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August 2011

This page gives you a diary of events as they have happened at the club during this month. 
News of all current and former players will be included, as well as any other Spurs related story, rumour or innuendo.

The MEHSTG spin story is our own unique take on some of the big breaking stories of the day ... with our 
"spin" (and little truth) attached to it !!  There are also "no spin" stories, which are strange but true !! 
You couldn't make them up !!

 

Wednesday 31.08.2011
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   Transfer deadline day and here are the happened and rumoured transfers involving Spurs today ....

HAPPENED
   Spurs completed the transfer of midfielder Scott Parker for £5 million from West Ham United.
   David Bentley went to Upton Park on a season long loan.
   Young midfielder Callum Tapping left to join Heart of Midlothian for an nominal fee.
   Midfielder Wilson Palacios moved to Stoke City for an undisclosed fee thought to be between £8 million and £6 million.
   Stoke City also signed forward Peter Crouch for a fee believed to be £12 million.
   Scottish right back Alan Hutton signed a four year deal with Aston Villa and cost them about £3 million.
   Also joining Aston Villa was Jermaine Jenas, who went on a year long loan deal.
   Former Spurs midfielder Rohan Ricketts has joined Irish side Shamrock Rovers who play Spurs in the Europa League.
   Former Spurs young striker Terry Dixon signed for Bradford City and then was loaned out to AFC Halifax for the season.

RUMOURED

   Rumours circulated all day about Kaka being signed on loan, but Harry Redknapp told reporters that there was never a chance of that happening.
   The other strong rumour was about Tottenham signing Bolton Wanderers central defender Gary Cahill, but despite Daniel Levy working to complete the deal, it could not be agreed.  The Daily Mirror were claiming Spurs wanted to make a cash payment and throw in David Bentley and Sebastien Bassong, but the Trotters were keen on a straight cash deal.
   Sebastien Bassong looked set to join Queens Park Rangers until the Gary Cahill deal fell through and Spurs needed to keep hold of him for defensive cover.
   Harry Redknapp revealed that Tottenham turned down a bid of £40 million from Chelsea for Luka Modric yesterday.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Tuesday 30.08.2011
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   Spurs are closer to doing a deal for Scott Parker, after the West Ham United midfielder handed in a transfer request to leave the Championship side and West Ham brought in a replacement in midfield.
   Aston Villa re close to agreeing the £3 million transfer of Alan Hutton.
   The Daily Mail linked Tottenham with a move for free agent Owen Hargreaves, but he was having a medical with Manchester City today ahead of signing for the Eastlands club.
   The Metro claimed that Tottenham were rivalling Arsenal for the signing of Bolton Wanderers central defender Gary Cahill, but Arsenal withdrew their interest in the player when they made other signings.
   Striker Peter Crouch is a popular player, with Sunderland rumoured to be ready to offer £10 million, while QPR might try to take the England forward back to Loftus Road with an £11 million bid.
   Internazionale's midfielder Sulley Muntari is a target for Fulham and Spurs according to the player's agent.
   Tottenham's League Cup Third Round tie away to Stoke City will take place on Tuesday 20th September with a 19:45 kick off.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Monday 29.08.2011
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   Jermain Defoe is Tottenham's sole representative in the England squad to play against Bulgaria and Wales in the 2012 European Championships qualifying matches next week.
   Spurs are ready to go head to head with Arsenal for the signing of Bolton Wanderers central defender Gary Cahill, with Spurs expected to top Arsenal's bid of £10 million, by offering £8 million plus either David Bentley or Sebastien Bassong the Daily Mail claims.
   In the Guardian, Sunderland are claimed to still be in for Peter Crouch, with a £10 million offer mentioned, while Stoke City are still prevaricating about a move for the big striker.
   The Sun claim that Tottenham's sale of Wilson Palacios to Stoke City will go through, although the deal for Peter Crouch may not, with Palacios' replacement being Scott Parker, with Tottenham agreeing a £6 million fee with West Ham United after upping their bid from £5 million on Friday.
   The Daily Mail claim that Wigan Athletic have made an enquiry about taking Giovani dos Santos on loan.
   The Sky Sports website claims that Tottenham may make a shock move for free agent Owen Hargreaves.  It was thought that the former England midfielder was set to join West Bromwich Albion after being released by Manchester United, but Harry Redknapp may offer Hargreaves a deal to bolster his midfield options.
   The site also claims that Spurs are offering Jake Livermore on a one year loan deal to West Ham United to facilitate the purchase of Scott Parker.
   Also on the Sky Sports site, they claim that Spurs and Arsenal are seeking a season long loan deal for Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Kaka, but that he is likely to stay at the Bernabeu.
   Alan Hutton has been declared fit to be in the Scotland squad for their Euro 2012 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Lithuania.


