Tottenham have been linked with an £8 million double bid for
Wimbledon's midfielder Jason Euell and defender Ben
Thatcher. It is thought that in the summer, the bid will be
made regardless of whether or not the South London side are
- David Ginola has revealed in
an Observer interview that he feels that he should have had a more
high profile career playing for the likes of AC Milan, Barcelona
and Manchester United - the top clubs. He went on to say
that he loves England and will move into the countryside when he
finishes his career.
also been linked with Denmark's 25 year old midfielder Brian Steen
Nielsen, who plays for AB Copenhagen. The £2.5 million
rated player is also being chased by Derby County, Aston Villa,
Leeds United, Manchester City, Ipswich Town and Bolton
Wanderers. However, at 31, he would not seem to fit in with
Tottenham's policy of recent and planned signings.
De Bilde, the Sheffield Wednesday striker is rumoured to be the
target of a £3 million bid from Spurs. The player is likely
to move on if the club go down and they will have to sell to raise
funds for strengthening the squad, so the Dutch international is
likely to be one of the more bankable assets.
are also reportedly going to bid for Jordi Cruyff who has not been
able to establish himself in the Manchester United first eleven.
The 26 year old can play in a variety of positions (wing, upfront
or midfield) and would be available free, which would appeal to
Tottenham greatly. The move would also suit the player who
wants to stay in the Premiership to finish his career.
John Scales is interesting Charlton Athletic and Everton as he
seems set to leave White Hart Lane in the summer now that his
contract will not seemingly be renewed.
Bad news for Spurs as Wimbledon lose 3-0 to Bradford City.
John Hartson is sent off and even worse says after the match that
if Wimbledon go down then a dozen of the players will want to
leave. "I don't want to play in the First
Division" the ginger Welshman added. NO, please, NO !!
Wenger was interviewed after his side's game at Goodison Park
yesterday and had a very croaky voice. He is believed to
have had a little frog in his throat.
Tottenham drew 1-1 with Derby County today at White Hart Lane.
Their equaliser came very late thanks to a goal by Stephen
Clemence. For a match report click here.
For reaction click here.
representatives were reported to be in Kiev today to try and sign
Dynamo Kiev's striker Sergei Rebrov. Tottenham were ready to
bid £10 million, but the Ukranian club wanted £12 million.
This is a move to show Sol Campbell that Spurs are ready to stage
a real challenge for honours.
United are supposed to be weighing up a £12 million bid for Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer. Solskjaer is a player Tottenham
have been keen on for some time.
GG has had a consultation with a Harley Street specialist and he
was flummoxed by the illness. It was not possible to state
what the Spurs boss was suffering from, but it is thought that it
might have a serious effect on his ability to coach the side on a
In a shock move Manchester United have taken a leaf out of
Tottenham's book by using the club medical to put a stop to the
purchase of a dodgy striker. Ruud van Nistelrooy's £18
million transfer now looks to be consigned to the history books as
he will be out of the game for 8 months after worsening his knee ligament
Tottenham will make a bid for Wimbledon's right elbow/left back
Ban Thatcher in the summer if he decides to leave the club.
Liverpool and Sunderland are also watching what happens to the
Wombles in the last few games.
Simon Davies could start his first match for Tottenham, replacing
the suspended Steffen Freund. Stewart Houston said that the
youngsters who have made the bench have been training with the
first team for six weeks and if they get an opportunity to play,
he will encourage them to enjoy themselves. Reserve
midfielder Mark Gower is also in the squad.
Middlesbrough appear to have snuck in first in a bid to take
Christian Karembeu to the Riverside Stadium. The North East
club, awash with money since NTL purchased shares in the club,
have allegedly had talks with the players representative in a
Paris hotel after France's ,match on Wednesday. Chelsea,
Arsenal and Spurs were all keen to take the international
midfielder from Real Madrid.
Tottenham have announced that they have formally appealed against
the £150,000 fine for failing to control their players in the
match against Leeds United at Elland Road on February 12.
Links indicating that Neil
Sullivan, the Wimbledon goalkeeper, to Spurs could be wide of the
mark as he has hinted that he is close to agreeing a move to a
"mystery" foreign club. That will be Arsenal then
Lampard Junior has said that he is happy at West ham United
despite the rumours of him attracting interest from Aston Villa,
Leeds united and Tottenham. He did add that he would not like to
see the team broken up as players might have to be sold to make
additions to the squad.
- The row
with the Norwegian FA over access to their players has been
defused by Tottenham. It is claimed that a representative of
the Norwegian FA was denied permission to attend Spurs Lodge to
see Iversen, Leonhardsen and Baardsen and monitor how they were
playing. However, Tottenham insist that the request was
denied only because of the pattern of games Spurs had and that the
matter has now been resolved, before the Norwegian FA made a
- GG has
been given extra time to explain his comments about Mr. Wiley and
his assistant referees in the home game against Middlesbrough,
when he claimed they "incompetent". Because of his
recent illness, the FA have said they will not expect his response
until he returns to work.
