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May 2013

This page gives you a diary of events as they have happened at the club. 
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 !!

 

Friday 31.05.13
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   The Daily Mail reckons that Spurs are going to sell off Emmanuel Adebayor, David Bentley, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Heurelho Gomes, Tom Huddlestone, William Gallas and Jake Livermore to raise the salary to keep Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane.
   Montpelier midfielder Younes Belhanda has been leaking the fact that he would like to play in the Premier League or in German
y next season, with L'Equipe carrying the interview, which will alert Spurs and Arsenal say the Daily Express.
   Celtic's 21 year old Nigerian midfielder Victor Wanyama is a target for Spurs, Southampton and Arsenal according to the Daily Express.  A price tag of 10 million was mentioned, but Celtic are believed to want more than that for the player.
   Also in the Express, they claim Spurs and Chelsea will try and sign Brazilian striker Hulk from Zenit St. Petersburg this summer.


   OTHER NEWS ... Kenny Jackett has been appointed as Head Coach at Wolverhampton Wanderers ... 

Thursday 30.05.13
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   The news concentrates on Gareth Bale again, with the Daily Mirror claiming that an 80 million battle between Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United will take place this summer as they fight over the Spurs player.
   Meanwhile, the Daily Star reckons Real Madrid are confident of getting Bale and will do so before the 5th June deadline they have set themselves.
   The Spurs store in Chelmsford will be closing down with the last day of opening being Saturday 1st June.


   OTHER NEWS ... Mark Hughes has been named as the new manager of Stoke City ... 

Wednesday 29.05.13
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   Jermain Defoe played about an hour of England's 1-1 friendly draw with Republic of Ireland at Wembley after coming on for Daniel Sturridge in the 33rd minute.
   Gareth Bale has announced through his agent that if Real Madrid agreed a fee with Spurs, then he would be willing to talk to the Spanish club.
   The Sun claims Spurs are set to splash 10 million on Barcelona striker David Villa and 20 million on Leandro Damiao of Internacional.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Tuesday 28.05.13
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   The Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror report that Spurs are in talks to sign two strikers.  A 10 million move for Barcelona's David Villa is planned, with the La Liga champions wanting 12 million for the 31 year old Spanish international, while a move for Internacional's Brazil striker Leandro Damiao is also underway, with a fee of 18 million reported.
   Kyle Walker will not be available for the England friendly at Wembley against the Republic of Ireland tomorrow with no information provided about the injury that rules him out.


   OTHER NEWS ... Manager Roberto Martinez is to leave Wigan Athletic after talks with chairman Dave Whelan ... 

Monday 27.05.13
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   The Daily Mail says that Real Madrid are to test Tottenham's resolve to hang on to Gareth Bale with a 65 million offer being prepared.
   The Metro links Malaga's talented 21 year old midfielder Isco with Spurs, but also with Chelsea and Manchester City.


   OTHER NEWS ... Crystal Palace will be one of Tottenham's opponents in the Premier League next season after beating Watford 1-0 in extra time at Wembley in the Championship play-off final this afternoon ... 

Sunday 26.05.13
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   The Sunday Telegraph claims that Real Madrid are ready to go back on an agreement not to make a move for Gareth Bale this summer, as they are preparing a 60 million bid and Zinedine Zidane has been commenting on how good Bale would fit in at the Bernabeu, as he has been watching him a lot.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 25.05.13
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  No Spurs news of any note today.


   OTHER NEWS ... Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley in the Champions League final tonight ... 

Friday 24.05.13
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   Tottenham drew 0-0 with the Jamaican National team in the Bahamas overnight in a match to mark the 40th anniversary of the Bahamas independence.
   The Daily Mail report that Napoli have made an approach to take Andre Villas-Boas to Italy as their manager.
   Andros Townsend has been charged with betting offences by the FA and the Spurs winger has withdrawn from the England Under-21 team due to take part in the European Championship finals this summer.  The charges do not relate to match fixing, but it i s said that they involve large sums of money bet on other games contrary to the FA Code of Conduct. Both Spurs and the FA will help in in dealing with his gambling issue.
   Former Spurs Sporting Director Frank Arnesen has been sacked by Hamburg as their General Manager.


   OTHER NEWS ... Blackburn Rovers have appointed Gary Bowyer as their manager on a permanent basis after he led the team to Championship safety in the last few months of last season ... Hartlepool United have named Colin Cooper as their new manager ...


   MEHSTG's spin story ... .

