal for a season long loan at Barnsley.
   Former Spurs reserve keeper Tommy Forecast has moved to Grimsby Town on loan for one month from SCBC.

   OTHER NEWS ... Norwich City has sacked Bryan Gunn as their manager after one week of the new season ... ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... Arsene Wenger has said that when he said he didn't see it, he lied and he did really, but didn't want to implicate his own players.  I can't see it myself.

Thursday  13.08.2009
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   Tottenham are today linked with a 5 million move for Crystal Palace forward Victor Moses according to the Daily Star.  That should please Simon Jordan !!.
   The Guardian reckon that Harry Redknapp might move for Glasgow Celtic's midfielder Scott Brown at 8 million as a cheaper alternative to Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who they want at least 15 million for.
   While there has been no hint of a rumour about Tottenham having any interest in Nadir Belhadj of Portsmouth ,the defender has said that if Harry Redknapp wanted to come in for him, he could not say no.  Perhaps this is tapping up in reverse ?
   The 17 year old brother of former Spurs defender Luke Young, Andre has been found dead in Crete.  MEHSTG's thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

   OTHER NEWS ... Chester City have received their affiliation to the Football League and can finally start their Conference season ... Livingston have failed in their appeal against relegation to the Scottish Third Division after going into administration ... 

   CRIMEWATCH ... David Bentley has been arrested and charged with drink driving after a car collided with a lamp post in Northaw, Potter Bar, Hertfordshire in the early hours of the morning.  He will be required to appear at St. Albans Magistrates Court on August 28th ... Bentley issued a statement on the club website apologising for his actions ... 

Wednesday  12.08.2009
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   Tottenham have been drawn away against Doncaster Rovers in the Carling Cup Second Round, with the game to be played the week starting August 24th.
   Jermaine Defoe came on for England as a substitute at the start of the second half to score twice to secure a 2-2 draw with Holland in a friendly in Amsterdam.
   Alan Hutton played the whole of Scotland 0-4 World Cup qualifier defeat in Norway tonight.
   Croatia included Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka in their side and both stayed on the pitch for the whole of their 3-1 win over Belarus away in the World Cup qualifier tonight.
   The Republic of Ireland were captained by Robbie Keane, as they went down 0-3 to Australia in their friendly match in Munster.
   Giovani Dos Santos was in the Mexico side that beat the USA 2-1 in their World Cup qualifying match today.
   Russia lost 2-3 to Argentina in a friendly match in Moscow tonight, but Roman Pavlyuchenko was on the score-sheet for the home side in this friendly.
   Wilson Palacios was a member of the Honduras team which beat Costa Rica 4-0 in their World Cup qualifying group tonight.
   Heurelho Gomes was an unused substitute as Brazil beat Estonia 1-0 in an international friendly tonight.
   Morocco's 1-1 draw with Congo featured Adel Taarabt in the home team.
   The Guardian claims that Aston Villa are interested in Spurs midfielders Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley.
   Jonathan Woodgate's absence after surgery might make Harry Redknapp plunge into the transfer market again, as the defender could be out for up to two months.
   In the Sun, they claim that Spurs are set to up their offer for Moussa Sissoko of Toulouse to 15.5 million from 12m million, but the French club are reportedly holding out for 25 million.
   The same paper runs a story that has appeared elsewhere about Manchester City winger Martin Petrov not being happy about sitting on the bench at Eastlands and thinking about a move, so the Sun link him with Spurs once again.
   Defender Dorian Dervite is keen to move away from White Hart Lane to progress his career and Montpelier and Lens have contact him from his home country, while Ajax are supposedly keen on the stopper, along with Villareal, who the Times claim are offering a four year deal to the Frenchman.

   OTHER NEWS ... Martin Ling has been re-appointed as manager of Cambridge United following the resignation of the club's chairman.  Ling resigned after nine days in the job, nine days ago ... ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Grant Leadbitter, who is a midfielder at Sunderland appeared in court on a charge of speeding at 112 mph and his excuse was he thought the car following him was full of angry Newcastle United fans.  It was actually full of Police.