Gary Doherty will train with the first team for the first time
since his move from Luton Town tomorrow. He did play in the
Republic of Ireland's 0-1 defeat by Greece last night, but flew
back from Dublin this morning and will meet his new team-mates on
Mauricio Taricco and Luke Young are making good progress with
their injuries sustained against Leicester City last
Wednesday. Young, who it was claimed yesterday would
not play this season could be considered for the match against
Derby County on Saturday, according to the club's official
Les Ferdinand has been
talking about the latest operation he is having on his
ankle. he describes it as a "tidying up"
operation, not as major as the last one, and he will be on
crutches for about a week before he will be able to walk
again. He is hoping for a good summer and pre-season, so
that he will be raring to go at the start of the new season.
Sound familiar ?
- Ruel Fox
has issued a come and get me plea to clubs interested in his
services. The player has not been part of the first or
reserve teams since he refused to go on loan before transfer
deadline day and is expecting a stampede of clubs to be beating
their path to White Hart Lane to sign him up, even though he has
one year left on his Spurs contract.
SoccerUpdate have a story saying that Tottenham have had an £11
million bid for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused, but may return with
an improved offer.
Young has an injured rib from the match at Leicester City and will
miss the remaining three games of the season. He might miss
the European Under-21 championship for England, but will take it
easy over the summer to be ready for the start of next season.
- It was
revealed that Gary Doherty could cost Spurs £2 million depending
on the number of appearances he makes in a Spurs shirt. He
will not be able to feature until after the summer as he signed
after the transfer deadline.
Iversen played in Norway's 0-2 defeat by Belgium today.
Dagbladet, A Norwegian newspaper, has said that Tottenham are
bidding for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the wake of Ruud van
Nistelrooy's delayed transfer to Manchester United. Steffen
Iversen was quoted as saying "Tottenham are interested in
Solskjaer. It would be good to play with him." However,
despite being quoted as saying that clubs know what he stands for,
the Red reserve has said he is happy at Old Trafford and that the
Dutchman is a good addition to the squad as the club wants to move
forward. Meanwhile, Steffen has said that any deal involving
a swap with Sol Campbell must not take place as it would be stupid
and he believes that Sol will stay if Spurs give him a good
contract and enough reasons to stay - a hint at the signings that
need to be made. In Iversen's opinion, a defender, two
midfielders and a striker.
Nielsen missed Denmark's friendly against Sweden tonight because
Soccerupdate has an unsubstantiated link about Les Ferdinand being
a summer target for Southampton, which I hadn't heard elsewhere.
Doherty made his full Republic of Ireland debut tonight when he
came on as a substitute in the country's friendly against Greece
at Lansdowne Road.
Tottenham have completed the £1 million signing of Luton Town's
Gary Doherty. The player isn't sure however where to
play. He feels he is best at the back, but Tottenham may
choose to play him up front - he wants someone to tell him where
he is a better player.
- Two 14
year old players are set to cost Tottenham £500,000 each as the
club boosts it's youth set-up today. Michael Malcolm of
Wycombe Wanderers and Owen Price of Charlton Athletic will become
the costliest players of their age when Spurs have to fork out the
cash to compensate their clubs to cover the development of the
Edwards, the Manchester United chairman, has said that the signing
of Ruud van Nistelrooy has left the Old Trafford coffers
empty. He intimated that if Sir Alex Ferguson wants to buy
again, he will have to sell first and the likelihood is that it
would probably be a striker. The fact that Teddy Sheringham
wants to move on in the summer will be of little help as he is
going on a Bosman, so there may be some exits before new recruits
can be brought in. He said that the chances of a big money
swoop for Tottenham's Sol Campbell were unlikely.
Pleat confirmed that Allan Nielsen will remain at Wolverhampton
Wanderers until the end of the season.
Besiktas are hopeful of signing Les Ferdinand in the summer.
The Spurs forward was on loan there in 1988/89 and a return would
please the fans. However, until the result of his latest
operation is known, no firm bid has been made.
Carr has had to pull out of the Republic of Ireland squad to face
Greece in a friendly tomorrow, but Gary Doherty has been included
in the senior squad for the first time.
Norway's assistant coach, Harald
Aabrekk, has not been allowed into Spurs Lodge to monitor the
progress of the Norwegian players likely to play in Euro
2000. This would not come as a big surprise to most Spurs
fans as the ban on anyone watching training has been in place
since the days when they trained at Mill Hill.
Reserves drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest at St. Albans
tonight. It looks as though they will not now win the
Premier Reserve League South. Neale Fenn scored for Spurs.
Ferdinand has another operation scheduled on his Achilles
tendon. The Spurs player has missed large chinks of this
season because of the injury and the previous op has failed to
remedy the problem. It is expected that he would be fit for
the start of next season should the surgery be successful and Les
himself is battling back - not thinking of giving up.
Allan Nielsen may be staying at Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan
after all. The hierarchy at Wolves spoke to Tottenham about
retaining the Danish international after his return from mid-week
international action and were given cause for hope. A firm
decision should be made in the next few days.
Spurs have issued an official denial that Glenn Hoddle is being
lined up as a replacement for George Graham.
The move for Gary Doherty is not yet complete. The player
has passed a medical and was at the ground last Thursday having
talks, which led to him sitting in the Director's Box on Saturday
for the game against Wimbledon. His manager at Luton Town -Lennie
Lawrence - has said that if terms are not agreed and Doherty has
not signed, then he will return to Luton to play. Lawrence
is helping Doherty with the deal and wants to ensure that he gets
a fair contract.
