- It is
reported that David Ginola's talks with Aston Villa have hit a
stumbling block in the form of his wage demands. Manager
John Gregory and chairman Doug Ellis are believed to be willing to
recommence talks when Ginola comes back from a family holiday, but
to pay the demands may be beyond the willingness of Villa.
- GG has
said that it is getting harder to catch the top teams, who only
need two or three players to improve on what they have already
got, while the likes of Spurs need more than that. Graham
bemoaned the fact that with the new TV deal money, there was too
much money chasing too few class players. He said it would
be nice if they could bring in two players before the season
starts, but that they were always on the look out for quality
Steffen Freund has stressed
the need for a good start to the season. He said that if
Spurs can beat Ipswich Town at home and then remain unbeaten in
the away games at Newcastle United and Middlesbrough, then they
will gain in confidence and build from that.
Neil Sullivan will officially complete his move to Tottenham this
weekend after his Wimbledon contract expires on 1st July.
Graham is set to return to Elland Road to pinch Academy Director
Alan Hill from Leeds United. With Brian Kidd moving in to
supervise the youth system at the northern club, Hill is to be
released and GG is keen to snap him up despite competition from
Leicester City and Wimbledon, to improve further the production
line of young talent into the Tottenham first team.
A London estate agent has
reported that Sol Campbell has instructed them to find him a new
home in Highgate for £1.5 million. It is being read into
this that he may be ready to stay at Tottenham for at least
another year of not longer. We read nothing into it except
he wants a nice new house in a nice area !!
partner, Chris Perry, has admitted that he was not fully satisfied
with his first season at Spurs. He said he feels he could do
better and hopes to pick up from the end of last season when he
was playing nearer his full potential.
Rumours linking Tottenham
with a £6.75 million bid for Belgian striker Emile Mpenza have
been upstaged by reports that Newcastle United are set to buy the
pacy forward for £8 million, after getting FC Schalke 04 to drop
their asking price from £12 million !! As it seems that
Newcastle are signing up every forward in the world at the moment,
where does this leave St. Alan of Shearer and their defence should
be as holey as his reputation !!
Josep Guardiola of Barcelona
could be available for £3.9 million, if he does not get
assurances about his first team place at the Nou Camp. Spurs
desperately need a strong, ball-playing midfielder and
"Pep" would fit the bill nicely if they made a
determined effort to go for the Spanish international.
Everton's former Spurs forward, Nick Barmby has been placed on the
transfer list after expressing a desire to play for
Liverpool. Newspaper reports had linked Spurs with a move
of FC Porto has signed for Galatasaray of Turkey. The
Brazilian striker had been linked with Spurs in the past few
Leonhardsen is likely to be ready for pre-season training after a
successful recovery from his heel injury. He has been
working out on an exercise bike and jogging without any reaction.
- GG has
praised the Spurs forward, Chris Armstrong for facing up to the
barrage of criticism he received from his own fans. He said
that between him and Steffen Iversen they did well to get 30 goals
without much chance of a break. Armstrong himself felt that the
goal at home to Liverpool was the turning point of his season,
after which he felt fitter and more confident.
Tranmere Rovers' young midfielder Alan Mahon is set to move to
Sporting Lisbon of Portugal on a free transfer. Had he moved
to the interested parties in the British Isles (Spurs and Celtic),
he would have commended a substantial fee.
David Ginola is top of the Aston Villa hit list which is said to
be discussed this week by manager John Gregory and chairman Doug
Town manager, George Burley has said he is awaiting John Scales'
decision to join the club later this week. He has been won
over by things told to him by staff at Spurs and Liverpool about
the ex-England central defender.
Fenn has said that he must consider leaving Tottenham to get first
team football and concentrate on his future career. He said
it would be a wrench to leave White Hart Lane after joining as a
schoolboy, but Brentford offers him an opportunity to go ahead,
rather than stagnating in the reserves.
Tottenham's link to Czech
striker Jan Koller seems to be slipping with Newcastle United the
favourites to sign the forward from Anderlecht. Other clubs
have been scared off by the £7 million price tag.
Another player from Euro
2000 linked with Spurs, Slovenian Zlatko Zahovic, is a target for
Sunderland, with a £4 million fee quoted.
Nielsen will hope to determine his future when he returns for
pre-season training with Tottenham. Kaiserslautern are
watching the situation and have a £2 million bid ready and the
Danish international will probably leave after failing to get a
squad place at the end of last season, being loaned out to
Wolverhampton Wanderers for the last month.
central defender Ramon Vega has said that he was in agony after
breaking his ankle in the Worthington Cup Final in 1999. He
had surgery in Germany after two bits of bone were rubbing against
each other causing great pain in his leg, but he has now
recuperated and is looking forward to pre-season training.
for Spurs' friendly at Peterborough United go on sale on Saturday
at London Road, priced at £15 for seats and £10 standing.
have announced their live games from the start of the season until
Christmas. Spurs matches which will change date for the
coverage are : -
Spurs -v- West Ham United from Sat. 9 Sept. to
Mon. 11 Sept.
Spurs -v- Liverpool from Sat. 18 Nov. to Sun. 19 Nov.
Spurs -v- Arsenal from Sat. 16 Dec. to
Mon. 18 Dec.
Southampton -v- Spurs from Tue. 26 Dec. to Wed.
Speculation in the Belgian
press is linking Tottenham with a move for Belgian international
winger, Bart Goor of Anderlecht for £5 million. Spurs face
competition from Sunderland, Ajax and Perugia.
Reports in newspapers today
indicate that Chris Waddle has had an offer to return to laying
Another ex-Spur, Terry
Yorath, who left Bradford City yesterday after failing to be
offered the No.2 post to new manager Chris Hutchings, has been
appointed to a similar position at Sheffield Wednesday.
had formerly been linked with Monaco striker David Trezeguet, but
the French international striker has joined Juventus.
Scales is believed to be one of many centre-halves linked with
Premiership new-boys, Ipswich Town.
Wimbledon chairman has said that the club have received a number
of bids for their top players, but they have refused them.