   OTHER NEWS ... Phil Parkinson has been appointed as the new manager of Bradford City ... 

Sunday 28.08.2011
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   Tottenham lost 1-5 to Manchester City at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  For a match report click here.
   The Mail on Sunday claim that Stoke City will pay £20 million for Peter Crouch (for between £11 million and £13 million) and Wilson Palacios (for between £7 million and £9 million), with the Honduras international midfielder having a medical at Stoke ahead of his move.
   The paper also reckons that Chelsea will make a final £40 million offer for Luka Modric before the transfer window closes and that Daniel Levy will up the Croatian's wages to £85,000 a week (a rise of £20,000 a week on the six year deal he signed recently) to keep him at the Lane.
   Also in the Mail, they state that Spurs are close to bringing in 32 year old Craig Bellamy from Manchester City and will also sign Lassana Diarra and Scott Parker.  However, Parker's move to Tottenham is in doubt according to the Sunday Mirror, as he will be asked to take a pay cut to join the club.  The article states that only Queens Park Rangers are ready to meet his current wages, with Stoke City also finding the England midfielder's current salary outside their wage structure.  The People add that Spurs have only bid £6 million for Scott Parker, while West Ham United want £8 million.
   The paper also claims that Alan Hutton could move to Aston Villa for £6 million.
   The Mirror also report that Spurs will try to cut the squad by subsidising loans for Jermaine Jenas, Alan Hutton, David Bentley and Sebastien Bassong.
   In the same paper, they claim that Lokomotiv Moscow want to buy Roman Pavlyuchenko for £8 million, although Espanyol want to take the Russian striker on a season long loan and will pay all of his wages.
   The Sunday Times runs a report that Tottenham will make bids for Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, 20 year old Barcelona central defender Marc Bartra and French Under-20 and Le Harve defensive midfielder Guieda Fofana.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 27.08.2011
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   Tottenham have been drawn away to Stoke City in the Third Round of the League Cup.  The tie will be played in the week starting 19th September.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -   Spurs are still without Ledley King (knee), Sandro (knee), William Gallas (groin) and Danny Rose (ankle).  Alan Hutton may have recovered from his knee problem, but Wilson Palacios is in talks with Stoke City about a move, so will not be considered.  Emmanuel Adebayor cannot play against his parent club, so misses out tomorrow.
  MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS : -   Two players miss out with Nigel de Jong having a foot injury and Carlos Tevez lacking match fitness, so the Argentine striker will be on the bench.  Samir Nasri is likely to make his debut, so City may have to leave out James Milner to accommodate the new signing.
   For a preview of the City game, click here.
   Aston Villa have sold former Spurs defender Luke Young to Queens Park Rangers and the Midlands club could make a move for defender Alan Hutton the Sun claims, but the Times reckon this may only be on loan.
    In the Times, it claims that Stoke City are still favourites to sign Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch, but the Mirror and the Times both hint that Sunderland might step in to sign Crouch, who may not be able to accept the terms offered by the Potters.
   The Under-18 side beat Huddersfield Town 3-2 away in the FA Premier Academy League, with goals from Roman Michael-Percil, Ronnie Hawkins and an own goal.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


  MEHSTG's spin story ... Alex Ferguson let out a foul mouthed rant at the FA yesterday and he didn't call them sweet.