Tuesday  11.08.2009
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   Reserve striker Jon Obika has rejoined Yeovil Town on loan following a spell at Huish Park last season.
   Jonathan Woodgate has had a minor groin operation and will be back in rehabilitation soon, but no length of time has been specified for his recovery.
   Danny Rose played the whole 90 minutes of England Under-21s 0-0 draw in Holland tonight, while Kyle Naughton came on as a 58th minute substitute.
   A Spurs XI lost 1-2 at Sutton United tonight, with the Tottenham goal coming from Paul-Jose M'Poku.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Monday  10.08.2009
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   Midfielder Jake Livermore has joined Derby County on a month's loan, but will not be able to play for the Rams until 22nd August, as he is serving a ban for getting sent off in the last two Spurs reserve games of the season.
   Spurs revealed that new signing Sebastien Bassong will be available to play against Liverpool on Sunday, as his suspension applied to Newcastle United matches and one at the end of last season against Aston Villa and one on Saturday against West Bromwich Albion serves the two game ban.
   The Spurs XI friendly at Sutton United is on tomorrow night with a 7:30 p.m. kick off.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... the SFA Chief Executive Gordon Smith failed to respond to comments made by Barry Ferguson regarding the termination of his Scotland career after he stayed up late drinking while on international duty and then sat on the bench at the country's game, flicking V-signs to the press.  Smith issued a "we will not respond to these comments" statement, which repeatedly said he would not be responding to the comments, as Scotland have an important game on Wednesday and that he wouldn't respond, because the comments have been timed to coincide with the game, which was an important one and that was why he wasn't going to respond to the comments, which Ferguson has waited for four months to make, so there was no point responding to them.

Sunday  09.08.2009
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   Tottenham beat Olympiakos 3-0 in a friendly at White Hart Lane today.  For a match report, click here.
   The News of the World are linking Tottenham with a new 21 million bid for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.
   In the Mail On Sunday, they claim that Aston Villa, Everton, Manchester City and Spurs are all after Real Madrid's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.
   AC Milan's interest in Gareth Bale is being reflected in his agent's quote to the Italian press that he would be interested in a move.  12 million is rumoured to be the asking price for the Welsh full back.
   The Sunday People keeps banging on about Spurs wanting Glasgow Celtic midfielder Scott Brown for 7 million, but I am not sure he would be good value at that price.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... very sensibly, Theo Walcott has said that his priority is being involved in next summer's World Cup finals with England rather than winning silverware with Arsenal this season, so he told the Sunday Express.

Saturday  08.08.2009
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   The Sun reckon that Everton and Spurs are chasing Victor Obinna of Internazionale and Nigeria for about 3 million.
   Jermain Defoe has been included in the England squad for their friendly against Holland on August 12th.
   Former Spurs midfielder Rohan Ricketts is having a trial at Aberdeen.
   Former Spurs transfer target, defender Dani Jarque of Espanyol has died of a heart attack in pre-season training in Italy aged just 26.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

Friday  07.08.2009
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   Tottenham are supposedly trying to nip in ahead of Luca Toni's move to West Ham United and take the Italian striker to White Hart Lane.  Having said he was not for sale, it now appears that the forward wants to play in England.
   Spurs are again linked with Lee Cattermole of Wigan Athletic after the Latics signed a midfielder from France.

   OTHER NEWS ...  ... ... 

  MEHSTG's spin story ... The whole of the Football League programme for the first day of the season had to be postponed after it was discovered that the FA don't know what they are doing.  This follows hard on the heels of the Scottish FA having to cancel the first day of the SPL and Scottish Football league season after so many teams had been moved between the leagues that the fixtures were being chosen by a 13 year old using the 'shuffle' feature on his iPod.