This is thought to be a "hands-off" warning to Spurs
over the matter of Ben Thatcher. Meanwhile, Chris
Perry has said that his former team-mate at Wimbledon, Ben
Thatcher, would be a big bonus for Spurs and for England. He
said he is a great athlete and has a great left foot.
On the club's official website, Matthew Etherington said that he
needs to be a bit fitter for the new season ahead and that he is
really looking forward to it now he has seen the fixture list.
are reported to be ready to make a £2 million bid for Belgian
striker Emile Mpenza. The Sun article says Spurs are after
the speedy forward, who was one of the home nation's few
outstanding players. David Pleat said that he was one of
several players that Tottenham were monitoring at Euro 2000.
The FC Schalke 04 man may be on quite substantial wages at his
current club and this could provide a stumbling block.
Napoli are also said to be chasing the 21 year old after their
promotion to Serie A, but it is believed that his German club are
asking for £6.5 million.
Sol Campbell is interesting
Italian club Internazionale of Milan, who according to one
national newspaper there, have signed him already after his
contract expires next summer !! That is because they don't
want to pay the £13 million for his transfer now. However,
if Ugo Ehiogu is priced at £12 million, then how much is Sol
Boudewijn Zenden would like
to prove his worth to the fans of Barcelona. He said that he
has had a difficult first season at the Nou Camp and during that
time he has improved tactically to become a more
"multi-functional player". This is bad news for
Spurs who were looking at him to come in for David Ginola should
he leave White Hart Lane.
Freund has said that he expects to win a trophy with Tottenham
Iversen's return from Euro 2000 will see him enter into contract
talks with Tottenham this week. The Norwegian believes he
should be on around £25,000 a week and is keen to stay at Spurs
where he is looking forward to linking up with Sergei Rebrov.
John Scales reckons that he has quite a while left in his
footballing life, as the injuries he has suffered since his move
to Tottenham have effectively prolonged his career !!
Fenn is believed to be a £350,000 target for Brentford.
This appears far too much for one of our "never been given a
chance" reserves, who normally disappear from the Lane for
Spurs transfer target, Mark Viduka of Celtic, has agreed personal
terms with Leeds United.
Mauricio Taricco has said
that he would welcome Ben Thatcher's challenge for the left-back
position at the club. He said it would be unprofessional to regard
it as a "threat" to his position and acknowledged that
it means that the club are building a good squad.
Tottenham are reported to have won the race to sign Wimbledon's
Ben Thatcher ahead of Liverpool. The defender returns from
honeymoon this week and in a move which mimics the transfer of
Chris Perry, he looks likely to complete his move across
London. The player is now said to
want to stay in London in contradiction to what he had previously been
quoted as saying, that is that he would prefer a move to Anfield. DP has commented that Tottenham have an
interest in the player and "that is not denied." So
Meanwhile, Everton's 20 year old full-back Michael Ball is
available for £3.5 million. Any comment on that one then
?? The Spurs management might have given up the chase for
Ball as SoccerUpdate report that Peter Taylor has put in a 32.5
million bid for the player on behalf of Leicester City !!
more confusion surrounds the future of David Ginola as Chelsea are
believed to be trying to tempt the Frenchman to Stamford
Bridge. Other reports say Tottenham have turned down a £3
million bid from Aston Villa.
Reports suggesting a return to Tottenham for Nick Barmby is unlikely as David Pleat said that the club had not
talked to the player or Everton. The Sunday Mirror said
Spurs were keen to have the midfielder back, but Liverpool and
Chelsea are also supposedly in the running for his signature.
the Sundays again link Spurs with Boudewijn Zenden of Barcelona,
David Pleat says that the club have had no discussions with the
player. But that leaves a whole lot of people they could
have had discussions with then !! The player is likely to be
part of the clear-out of Dutch staff after the resignation of boss
Louis van Gaal and could be available for £5 million, with wages
comparable to those of David Ginola. However, with the
player looking sharp in Euro 2000, it could be that Barca decide
to keep him when their presidential elections are over or
Fiorentina or other interested clubs will overtake Spurs in the
race for the winger's transfer.
A newspaper report details an agent's claim that Spurs were
offered Sergei Rebrov for £8 million a few months before his
eventual signing, but GG did not apparently want anyone in his
side who didn't speak English !!
newspaper reports today, it appears that the Wimbledon striker
Carl Cort is the subject of a battle between Leeds United and
Newcastle United. Spurs were linked with him, but £6
million should see him head further North.
Alan Sugar has blasted the bringing of "foreigners" into
the Premier League ... weeks after sanctioning the £11 million
transfer of Sergei Rebrov from Dynamo Kiev. He says that
there should be a limit on the number of players from overseas
allowed in each team and that it is only because of Tottenham's
impoverished circumstances that Sol Campbell, Nick Barmby and
Stephen Carr have become what they have today. He singled
out Carr as "Hobson's Choice - all that we had available at
Villa have priced their centre-half, Ugo Ehiogu, at £12
million. This is probably due to the fact that they would
lose 50% of the fee to West Bromwich Albion as a condition of his
transfer to Villa Park.
Ledley King and Simon Davies, who broke bones in post-season
Under-21 tournaments, should be fit for the start of the season.
Scales is being chased by Wimbledon and Portsmouth after being
given a free transfer by Tottenham.
confusion surrounds the future of David Ginola. John Gregory
is saying he is nearly certain that the player will move to Aston
Villa, while some reports say that if Fulham buy Paul Merson, then
Ginola will move to Villa Park.
Ferdinand has been comforted by the news that he is still wanted
by Spurs despite the signing of Sergei Rebrov.
Nouma, a striker playing with Lens, who was once linked with a
move to Tottenham, has signed for Besiktas of Turkey.
former Nottingham Forest striker, Pierre van Hooijdonk has joined
Benfica from Vitesse Arnhem. He had given a "Come and
get me" offer to Tottenham earlier this year.
Vega has said that (like Claire Grogan) he would love to stay at White
Stephen Carr has said that he realise that he still has to work
hard on his game, despite a good season for Spurs and the Republic
of Ireland. He said that he was looking forward to the new
season and the prospect of a place in the national side who take
on Portugal and Holland in their World Cup qualifying group.