Friday 26.08.2011
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   Tottenham got lucky in the Europa League group draw by being paired with Shamrock Rovers from the Republic of Ireland.  Also in Group A are Russian side Rubin Kazan and PAOK Salonika of Greece.
The group games will be played as follows ...
Thursday September 15th v PAOK Salonika (Away)  kick off 18:00 (UK time)
Thursday September 29th v Shamrock Rovers (Home)  kick off 20:05 (UK time)
Thursday October 20th v Rubin Kazan (Home)  kick off 20:05 (UK time)
Thursday November 3rd v Rubin Kazan (Away)  kick off 17:00 (UK time)
Wednesday November 30th v PAOK Salonika (Home)  kick off 20:05 (UK time)
Thursday December 15th v Shamrock Rovers (Away)  kick off 18:00 (UK time)
   West Ham United have confirmed that they are in talks with Tottenham over the transfer of midfielder Scott Parker.
   The Sun claims that Harry Redknapp is to make a £16 million move for Leandro Damiao of Internacional, the Brazilian striker he has had as a target for most of the summer.
   The paper also reckons Spurs will be paying £75,000 a week of Emmanuel Adebayor's £170,000 a week wages while he is on loan at Tottenham until the end of the season.
   Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra has told the press that he does not think that he will be moving to Spurs, as there is no deal in place to bring him to White Hart Lane, but Harry Redknapp thinks the deal is not dead and could still go through.
   Please be aware that the whole of the Victoria line will be closed on Sunday when the club host Manchester City.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... How ironic that Cesc Fabregas joins Barcelona and has won two pieces of silverware in three games after six years at Arsenal without winning a trophy.

Thursday 25.08.2011
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   Spurs drew their second leg Europa League qualifying play-off match 0-0 with Heart of Midlothian at White Hart Lane tonight, to progress to the group stage 5-0 on aggregate.  For a match report click here.
   Tottenham completed the loan signing of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City for the rest of the 2011-12 season tonight.
   Spurs also agreed a season long loan for Juventus' Spanish Under-21 winger Yago Falque, a creative and goal-scoring winger who Spurs wanted on a permanent move, but the Italian club extended his contract until 2014 just before he left
   Goalkeeper David Button has joined Leyton Orient on loan until January 2012.
   The Tottenham XI fixture on Tuesday 6th September against Kettering Town at Nene Park is now to be played on Wednesday 7th September with a 19:45 kick off.


   OTHER NEWS ... Peter Jackson resigned as manager of Bradford City today ... 

Wednesday 24.08.2011
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   Tottenham and Leyton Orient have been granted permission for a legal review of the Olympic Park Legacy Company to award the Olympic Stadium at Stratford to West Ham United and the decision of the government and the Mayor of London to rubber stamp that decision.  There are also points raised about the London Borough of Newham's grant of a £40 million loan to West Ham United.
   Harry Redknapp has mentioned that a pay rise for Luka Modric and the signing of a couple of influential players might be enough to make him stay at Spurs according to the Metro.
   In the Daily Mail, they report that Tottenham will turn down a £30 million offer for Luka Modric.
   And on the BBC website, Redknapp has said that Modric will be playing again by the weekend and he has to 'get on with it'.
   The Sun claim Spurs have agreed to take Emmanuel Adebayor on loan for the season.
   Also in the Sun, they reckon QPR will sign Jermaine Jenas on loan for the current season, with a view to a £5 million permanent deal should Rangers stay in the Premier League.
   Steven Caulker and Kyle Walker are in the England Under-21 squad for their 2013 European U-21 Championship qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Israel in September.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs will be missing Ledley King (knee), Alan Hutton (knee), William Gallas (groin), Sandro (knee), Wilson Palacios (knee), Danny Rose (ankle) and Steven Pienaar (groin), although there is a slight possibility that Luka Modric (hamstring) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) may be fit.  This leaves opportunities for Harry Kane, Andros Townsend and Tom Carroll to gain some first team experience.
   HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN TEAM NEWS : -  Hearts are likely to change their line-up to include Jamie McDonald in goal and they will have outfield places for Rudi Skacel, Ardyvas Novikovas, Scott Robinson, Gordon Smith and Ryan McGowan.
   For a preview of tomorrow night's Europa League Qualifying play-off second leg match with Heart of Midlothian, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... For Arsene Wenger to lose one midfielder may be regarded as misfortune, but to lose two seems like carelessness.

Tuesday 23.08.2011
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   The BBC claim that Tottenham are set to drop any dispute over the awarding of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham United, as they have thrashed out a deal with the Mayor of London over a new ground at Northumberland Park, agreeing funding to assist the development of the ground and the area following the recent riots to try and regenerate that part of N17.
   According to a quote attributed to Harry Redknapp in the Metro, Spurs failed in attempts to sign Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Stewart Downing in the summer.
   The Daily Mirror reckon that midfielder Joe Cole wants to join Spurs to end his "Anfield nightmare" ©.
   Also in the Mirror, Emmanuel Adebayor has said that he wants Spurs to sign quality players, like his mate Lassana Diarra before he will consider coming to White Hart Lane.  This is all going to end in tears, isn't it ?