Thursday 23.05.13
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   The Daily Express reports that Spurs are planning to buy Internacional striker Leandro Damiao and  Spanish forward Roberto Soldado for a combined fee of 36 million.  The Brazilian international would cost 16 million, while the Valencia man might cost up to 20 million.  If Spurs cannot secure the signing of Soldado, then they may aim to buy David Villa of Barcelona as an alternative for 15 million. 
   In the article the Express claims that Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Emmanuel Adebayor, Clint Dempsey and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are all players who might move out of White Hart Lane should an acceptable offer be received.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Wednesday 22.05.13
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   The Daily Star report that Real Madrid want Gareth Bale this summer and are offering four players to tempt Spurs to part with the Welshman, including Pepe, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria and Marcelo.  However, Real do not want to pay a total of more than 43 million for Bale, which is below Tottenham's valuation, but they are offering him more in wages than Spurs will.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Tuesday 21.05.13
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   A clear out at Tottenham is reported in the Daily Mirror, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Tom Huddlestone, Clint Dempsey, David Bentley, Heurelho Gomes, Danny Rose and Scott Parker all available if offers are received.  William Gallas will be out of contract and will be allowed to leave on a free transfer.
   The report claims that Tottenham hope to bring in David Villa from Barcelona and Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke as well as Hulk of Zenit St. Petersburg and Olympique Lyonnais striker Lisandro Lopez.
   Also in the Mirror, they claim that Tottenham's interest in Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy could cost them 15 million.


   OTHER NEWS ... Tony Pulis is reported to have left his position as manager of Stoke City ... 

Monday 20.05.13
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   Gareth Bale is set to sign a new contract with Spurs worth 130,000 a week, but there will be an acceptance that if a club comes in with a bid of over 50 million next summer, the Welsh international will be allowed to leave, so reports the London Evening Standard.
   The Sun reckon Andre Villas-Boas wants FC Porto's midfielder Joao Moutinho as his prime summer transfer target, having missed out on him last year.  The report claims he could cost as much as 30 million.
   In the Daily Mail, it is reported that Liverpool are keen on Tottenham's left back Danny Rose, along with Sunderland where he has played this season on loan.
   Former Tottenham striker Andy Barcham has signed for Portsmouth after being released by Scunthorpe United.
   Tottenham's Under-21s lost 2-3 at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the final of the FA Premier Under-21 League.  Alex Pritchard and Jon Obika put Spurs 2-0 ahead by the break, but United came back with three goals in twenty second half minutes to win the trophy.


   OTHER NEWS ... Doncaster Rovers appointed Paul Dickov as their new manager today ... 

Sunday 19.05.13
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   Tottenham beat Sunderland 1-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Click here for a match report


   OTHER NEWS ... Yeovil Town will play in the Championship next season after beating Brentford 2-1 in the League One play-off final at Wembley today ... 

Saturday 18.05.13
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   Andre Villas-Boas has been outlining his plans with Daniel Levy to reshape the club and the way they operate.  A Technical Director is being sought to act as a recruiter of new players and to work between the Head Coach and the Chairman.   It was also stated that the club intend to do their transfer business early in the summer to ensure that the side that is fielded at the start of the season is as close to the one that the Head Coach wishes to put out.  AS Roma's General Manager Franco Baldini, who Spurs tried to tempt to White Hart Lane a little while back, is said to be favourite for the post.
   Also in the papers are stories following up yesterday's news that Spurs may make a move for Barcelona striker David Villa, with the Mirror claiming that they will ship out Emmanuel Adebayor, Tom Huddlestone and William Gallas and look at any offers that come in for Danny Rose and David Bentley.  Another source claimed that Gylfi Sigurdsson might be another player looking to leave to find more first team action.


   OTHER NEWS ... Newcastle United owner and Spurs fan Mike Ashley has offered his back-room staff (from tea lady to kit man) a share of a 1 million bonus if his club beat Arsenal tomorrow ... Bradford City beat Northampton Town 3-0 to win the League 2 play-off final at Wembley this afternoon and gained promotion to League One ...

Friday 17.05.13
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   Gareth Bale has been voted the Barclays Premier League Player of the Season.
   The Daily Mirror claims that Gareth Bale is being offered a 170,000 a week deal that will extend his current contract by a year and that Spurs are convinced he will sign it.
   The paper also reports that Aaron Lennon is a transfer target for Internazionale this summer and that Spurs might clear the way for some signings by seeking offers for Emmanuel Adebayor, Tom Huddlestone and Gylfi Sigurdsson, as they all want more first team football.
   On the TalkSport website (and the Mirror echoes this rumour too), Spurs are said to be close to securing a deal to bring 31 year old Barcelona striker David Villa to White Hart Lane.
   The Times claims that Spurs and Chelsea have made enquiries about Southampton's England Under-21 left back Luke Shaw.
   Today the Daily Express link Spurs to Watford's loan striker from Udinese, Matej Vydra, with Arsenal and Fulham also on his trail.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Benoit Assou-Ekotto has recovered from a knock on his knee to be available for Sunday's match, but Sandro (knee), William Gallas (calf) and Younes Kaboul (thigh) are all ruled out.
   SUNDERLAND TEAM NEWS : -  Having been sent off in the last three weeks, Craig Gardner and Stephane Sessignon will both be serving bans for this match, while Danny Rose is ineligible because he is on loan from Tottenham and he can't play against his parent club.  Steven Fletcher (ankle), Titus Bramble (calf), Wes Brown (knee) and Lee Cattermole (knee) are all sidelined.
   For a preview of the last Spurs match of the Premier League season, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Thursday 16.05.13
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   Kyle Walker and Jermain Defoe are in the England squad to face the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on 29th May and Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on June 2nd.
   Former Spurs midfielder Gus Poyet and ex-Spurs defender Mauricio Taricco have been suspended by Brighton and Hove Albion after comments they made following the promotion play-off semi-final defeat against Watford earlier this week.


