White Hot Lines

JUNE 2001

Saturday 30.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Reports are today linking Tottenham with a 30 million swoop for Andrei Shevchenko.  The deal for the Ukrainian striker would link him with his former Dynamo Kiev forward partner Sergei Rebrov and would see Steffen Iversen go to Italy as part of the deal.  The player would like to play in England and would welcome the chance to link up with Rebrov again.  His agent (who is also Rebrov's) said that he is unhappy that AC Milan did not qualify for Europe this season and that although Spurs were not in European competition that would not rule them out.  Rebrov appears to be the only card that Tottenham would hold in tempting the top scorer in Serie A for two seasons running, so don't hold your breath on him appearing in a white shirt in N17 quite just yet (well, until tomorrow's papers anyway !!)
  It appears that even FC Schalke 04 don't want Christian Ziege !!  They said they were unable to complete the deal for financial reasons.  He may have to go back on his previous statements and come to Spurs although they may make restrictions on his wage claims.

Friday 29.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs completed the 5 million signing of Goran Bunjevcevic today, as he was granted a work permit by the Government.  The Red Star Belgrade captain, who had just lead his club to the Yugoslav title, said he looked forward to giving Tottenham fans success and thinks that the signings Glenn Hoddle has made are good ones to help the club progress to a better future.  The 28 year old said he has different qualities he can bring to the team and added that he will have to work hard to adapt when he arrives on July 11th.  Bunjevcevic is determined to make a mark as a successful Yugoslav in the Premiership and although he is not sure which position Glenn has in mind for him (sweeper, in central midfield or in front of the back four), he is sure the club will at least qualify for the UEFA Cup next season and is aware that the mid-table placings of the last few years are not good enough for Tottenham.
  Spurs look set to find an alternative to Christian Ziege for the left back slot after the German international is believed to have asked for 60,000 a week in wages.  FC Schalke 04 could meet his demands and take him back to his homeland.
  Emmanuel Petit has revealed that he turned Tottenham down because it would not be decent to sign for them after playing for Arsenal.  He did speak to Glenn Hoddle to tell him this, although he thought it decent enough to sign for Arsenal after Tottenham had paid his cab fare there.
  Spurs have signed up the Hastings Town, Iraqi-born goalkeeper Shwan Jalal and the 17 year old will join the club's youth academy for the new season.
  Tottenham are supposed to be ready to make a 2.5 million bid for Alaves midfielder Jordi Cruyff.  The former Manchester united midfielder is thought to have signed a new contract with the UEFA Cup finalists, but Paris St. Germain and Espanyol are both interested in the 27 year old Dutchman.
  Former Spurs target, Vicenza forward Mohammed Kallon, has joined Internazionale of Milan.
  Former Spurs defender Ross Darcy has joined Bohemians of Dublin.

Thursday 28.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Alton Thelwell has been enjoying a summer break from football after last summer being on loan at IFK Hasselholm to recover from injury.  He said that the Swedish club gave him a good opportunity to get over his problems, but this close season he has been resting and looking forward to the coming season, when he hopes to get more chances to feature in first team football.
  Spurs have given Jonnie Jackson a three year contract at the club.  The young midfielder is keen to establish himself in the reserves in the coming season, before making an effort to get a first team place thereafter.
  Scary rumours are circulating that if Tottenham are unsuccessful in their bid for Aston Villa's Gareth Southgate, they may turn to Michael Duberry of Leeds United as an alternative.  He would cost around 5 million.  Hopefully, Glenn could find someone better to spend 5 million on.
  Former Spurs midfielder Darren Caskey has left Reading on a Bosman to join Notts. County.

Wednesday 27.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Teddy Sheringham has said that he will have to play well in the first few games of the new season to convince Spurs fans that he is worth his place.
  Spurs will feature on Sky TV twice before the turn of the year.  The first away game at Everton has been moved from Wednesday 22nd August to Monday 20th and the home match against Derby County on Saturday 13th October has been rescheduled for Monday 15th October.
  Former Spurs target Emmanuel Petit has joined Chelsea for 7.5 million.
  Former Spurs target, Swindon Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has joined Notts. County.