Spurs are to join Leeds United and Arsenal in the chase for the 18
year old Norwegian Azad Karadas of Brann Bergen. The
striker, who has a Turkish background, is also being pursued by
two Turkish clubs. He says that at the moment he is happy at
Brann, but would like to play abroad one day.
Cole has been identified by many newspapers today as one to make
way for Ruud van Nistelrooy and obviously, Tottenham have been
linked with him along with Chelsea and Aston Villa. £10
million seems to be the going rate for the striker.
report in the Sunday Mirror links Tottenham with a summer move for
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, saying that they will not be looking at a
swap deal for Sol Campbell, but will be happy to match the £12
million Manchester United could be asking for the Norwegian
As part of the clear-out to
make way for Solskjaer and to pay Sol Campbell the wages to tempt
him to stay At Tottenham, the Sunday Mirror also reports that
David Ginola could be on his way to West ham United or Fulham as
at 34 he would not feature in GG's long term plans and he is
already using him sparingly in Spurs' matches.
Tottenham are also said to be favourites to get Carl Cort for £5
million from Wimbledon. The lanky England Under 21 striker
failed to impress yesterday, but Spurs as well as Leeds United,
Leicester City and Arsenal have been trailing the youngster for
Rumours, which have been
boringly doing the rounds for a few months now, have been reported
in the Sunday papers. Allegedly, it works like this ... (i)
GG goes to Chelsea where he replaces Gianluca Vialli, who is back
off to Italy to manage Sampdoria or Juventus. To replace GG,
Sir Alan Sugar brings in Glenn Hoddle. or (ii)
GG fails to do the business in the first few months of next season
and Glenn will be free of his Southampton obligations by November,
so he can walk straight into White Hart Lane as the new
manager. You can make up your own endings to these stories
if you like ... I'll believe it when I see it.
looks as though Allan Nielsen will be recalled from his loan spell
at Wolverhampton Wanderers because of the injury problems have
suffered in midfield. The Wolves manager Colin Lee was
hoping to extend the loan to take the Dane Nielsen through to the
Freund has said that Tottenham need to make signings in the summer
and keep Sol Campbell to ensure they do not have a mid-table
finish again next season. He said that losing Sol would be
like losing the heart of Tottenham and that mid-table is not good
enough for a top London club like Tottenham. Meanwhile, the
Sunday Times say that Sol will stay until the end of his contract
at July 2001. They say that he does not feel that he is the
man to fill the gap in the middle of their defence and will wait
until he has more options when he will be approaching a Bosman.
Pleat was interviewed on Radio Five yesterday and said that the
club plan to bring in at least two top name players in the summer
and continue to invest in young players too. The Sunday
Tines hints that one player will be brought in from overseas to
convince Sol that Tottenham mean business.
Sunday People states that Sam Hammam is being invited to invest in
Tottenham and that Sir Alan Sugar is willing to let him be the
front man for the club. This comes after Sugar has had a lot
of flak for his handling of finances and bringing Hammam in from
Wimbledon will mean another football man on the board.
Spurs have been further
linked with Titi Camara of Liverpool who looks certain to leave
the club in the summer. Blackburn Rovers are keen, but
Camara would like to stay in the Premier League, so Spurs or
Leicester City are his preferred destinations.
Valencia have proposed that Atletico Madrid give them first option
on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as they are losing Claudio Lopez in the
summer and need a replacement. Spurs had long been linked
with the former Leeds striker.
Wimbledon 2-0 today with goals from Armstrong and Anderton. For a
match report, click here.
For reaction, click here.
has been linked with a move to Tottenham following Manchester United's
signing of PSV Eindhoven's Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Spurs are also linked to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Nicky Butt - all
of whom are put into the mixer for a swap deal for Sol Campbell.
will play QPR on August 5 for Danny Maddix's Testimonial match at
Tottenham have increased their offer for Wimbledon's Ben Thatcher
to £6.5 million in an attempt to wrench him from the South London
club. Apparently, he would have made up £5 million of a
£12 million swoop for the 24 year old defender and Hartson, but
when the forward failed a fitness test the double deal was off.
Camara has said that he would like Celtic to come and rescue him
from his Anfield hell. Having fallen out of favour since the
signing of Emile Heskey, the striker has said he would like to
move on. A rumour recently linked Tottenham with the Guinean
and this announcement might make Spurs think about a serious move
Hill has interviewed the Tottenham Hotspur Director of Football,
David Pleat on the Sky Sports website. Click here
to go to the page.
are set to sign Luton Town's highly rated Republic of Ireland
Under 21 striker Gary Doherty. A fee of £1 million has been
agreed plus add-ons depending on his progress and the formalities
are to be tied up when he has passed a medical (that's the end of
that signing then !!) and agreed personal terms. Doherty is
20 years old and 6'2" tall.
- Ian Walker
has urged Tottenham to make Sol Campbell an offer he can't refuse
to keep him at the club. If Sol did leave, then Walker
thinks it would be the same old story of the club getting
somewhere and then losing it's best players.
George Graham has been ordered to rest at home after being
released from hospital. The Spurs boss will leave team
matters to Stewart Houston after it was revealed that he will meet
specialists next week to discuss his illness.