Mauricio Taricco is
concerned that his double groin operation of May might keep him
out of the new season's opening match against his old club,
Ipswich Town, at White Hart Lane. He revealed that he is
still getting pain from the area and hopes to get to work with the
physio to step up his training before the pre-season training
14th July will see former Spurs captain, Alan Mullery, put some of
his medals and international caps up for auction.
The fixtures for season 2000-01 were announced today and are
follows : -
Sat 19 Ipswich H
Sat 6 FA Cup 3
Tue 22 Middlesbrough A
Sat 13 Everton A
Sat 26 Newcastle A
Sat 20 Southampton H
Tue 5 Everton H
Sat 27 FA Cup 4
Sat 9 West Ham H
Wed 31 West Ham A
Sat 16 Charlton A
Sat 3 Charlton H
Sat 23 Man City H
Sat 10 Man City A
Sat 30 Leeds A
Sat 17 FA Cup 5
Sat 14 Coventry A
Sat 24 Leeds H
Sat 21 Derby H
Sat 3 Derby A
Sat 28 Chelsea A
Sat 10 FA Cup 6
Sat 4 Sunderland H
Sat 17 Coventry H
Sat 11 Aston Villa A
Sat 24 FA Cup semi-finals
Sat 18 Liverpool H
Sat 31 Arsenal A
Sat 25 Leicester H
Sat 7 Bradford H
Sat 2 Man Utd A
Sat 14 Sunderland A
Sat 9 Bradford A
Mon 16 Chelsea H
Sat 16 Arsenal H
Sat 21 Liverpool A
Sat 23 Middlesbrough H
Sat 28 Aston Villa H
Tue 26 Southampton A
Sat 5 Leicester A
Sat 30 Ipswich A
Sat 12 FA Cup final
Mon 1 Newcastle H
Sat 19 Man Utd H
- Surprise, surprise ... Manchester United for the last game of
the season. Still, winning the Premier League championship
at home will really rub their noses in it !!
Goalkeeper Neil Sullivan has said that Chris Perry helped him
decide to come to Tottenham, well, that and the fact that he wants
to improve as a keeper and win things too.
- A long
forgotten link with Alan Mahon of Tranmere Rovers has again been
linked with a move and the clubs interested are Spurs, Liverpool,
Celtic and Huddersfield Town. £1.5 million has been quoted
as the price for the Irish midfielder.
Spurs' interest in Aston Villa's Gareth Southgate could not reach
fruition as Middlesbrough and Aston Villa have had £5 million
bids accepted. Chelsea seems the most likely resting place
for the England international as Villa would use his transfer plus
a cash sum to swap for Chris Sutton.
Hammam, who when he left Wimbledon was expected to link up on the
Tottenham board, has been rumoured to be willing to buy Cardiff
City for £2 million.
- It is
claimed that Spurs have already approached Boudewijn Zenden's
agent with a view to a move to London. They will face
opposition from Liverpool, who rate the £4 million winger highly.
Iversen played for Norway today in their disappointing 0-0 draw
with Slovenia in Euro 2000, which saw them knocked out of the
tournament in third place in their group.
Spur, Gheorge Popescu will miss the remainder of Romania's
involvement in Euro 2000 after tearing thigh muscle in the
match against England.
Ginola has been offered a £40,000 a week deal on top of a £3
million transfer by First Division Fulham. With Jean Tigana
in charge at Craven Cottage next season, it is speculated that the
French winger might link up with his former international
team-mate. David Pleat said that nothing had been heard from
Fulham and that they would just have to wait and see what
Wimbledon have said that they will not sell any of their young
stars straight away. This could be a blow for Spurs who have
reportedly been trying to tie up a deal for defender Ben Thatcher
and it was also revealed that Carl Cort's agent had been talking
to Tottenham about a move.
Dave McEwen has revealed that he was disappointed about his debut
against Derby County at the tail end of last season, as the couple
of chances he had didn't go in. However, now his business
studies exams are over he is looking forward to the life of a Premiership
footballer and he has enjoyed being with the first team, while
hoping to be involved even more.
Spurs boss Peter Shreeves lost out in the Sheffield Wednesday
manager's job to former Bradford City manager, Paul Jewell.
He is expected to stay on as first team coach.
Campbell played in England's 2-3 defeat by Romania in Euro 2000
tonight which means England are out of the tournament.
Gheorge Popescu, formerly of Spurs, was carried off in the first
half of the game.
Iversen has displayed a tough side to his character. He will
play against Slovenia with a broken nose and when it was suggested
that he might be a target for the opponents, he replied "No.
They can try if they want to and see what happens." !!
- It is
rumoured that David Ginola is seeking £3 million a year wages
from any club interested in signing him. We understand that
he might well have turned down the chance of going to Aston Villa
and will seek talks with Tottenham about staying at the club,
while other unconfirmed reports indicate that he might want to
find his "bigger club than Spurs" and move abroad.
Former Spurs target, Mark Viduka of Celtic is the focus of a
transfer bid by Leeds United. A £7 million fee has been
another transfer, Eidur Gudjonsen of Bolton Wanderers has moved to
Chelsea for £4 million. The player had been linked to
Tottenham in the past.
Spurs have been scared off
in their bid to sign Belgian midfielder Marc Wilmots. The
international's club, Schalke 04, have put a £6.5 million price
on his head and Spurs are unlikely to go for him at that
- DP has
said that Tottenham are now overflowing with options in
attack. With Sergei Rebrov added to the squad he joins Les
Ferdinand, Chris Armstrong, Steffen Iversen, Gary Doherty and Dave
- It has
been revealed that Steffen Iversen has broken his nose in the
clash with the Yugoslavian goalkeeper in Sunday's match. He
is expected to be fit for Wednesday's game against Slovenia.