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Monday 22.08.2011
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   Tottenham lost 0-3 at Old Trafford tonight.  For a match report, click here.
   Luka Modric did not play in the Spurs team tonight as Harry Redknapp stated that the midfielder's "head was not in the right place", inferring the recent transfer saga had made him unready or unwilling to play.  In a move that mirrors the one Dimitar Berbatov was in just before he moved to Manchester United, it might lead one to think that the Croatian will be wearing Chelsea blue before long.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Sunday 21.08.2011
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   The Sunday Mirror reckon that after just two years, Manchester City might be ready to allow Emmanuel Adebayor to leave on a free transfer to join Spurs.  Such a deal might cost Spurs £30 million in £170,000 a week wages over three years and for that reason, Harry Redknapp has stated that any move for the former Arsenal striker would only be a loan and not a permanent deal.
   The Telegraph believes that Spurs will try and off-load seven players from the squad to bring in Adebayor and Lassana Diarra, with those on the way out being Wilson Palacios, Niko Kranjcar, Sebastien Bassong, David Bentley, Alan Hutton, Peter Crouch and Jermaine Jenas.
   MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS : -  Bebe (knee), Patrick Evra (knee), Rafael (shoulder), Nemanja Vidic (calf) and Darren Fletcher (virus) are all ruled out of Monday's match at Old Trafford.  Rio Ferdinand (hamstring)  and Javier Harnandez (concussion) hope to be fit to play.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs are also injury hit with the midfield and defence affected.  Luka Modric hopes to have overcome his groin strain and Tom Huddlestone his ankle problem.  However, Jermaine Jenas (thigh), Wilson Palacios (ankle) and Steven Pienaar (groin) are all side-lined.  In defence, William Gallas (calf) and Ledley King (knee) are both unavailable.
   For a preview of the game against Manchester United tomorrow, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 20.08.2011
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   Turkish side Bursaspor want to buy Sebastien Bassong for £2 million, but Spurs are looking for considerably more, the Daily Mirror reports.
   The Mirror also claim that hard up AC Milan want Peter Crouch on loan to cover for he injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
   The paper also runs a piece on Hugo Rodallega and reckons that Spurs and Liverpool might make late bids for the £9 million rated Colombian forward.
   Tottenham's Academy side lost their opening FA Premier Academy League fixture of the season 0-2 at home to Everton.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


  MEHSTG's spin story ... The Sun run a story about Cesc Fabregas claiming he had gone stale at Arsneal.  Perhaps that is why he had those mouldy marks appearing on his arms.

Friday 19.08.2011
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   The Sky Sports website claims that Tottenham are close to finalising a £10 million deal for Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra, who will earn £100,000 a week with bonuses and add-ons.
   Chelsea are supposedly ready to make one last bid for Luka Modric of around £31 million according to the Daily Mail.
   The Metro reports that Shakhtar Donetsk striker Willian has said he would love to play in London, alerting Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs to his willingness to move to the capital.
   Former Spurs central defender Anthony Gardner has joined Crystal Palace as a free agent following his release from Hull City at the end of last season.
   Former Spurs reserve striker Simon Clist has joined Hereford United on loan from Oxford United until 3rd January 2012.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Thursday 18.08.2011
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   Tottenham beat Heart of Midlothian 5-0 at Tynecastle tonight in the Europa League qualifying play-off first leg.  For a match report, click here.
   Harry Redknapp has told the Daily Mirror that Luka Modric may be sold to raise funds for squad strengthening.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 17.08.2011
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   The Daily Star claim that a deal to bring Emmanuel Adebayor to White Hart Lane on a season long loan will be completed in time for the former Arsenal striker to play against Manchester United on Monday, with his club Manchester City paying half of his £170,000 a week salary.
   The Daily Mirror reckon that Spurs are watching Peter Odemwingie's situation at West Bromwich Albion as Wigan Athletic are believed to be ready to improve their offer for the Nigerian striker after having one bid rejected for the 30 year old forward.
   Chelsea are reported to be willing to offer Yossi Benayoun and Salomon Kalou as makeweights in the deal to take Luka Modric to White Hart Lane, according to the Guardian.
   Free agent Thomas Hitzlsperger is training with Spurs after leaving West Ham United at the end of last season, but later it was announced that he had joined Wolfsburg.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Spurs will be missing Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Luka Modric, Sandro, Ledley King, William Gallas and Wilson Palacios for tomorrow's game at Hearts.  Rafael van der Vaart will be fit though.
   For a preview of tomorrow's match, click here.
   Here's an idea for those of you who may be missing their football fix come the first weekend in September ...