   OTHER NEWS ... David Beckham will retire from playing football in two weeks time ... 


   MEHSTG's spin story ... Alex Ferguson is seeking a showdown with David Beckham for stealing the limelight in the retirement stakes, with the Manchester United boss hoping to recreate the infamous boot-gate incident.

Wednesday 15.05.13
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   The London Evening Standard claims that if Watford fail to win the play-off final for promotion to the Premier League Aston Villa, Fulham and Spurs could battle for the signature of Czech international striker Matej Vydra, who would cost in excess of 5 million.
   The Under-21 Premier League final between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will take place at Old Trafford on Monday 20th May, kicking off at 19:00.


   OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea win the Europa League with a 2-1 victory over Benfica ... 

Tuesday 14.05.13
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   The Daily Mirror reports that Harry Redknapp wants to sign Scott Parker for QPR's attempt to regain their place in the Premier League after relegation.
   Spurs Under-21s will face Manchester United away in the final of the Premier League Under-21 competition, after the Red Devils beat Liverpool 3-0 tonight in the other semi-final at Old Trafford.  The date has not yet been decided as to when the match will be staged.


   OTHER NEWS ... Wigan Athletic were relegated from the Premier League tonight ... 

Monday 13.05.13
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   Tottenham's Under-21 beat Everton 3-2 at White Hart Lane in the semi-final of the FA Premier League Under-21 competition.  The goals that take them through to a final against either Liverpool or Manchester United were scored by Alex Pritchard and Jon Obika 2.


   OTHER NEWS ... Roberto Mancini was sacked as manager of Manchester City today ... Accrington Stanley have announced James Beattie as their new manager ...

Sunday 12.05.13
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   Tottenham beat Stoke City 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.
   The Sunday Mirror claims Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is their main target this summer, with a fee of over 20 million quoted.  Arsenal are also interested and as the player has made no secret of his desire for a move to that club, they will be favourites to sign him.
   In the same paper, Spurs are linked with a 10 million move for Wigan Athletic 22 year old Scottish midfielder James McCarthy, who they have been watching for a while now and they are ready to move for the player who is expected to leave this summer.
   They also claim that Tottenham are looking at Blackpool's Thomas Ince, which may lead to Aaron Lennon leaving the club and also SV Hamburg's Heung Min-Son.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 11.05.13
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   Little new Spurs news today, other than two former QPR managers - Terry Venables and Mark Hughes - who are both trying to prise Gareth Bale away from White Hart Lane to join Manchester United.  Funny, I didn't notice either of them being that keen on him when they were actually managing football clubs.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Mousa Dembele should be fit for the visit to Stoke City and Aaron Lennon may also be available after also suffering a hamstring pull.  Sandro (knee), William Gallas (calf) and Younes Kaboul (thigh) are definitely out.
   For a preview of the game at Stoke tomorrow, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ... Wigan Athletic won the FA Cup this afternoon beating Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley ... 

Friday 10.05.13
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   Spurs fan and Olympic Gold and Silver medallist in sailing, Andrew Simpson, died today following an accident in preparation for the America's Cup off the coast of California.  MEHSTG sends it's condolences to his family and friends.
   TalkSport's website claims that Lokomotiv Moscow, Arsenal and Tottenham are all in the running to sign Getafe's 23 year old Moroccan midfielder Abdelazziz Barrada.
   The Metro report that Spurs are in talks to sign Barcelona's 21 year old midfielder Sergi Roberto.  The player is frustrated by the lack of first team opportunities at the Nou Camp and will be keen to move to White Hart Lane, regardless of whether there is Champions League football.  He appears to be worth 7 million.
   The Daily Star has Andre Villas-Boas eying another Barcelona star in David Villa, with the story quoting a 12.6 million fee for the 31 year old.
   A different target appears in the Sun, with Bosnian 20 year old winger Miralem Pjanic of AS Roma interesting Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City, with the fee being around 20 million.
   Paolo Di Canio has hinted that he would like to sign Danny Rose for Sunderland on a permanent basis.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Thursday 09.05.13
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   Gareth Bale collected his Football Writer's association Player of the Year award tonight, hinting he would stay at Spurs.