Ginola is believed to be ready to have talks with Aston Villa
manager, John Gregory in the next few days to finalise details
concerning his transfer to the Midlands club.
have accepted a £6 million bid for Chris Sutton. Once a
target for Spurs, the forward appears to have been denied talks
with the club because Tottenham would not let the West London club
approach David Ginola.
report today links Tottenham with Schalke 04's Belgian midfielder
Marc Wilmots. The 31 year old would cost around £7 million
and David Pleat was really talking him up on the commentary of
tonight's Belgium -v- Turkey match. However, I cannot
foresee Tottenham spending £7 million on a 31 year old, because
after getting their fingers burnt on Sir Les, they would surely
baulk at that price tag.
Iversen left the field before the end of Norway's 0-1 defeat by
Yugoslavia in Euro 2000 tonight, after a clash with the opposition
seem to adding themselves to the lengthening queue for the
services of David Ginola. As well as Aston Villa, there are
Barcelona, Paris St. Germain and Marseille willing to take the dashing
Frenchman from White Hart Lane. However, there is some
contention about whether the deal is going ahead, with one report
stating that Villa are ready to pay him £1.8 million a year,
while another says he has turned them down and seeks urgent talks
about his future with Spurs !!
Cosmin Contra, the 24 year
old defensive midfielder of Romania and Spanish club Alaves, is
Manchester United midfielder, Nicky Butt has again been linked
with a £7 million move to Tottenham.
are reportedly looking to re-sign Everton's Nick Barmby, who looks
likely to leave the Goodison Park club after being refused an
improved contract. Arsenal, Chelsea and Leeds United are
also in the chase for the England forward rated at £8 million.
- Sol Campbell
put on a staunch display in the heart of England's defence during
their 1-0 win over Germany in Euro 2000.
Mabbutt has spoken out about the sale of David Ginola. he
said that he was afraid that if the Frenchman was sold, then Spurs
would not qualify for the Champion's League without a player like
him. He hoped that there was a replacement already lined up
for the left wing slot. I for one would like to see Andres
D'Alessandro of Argentina coming in.
Freund has gone against his fellow countrymen and believes that
the current lack of confidence and team harmony in the German side
means that England could come out on top.
had been previously linked with Celtic striker Mark Viduka, who
now is reportedly ready to join Leeds United next week for around
On the Daily Soccer website, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer compares Tore
Andre Flo as a "ketchup bottle" !!
- It has
been revealed in the Daily Express that David Ginola was asking
for £60,000 a week (equal to £40,000 after tax) from prospective
employers, but he was persuaded to come down by 25% of this
figure for his move to Aston Villa.
appears that Tottenham's rumoured interest in Chelsea's Chris
Sutton will officially be ended when he joins Middlesbrough - the
home for all clapped out players - early next week. A fee of
£6 million was agreed.
player linked with Spurs last season Ole Martin Aarst of Ghent has
moved to Belgian rivals Standard Liege.
Carl Cort has aid that Leeds United, Leicester City and Tottenham
are the three Premier League clubs chasing his services. The
Wimbledon striker is keen to move to Leicester, because they are
managed by his former England Under-21 coach - Peter Taylor - who
he respects and then he showed his lack of ambition, by saying
they are a top Premier League team !!
Carr has said that he was impressed by Irish team-mate Gary
Doherty during the Nike US Cup tournament. He feels that he
can offer the Republic of Ireland something different upfront and
that having played a few games in quick succession, his confidence
will be brimming.
Fiorentina are allegedly after two of the players that the media
have linked with Tottenham. Zlatko Zahovic of Olympiakos and Boudewijn
Zenden of Barcelona have both been considered by the Viola's new
coach. Zenden's position will not be resolved until a new
president has been elected at Barcelona on July 23.
Santiago Solari of Atletico
Madrid, who reportedly was another transfer target for Tottenham
has move to city rivals Real in a £2.25 million deal.
Pleat has said that Tottenham will always be interested in Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United. He said he hoped he
would be playing regularly for a quality side next season.
Very cryptic David. Have you been talking to Ron Atkinson
Nielsen played for Denmark in their 0-3 defeat against Holland
tried to persuade Sergei Rebrov to join Arsenal, Oleg Luzhny is
being allowed to leave Highbury, so that he may play regular first
team football, along with four other Wenger signings. And I
thought it was only us who signed duff players !!
OnDigital and ITV have won the right to broadcast Nationwide
League matches and Worthington Cup ties. OnDigital will
screen 88 Nationwide games and others from the Worthington Cup,
while ITV get one semi-final, the Final and the First Division
play-off final to show live.
Ginola has been the subject of a £3 million bid from Aston
Villa. The French winger has been allowed to speak to the
Midlands club and it is thought that the sticking point is his
£30,000 a week salary. It is thought that Tottenham
originally wanted £4 million.
of the deal could involve Ugo Ehiogu coming the other way to White
Hart Lane, with around £3 million making up the full fee for the
Meanwhile, GG is stating that he was aware that Sir Alan Sugar and
Aston Villa chairman, Doug Ellis had spoken, but did not think it
had gone any further. He said that if Ginola wanted to stay
then that would be great, but that the rotation system in place at
other top teams was what he was trying to emulate, so no player
could be guaranteed to play every game.
Director of Football David Pleat has said that the Ginola transfer
is a stand alone deal and the swap involving Ehiogu has never been
mentioned. The London Evening Standard however, states that
should the Ginola deal fall down, then Villa might try to broker a
Chris Perry/Ugo Ehiogu swap deal.
suggested that GG is thinking about replacing Ginola with
Holland's Boudewijn Zenden. The 23 year old player looks set
to leave Barcelona and yesterday links with Liverpool were
mentioned, but after signing Bernard Diomede, this move was
thought unlikely to go through. We await to see if he is the
man to fill the wide left berth. A figure of £3.8 million
was mentioned in the report, although Barcelona reportedly want
from Scandinavia reckon Spurs have turned down a £12 million bid
for Steffen Iversen from Leeds United. The story is given
weight by a quote from his agent on Onefootball.com which says he
has not related the offer to Iversen, but also did not identify
the club, only hinting that they will be in the Champions League
next season. The old cynic in me wonders if, in the absence
of any comment from the club, if this is intended to boost his
client's contract negotiations. Peter Ridsdale, the smarmy
Leeds United chairman, denied that he had contacted Spurs, but
added "that was not to say that they weren't
interested". Soccerupdate report that Chelsea are also
keen to take the Norwegian forward across London.