Houston was pleased with Matthew Etherington's performance after
coming on as a substitute in yesterday's match against Leicester
City. He said he could have scored one before he set up
David Ginola's goal in the last minute.
Tottenham beat Leicester City 1-0 tonight with a last minute goal
by David Ginola. Stewart Houston had been hoping for a
scrappy 1-0 and that was exactly what he got. For a
match report click here.
For reaction click here.
Steve Perryman's Shimizu S-Pulse team won the Asian Cup Winners
Cup last week and in August they will face the Asian Club
Champions in the Asian Super Cup to decide who will represent the
continent in the World Club Championship next year.
David Ginola has said he would like to see a limit on overseas
players in European leagues. He feels that it would restrict
the opportunities for youngsters to make the grade and also went
on to add that in recent years English sides have done better in
European competition. While saying it is not necessarily
because of the foreign players in the Premier League, he pointed
out that five years ago the gap between English and German,
Spanish and Italian sides was much bigger. What he failed to
mention was that a generation of English footballers had been
denied European football because of the ban following the Heysel
Steffen Freund will be missing from Tottenham's side when they
face Derby County on 29 April because of suspension.
David Pleat has revealed that Sol Campbell was the subject of a
£17 million bid by Manchester United. Following their exit
from the Champions League tonight and the brittle state of their
defence in the match against Real Madrid, they will no doubt make
strident moves to secure the services of the Spurs captain.
However, on the evidence of the match he would be better off
Spurs fans snubbed the game against Leicester City with many
tickets being returned, but this was not a demonstration against
recent form, but because the date falls on the first day of the
Jewish festival of Passover. Well, that is what the report
Najwan Grayeb, the Aston Villa defender, has lost his case against
Spurs for damages after Tottenham failed to sign him in the
summer. FIFA came down on Tottenham's side when they claimed
that the player had failed a medical.
are sending Alton Thelwell and peter Crouch to IFK Hasselholm on
loan during the summer. This marks an agreement between the
two clubs after Tottenham had bought Jon Jonsson and are arranging
to bring fellow youngster and forward David Eek over from the
Swedish club. This mirrors the arrangements Spurs used to
make for their young players in the early 1980's when many
promising youth players (Paul Miller, Garry Brooke, Pat Corbett
among them) all went to Sweden and benefited from playing in a different
Fox is finding it very hard to understand why he is not being
allowed to play - even for the Reserve side. He claims that GG
has refused to give him a good reason for his banishment and
he feels he still has a lot to offer Tottenham. However,
Tottenham may not feel the same way.
Tottenham's on loan midfielder, Allan Nielsen, is back in the
Denmark squad to face Sweden in a friendly on April 26.
Wimbledon's Jason Euell is still determined to leave Selhurst Park
and Tottenham look set to sign the England Under-21 striker should
he depart. As expected Leeds United are also mentioned in
the same sentence as are Arsenal.
Graham looks set to miss being in charge of the Tottenham side
that visits Leicester City tomorrow. He is said to be in
good spirits after leaving hospital and he was looking forward to
getting back to work, but has been ordered by his doctor to rest
after his short spell having tests.
Police have warned Spurs and Leicester City fans that they are
risking arrest if they racially abuse Muzzy Izzett following the
killing of two Leeds United fans by Turkish supporters
recently. Once again it is the Police bolting the stable
door after Everton fans abused the Leicester City midfielder, who
has Turkish family.
Wiltord, the French international striker at Bordeaux, has said he
will quit the club in the summer. He has been linked with
Tottenham before, but clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Leeds United
and Middlesbrough have been mentioned as possible buyers.
Not sure where this one came
from, but on SoccerUpdate, Spurs have been reportedly linked with
Chris Coleman of Fulham. This could be very old news as
Tottenham were interested in the Welsh centre-half when he was on
the brink of leaving Crystal Palace some years ago.
Houston has said that he expects his players to produce an upturn
in results towards the end of this season because of their
professional pride. Uhhhh ?? While Martin O'Neill has
urged his Leicester City side to use the match as a "launch
pad for an end of season flourish". Those spare tickets
for the match will fair be snapped up with fighting talk like this
have appointed a referee for the South Africa v Lesotho World Cup
qualifier this weekend who was killed in a road accident last
November. Would anyone care to make up their own punch lines
to this story ??
young Spurs reserve side lost a friendly at Norwich City today
Stewart Houston has said that Tottenham must bring fresh blood in
to the side in the summer and GG has four big name stars in mind
to increase the size and quality of the squad. He hopes that
the transfer fund held by Alan Sugar will be big enough to bring
them to White Hart Lane and show the world that Tottenham are an
Tottenham are watching the situation at Atletico Madrid very
closely as the Spanish club are now four points away from safety
with only five games to play. Added to that top striker
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was sent off in Saturday's match against
Malaga. Despite being linked with Hasselbaink, Spurs are
also watching Santiago Solari and Radek Bejbl as possible transfer
targets. both midfielders, Bejbl is available on a Bosman at
the end of the season.
Brian Moore has conducted an interview with Cliff Jones which can
be accessed by clicking here.