Thursday  06.08.2009
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   Tottenham announced that they had signed Newcastle United central defender Sebastien Bassong for a figure believed to be about 8 million.  The 23 year old is suspended for the first two games of the season, which would not help Spurs who may be without Michael Dawson, Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King for the opening of the campaign. 
   Darren Bent thinks his "Twitter" message helped speed up his move to Sunderland, but it sounds as though he couldn't get there quick enough, with veiled criticism of the club saying "There's a lot of politics at Tottenham, but then that's Tottenham as a club."  Does he mean that there are late night discussions over Peel's repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 and his views did not coincide with those of Pascal Chimbonda, who thinks Peel and Wellington should have stuck to their original position on the matter.
   A number of sources this morning claimed that Tottenham's bid of 12 million for Moussa Sissoko of Toulouse was rejected as it is half what the French club want for their young midfielder.
   The Guardian have Spurs down for also attracting the likes of Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben and Blackburn Rovers defender Stephen Warnock as well as Bassong and Beevers.
   Links that Spurs were about to return to Sheffield to sign Wednesday defender Mark Beevers have been rejected by manager Brian Laws, who said there have been no offers for the talented 19 year old, despite the Daily Mail claiming Tottenham had bid 2 million for him.
   Ipswich Town are keen to take midfielder Giovani Dos Santos on loan from Spurs for the coming season after his successful spell there at the end of the last campaign.
   Black burn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce said Tottenham's interest in giant defender Christian Samba was complete nonsense.  He said he had spoken to Harry Redknapp who thought the same.  Nice to know that Spurs fans are probably thinking along the same lines as the manager.
   Leyton Orient have signed up winger Andros Townsend on a one month loan from Spurs.
   Former Spurs winger Peter Taylor has signed reserve team full back Adam Smith on a one month loan from Tottenham.
   Unfortunately, we have been notified that the 25 intrepid Spurs fans who travelled to China to see Spurs take part in the Asia Trophy were caught up in
crowd trouble within the Tottenham section of the ground before the final against Hull City on the Friday.  This was caused by West Ham "supporters" who had seemingly bought tickets from touts in the Spurs end of the ground, where they displayed their ICF flags.
Apart from this they report that i
t was a fantastically run event with the people from China being most supportive and helpful towards the Tottenham Hotspur fans present.  It is a shame the experience was spoiled by the few.
   Trevor Bishop is taking over a pub
in Cheshire and is thinking of getting a Spurs supporters club started in the Cheshire area, so it would be possible to hold all the meetings there and watch the games on Sky there too.  If anyone is interested in joining with Trevor to get something going, please get in touch by e-mail at trevor_bishop@sky.com.
   A limited run of 750
perfect copies of the seminal book "Tottenham Boys We Are Here" are now available from Gary at anglosaxon58@yahoo.co.uk and are available for purchase using paypal or by contacting Gary you can find out where they will be on sale.

   OTHER NEWS ... Following Chester City's plunge into administration for a second time and a worry about their ability to fulfil their fixtures, the FA have hit them with a 25 point deduction for the coming league season in the Blue Square Premier ... ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Arsenal players are apparently mocking Andre Arshavin's voice by comparing him to the Compare The Market dot com advertising campaign, which features a meerkat with a Russian accent. 

Wednesday  05.08.2009
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   Spurs have completed the sale of Darren Bent to Sunderland for an initial 10 million, rising to 16.5 million on various conditions being triggered.
   The Sun claim that the Black Cats are still keen on signing defender Michael Dawson from Tottenham ...
   ... and reckon that Spurs want to sign giant central defender Christopher Samba from Blackburn Rovers for 10 million to cover for existing injuries in that department.
   If Spurs want to sign Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse, they will have ot shell out 25 million for the midfielder.
   Kyle Naughton and Danny Rose have been selected for the England Under-211 squad to face the Netherlands in a friendly on 11th August.
   A Spurs XI lost at Crawley Town 1-4 tonight in a friendly.  The Spurs goal came from an Andros Townsend penalty.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Mark Wilson and David Nugent have been fined for hitting each other with planks of wood as part of Portsmouth's pre-season tour.  How thick are they ??

Tuesday  04.08.2009
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   Sky Sports claim that Newcastle United central defender Sebastian Bassong has said he is keen to join Tottenham and work with Harry Redknapp.  This follows a story in the Daily Mirror that the French defender is ready to put in a transfer request to get away to Spurs or Manchester City.
   The Daily Express report that when the sale of Darren Bent to Sunderland goes through, Spurs will push ahead with a bid for Real Madrid's Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
   Pascal Chimbonda is Hull City's Plan B should their move for Newcastle United's Habib Beye fall through, according to the Sun.
   The Daily Mail reckon that Jonathan Woodgate could miss the first month of the season if he undergoes a hernia operation.
   Former Spurs youth midfielder Quinton Fortune has joined Doncaster Rovers.