Hello! Hope you donít mind too much but we would like to bring to your attention a national campaign called ďNon-League DayĒ scheduled to run on Saturday September 3rd.

 Questions & Answers

What is Non-League Day?
With England playing Bulgaria on Friday 2nd September, there are no Premier League or Championship fixtures on the corresponding weekend, meaning hundreds of thousands of fans are without a game to attend. Rather than miss out on a live match, Non-League Day aims to encourage fans of these clubs to watch their/a local non-league side play, providing a much needed boost to grass roots football and an alternative match day experience which many will be unfamiliar with.

But I already follow another club?
Nobody is asking supporters to change allegiance or develop an overnight passion for a team they may never have seen play before: the organisers are also football fans and know this just doesnítít happen. Non-League Day is about supporting your local club as well as your local community, for just one Saturday of the year (naturally if you enjoy the experience it would be great for the club to see you there again!)

Why should I pay to watch someone I donít support?
Many non-league teams are run entirely by volunteers, and provide a number of opportunities for local people, especially via youth teams and educational work. Children who are unable to join professional academies often use non-league clubs as a way to continue their football education; it is important that these options remain plentiful and diverse. A few hundred pounds can make a big difference to a clubís budget at this level, and just an extra 40-50 people on the gate can significantly help with running costs. More and more non-league clubs go out of business every season, and it is important for local communities and the wider heritage of the game that this trend is reversed. Your support can go a long way to helping this.

Non-League football is a poor standard and doesnít interest me.
Itís amazing how many people say that who have never actually been to a non-league game! Many non-league players have been on the books of professional clubs, and the stereotype of overweight players booting the ball into the air is simply unfounded. In recent years, Jermaine Beckford, DJ Campbell and Chris Smalling have all come through the non-league system and now grace the Premier League on a regular basis. Whilst the football may not be as quick or technically gifted as the professional leagues, it can still be very passionate, skilful and exciting.

How much does it cost to get in?
The price can vary from league to league and club to club, although anything from £3.50 - £15 would be a reasonable estimate, with children often admitted free. A lot of clubs will be offering discounts on the day to season ticket holders of other teams, so itís best to check in advance.

What else makes non-league football appealing?
For many supporters of non-league football itís the sense of belonging and preservation of traditional values that remains so appealing. The vast majority of games still kick off at 3pm, ticket prices are realistic, you can stand anywhere in the ground (often with a pint!) and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by people who run their clubs for a love of the game. There is also a better chance of winning the half time raffle!

Where can I get more information?
You can find more details about the day, including maps to locate your nearest club, at www.nonleagueday.co.uk
 


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Tuesday 16.08.2011
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   A Spurs XI will visit Kettering Town's Nene Park ground (the former home of Rushden & Diamonds) to play a testimonial for Jean-Paul Marna on Tuesday 6th September 2011, with a 19:45 kick-off.
   Defender Adam Smith has gone on loan to MK Dons until the end of the season.
   Young striker Kudus Oyenuga has gone on a one month loan to Bury.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Monday 15.08.2011
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   Robbie Keane has left the club to join LA Galaxy for an undisclosed fee, which has been reported to be around £3.5 million.  The Daily Mail had earlier reported that the sale would go through with Spurs getting £1.8 million.
   The Daily Mirror report that Tottenham may make a move for West Bromwich Albion forward Peter Odemwingie should Peter Crouch leave the club.
   Bolton Wanderers centre-half Gary Cahill was watched by Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham at his club's match at QPR on Saturday .
   Tottenham's Europa League qualifying round opponents - Heart of Midlothian - say they will settle an outstanding tax bill on Tuesday after being threatened with being put into administration.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

   CRIME WATCH ... Arsenal and Newcastle United have been charged by the FA with failing to control their players after the opening day's ill-tempered meeting at St. James Park and Alex Song has been additionally charged with violent conduct for stamping on Joey Barton's leg.  Barton has not been separately charged for starting the mass brawl, as the referee booked him at the time ... 