On the wall of the away team
dressing room today was a picture of Steffen Freund with his fists
clenched (possibly from the programme for the match) stuck up with
a piece of binding tape. Are Aston Villa players all big
fans of the German or were they trying to wind themselves up with
Steffen as their target ??
demonstration took place outside the main gates at Tottenham after
yesterday's match to show some fan's reluctance to continue with
Sir Alan Sugar as Chairman. About 150 people were involved
according to newspaper reports and Sugar was said to have
mockingly applauded them from the offices in the main stand.
Liverpool have revealed that they came in with a bid for Sol
Campbell just before the transfer deadline, but it was turned down
by Spurs. They are expected to be back in the summer should Sol
not sign a new contract.
Mohammed Kallon, currently on loan at Reggiana in Italy, is said
to be interesting Spurs. The Sierra Leone striker, 20, would
cost around £3 million from Inter Milan. Middlesbrough are
also watching the situation.
Houston has said that he and GG are not sure if Alan Sugar will
fund the transfer spree that is needed to take Tottenham to the
next stage of their progression plan.
Gascoigne could play in Justin Edinburgh's testimonial at
Portsmouth on May 9th (kick off 7.30 p.m.) if he regains his
fitness before then.
Tottenham lost 2-4 to Aston Villa at White Hart Lane today.
Their goals came from Steffen Iversen and Chris Armstrong.
For match reports click here.
For reaction click here.
allegedly watching Croatian striker Evica Mornar of Standard
Liege, until he got sent off in a Belgian Cup game for kicking out
at an opponent.
The £2.5m-rated Standard Liege striker got a five-match ban and
Spurs have not been in touch with his club since.
One of Wimbledon's
co-owner's has said that they will not sell their big stars in the
summer. These include John Hartson, Carl Cort and Ben
Thatcher - all who have been linked with moves to Tottenham.
A message on the Spurs
Interactive Message Board hinted that Alan Sugar and George Graham
would both be leaving the club in the summer when a new consortium
took over the club. GG would be replaced by an amazing
appointment apparently !! Now when I thought about who would
amaze me I sprung to the conclusion it would be Alex Ferguson or
Arsene Wenger, but that would be unbelievable, so a manger who
would amaze me would have to be Jimmy Krankie, Paul Daniels or
Tony Blair !!
Former Spurs defender Colin Calderwood suffered a broken leg when
he fell awkwardly in the match against Birmingham City today.
Graham has not been well and will miss tomorrow's match against
Aston Villa. He has joint inflammation and fever, which came
after an announcement that the Spurs boss had influenza. He
may miss the rest of the season as a course of steroids is needed
to help him recover, which could take a month. It has
been revealed that he has battled on despite the chronic pain of
rheumatoid arthritis to ensure Tottenham reached enough points to
- Over 2
million shares in Tottenham Hotspur plc have changed hands this
week fuelling a rumour that a takeover of the company is on the
cards this summer. It could be big investors moving their
money around, but the news has sparked speculation that a new
owner could be in the throes of assuming control at the club.
Davies, Matthew Etherington, Anthony Gardner and Dave McEwen are
all included in the Tottenham squad to play Aston Villa tomorrow.
Tottenham have reportedly made a £2.5 million bid for Julius
Aghahowa of Nigeria and Esperance of Tunisia. The 19 year
old forward impressed Graham in the African Nations Cup where he
got a runner-up medal, but he wants to play in Europe and Malaga,
along with Paris Saint Germain are also chasing the
youngster. His club may try to hold on to the player unless
someone coughs up £4 million for him.
Ian Walker has been putting in extra hours with goalkeeping coach
Hans Segers to try and improve his criticised form of late.
Hirst has blamed the current troubles at Sheffield Wednesday on
Tottenham's Director of Football, David Pleat. He castigates
Pleat for his sale of players and tactical talks which
"blinded with science". Pleat has responded to
these allegations by saying David Hirst was riddled with injury
and didn't like the fact that he had to be sold, along with other
players who had been at the club too long. The name calling
has abated for the time being and handbags are being prepared for
Spurs are being linked with
Swedish prodigy Kim Kallstrom of BK Hacken. The 17 year old
midfielder has been on trial with Spurs and has also trained with
PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Udinese, but could be swayed in
Tottenham's favour by the presence of Johnathan Partin and Jon
Jonssen, who have played alongside him in the national youth
side. The player is already six feet tall and has scored 10
goals in 38 league games for his club.
John Gregory, manager of
Aston Villa, has defended George Graham against the fans rage at
Liverpool last week. He said that they should remember that
the club was heading for relegation before he arrived and he also
won the Worthington Cup. Gregory went on to add that the
demand for instant success puts pressure on Chairmen to sack
managers who get stick from the crowd.
- Spurs will
play Fulham on Tuesday 1st August for Simon Morgan's testimonial
have been fined £50,000 for a brawl in the tunnel after their
game against Wimbledon and Denis Wise fined £7,500 for insulting
behaviour. This comes the day after Tottenham have appealed
against their £150,000 fine for a similar incident on the
pitch. It seems the FA are saying that it is alright to have
a fight, as long as it is out of sight in the tunnel !!
Meanwhile Leeds United have been warned by UEFA about the conduct
of their players after four were booked in the UEFA Cup semi-final
first leg in Turkey last week. If more than three players
are booked, clubs can be charged with failing to control their
players ... sound familiar ????