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   CRIMEWATCH ... Jermaine Defoe has been charged with speeding at 45 mph in a 30 mph zone in Potters Bar in his Ferrari, earning him a 500 fine and four points on his licence ... ... 

  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Michael Owen said today that he is "serious about horses

  MEHSTG's no-spin story 2  ... Martin Ling has quit as manager of Cambridge United after nine days following a fall out with the chairman of the Blue Square Premier club.

Monday  03.08.2009
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   Jonathan Woodgate may need a hernia operation to clear up his injury problem.
   Harry Redknapp has said that he has never hear of Hull City making a 7 million bid for defender Alan Hutton, however, the Guardian claim that the Tigers might now roar after Pascal Chimbonda.
   The Daily Mirror claim that Spurs are to make a 10 million move for Joe Cole of Chelsea and that there is also an interest in Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.  Later, Chelsea said they do not intend to sell midfielder Cole.  Meanwhile, in the Sun, they run a piece stating that James does not want to move from Fratton Park.
   The Guardian reckon that Harry Redknapp is still seeking a defensive midfielder from
Patrick Vieira, Mark van Bommel of Bayern Munich, Mahamadou Diarra of Real Madrid and Fabrice Muamba of Birmingham City, while the Times link Spurs with Moussa Sissoko of Toulouse and the captain of the Brazil Under-20 side Sandro of Internacional.
   The Daily Express say that Arsenal hope to sign Spurs transfer target Patrick Vieira  from Internazionale for 750,000.
   Aston Villa have agreed a fee for the transfer of another Tottenham target, midfielder Fabian Delph.
   The Daily Mirror think that Newcastle United central defender Sebastian Bassong will be snapped up by Manchester City and not Spurs.
   Former Spurs striker Mido has joined El Zamalek of Egypt on a year long loan from Middlesbrough.

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  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Owen Coyle, the Burnley manager, was speaking about Manchester City's spending power and perhaps forgetting his club's promotion, said that City were "in a different league."

Sunday  02.08.2009
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   Spurs lost 0-2 to South China in Hong Kong in the Panasonic Invitation tournament today.  For a match report, click here.
   Tottenham today had a 10 million bid for Newcastle United central defender Sebastian Bassong turned down by the Championship club, according to Sky Sports sources.  Harry Redknapp later denied these reports, although he added that he was a player he was interested in.
   In the Sunday People, there is a piece suggesting that Spurs want Sunderland to go to 15 million if they want to sign Darren Bent.
   Not content on messing Tottenham about by threatening to pull out of a deal for Darren Bent, Sunderland are linked with bids for David Bentley and Michael Dawson in the Sunday People.  The deal would be worth 16 million for the pair and the paper speculates that Harry Redknapp may use the money to fund a bid for Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole and Manchester City centre half Richard Dunne.
   The News of the World claim Harry Redknapp may be looking to sign Bayern Munich's Dutch captain Mark van Bommel for 5 million, after failing to engineer a move for Patrick Vieira.  If Spurs do complete a deal for van Bommel, it will be eight years after their first move for the midfielder.
   The Sunday People also reckon that transfer target Klaas Jan Huntelaar is also being tracked by AC Milan and Ajax, while Portsmouth goalkeeper David James has said he does not intend to move on form Fratton Park, despite links with interest from Spurs.
   Kyle Walker played for the England Under-19s in their 0-2 European Championship final defeat by host country Ukraine.
   The Under-18 side claimed fifth place in the EuroFoot tournament with a 4-0 win over Standard Liege, with goals from Chace O'Neil , Cameron Lancaster, Kudos Oyenuga and Coskun Ekim.

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Saturday  01.08.2009
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   The Daily Star claims that Darren Bent has been fined two weeks wages (quoted as being 120,000) for his Twitter outburst about Daniel Levy's handling of his transfer deal.
   Steve Bruce has threatened to pull the plug on the Bent transfer, as he feels that progress is not being made, with him alleging that no fee has been agreed yet and he has not had permission to speak to the player either.
   The Under-18s drew 2-2 with Gent and beat Willem II 2-0 before losing 0-1 to Anderlecht and failing to qualify for the semi-finals of the Eurofoot competition in Belgium.

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