Tuesday 26.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege is in London today to have talks with Spurs about a 4.5 million transfer from Liverpool.  Manager Glenn Hoddle is confident that in the next couple pf days he can tie up the loose ends on the deal.
  Ian Walker has said he would like to leave Tottenham before the start of the season.  The Spurs keeper, who has fallen out of favour following Neil Sullivan's arrival at the club has said he thinks the time is right to move on if a club come in with a bid for him.  This comes on the back of news that Chelsea are interested in taking him to Stamford Bridge.  It is feared that with Ed De Goey moving on, Mark Bosnich suffering injury problems and only an 18 year old youth team player as back up, they will be left with no experienced stand-in keeper.  However, this is not likely to prove popular with Walker who is striving to get first team football and will resist any move that sees him doing more bench-warming.
  Darren Anderton was reportedly seeing a doctor in London today to help determine how long the contract that Tottenham would offer him would be.  He seems likely to sign for another year and maybe more depending on the report of the medical experts.
  Wimbledon have failed in a bid to sign Spurs striker Chris Armstrong.  The South London First Division side could not meet the 2.5 million asking price, only offering 1.5 million for the former Crystal Palace and Millwall striker.
  Spurs will put out a famous team when they take part in the Southern masters on Sunday July 8th at the London Arena.  Their squad will feature many faces from Spurs past and there will be many big names pulling on the Lilywhite shirt for the occasion.  The full squad is as follows : - 
Tony Parks, Colin Calderwood, Graham Roberts, John Scales, Clive Wilson, Steve Perryman, Micky Hazard, Glenn Hoddle, Clive Allen, Terry Gibson, Gary Brooke, David Leworthy, Tim O'Shea and Mark Falco.
  and finally ... Arsenal's Patrick Vieira has said that he has to leave the club as they do not match his ambition.  So Sol is really thinking of going to a club that has no ambition after saying he will leave Spurs then ?? Hmmmmmm.

Monday 25.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  
  

Sunday 24.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton's agent said the midfielder was very close to signing a new contract with the club and he was looking forward to working with Glenn to bring the club success.  Let's play "Change That Tune" !!
  Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has backed Stephen Carr should he decide to move to Barcelona.  A 10 million transfer has been rumoured as Carr has been allegedly seen in the Nou Camp and his best mate Sol Campbell is supposed to be heading to Barca.  The Irish boss said that they were one of the biggest clubs in the world and he could only benefit by being in such an atmosphere.

Saturday 23.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  MEHSTG is off to the seaside for our annual holiday.  Therefore, the page will not be updated for a few days, but please come back on SATURDAY 30th June, when normal service will be restored, late that evening.  As much backfilling during our time away will also be made to complete the missing dates.  
  Teddy Sheringham has revealed that he left Manchester united because Sir Alex Ferguson left him out of the Champions League semi-final matches against Bayern Munich.  Sheringham said he had words with the boss of the champion winning side and that he felt he had no future there with the incoming arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy.  He said he jumped at the chance to return to Tottenham and it will allow him to be nearer to his son Charlie, who is on Millwall's books.
   Spurs have announced that Christopher and Letherby's long occupation of the catering franchise at White Hart Lane is over.  Five year deals have been handed out to Linley Catering (who will do the stadium catering, as they do at 25 other venues) and the executive suites will be catered for by Crown Venue Catering.  The contracts could be worth up to 4 million for the club.
  ... and finally ... apparently Ramon Vega turned down a last minute bid from Atletico Madrid in favour of joining Watford.  How likely does that sound ??  A lot less likely than the Glasgow Rangers chairman David Murray saying he was offered Vega and said "Thanks, but no thanks" !!