Allan Nielsen believes that Kaiserslautern's £1 million bid for
him will not succeed as he thinks Spurs will not let him go.
He said he will be back for pre-season training on July 17 and
that he still has two years left on his contract. In other
reports he says he has no future at White Hart Lane and does not
know what the club wants from him.
Tottenham's reserves have announced their pre-season friendly
line-up and it is as follows : -
Aylesbury United (away) July 26
Chesham United (away) July 29
Dulwich Hamlet (away) August 5th
Albans City (away) August
Former Spurs midfielder Darren Caskey is interesting Aberdeen and
Ipswich Town with a price of £1 million put on his head.
the BBC have won the right to screen FA Cup games and the final on
both sides too. England's full internationals (competitive
games will also be live only on BBC), Under-21, Youth and Women's
international games will be live on Sky, with the Women's FA Cup
final live on BBC. Other news was that all FA Cup games
would take place on Saturday and Sunday, with replays taking place
the week after the original tie and not two weeks as has been the
current arrangement. The deal runs from 2001 to 2004.
Tottenham's rumoured transfer target Chris Sutton of Chelsea is
now interesting Everton as the latest side to think about taking
him on. Aston Villa are still keen and might use Gareth
Southgate as bait for the ex-England striker.
Iversen, fresh from scoring the winner for Norway yesterday, has
said he can't wait to partner Sergei Rebrov in the Tottenham
forward line next season. On his return from Euro 2000, he
will discuss a new contract extension with the club and he is
looking to strike up a good partnership with the Ukrainian for the
- On his
own website, Stef regards his winner against Spain as his most
important goal so far (What about his winner against Wimbledon in
the Worthington semi-final then ??).
- GG has
said that if the young players do well enough, he will give them
the opportunity in the first team if possible. He said that
Etherington and Davies impressed him when they arrived and he
would like the other young arrivals to push for first team
places. Citing Alex Ferguson's success at Old Trafford, he
said the challenge is there for the boys to show they are good
Portsmouth have enquired whether John Scales would join them after
being released by Tottenham. They expect an answer this
week. He would join a sizable contingent of ex-Spurs at
Fratton Park if he goes South to the First Division club.
Alan Sugar received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace today.
David Pleat has won praise
from Mick Dennis in the London Evening Standard. The writer
has thanked the Spurs Director of Football for explaining what is
going on in the game for those who are unable to see the wider
picture than that shown on the screen. He is placed highly
in Dennis' esteem above Hoddle and Bobby Robson, because unlike
many others he "seems to know the laws of the game" !!
have retained their live coverage of Premier League
football. NTL have won the right to show 40 pay-per-view
games and ITV stole the highlights package away from BBC, so there
will be no more Match of the Day. It remains to be seen if
BBC get the FA or Worthington Cup rights.
Former Spur Gary Stevens has
been replaced as Charlton Athletic Reserve Coach by Glyn Snodin.
Iversen was substituted in the last minute of Norway's game
against Spain in Euro 2000 after scoring the winning goal in a 1-0
victory. His 66th minute header gave a good start for the Scandinavian
are alleged to be ready to complete the deal for Wimbledon's Ben
Thatcher in the next couple of weeks. The "rugged"
defender returns from holiday then and it is believed Spurs will
shell out £4.5 million (gasp !!) for the ex-Millwall man.
Muzzy Izzet has said that he
has not considered leaving Leicester City, but would sit down with
the new manager on his return from Euro 2000 to have talks on a
new contract. With a place in the UEFA Cup, he is happy to
stay, but with only a year left on his contract, he may be sold
before he can leave for free. David Pleat said there is
nothing in it, but then he might have been talking about an empty
cup on the table at the time.
David Pleat said that Zlatko
Zahovic is not a target for Tottenham (despite scoring twice in
Slovenia's 3-3 draw with Yugoslavia tonight) and it now looks like
his former club FC Porto will take him from Olympiakos.
most of the pre-season friendlies have been announced, GG is
hoping to arrange a game for 12th August, a week before the big
Pleat revealed today that it took nearly two years to secure the
signing of Anthony Gardner.
- He also
said while commentating on the Norway - Spain match, that Spurs
had Jonathan Carew training with them (another one of Iversen's
mates who joined in at Spurs Lodge). He felt that he was
still a bit raw for the big time, but added that sometimes you
have to take a chance on players.
Peter Shreeves looks likely
to be named as the new boss at Hillsborough and continue in the
hot seat at the helm of Sheffield Wednesday.
Campbell played the whole of England's first game in Euro 2000 and
ended up on the losing side, going down to Portugal 3-2 after
being 2-0 up in 18 minutes.
Spurs winger, Peter Taylor has officially been announced as
manager of Leicester City.
are circulating that Allan Nielsen could be the subject of a £1
million bid from Kaiserslautern, some indicating that the bid had
David Pleat is reported to have had talks with John Gregory about
Aston Villa central defender Ugo Ehiogu. The player seems
ready to leave Villa Park and the fee of around £6 million was
believed to be discussed while the two men were out in Europe
covering Euro 2000 for ITV, but DP has denied that any talks with
the Villa boss had taken place.
he was at it, he also denied that Spurs had talks with Aston Villa
about Lee Hendrie and added that the news about Clarence Acuna was
a "non-story", which I suppose is a denial !!
Steffen Iversen has said that his groin injury has cleared up and
he is looking forward to Norway's participation in the Euro 2000
tournament starting. He has also reduced his golf handicap
in the run up to the championships.
Spurs are being linked with Slovenian striker Zlatko Zahovic of
Olympiakos of Greece. He is currently unhappy there and it
is believed that the striker may be taking Tottenham's eye.
I suppose DP will cast an eye over him at Euro 2000 (courtesy of
ITV of course).
Marcus Bent of Sheffield United, who has been rumoured as a
potential transfer target for Spurs, has said he is happy at
Brammall Lane and could sign a new contract soon.