  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... While not claiming to have been a boyhood LA Galaxy fan, Robbie Keane did say, "I have always wanted to come and play in MLS, so it's a perfect combination for me and a dream come true."

Sunday 14.08.2011
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   The People claims that Spurs will make a last offer for West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker.
   The paper also report that Tottenham may make a move for Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, as Kyle Walker is scheduled to be moved into an advanced role as a right winger in the future ...
   ...  and they also reckon that Niko Kranjcar is wanted by Everton on loan for the rest of the season.
   Over at the Sunday Mirror, Spurs are reported as having told Manchester City that if Emmanuel Adebayor moves to White Hart Lane on loan, the Eastlands club would have to stump up £100,000 of the player's £160,000 a week wages.
   Aaron Lennon is a target for Manchester City as a straight replacement the departing Shaun Wright-Phillips according to the Daily Star Sunday.
   The Mail on Sunday claims that Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy are at odds about the future of Luka Modric.  he manager is willing to let the midfielder join Chelsea to allow him funds to bring in new faces, while the chairman is set against the Croatian leaving the club the story reads.
   Meanwhile, the BBC carry a report that Chelsea may not be back with another offer for the little midfielder, as Chief Executive Bruce Buck said that the club are weighing up their targets and the offer for Modric had been rejected, so price and availability would be considerations about future moves.
   The People also report that Spurs are pressing Real Madrid to make a decision by Wednesday on their £12 million offer for Lassana Diarra, who would have to accept a £55,000 a week three year deal from the club if he wishes to return to the Premier League.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 13.08.2011
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   The Daily Mirror claims that LA Galaxy are offering Robbie Keane a two year contract worth £6 million to join them.
   In the Metro, they speculate that Spurs will make a £35 million bid for Porto's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.
   The Mirror also reveals that David Bentley and Giovani dos Santos have been excluded form Tottenham's Europa League squad for the qualifying phase of the competition.
   The Times reckons David Bentley is wanted by his former club Blackburn Rovers on loan.
   And they also report that David Moyes wants to take Alan Hutton to Everton.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Why has Arsene Wenger started turning up to press conferences in a new Arsenal shirt like some mad, sad old bloke who loves the club more than his family ??  (Perhaps because he is ?)

Friday 12.08.2011
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   TalkSport's website reckon Spurs are to offer Sebastien Bassong plus some cash in exchange for Blackburn Rovers centre half Christopher Samba.
   The Daily Mail carried a piece stating that should Spurs lose Luka Modric to Chelsea, then they will make a move to buy Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Willian for £15 million.
   The Guardian reckon Leicester city are set to offer Spurs £3 million for Robbie Keane.
   The same newspaper also include a piece about Andros Townsend being wanted by Nottingham Forest on loan for the season.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Thursday 11.08.2011
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   Tottenham's home game against Everton on Saturday has been called off as the safety of  supporters cannot be guaranteed following the riots last Saturday in the area left the infrastructure around the ground damaged.
   The Guardian claims that Athletic Madrid are not willing to let striker Fernando Llorente leave and so Spurs may revert to their previous transfer target of Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi.
   In the Daily Mail, it claims that Real Madrid have rejected Tottenham's bid for Lassana Diarra and want £15.8 million.
   The same paper says that Arsenal are now interested in FC Twente winger Bryan Ruiz, who was linked with Spurs over the weekend
   The Daily Star claims that Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is hoping to complete a loan deal for Niko Kranjcar.
   Stoke City are revealed to have made a final offer of £17 million for Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios, according to the Star.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


  MEHSTG's no-spin story ... Samuel Eto'o is expected to sign for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and his wages will be £323,000 a week (net).