- 24 year
old Wimbledon defender, Ben Thatcher has been linked with a £5
million move to Tottenham again. He has failed to re-sign
for the South London side and despite a litany of ankle injuries,
GG seems keen to bring him to White Hart Lane.
Spurs and Everton have been linked with Sheffield Wednesday's 20
year old midfielder, Alan Quinn who is rated as being worth £3
million. It is thought that he will leave Hillsborough
should Wednesday be relegated at the end of this season.
David Pleat was manager at Wednesday when Quinn was brought over
from Ireland in the first instance.
Sherwood is back in full training and could be fit to return to
the first team against Wimbledon on 22 April.
Espen Baardsen could be
allowed to leave on two conditions. Firstly that Jesper
Christiansen, who is on loan for the rest of the season, continues
to impress and secondly, that the fee received is right.
David Pleat said the Danish Under-21 keeper is just one of many
they have looked at.
A report is linking George Graham with the manager's post at
Celtic. It appears that the second club in Scotland at the
moment may be trying to tempt GG back home, but seeing as how he
moved to London from Leeds to be nearer his family I don't quite
see him moving further North now.
Gordon Banks has expressed doubts about David Seaman in the run in
to Euro 2000, but has also said he doesn't fancy David James or
Tottenham are to appeal against the £150,000 fine imposed for
their part in the brawl at Elland Road in the Premier league match
against Leeds United.
According to TeamTalk, Oyvind Leonhardsen will have tests on his
injured "heal". He may well miss Saturday's
visit of Aston Villa, but does hope to be back for the Wimbledon
Stephen Carr is in the Republic of Ireland squad to face Greece on
AC Milan are thought to be ready to bid £10 million for Sergei
Rebrov and it has been revealed that the Italian club have first
option on the player. Spurs had been interested, but it is
considered likely that he will pair up with his former Dynamo Kiev
strike partner, Andrei Shevshenko.
Tottenham Reserves drew 2-2 with Leicester City Reserves at
Clarence Park tonight. They took a 1-0 lead through Luke
Young and had to come back to grab a late equaliser from Mark
Baardsen has told GG that unless he gets first team football he
wants to quit White Hart Lane. This comes at a very
inopportune time as Spurs have young Danish keeper, Jesper
Christiansen on trial.
Pleat has dismissed news of an offer being made for Sheffield
Wednesday's Alan Quinn.
TeamTalk reports that David Pleat (talking about academy boys)
informed a seminar in Zurich that "I don't think we should
impose education on these boys. Only one out of 10 has enough
brains to become successful academically. Even the foreign
kids speak better English than these guys. Education is wasted on
Oyvind Leonhardsen is
looking to return to action this weekend. He hopes a fitness test
on Thursday will be positive or he may have to wait to play in the
last few games of the season to prove his fitness for Euro 2000.
Barnsley are looking to take John Scales to Oakwell if he gets a
free transfer from Tottenham this summer. With no contract
talks planned, Scale could attract Dave Bassett, his former boss's
Former Spurs striker John Duncan was sacked as manager of
Chesterfield today. The side are almost certain to be
relegated form Division Two and Duncan has been the target of the
fan's abuse since the team has slumped to the foot of the table.
Nielsen has said that he would be happy to stay at Wolverhampton
Wanderers after his loan spell has ended.
Campbell has said that George Graham is still the man to lead
Tottenham forward despite the poor current run. The Spurs captain
said that nobody like losing and Ian Walker backed up the England
man by saying GG had been trying to lift spirits despite another
lacklustre defeat - this time at the hands of Liverpool.
wants Sol Campbell to make a commitment to Spurs before Euro
2000. The England centre-half has repeatedly said that he
will make his decision after the end of the season and he has also
opened up about his feelings about Tottenham in an interview in
the Sunday Times. He felt that there was too much red tape
at the club and he didn't know where the problem lies, but he did
think that GG should get the backing he needs. He again said he
was a London boy and if Spurs did well, he did well. He went
on to add that there is not a big gap between Spurs and the top
sides, so the club needed to close it rather than let it get
Carl Cort has said he would rather play for them than Tottenham.
names being bandied about with Spurs in mind are Geoff Horsfield
(Fulham) and Constantin Galca (Espanyol).
Jesper Christiansen of Odense BK is set to have his second
trial spell at Tottenham for a few days training. The goalkeeper
could well feature in tomorrow's reserve fixture at home to
lost to Liverpool this afternoon 0-2. This is the first game
Tottenham have lost by more than one goal this season !!
Simon Davies and Matthew Etherington both came on to make their
debuts in the match, but this did not stop the chants of
- Spurs have
been linked with a £3 million move for Liverpool's Titi Camara.
The Guinean international was on trial at Tottenham at the start
of season 1998-99, but Spurs did not sign him from Marseilles,
when they could have had him for £1 million. He may leave
Anfield because of the lack of opportunities to play now that they
have Fowler, Owen and Heskey to play up front. Middlesbrough
and Blackburn Rovers are also interested.
- GG is
looking to bring Alan Quinn to Tottenham from Sheffield
Wednesday. The 19 year old attacking midfielder would cost
£2.5 million and the deal would take place in the summer.
Spurs have also been linked with a move for Henning Berg of
Manchester United, who may have trouble playing in the first XI
there next season.
Nielsen is interesting Lecce of Italy, but the stumbling block
could be the expected £5 million asking price.