Another linked player, Jamie Redknapp of Liverpool, has said that
he intends to fight for his place at Anfield and thus will quash
rumours of a move.
David Trezeguet of Monaco has said that he is looking for a move
to a big English or Italian club. Interest has been made of
clubs including Tottenham, Leeds united and Manchester United in
this country, while Lazio are keen from the Italian side.
Martin Laursen of Verona, previously linked with Spurs, looks
likely to join AS Roma for £8 million.
Allan Nielsen played for
Denmark in thier 0-3 defeat by France today at Euro 2000.
Stephen Carr played in the
Republic of Ireland's 2-1 win over South Africa in the US Cup,
which gave them second place behind USA. Gary Doherty came
on after 76 minutes for Niall Quinn and ex Spurs Youth player,
Quinton Fortune played for South Africa.
Alan Sugar took on the Southampton chairman, Rupert Lowe, at
tennis and won by two sets to one. There was some betting on
the match after the FA meeting this week and all the money went to
charity. A rematch will take place next year should both
cubs be in the Premier League.
Doherty is looking to impress GG when he turns out for the
Republic of Ireland against South Africa tomorrow.
Sullivan is leaving for a holiday and will ignore the Euro 2000
Championships. having failed to qualify in the play-off
against England, Scotland will have to watch from home, but
Sullivan said he is not bothered about who wins, so he will not be
an avid viewer over the next three weeks.
- One of
the rumours on the rounds today is that Muzzy Izzet will be coming
to White Hart Lane, as Spurs are supposedly said to have enquired
about the Leicester City midfielder and offered around £3
million. David Pleat has denied the discussions have taken
Alan Sugar has failed in his bid to win a seat on the FA's
representative board. He failed to dislodge four other
chairmen in the vote.
latest Aston Villa player linked with Spurs is ... Lee Hendrie.
unsettled by talks of Leeds United coming in with a bid for him,
he seeks showdown talks with his manager and Tottenham are
reportedly watching the situation develop. £5 million has
been mentioned in relation to the player's value.
GG insisted today that he is in no hurry nor under any pressure to
sell players who are "surplus to requirements" at
Tottenham. He is still building up the squad and will do the
necessary talking to those players when the time (and no doubt the
price) is right.
Nielsen thinks that being the underdogs in the group, Denmark
could do well. He also fancies home side Belgium to spring a
official Spurs site has a piece on GG saying he will still be out
on the training pitch taking the players through their paces next
season. While he may have to curtail some of the more active
participation, he still feels fit enough to be out with them.
were linked with a move for Aston Villa's Gareth Southgate on
Capital Radio this morning. Speculation at it's most
extreme, as the player has had his transfer request turned down.
Clarence Acuna, the Chile midfielder, has said that his ban for a
positive drugs test is like being accused of murder. He is
frustrated because he has received the ban, but has no right to
appeal further. However, he believes that when the ban is
over, clubs will return with bids for him and his future will be
resolved then, with Tottenham one of the clubs he wishes to make
an offer for his services.
It appears that rumours
indicate that ex-Tottenham Hotspur player, Peter Taylor will be
announced as the new manager of Leicester City next week.
Vega has said that the Spurs fans are yet to see the best of him
and he hopes he can stay at White Hart Lane, despite being told he
can go if a reasonable bid comes in for him. He will be
working with Les Ferdinand through the summer to put himself in
line for a place in the team. he rues playing in the
Worthington Cup final with a broken foot as in the long run this
has set him back somewhat.
King is hoping to get over his foot injury within four weeks to be
ready for pre-season training. He has had a scan on it and
is hoping for a better season injury wise than the last one.
- GG has
revealed that he is looking for strikers in Europe and also in
South America, banking on more signings being made before the
start of the season.
Newcastle United have joined the scramble for Carl Cort, who this
week put in a written transfer request at Wimbledon. They
join Leeds United and Spurs as interested parties in the England
Christian Karembeu has confirmed he will be joining Middlesbrough
from Real Madrid, disappointing Spurs, who had been linked with
the French World Cup winner.
official Spurs site reveals Oyvind Leonhardsen's heartbreak in
missing Euro 2000, but he is determined to overcome his swelling
under his heel to be ready to play his part in next season's
campaign. He is putting his break to good use though, as he
is getting married during the summer.
reports indicate that a pre-contract agreement was signed with
Clarence Acuna's agent and now it remains to see whether this is
affected by the Chilean midfielder's ban for drug use.
Spurs winger David Ginola has said that he had turned down an
invitation to appear as part of BBC's Euro 2000 pundit panel, but
declined the tempting opportunity of making David O'Leary look
even more like a pig to take his family on holiday. Seeing
as how he left for Cambodia to see the minefields as part of his
Red Cross campaign straight after the season ended, he wants a
break before returning for pre-season training. He also praised
Kevin Keegan and regards him as the man to lead England to glory
in the Euro 2000 championships. What are you saying David
Meanwhile, Ramon Vega's money is on Spain for Euro 2000.
Football FC has a report that indicates GG is set to bid again for
Clarence Acuna, who yesterday picked up a four
month ban for failing a drugs test. They say that as it has
been regarded as a "technical offence" by FIFA, Graham
will be back in for the 25 year old Chile midfielder, who can play
again from 15 September.
Ugo Ehiogu will return from a summer break in the next few days
and seek talks with Aston Villa manager John Gregory about his
future at the club. Spurs will be awaiting the outcome and
Villa have confirmed that they have had no offers for the
centre-half as yet. There are complications for Villa as if
he is sold, half the fee would have to go to Ehiogu's former
club West Bromwich Albion and if he decides to stay at Villa Park,
he will see out his contract and leave on a Bosman.
Tottenham will be tempting youngsters into White Hart Lane next
season with the promise of cut price tickets for Under-16's.