Friday 22.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are apparently keen to bring Gareth Southgate to White Hart Lane and the deal worth around 6 million could be completed early next week according to some reports.
  The Southgate deal could also tie in with a move for Christian Ziege, who could leave Liverpool for Spurs if Glenn Hoddle can negotiate a fee around 5 million for the German international.  This comes despite rumours that Hoddle had switched his focus to Celta Vigo's JuanFran.  The player admitted he had met with Hoddle and was interested in a move away from Merseyside, but there were two other offers to consider, which he will do with his agent.  Hoddle returns from holiday on Monday and therefore, the Tottenham transfer trail could be red hot in the following few days.  The official site says that the club are unlikely to match Liverpool's asking price though.  
  Manager Glenn Hoddle has given free-kick duty around the penalty box to Stephen Carr.  His stunning free-kick, which was nearly repeated moments later, against Leicester City at the tail end of the season has persuaded the Spurs boss to make Carr the man who can do for Spurs what Beckham does for Manchester United.  There may be need for work on this aspect of his game on the training ground, but Hoddle believes he has the technique to become a formidable asset to the team in this area.
  Ian Walker was set to replace outgoing goalkeeper Richard Wright at Ipswich Town, but the Suffolk club may opt for Bosman keeper Andy Marshall from Norwich City, rather than pay 3 million for Walker.
  Reports today link Barcelona's Josep Guardiola with an interest in coming to England, but put Newcastle United and Chelsea at the head of the queue for the Spanish international.
  Spurs are supposed to have stepped up their bid for Carlos Litos of Boavista.  Spanish club Malaga and Sporting Lisbon have also joined Nantes and AEK Athens in the race for the Portuguese central defender, but Spurs are reported to have prepared a trip  next week with a bid of 3 million confident of bringing home the Portugal international.  With all these centre halves, who needs midfielders.
  Former Spurs winger, Andy Turner, has moved to Yeovil Town on a free transfer after he was released by Rotherham United.
  Two former Spurs transfer targets have swapped places.  Slovenian Zlatko Zahovic of Valencia has joined Benfica with young central defender Carlos Marchena moving back to his home country from Portugal.

Thursday 21.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs will face Aston Villa at White Hart Lane when the 2001-2002 season opens on Saturday August 18th.  This is followed by a trip to Everton on Wednesday 22nd August and then a visit to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 25th.  Then Southampton come to the Lane on 8th September, with the Wednesday after (12th) being the Worthington Cup 2nd Round.  Then Chelsea visit Tottenham on 15th September.  For a full list of fixtures click here.
  Steffen Iversen has denied claims that he may miss out on a  season's football because of the head injuries he suffered last season.  He says he feels fine and is just getting the all clear from the doctors before starting pre-season training.  He has had a lot less clashes of heads than Les Ferdinand and no-one speaks about him missing a whole season, do they ??
  TeamTalk reckons Christian Ziege of Liverpool will be turning up at White hart lane to sign for Spurs on Monday, while The Sun newspaper reports that Spurs may be ready to turn their back on the 30 year old, baulking at the 5 million that the Reds are asking for his transfer.  
  That has resulted in Glenn Hoddle having Juanfran of Celta Vigo watched in tonight's Spanish Cup semi-final against Barcelona as he would cost 6 million and is only 24.  However, that scouting trip might kill two birds with one stone as he could be spying on Pep Guardiola too.
  Former Spurs centre half Raymond Vega has become a Hornet today by signing for Watford.  He was given away for free by Celtic.

Wednesday 20.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  It looks as though Tottenham could win the race in the next few days for the services of Christian Ziege from Liverpool.  It is believed that a 4.8 million or 5 million bid might persuade the German left back to stay in the Premier League rather than join Celta Vigo or Valencia.
  Dennis Bergkamp has said he is not coming to Spurs despite rumours which have indicated that he might cross the North London divide in certain newspapers.
  AEK Athens and Nantes of France have joined the chase for Boavista central defender Carlos Litos.
  Stephen Clemence is looking forward to the challenge of getting a place in the midfield in the first XI next season.  He told the official site that he welcomed the top players coming in and competition for places was nothing new to him as he had been in the same position since he broke through to the Spurs team.
  Congrats to John Fennelly, who, as Editor of the matchday programme, takes much of the credit for it being voted joint "Programme of the Year" by the Wirral Programme Club.  The official website announced the award today.
  George Graham could be the last hope big club Southampton have in trying to replace Glenn Hoddle as their manager. The former Spurs boss could take over in a straight swap for the man who replaced him at Tottenham.