- Mario Jardel,
the prolific Brazilian Porto striker, has been offered to Spurs
for £12 million. The Portuguese side are desperate to cash
in on the 26 year old "goal machine" before he can leave
on a Bosman at the end of next season. He would certainly
look to be the calibre of player the fans are looking for Tottenham
to sign, but his fee would be a record for the club and his wages
could also have the management reaching for an oxygen mask.
Ginola has revealed that his grandfather nearly died as a result
of Gerard Houllier calling the Spurs winger "a war
criminal" after France lost to Bulgaria in the qualifying
group match for World Cup 1994. There has been a feud
between the two ever since and on the eve of Tottenham's visit to
Anfield, Ginola has again explained that he will never forget what
the former French national team manager did to him and his family.
- GG has
said that he is not worried about throwing the youngsters into a
match or two before the end of the season. He continued that
they have al showed a willingness to learn in training and he
wants to pick up some points before the end of the season, so is
happy to play them while major singings are yet to materialise.
Football Planet has an item linking Spurs with a move for
Leicester City's Muzzy Izzet. The London born
midfielder has yet to sign a new contract with the Midlands side,
although a place for the Foxes in Europe could sway him to re-sign
at Filbert Street.
Espen Baardsen has reportedly said he wants to talk to GG about
his future after failing to break into the first team. The
Norwegian keeper has interested West ham United, Wimbledon and
Southampton as he has been kept on the bench by Ian Walker.
- 22 year
old striker, Frederic Kanoute (currently on loan at West Ham
United) looks set to join the East London club after turning down
Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool's reported keenness to take the young
French striker from Lyon. Media Monitor said that the club
has never inquired about this player. "Who is he anyway
?" we heard them say.
Iversen has said that he is looking forward to contract talks in
the summer to extend his current deal. With two years to
run, he is hoping to stay at the club for as long as
Cort looks set to stay at Wimbledon and disappoint Tottenham who
were keen on the £8 million rated England Under-21 striker.
- GG has complained about
the absence of first team players because of injury for long
periods of this season and they could have turned some of the one
goal defeats into points for the club. He was determined not
to use this as an excuse though, even though he did bring up the
subject in the first place !!
The referee in Monday night's match against Middlesbrough was
"nervous" according to GG and under the glare of some of
the refereeing hierarchy, so the Spurs manager said he should not
have blasted Mr. Wiley in public.
McEwen, Anthony Gardner, Matt Etherington and Simon Davies are all
in the squad for Tottenham's trip to Liverpool on Sunday.
The only absentees due to injury are Tim Sherwood and Oyvind
strange report on Soccerupdate has linked Tottenham, West Ham
United and Fulham as likely destinations for Davor Suker in the
summer. Having said his biggest disappointment for Arsenal
this season was not scoring against us in the first match and that
he would definitely do so in the return at Highbury (which he
didn't !!), I can't see him moving across North London, can you ??
Leal, the Atletico Madrid midfielder, could be on his way to Spurs
this summer as he has fallen out of favour with new boss, Raddy
Antic. With the Spanish club in financial trouble, they
could be willing to sell the 19 year old.
about the signing of Patrik Pothuiizen from NEC Nijmegen have
proved unfounded with the 27 year old sweeper moving to Vitesse
French midfielder, Christian Karembeu will be leaving Real Madrid
in the summer and Spurs and Chelsea were the two English clubs
interested in him a little while ago. He appears to have made the
Premiership his destination, but if he cannot fix himself up with
a club here, he will try Italy again. Arsenal may enter the
hunt as they could require a replacement for Petit, who looks on
his way out. Would they pay his taxi fare do you reckon ??
Downer, the young Leyton Orient defender, looks likely to be
cashed in on by his club in the summer and Tottenham are amongst
the front runners for his signature. The Romford born 17 year old is
being tracked by Arsenal, West Ham United and Wimbledon, but Chris
Hughton was watching him again this week and although no bid had
yet been made, Tottenham are obviously keen on the player.
Les Ferdinand has said he will look to get a second, third and
even a fourth opinion on his Achilles tendon injury before he goes
under the knife.
Sugar's mobile phone number has been published on the Internet and
he has been receiving abusive calls, which the Police are
investigating. Some people have already been charged and we
wonder what response you would get from Sir Alan should you ring
him. From what we have heard, not a very welcome one !!
Ian Walker has admitted he is unlikely to go to Euro 2000 with the
England squad. Kevin Keegan, who hasn't spoken to the Spurs
keeper since the last squad was named, appears to be going with David
Seaman, Nigel Martyn and Richard Wright.
Ghent (his club) and Media Monitor has reported that the club has
not approached any Belgian clubs about players, which tend sot
indicate that we will be singing Ole Martin Aarst soon.
Sorry, that should have read that Spurs can't be Aarst bound. Or
Tottenham's game at Old Trafford will see them face Manchester
united without Dwight Yorke. The striker will be away on
international duty for Trinidad and Tobago.
GG has found an unlikely ally in the shape of 1970's controversial
referee, Clive "The Book" Thomas. The former Welsh
official said that refs making the jump from Nationwide League to
the Premiership should undergo an intensive training course to
bring them up to speed on the top division's pace and style.