Coming hot on the heels of the freeze on season ticket prices, it
is an indication that Spurs are keen to maintain a healthy fan
base despite the spectre of Pay Per View TV. Tickets will be
half price and any adult purchasing a ticket will be able to take
a child free. Chairman Alan Sugar said that the young fans
are the future and that he wanted to improve the pre-match
entertainment, adding "We already have a number of clowns on
the pitch during the match, so why not have a few beforehand to
keep the kids amused?" The man is a veritable japester
King could be out of action for up for four weeks to two months
(depending which report you read) after breaking an ankle or bone
in his right foot (depending which report you read) in the last
minute of England Under-21's last game in their European
Championships in Slovakia.
The speculation about Tottenham's interest in Chris Sutton has
been revealed along with that of Leicester City and Manchester
City. A TeamTalk report indicates that Spurs' enquiry was
made before the signing of Sergei Rebrov and how strong that link
would be now is questionable. Sutton still has a house in
the North-West and could be tempted to return to near his home
outside Blackburn. Manchester City would fit the bill and he
could be tempted back there by the Premiership newcomers.
Soccerupdate has revived the Marco Delveccho link by saying Spurs
are set for talks with the £10 million rated AS Roma forward.
Les Ferdinand has said that
after his most recent operation, he will be training through the
summer to get ready for the big kick-off in August. He is
hoping that the rest of the squad return to pre-season training in
good spirits to pick up from where they left off at the end of
The rumour about Tottenham
signing Chilean international Clarence Acuna seems to have been
extinguished by a four month ban (from 15 May to 15 September) for
the positive drugs test the player provided recently.
Kollar of Anderlecht looks likely to be a target for Lazio and
therefore, Spurs might miss out on another former transfer
Doherty won another cap for the Republic of Ireland tonight
starting against USA in America. Stephen Carr also played a
significant part in the Republic's goal, before the home side
equalised with an obvious offside goal. The final score was
Ex-Tottenham players Joe Kinnear and Peter Taylor are on the
shortlist for the manager's job at Leicester City.
Liverpool have decided not to make a bid for Olexander Holovko of
Dynamo Kiev, who was linked with Spurs in the last couple of days.
Former Spurs Junior player
and more recently Gooner, Narada Bernard has joined Bournemouth on
a free transfer. He was also interesting Reading, Watford
and Leicester City.
in many quarters are hinting that Sol Campbell could be left out
of England's first game in Euro 2000. Following three
friendly matches, Kevin Keegan may now go with a totally Gooner
central defensive pairing.
TeamTalk report that the Israeli media is saying that Eyal
Berkovic could be on his way to Tottenham from Celtic. This
is a new rumour, which has yet to pick up any credence or speed in
this country. But give it time, give it time.
Hughton has said that the practice of buying young, up and coming
players has great credit. He feels that the introduction of
Anthony Gardner, Dave McEwen, Simon Davies, Matthew Etherington
and Gary Doherty injected some freshness into the squad at the end
of last season.
Pleat has been commenting on some of the more fanciful rumours
doing the rounds lately. He claims that he is not aware of
Cameroon international Marcel Mahouve, that a swap involving Ben
Thatcher of Wimbledon and Ian Walker has not even been thought
about, while he dismissed the news that Spurs are interested in
Matt Holland of Ipswich Town.
Meanwhile, two Argentinians who were formerly linked with interest
from Tottenham look set to move on elsewhere. Santiago
Solari of Atletico Madrid seems likely to join Fiorentina and
Independiente's defender Gabriel Milito could be going to Lens in
London Evening Standard have a report of a pub in Vise (Belgium)
called the Spurs pub, which is owned by a very keen Spurs fan,
Xavier Fluchard. everything in the pub bears the Spurs logo and
the landlord spends £20,000 a year watching Spurs !! I'd
say it was definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Dominguez represented Tottenham in a TV show "Who can kick
the ball hardest" competition. Hassan Kachloul of
Southampton won at 68 mph.
- GG is
set to reduce the amount of responsibility he has for coaching at
the club from the start of next season because of the arthritis he
suffered towards the back end of last season. He has said
that it is very painful and that he realises he can't go on like
he had been doing.
Sunday, the newspapers have gone into rumour overload. We
are again at the centre of rumours about Wimbledon's Ben Thatcher,
with Spurs believed to be close to making the signing. The
only hope we have of not getting him is that he would prefer to go
to Liverpool. Come on you Reds !!
Planet Football site reveal that Spurs are planning a £4 million
raid on Ipswich Town for their Irish midfielder Matt Holland.
Long time Spurs target, Mark Viduka, looks to be on his way to
Leeds United for £7 million.
young Gooner, Jay Boothroyd of Arsenal and England Youth fame (or
should that be infamy?) threw a tantrum in the middle of a match
recently and walked out on his club, who put him on the transfer
list. One rumour a couple of days ago said he was set to
join Brentford, but today's news brings rumours that Tottenham may
be in for him. The tall lanky striker has been in the
limelight since his early days with England Schools, but it looks
like he spent too much time around Frenchman Nicolas Anelka before
he left Highbury !!
Hartson looks determined to leave Wimbledon and again Spurs are being
linked, but Charlton Athletic may come to our rescue if they can
raise £5 million. Let's all have a whip round then !!
Wimbledon and Southampton
are allegedly in talks with Tottenham about the future of Ian
Walker. The arrival of Neil Sullivan has raised doubts about
Walks position at Tottenham and it looks as if some clubs may be
willing to give him a fresh start if he wants one.
SoccerUpdate are linking Spurs with a double return swoop on
Dynamo Kiev to bring defender Olexander Holovko and midfielder
Andrei Husin to White Hart Lane. No doubt Seregi Rebrov has
been singing their praises since his arrival and if they are
Ukraine internationals, there could be nothing to stop them
coming, should GG fancy them. However, at 28 and 27
respectively, one wonders if they would fit the template for
players that the management have in mind.
already helped Dynamo Kiev to the Ukrainian Cup, Sergei Rebrov
will pick up a League Championship medal as his former club
secured the title today to complete the double.
Apparently, former Spurs manager, Terry Venables has been asked to
take control of the Libyan national team !!
Campbell played in England's 2-1 win over Malta today and took the
captain's armband when Alan Shearer was substituted.
Nielsen played for Denmark against Belgium in a pre-Euro 2000
friendly this afternoon. The game finished 2-2.