Tuesday 19.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Stephen Carr has not ruled out a move to Barcelona in the wake of Sol Campbell's impending deal at the Nou Camp.  His agent said that he would consider a transfer to one one of the world's top clubs if thy came hammering Tottenham's door down.  Carr is thought to be valued at 10 million.
  Hassan Kachloul has cold shouldered Ipswich Town to move to Aston Villa.  The Moroccan was a former target for Tottenham.
  Former Spurs central defender Ramon Vega is expected to sign for Watford in the next few days.  He is not being offered a new deal by Scottish champions Celtic.

Monday 18.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs will supposedly face competition from Valencia and Celta Vigo for Liverpool's Christian Ziege.  The German international is attracting attention from the La Liga clubs and Spurs' bid of 3.8 million may have to go nearer the 5 million the Merseyside club wants to part with the left sided player.
  The Daily Express have printed a story that Stephen Carr is seeking talks with former Spurs striker Steve Archibald (now a football agent) about a move to Barcelona.  First Team coach Chris Hughton ahs said that Carr is not going anywhere.  The story appears to have originated from the fact that Hughton was at the Nou Camp last night to watch Barca's final league game of the season and coincidentally bumped into Archibald (a former team-mate at Spurs) after the match by chance.
  Chris Hughton also spoke about his elevation to the post of First Team Coach at the end of last season.  He said that the number of players he had worked with at reserve level made the switch easy for him and he was pleased that so many youngsters got to play and train with the first team.  Hughton said this was a benefit of the long injury list as it helped the player's development and also allowed the manager to see the younger players in action.
  Further Spurs-Barcelona linkages sprung up when Pep Guardiola, playing his last game for the Catalan club last night, was lined up as a Spurs target with Archibald again the go-between.  The Spanish international is believed to be ready to make a decision at the end of the month, after the Kings Cup Final.
  Rumours linking Spurs with Jerome Bonnissel have again come up in the news.  The Bordeaux left back has said that he is only interested in a move to Tottenham and that he would love to speak to Glenn Hoddle about a transfer to Spurs.  The 28 year old Frenchman has knocked back a number of "foreign" clubs, believed to include Blackburn Rovers and is awaiting contact from Tottenham before deciding if he will leave the French club.
  It is thought that Gareth Southgate will make his choice between Middlesbrough, Fulham and Tottenham when he returns from his holidays this week.  Aston Villa are expected to ask for 8 million for the 30 year old who has two years of his contract to run and the puzzle is further complicated by Boro's central defender Ugo Ehiogu having a burning desire to join Tottenham.
  ... and finally ... Big club Chairman Rupert "The Bear" Lowe, has said that he is in no rush to appoint a new manager at Southampton as the appointment must be just right.  The fans are scared that they are going to be trampled in the rush of big name applicants racing to jump into the Saints hot seat.  Not.

Sunday 17.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Reports in the News of the World today reckon that the blows on the head that Steffen Iversen received towards the end of last season could rule his out of the entire 2001-2002 season.  He will undergo further tests in London in a couple of weeks and has been told he cannot train until cleared by the specialists.  The Norwegian national team's doctor said he could have lack of concentration, headaches and difficulties.
  Denmark striker Ebbe Sand of Schalke 04 is a target to replace Iversen if he is not fit to play next season.
  Ben Thatcher has talked about his first "nightmare" season at White Hart Lane.  He has had an operation on his hip in the last few weeks to try and rectify the problem, which he hopes is the case after playing on with the injury
  A Sunday Mirror story reckons that Ian Walker could find a place in the sun with a move to Spain, as he is travelling out there to find a Spanish agent to investigate if any La Liga club would be ready to take him on.
  Former Spurs winger David Ginola, now of Aston Villa, has been linked with a move to Leicester City if they can get him for free.  Portsmouth and Manchester City are also watching the situation.
  Renewed Spurs attention in Middlesbrough's Ugo Ehiogu has sprung up again as the news that he might be looking to return to his native London.  He has told friends that he wants to get back to London and Spurs could face a challenge for his services from West Ham United, who are looking for a replacement for Rio Ferdinand.
  Another old chestnut - that of Dan Petrescu joining Spurs from Southampton - has cropped up.  The 33 year old has successfully undergone groin surgery and could be re-joining his former manager at White Hart Lane.
  Trevor Sinclair of West Ham United has said that he wants to leave the Boleyn Ground and has swapped his agent for not getting him a move away from the troubled East London club.  He has come under new stewardship and is looking for a transfer to a bigger club, especially now that star players are leaving The Irons in droves.  Spurs had been linked to the former Queens Park Rangers and Blackpool winger in the past.  West Ham may want around 8 million for him though.