   OTHER NEWS ... Hartlepool United manager John Hughes was sacked today after the side were relegated to League Two ... Everton manager David Moyes has been named as the successor to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United ... 

Wednesday 08.05.13
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   Tottenham drew 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight.  For a match report, click here.
   It appears from a story in the Croydon Advertiser that midfielder Dean Parrett has been released by Spurs and is on trial at Crystal Palace.
   Spurs Under-21s will play Everton in the semi-final of the Premier League Unjder-21 competition at White Hart Lane on Monday 13th May.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 


   MEHSTG's spin story ... The BBC are celebrating tonight as Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from football management at the end of this season.

Tuesday 07.05.13
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   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembele are in the squad that goes across London to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but Andre Villas-Boas would not say how fit the pair are.  Sandro (knee), William Gallas (calf) and Younes Kaboul (thigh) are all still ruled out, but Jake Livermore is fit again to be selected.
   For a preview of the game at Chelsea tomorrow night, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ... Wolverhampton Wanderers today sacked their manager Dean Saunders, following the club's relegation on Saturday ... Millwall manager Kenny Jackett has resigned ...


   MEHSTG's spin story ... Rafa Benitez has said that David Luiz was laughing at the crowd's abuse of him following the foul on him by Rafael in Sunday's game at Old Trafford and not the fact that the United defender was being red-carded.  Oh, yes ... I bet Luiz has never heard the one about him looking like Sideshow Bob before.

Monday 06.05.13
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   Nathan Byrne was sent off for Swindon Town, where he is on loan, in the play-off semi-final second leg against Brentford.  Our other loanee at the club, Massimo Luongo played the whole game which went to penalties after a 3-3 draw made it 4-4 on aggregate and Brentford went through.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Sunday 05.05.13
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   The Sunday Mirror claims Manchester United are set to offer 60 million for Gareth Bale, but this is likely to be a cash plus Anderson or Nani deal.
   Former Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh managed Newport County to a 2-0 Conference play off final victory over Wrexham at Wembley to ensure the Welsh side will play in League Two next season.


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Saturday 04.05.13
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   Tottenham beat Southampton 1-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.  Click here for a match report.


   OTHER NEWS ... Hull City gained automatic promotion to the Premier League today ... While at the bottom of the Championship, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Peterborough United were relegated to League One ...

Friday 03.05.13
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   The Daily Mail claims that Real Madrid are set to sell Gonzalo Higuain in the summer, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham all keeping an eye on the situation.
   The Daily Mirror reckons Spurs are favourites to sign South Korean winger Son Heung-Min from SV Hamburg, despite interest from Internazionale, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.  A 10 million deal may be enough to capture the winger, who is said to be keen to come to the Premier League.
   Some papers are reporting that Spurs look likely to keep Gareth Bale for at least one more season, even if they do not make the Champions League qualifying places.
  Former Spurs defender Stephen Carr, 36, has retired from football after struggling to come back from a knee injury .


   OTHER NEWS ...  ... 

Thursday 02.05.13
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   Gareth Bale has been named as the Football Writer's Footballer of the Year today, ahead of Robin van Persie.
   On TalkSport radio, Spurs were being linked with a move for Liverpool's Geordie striker Andy Carroll.  Please tell me it's not true !!.
   TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -  Emmanuel Adebayor will be fit for selection for Saturday's home match against Southampton, but Mousa Dembele will need to prove that he has overcome his muscle pull sustained in the Wigan game last weekend.  Sandro (knee), William Gallas (calf) and Younes Kaboul (thigh) are all still ruled out.
   SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS : -  Danny Fox and Gaston Ramirez will have to sit this match out after getting sent off in last Saturday's match at West Bromwich Albion. Luke Shaw (ankle) and Richard Chaplow (ankle) both look likely to be out of the reckoning for the game at White Hart Lane, while James Ward-Prowse hopes to be able to shake off a knock to feature.
   To read MEHSTG's preview of the game with the Saints on Saturday, click here.


   OTHER NEWS ... Chelsea will play Benfica in the Europa League final in Amsterdam later this month ... Aldershot have gone into administration ... Wayne Burnett has been named as the permanent manager of Dagenham & Redbridge after being acting manager since John Still left in February ...

Wednesday 01.05.13
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   Rumours on the internet reckon the Internacional chairman has said that striker Leandro Damiao is most likely to end up at Spurs, as the Napoli bd went through the player's agent and not to the club.


   OTHER NEWS ... Bayern Munich will play Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley later this month after beating Barcelona tonight 3-0 in the Nou Camp and 7-0 on aggregate ... 

 

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