Wednesday 10.08.2011
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   The Daily Mail claims that Chelsea will offer Tottenham Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun as part of a deal to take Luka Modric to Stamford Bridge.
   Stoke City are in talks to sign Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch, but have made their final offer for the pair and will not negotiate any further the BBC reports.
   The Mail also claim that Spurs are looking at spending £35 million on Porto striker Hulk.
   The TalkSport website reveals that Real Madrid may have dropped their asking price for Lassana Diarra to £15 million, thus paving the way for his move back to London.
   Roman Pavlyuchenko played 84 minutes of Russia's 1-0 friendly win over Serbia in Moscow tonight.
   Luka Modric played the whole of Croatia's 0-0 friendly draw with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin tonight, while Vedran Corluka was substituted after 73 minutes and Niko Kranjcar after 65 minutes.
   Younes Kaboul played the whole of France's 1-1 draw with Chile in Montpelier tonight,.
   Gareth Bale was in the Wales team that lost 1-2 to Australia in Cardiff tonight, playing the full 90 minutes.
   Giovani dos Santos came on as a 55th minute substitute for Mexico in their 1-1 draw with the USA., who were managed by Jurgen Klinsmann for the first time.
   Appearing from the bench in the second half, Bongani Khumalo was part of the South Africa team that beat Burkino Faso 3-0 in Johannesburg.
   Jordan Archer was an unused substitute for Scotland Under-21s, who beat Norway 3-0.
   Adam Smith played all of the Under-20 World Cup quarter final against Nigeria, but ended up losing 0-1.  Dean Parrett had returned home with an injury.


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Tuesday 09.08.2011
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   It was announced by the club today that Eddie Gibbins, the Spurs centre-half in the 1953 side died in Somerset on Sunday.
   Following the continuation of the riots in London, the Premier League will review the situation on Thursday with regard to the weekend's games in the capital.  With a very large police presence on the streets, you would feel that the game against Everton will be postponed, as Friday and Saturday nights will probably produce a huge drain on the constabulary's resources.
   Steven Pienaar will miss the next six weeks after having surgery on a groin injury.
   The Sun claim Tottenham will have to pay Real Madrid £20 million for Lassana Diarra if they want to bring him back to England, where he played for Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth.
   Newcastle United have been quoted £14 million by Spurs if they want to sign Roman Pavlyuchenko it says in the Daily Mail.
   Goals from Harry Kane 3, John Bostock, Souleymane Coulibaly and Tom Carroll helped a Spurs XI beat Birmingham City 6-3 at Spurs Lodge this afternoon.
   Former Spurs reserve goalkeeper Marton Fulop has left Ipswich Town on a free transfer to join West Bromwich Albion.


   OTHER NEWS ... England's friendly at Wembley against Holland tomorrow was called off as a result of the riots that have been happening in and around London ... 

Monday 08.08.2011
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   Young goalkeeper Oscar Jansson has signed a contract extension until 2012 and has joined Bradford City on loan for a month.
   Young goalkeeper Mirko Ranieri has joined Italian Third Division club Esperia Viareggio on a season long loan.


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Sunday 07.08.2011
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   The riots in the Bruce Grove/Tottenham High Road area of N17 last night must cast a shadow over the re-development of the Spurs ground at Northumberland Park with the lawlessness causing millions of pounds worth of damage in the commercial and residential areas from just north of Lansdowne Road down to High Cross.  Looting of the units on the Tottenham Hale retail park and shops in Wood Green also broke out.
   The People claim that David Moyes will seek to make a £10 million bid for Peter Crouch, who may wish to relocate to the North-West, where his wife is from.  The paper claims that Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell may be offered as part of a swap deal.  Stoke City, Fulham and QPR are also interested in the England striker.  However, Crouch said he is extremely happy at the club and has no intention of leaving.
   Also in the People, they reveal that Leyton Orient want young midfielder Tom Carroll back on loan after a successful spell at Brisbane Road last season.
   David Bentley may be on for a return to Ewood Park according to the People, with Blackburn Rovers willing to pay £7 million for the winger, who has struggled to make a first team place his own at White Hart Lane.  Alternatively, he may be part of a deal to bring Christopher Samba to Tottenham, but a stand alone deal may take place within the next ten days.
   Dutch paper De Telegraf claims Harry Redknapp has been to watch FC Twente winger Bryan Ruiz play against NAC Breda and is interested in the wide man.
   Alan Hutton's knee injury will keep him out of Scotland's friendly against Denmark on 10th August.
   The Spurs youth side won the Eurofoot tournament in Belgium today with a 1-0 semi-final win over Club Bruges courtesy of Callum Tapping's goal and then they won 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in the final, as Shaquile Coulthirst, Callum Tapping, Milos Veljkovic, Alex Pritchard and Kudus Oyenuga all scored from the spot.