Saturday 16.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton is hoping to be fit to start pre-season training with Tottenham.  All he has to do is overcome his Achilles injury and sign a new contract.
  Spurs have allowed Jon Jonsson to return to Sweden to join Malmo.  The youngster had been homesick in England and was not happy living in London with no friends.

Friday 15.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are believed to have been strongly considering a move for Espanyol's Sergio Gonzalez.  The 24 year old midfielder is a target for Tottenham and his fee of 15.25 million would be paid in installments if the deal went through.  This appears to be a rehash of an old story, which might (or might not) have more legs now the Spanish season is coming to an end.
  Simon Davies has admitted that there was a lot of pressure on him under George Graham as the chances to play were few and far between.  He said with Glenn Hoddle as manager, he feels more confident as there is no criticism if  they make mistakes.  This could hark back to Graham's substitution of the Welsh international at half-time against Birmingham City in the League Cup after bringing him on early in the match.
  ... and finally ... The Guardian's "The Fiver" e-mail round-up of the day's footie news told us that "Steve McQueen has left Middlesbrough after seven years at the club, two as first team coach."  Now that's what I would call a "Great Escape" !!

Thursday 14.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle might turn his attention away from Liverpool, as the club have turned down his 3.8 million offer for German international Christian Ziege, amidst other stories that say he is willing to go to 4.5 million for the player.  The Spurs boss might look towards Spain, where Celta Vigo's Juanfran could be a target to play on the left.  The 24 year old Spanish international also could play in central defence and would fit the bill for Tottenham, especially as the new away shirt will remind him of playing at home for his current club.  He could cost about 5 million.
  Steffen Iversen is set to undergo a series of tests to determine if the run of head injuries he sustained in the latter part of last season have had any lasting effect.  He might miss the start of next season because of this.
  Darren Anderton has agreed a new three year contract with Tottenham and will sign soon. The England midfielder said he never wanted to leave Spurs and wants to win things with the club. 
  Tim Sherwood could be a transfer target for Derby County, should they lose some of their midfielders this summer.
  Arsenal have bought Tottenham target Francis Jeffers from Everton for 10 million.
  Ipswich Town have signed Tottenham target Hassan Kachloul from Southampton on a free transfer.
  Chelsea have taken on Tottenham target - West Ham midfielder Frank Lampard for 11 million.
  PSV Eindhoven have persuaded Tottenham target Jan Venegoor of Hesselink to join them for about 7 million from Twente Enschede.
  Former Spurs captain Gary Mabbutt said today that Spurs should get on with life after Sol Campbell.  A true Spurs man, who found it a great honour to be skipper of the club, Mabbutt told journalists that he was sure Spurs fans would wish Sol well before getting back to concentrate on their own team.  Not so sure that will happen if he goes down the road Gary.

Wednesday 13.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Both Ben Thatcher and Steffen Freund are hoping that Christian Ziege comes to White Hart Lane.  Thatcher said he would welcome the competition for the left back berth and Freund would like to see his fellow countryman arrive to add some class to the side.  The German midfielder sees Ziege as adding experience to the side too and believes that he is one of the best left sided players in Europe on his day.
  The Tottenham Supporters Trust held a very informative Question and Answer session with Executive Vice-Chairman David Buchler tonight, but it was requested that the details not be reported as the meeting was private and confidential. 
  In an unsurprising move, former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars has begged Sol Campbell to move into his side at Barcelona.