Middlesbrough have issued a denial that they have signed Christian
Karembeu from Real Madrid. It was thought that the deal was
tied up yesterday, but other sides who expressed an interest,
including Tottenham, could sneak in to snap up the French
Walker has said that it is up to Neil Sullivan to take the
goalkeeping position from him as the incumbent (I think that was
what was said) keeper at the club. Sullivan reposted that he
had come to improve and that he looked forward to performing on
the bigger stage (Hasn't anyone told him we play on a pitch ??)
According to TeamTalk, Simon Davies broke his hand playing for
Wales (although I'm not sure where or against who. The Wales
Under-21 side were playing in a tournament in Ireland this week,
so it could have been there) and will struggle to be fit for
Hughton has praise full-back Stephen Carr and said that if he
keeps progressing as he has done over the last couple of years, he
could be a legend for Spurs and the Republic of Ireland ...
something our former player and current coach knows something
- The new
Spurs website is all very good, but when you add it to your
favourites, why does it give you a title of Tottenham Hotspurs FC
A rumour from a report on
onefootball.com indicates that Tottenham are in talks with Roma to
sign Marco Delvecchio. The striker has not seen eye to eye
with the coach at the Serie A club and now Batistuta has joined
Roma, he may be looking for a new side to play in. The
president, Franco Sensini, however, has told GG that Delvecchio
will not come cheap.
King returned home from Slovakia with the England Under-21 squad
on crutches with a stress fracture of his foot. It is a real
blow for the Spurs defender/midfielder as he had a very good
tournament and had played the last two games of the season for
striker from Atletico Madrid, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has
confirmed he will move to Chelsea for £15 million. He was
supposedly linked with interest from Tottenham earlier this
Previously linked with a move to Spurs, Real Madrid midfielder
Christian Karembeu is expected to sign for Middlesbrough next week
for £.5 million
Campbell has been named in the England side to play a friendly
against Malta tomorrow.
Apparently, a Tottenham bid for Millwall's top scorer Neil Harris
has been turned down. The 24 year old has interested a swarm
of Premier League clubs, but the "substantial" offer was
knocked back by the Millwall board. The player then signed a
new four year deal to stay at the New Den.
seems that Sergei Rebrov has an inate sense of taste as he turned
down Arsenal for Tottenham, according to a TeamTalk report.
He said about his former team-mate, Oleg Luzhny, "Yes he
asked me to come to Arsenal but, although he wanted me to go to
Arsenal, I wanted to play at Tottenham." Top man
!! His signing gets better all the time.
A report on Planet Football says that Steffen Iversen is likely to
miss the Norway friendly match against Italy tomorrow, but his
injury will take about 10 days to shake off, leaving him fit for
- The new
Spurs website, supplied by BSkyB, was launched today and can be
found at http://188.8.131.52.
It is a marked improvement on the old site and looks very smart
and easy to navigate. There are many features up at the
moment and coming up include chat rooms with players and live
match broadcasts via the Net for free !!
King and Luke Young both featured in the England Under-21 match
against home nation Slovakia. Needing a win and an Italian
loss to go through to the final, they lost 0-2 and Italy won as
well !! Luke Young's cross field ball was picked off for
their first goal and a deflection off King took the ball in past
Nicky Weaver in goal. The second followed a moment's
hesitation between King and Liverpool's Jamie Carragher.
Rebrov and Neil Sullivan were presented as Spurs' new signings
this morning at a press conference. Rebrov said he turned
down a move to AC Milan to come to Tottenham and that he was
assured that he would not be the last of the world class signings
this summer; a fact which was confirmed by GG speaking on Sky TV's
Sports Centre. He could have earned more money too at the
San Siro, but was swayed by the ambitious plans off the
club. Rebrov said he asked Sol last night at the England
match if he was staying at the club and he said yes, but Sergei
said he might have just been saying that for him !! Rebrov
hinted that although he has been bought to score goals, as long as
the team win, he does not mind who scores as he will work for the
team. He said that he admired David Ginola, who he played
against when Gin was at Paris St. Germain, and Sergei thought he
was a great player.
- GG said
he wanted at least two more players - one a striker - before the
season started. He also told the two new arrivals that he
could not guarantee them starting places in the Tottenham
line-up. He commented that it depended on how the
goalkeepers fared in pre-season as to who started in goal in the
first match of the season. Graham went on to say that no
players would be leaving until all the new signings were in as it
would not be clear until then who is surplus to
requirements. I sure we can all think of at least two or
three names who would not be missed at the Lane already.
David Pleat was also there and said that Rebrov came to England as
was his wish and to a club where he would be a regular and not get
rotated. Meanwhile, he said Sullivan was a significant
signing as he wanted to join a club "where he felt there was
room to go forward". I presume he means as a club and
not as a goalkeeper a la Schmeichel !! DP went on to add
that the club have a couple more transfers in the pipeline.
Who are they we wonder ?? Not the players we have heard
about already from that South London Division One side who wear
all blue I hope. Or a striker in the same colours from West
TeamTalk have linked Spurs with two possible signings within the
next week. They are (or should be Aaaaaaaargh in the
former's case ?) Ben Thatcher of Wimbledon and Ugo Ehiogu of Aston
Villa. The Don's player has been a long time rumour, rated
at around £5 million and Ehiogu is a London boy who wants to
change his team after 9 years at Villa, but 50% of any fee will go
to West Bromwich Albion (his former club) and this might bump up
the price. Some reports indicate that Ehiogu is already
talking to Spurs.
Sutton is expected to leave Stamford Bridge, where he has had a
disappointing time for Chelsea, this summer for a knock down £8
million. This is thought to attract a bid from GG to pair
him up with Sergei Rebrov. Hmmm. Sutton and
Rebrov. Chalk and cheese anyone ??
Iversen is happy that he will be fit for Euro 2000 and hopes to
feature in their first game against Italy on June
Campbell was included in the England squad of 22 players for Euro
2000. He swapped shirts with his new Spurs team-mate and was
impressed with his movement and his touch. Sergei's English
was pretty good according to Solman and he told the England
defender that he was definitely a Spurs player.