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Saturday 06.08.2011
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   Tottenham beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in a pre-season friendly at White Hart Lane this evening.  For a match report, click here.
   However, Spurs lost Stephen Pienaar in the first half with a suspected groin muscle tear.  He will go to a consultant for an investigation on the injury.
   Kyle Walker and Peter Crouch are included in the England squad friendly against Holland at Wembley on 10th August.
   The Daily Mirror claims Spurs manager Harry Redknapp and his assistant Kevin Bond watched Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi score a cracking goal in last night's friendly with Everton and are ready to make a £28 million bid to bring the former Manchester United man to Tottenham.
   To fund that deal, the Mirror reckons Spurs will try to persuade Stoke City to part with £20 million for Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios.  With big wages and settlements to the contracts of the two players, Tottenham need the cash to complete those deals and to go towards the Rossi offer.  The paper reports that the Potters are willing to go to £18 million.
   Also in the Mirror, they claim that Tottenham are keen on heading off a move by Paris St. Germain for Joe Cole.
   The Metro claim that Spurs and Arsenal will fight it out for combative midfielder Joey Barton after Everton were priced out of a move because of the player's wage demands.
   TalkSport reckon that Lassana Diarra's wage demands have prevented a deal being done for the Real Madrid midfielder.
   In the Eurofoot tournament, the Tottenham youth side lost 0-1 to Standard Liege, before beating Genk 3-0 with a goal from Callum Tapping and two from Alex Pritchard and then defeating SV Walte-Waregam 4-0 to reach the semi-finals as Shaquile Coulthirst 2, Kudus Oyenuga and an Alex Pritchard penalty saw them through.


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Friday 05.08.2011
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   Tottenham have been drawn against Heart of Midlothian in the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League.  The first leg will be at Tynecastle on August 18th and the return at White Hart Lane on 25th August.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  William Gallas and Rafael van der Vaart have both been ruled out of tomorrow's friendly against Athletic Bilbao.  Knee surgery victims Ledley King and Sandro are still not fit to return just yet.  However, Tom Huddlestone will play some part after over-coming the knock he picked up on his ankle in South Africa.
   The Metro claims that Spurs will hold transfer talks with Athletic Bilbao about the purchase of striker Fernando Llorente when the Spanish club arrive for tomorrow's friendly.
   TalkSport's website claims that Spurs transfer target Ibrahim Afellay is set to stay with Barcelona.
   The Youth team beat FC Copenhagen 2-0 with goals from Jack Munns and Kudus Oyenuga, but then lost by the same score to Feyenoord Ghana in the Eurofoot tournament in Belgium.


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Thursday 04.08.2011
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   Jonathan Obika has gone on loan to Yeovil Town (again), this time for five months until January.


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Wednesday 03.08.2011
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   Tottenham are said to be heading the queue of clubs willing to sign Joey Barton, who has not had his contract renewed at Newcastle United, according to the Metro.  Among others said to be interested in the troubled midfielder are Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton.
   In the Daily Mirror, a further disruptive influence is linked with a move to White Hart Lane.  The paper reckon Spurs will be swapping Aaron Lennon for Manchester City forward Emmanuel Adebayor.
   Sky Sports News claims that Spurs have offered Blackburn Rovers cash plus a choice of Robbie Keane, David Bentley, Jermain Defoe or Sebastien Bassong for giant central defender Christopher Samba.
   Former Spurs midfielder Steed Malbranque has left Sunderland to join St. Etienne.


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Tuesday 02.08.2011
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   Brisbane Road will host the Spurs Under-19s in the NextGen Series of matches against European opposition in the coming months.


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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Blackburn Rovers will tomorrow unveil Goodwillie to the waiting public.

Monday 01.08.2011
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   Apart from a story on the BBC website claiming that while Chelsea are considering an improved offer for Luka Modric, the Croatian has not submitted a transfer request.
   Former Tottenham winger Wayne Routledge has agreed to join Swansea City from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.
   Former Spurs reserve midfielder Kevin Maher has signed for Dagenham & Redbridge after being released by Gillingham.


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  MEHSTG's spin story ... Hurrah for red tape !!  Referee Kevin Friend's tenacity ins ticking to the rules of the game (something Arsene Wenger is never really that worried about) meant that Thierry Henry was unable to play five minutes of yesterday's Emirates Cup match for Arsenal against the side he was already playing for - New York Red Bulls.  Anyway, he was better off playing for the Bulls, who won the tournament leaving Arsenal unable to win a tournament designed to provide them with a little bit of silverware every season.

 

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