Tuesday 12.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Hassan Kachloul could confound some newspaper journalists and fly in the face of rumours linking him with Aston Villa, Celtic, Derby County and Ipswich Town, by signing for Spurs.  The out of contract Southampton midfielder could team up with former boss Glenn Hoddle at White Hart Lane according to the Mirror and this is said to be his preferred move.  Not the case if you believe Planet Football who say that Spurs have not made an approach and the 26 year old Moroccan favours a move to Ipswich or Celtic.
  Glenn Hoddle has said on the club website that there will  be a new Tottenham by the start of the season.  He said they are going all out to get another couple of players in and to wrap up the re-signing of Darren Anderton.  The manager added that the squad was the main thing, but there may be some players going out of the club, without saying who.
  Steffen Freund has said that the signing of Gustavo Poyet is a move in the right direction for the club.  He feels that the Uruguayan's experience will make Spurs a stronger team and help to teach the younger players a lot.  Somewhere else in London, Chelsea chief Executive Colin Hutchinson has said that Gus Poyet has hit the jackpot to be handed a lucrative three year contract at his age.  And Mr. Hutchinson, you don't reckon that lots of those players at Stamford Bridge haven't cashed in on the Chelsea Gravy Train then ??
  Tottenham and Nantes have apparently had defender Litos of Portuguese champions Boavista watched in action.  Aged 27 and a Portugal international who played against the Republic of Ireland last week, he has impressed a number of clubs, including Benfica, but they are unable to afford him.  No official offer has been made for the man who's real name is Carlos Manuel de Oliveira Magalhaes, although Spurs might be looking for another central defender in addition to Bunjevcevic.
  Meanwhile, Nantes midfielder and French player of the Year Eric Carriere has said that nothing has been decided on his future although there are a number of firm offers on the table for his services.  
  Oyvind Leonhardsen is again being linked with a move to South London, when Charlton Athletic manager Alan Curbishley returns from holiday in the next couple of weeks.  It is believed that the Valiants will offer 2 million for the Norwegian, who recently said he would like to finish his English career with Spurs before returning to Norway to play.  Glenn Hoddle may have to decide that Leo doesn't fit into his plans, with Poyet and Anderton being signed up for the midfield places or with more to come in.
  Everton could sell off Michael Ball rather than pay his wage demands.  The England under-21 left back would be a desirable addition to any Premier League club and that is why Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, Celtic and Spurs would be keen to take him on.
  On winning the Yugoslav title, Red Star Belgrade captain and soon to be Spurs centre-half Goran Bunjevcevic said "Now my dream of playing in one of the best continental leagues is reality too."
  England will receive an extra place in the Champions League from the start of the 2002-2003 season to take the total to four.  The success of English clubs in Europe have pushed them ahead of Germany and into third place.
  and finally ... a group calling themselves the Islington Stadium Communities Alliance is fighting to prevent the new Arsenal ground being built.  They fear that it will destroy 80 businesses and cause 2,000 jobs losses in the area.  Give the ISCA all your support in their battle against the corporate monster.  They say "Arsenal like to portray themselves as a club of the community but they aren't. They are only part of the community when it suits them."

Monday 11.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Having secured the services of Gus Poyet Glenn Hoddle has said that there is a bid in for Christian Ziege of Liverpool.  The player is away on his holidays at the moment, but Spurs have spoken to his club and hope that in the next couple of weeks they can talk to the German international.
  The Spurs manager intimated that he hopes to bring in another two signings before the season starts in August.
  Despite recent rumours of his departure from White Hart Lane, Darren Anderton seems favourite to sign a new contract with Tottenham.  The injury prone England midfielder has been having talks with Glenn Hoddle and the manager believes that Dazza will sign on for another three years.  Hoddle added that we could be yet to see the best of Darren Anderton and he hoped that the player would decide to stay with the club.  A back specialist is also being added to the backroom staff to try to resolve many of the long term injuries and help bring the best out of the player, who would feature in a more central role under Hoddle.
  Gus Poyet said that as soon as he knew that Glenn Hoddle was coming in for him, the decision to join Spurs was easy.  He hopes to learn a lot from the Spurs manager as he has just started his coaching badge course.
  Goran Bunjevcevic is awaiting a work permit from the Department of Trade and Employment, after they raised the point that he had not played enough internationals for Yugoslavia.  This could have missed the two recent caps he gained in their World Cup qualifiers and this might sway the Government department to allow Goran to lay at White Hart Lane.
  A story on Planet Football has said that Spurs have snubbed Belgian star Marc Wilmots who is playing his football at Bordeaux.  It also said that as Jerome Bonnissel has not been put on the transfer list, Hoddle will no longer be pursuing this player and will look elsewhere for a defender.