He also recommended that refs and managers talked to each other
after games to break down the wall of silence building up between
them. His suggestions followed Graham's criticism of referee
Alan Wiley on Monday night.
Graham will be asked by the FA to explain comments he made about
rookie match referee - Alan Wiley - following last night's match
against Middlesbrough when he called him incompetent.
Martin Aarst of Ghent in Belgium has been the focus of Tottenham's
attention and appears to be on his way to White Hart Lane.
The top scorer so far in the Belgian League with 24 goals in 29
matches, his club have said that Spurs have been in touch with the
player keen to make the move, but they are not in a hurry to sell
and the deal will probably take place in the summer.
Walker has become the target for the boo-boys after last night's
2-3 defeat by Middlesbrough. He said he knew that as soon as
he made a mistake they would be on his back and would not remember
what he had done in the rest of the season. Whilst he did
make mistakes last night, he also made a couple of excellent
reflex saves to deny the North-East side.
Les Ferdinand's season seems to have ended prematurely after he
broke down in training on Tuesday and will need further surgery to
rectify his injury. however, Portsmouth could be interested
in buying the striker should be be edged out by summer signings.
Leonhardsen is depressed about being injured again - his heel
injury keeping sidelined for at least another week, so missing a
match against his former club Liverpool.
The man who hit the female
Leicester City fan at Wembley at the Worthington Cup Final last
season has been bailed to appear at Brent Magistrate's Court on a
charge of Actual Bodily Harm. He must not go within 500
metres of a football or sports stadium half an hour before or
after an event is being held.
Patrick Kluivert has said
that he would like a move to London. This has alerted Spurs
and Arsenal to the availability of the Dutch Barcelona star.
It is highly unlikely that he would come to Tottenham as he has
already turned down the club once, when he left AC Milan.
Rivaldo has shattered the dreams
of English clubs, including Tottenham, by saying if he leaves
Barcelona he will move to an Italian team. This is thought
not to rule out Chelsea though.
Reserves drew 0-0 with their Coventry City counterparts tonight.
Tottenham lost 2-3 at home to Middlesbrough tonight. They
took the lead through a Chris Armstrong goal and then scored a
late David Ginola consolation. Click here
for a match report.
Alex Ferguson reckons he has made two bids of £17 million for Sol
Campbell, but they have both been turned down by Tottenham.
Tottenham's chief scout, Charlie Woods is to reunite with his
former Ipswich Town boss, Bobby Robson, at the end of the season.
have once again been linked with Norwegian Ole Martin Aarst of
Belgian side Ghent. He is said to be available for £1,5
million in the summer.
- GG has
blasted the rumours that Pierre van Hooijdonk says he wants to
play for Spurs. The manager said he was building a side at
Tottenham and did not want to bring in potential problems which
may harm the team.
are favourites to sign Sergei Rebrov for £12.5 million
according to the Planet Football site, unless Spurs step up their
interest in the Ukrainian striker.
- David Pleat
has denied two transfer rumours that cropped up over the
weekend. He said he had been at Old Trafford at the weekend
and was impressed with all the Manchester United players, however,
no move has been made for Andy Cole. He also said the club
were aware of Alan Mahon, the Tranmere Rovers midfielder, but were
not making a move for him at this time.
- Tottenham are
supposedly looking to make an £8 million offer for Andy Cole of
Manchester United in the summer should the Northern club buy Ruud
van Nistelrooy from PSV Eindhoven. The People have alleged
that GG has raised the subject with Alex Ferguson already and
rumours from Holland hint that the prolific Dutchman has indicated
that united are rapidly becoming his first choice
destination. It is said, however, that Cole may be tempted
to go abroad for a couple of years should he leave Old Trafford.
Mahon of Tranmere Rovers seems to be the subject of a £1 million
battle between Spurs and Celtic in the summer. The 21 year
old midfielder is not signing a new contract with his club and is
available for a knock-down fee quoted above.
- It is
alleged in the Sunday Mirror that Rosenborg have offered Tottenham
£6 million to buy back Steffen Iversen. His former
Norwegian club are desperate to replace John Carew who is heading
for Valencia and offered a player swap deal, but GG has said that
Iversen is still young and has plenty of potential which he wants
him to realise at Tottenham.
Campbell could be ready to return in tomorrow's match against
Middlesbrough. If he does not respond to treatment, then
John Scales will continue in his place.
Graham has nominated Roy Keane as his Player of the Season.
Christian Karembeu is likely to leave Real Madrid in the summer
and has been said to prefer a move to London in the Premier
League. Spurs have been linked with the French midfielder
before and could renew their interest on this latest news.
Tottenham's links with Mark Viduka look like ending in failure
after a report reckons Bayern Munich are planning a £9
million swoop for the Australian striker.
Sportal have an exclusive interview with Mauricio Taricco and you
can find out what he says by clicking here.
Atletico Madrid are in such
dire straits that they may accept a bid of around £3.5 million
for Juninho. Middlesbrough obviously are the favourties to
sign the Brazilian midfielder, but as Tottenham were in for him
when he left Boro last time, they may enter the chase once again,
especially now the fee is much reduced.
indicate that Martin Laursen is interesting Arsenal and
Chelsea. The 22 year old Danish international defender at
Verona had been linked as a Spurs target some weeks ago.