Sunday 10.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs today announced the signing of Gustavo Poyet for a fee of over 1 million (but no indication of how much over) from Chelsea.  In a move where little firm speculation was evident in the last few days, the announcement came as a surprise.  The 33 year old Uruguayan midfielder was a player that Glenn Hoddle was keen to acquire once he knew he was available.  He has signed on a three year deal.  Poyet said the past is behind him at Chelsea and he was looking forward to playing for Tottingham and follow in the footsteps of his old friend Mr. Nayim.  He also said he knew a lot about Tottenham from Ossie Ardiles and added that everyone in South America talks about Ardiles and Villa's time at Spurs.  He also hinted that the team will play a lot of football on the floor.
  Not sure why Spurs gave Gus one of the novelty player pens, currently in the sale at the Spurs Store for 0.99 to fiddle with during the press conference though.
  Having beaten off interest from Liverpool, Italy and Spain, Hoddle said that this was the first stage in his five year plan.  He said that the young players the club have are not used to winning things and this is an opportunity to bring in some experienced players to show them the way.
  The Spurs manager hinted that these would not be the last new faces to arrive at White Hart Lane as he was in talks to bring in more fresh talent.
  Glenn also said "A new set of curtains have opened for Gus and for Teddy."  Hmmm.
  In what could be construed as a sideswipe at Darren Anderton, Hoddle commented about Poyet that "his age does not bother me - you saw from when he walked in he's as fit as anything we have at the club." !!
  Liverpool are being linked with a 8 million offer for goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.  The fee would be a world record for a goalkeeper and TeamTalk report that Sullivan is keen to play European football, taken as meaning he would walk out on Tottenham to do so.  Both Manchester United and Liverpool were supposedly interested in his free signing when he left Wimbledon, but neither made the move for the Scottish keeper.
  Spurs have today been linked with a move for Polish international midfielder Radoslav Kaluzny, who is rated at 2million.  He is 26 years old, 6'3" tall and currently plays for Wisla Krakow and has impressed those in the know.  He scored Poland's goal against Armenia in last week's Word Cup qualifier.  With Poyet joining Spurs, the prospect of another goalscoring midfielder arriving is slim, unless there are to be some available places to fill for outgoing employees.
  Celtic are rumoured to be ready to pay 2.5 million plus offer their reserve keeper Jonathan Gould (worth around 500,000) in exchange for Tottenham's reserve goalie Ian Walker.  Stories indicate that the switch could take place as soon as later this week.
  Manchester City have today ruled out moves for former Spurs players David Ginola and Paul Gascoigne.

Saturday 9.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Darren Anderton looks likely to leave Spurs after rejecting a one-year play-as-you-play deal.  The player has been talking about his dismay that Tottenham did not do enough to keep Sol Campbell and now Middlesbrough, Chelsea and Aston Villa may make a move for the midfielder who is available on a Bosman.  Spurs must be confident of signing a replacement if they had considered that the player who has been at Tottenham for nine years would leave.  It is not a mistake like the one made with Ginola last season that they should repeat.
  Lyon's striker Steve Marlet is looking to move on from the French side who finished in second place in the Championnat.  He scored twelve goals in his first season there, but is looking for a move to a bigger club with Barcelona, Glasgow Rangers, Internazionale, Newcastle United, Leeds United and Spurs all said to be watching the situation carefully.  A fee of about 10 million may be required to obtain his services.
  Former Tottenham winger, David Ginola, could be Kevin Keegan's first transfer target after taking over at Manchester City.  Keegan is also considering a bid for Everton's former Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne.
  Former Spurs midfielder David Howells is to battle against the insurance companies who are denying his pay-out following a career ending knee injury while he was playing for Southampton.  It is reported that Howells is seeking 500,000.

Friday 8.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Derby Manager Jim Smith has very wisely dismissed talk of a move for Celtic's former Spurs defender Ramon Vega.
  Sol Campbell has said he has been deeply hurt by the things that have come out of the club following his decision to leave Tottenham.  He said that the 10 years he spent at the club meant nothing to some people and it is thought that he might have returned to Spurs after a few years away, but, like Teddy Sheringham before him, with the present regime in charge that looks unlikely.  He did try to win a few friends among the White hart Lane crowd, by thanking the fans of the club who he called "the good people of Tottenham".  Although he said he didn't know who or how many clubs were in for him, but talk of thanking the fans and not being able to come back ... well, it does sound like he's lining up a move to Arsenal doesn't it ??
  Tottenham have confirmed that they have not received a bid from Wolverhampton Wanderers for Tim Sherwood and do not want him to leave.  Stories indicate that they may extend his contract and give him the captain's armband to persuade him to end his days at Spurs.  The midfielder said that he wanted to finish his career at the club.  One story hints that Aston Villa were ready to offer David Ginola in exchange for the former England midfielder.
  Christian Ziege has demanded talks with Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier on his future at the Merseyside club.  He has said that he wants to know if he is in the French manager's plans and then he will decide on his next move (or to stay where he is).
  Mark Hughes has praised Simon Davies' first full game for Wales saying that he looked like a "seasoned international".
  Claudio Pizzaro, the Peruvian striker at Werder Bremen that Spurs were watching has been transferred to Bayern Munich.
  A FA press statement said that comments linking Sven Goran Eriksson advice to Sol Campbell on his departure from Spurs are totally unfounded.

Thursday 7.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have revealed their new away kit to be launched for sale on 12th July.  It is a very pale blue in a similar design to the home kit with blue panels along the sides of the body, but with white inserts around the neck.  The kit comes with white shorts and white socks that have three light blue stripes around the sock inside a navy band at the turn-over.
The goalkeepers kit is yellow and black - the shirt has a yellow body with black arms and shoulders, with black shorts and socks, which have three yellow stripes around the top.
  Spurs have been linked with an interest in Espanyol's Sergio Gonzalez.  The Spanish clubs Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona are both chasing the 24 year old midfielder who would cost 15.2 million although the payments would be allowed to be re-paid over a year.
  Wolves have distanced themselves from a move for Tim Sherwood.  The Spurs midfielder was supposed to be the subject of a 3 million move from the Midlands club, but it mow appears that the First Division outfit may have had a change of heart, saying if a Premiership club doesn't want to sell one of it's players, they can't make them.  They could have a try though couldn't they ??
  Darren Anderton has not attracted any interest as his contract gets close to expiring.  Now Bryan Robson has moved on from Middlesbrough, their interest has faded and he is stalling on the pay-as-you-play clause on the Spurs offer.  He is thought to want a big increase in wages, while the club want a big increase in the amount of time he spends on the pitch.
  Luke Young will seek talks with manager Glenn Hoddle about his future at Tottenham.  He wants to concentrate on one position and his favoured right back slot is filled by Stephen Carr.  He will try and thrash out a way forward with the Spurs boss.
  Lilian Thuram accidentally missed off the name of Tottenham Hotspur on the list of clubs he would like to be transferred to.  Manchester United, Lazio, Juventus, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Barcelona were all mentioned, but it is thought that his heart is really set on a move to White Hart Lane.
  Simon Davies was the first player to console Sergei Rebrov after the 1-1 draw in Kiev which virtually wipes out any chance Ukraine have of automatically reaching the World Cup finals.  He said he has felt ready for international football even though it is different to the Premiership and he enjoyed the match.  So much so that he wanted Rebrov's shirt as a memento !!
  In a question and answer session on Football 365, Ledley King said that the training under Glenn Hoddle is much more skill based and the manager looks like the best player sometimes !!  Ledley said that he thinks Spurs will do better in 2001-2002, with Stephen Carr as the captain if he had his choice.
  Les Ferdinand has said he is looking forward to being the junior partner alongside Teddy Sheringham in Tottenham's forward pairing next season (what's happening to Sergei Rebrov then ??).  He admits that the arrival of Teddy will add to the competition for places in the strike force and also took time to advise Simon Davies that he should not worry about getting a place in the first team, because he would be likely to earn a place in the side if he continues to make the progress he has this season.
  Aston Villa look like tempting a couple of rumoured Spurs transfer targets.  Hassan Kachloul could travel to Villa Park if the Midland side find a suitable financial package and Frank Lampard is showing great ambition, by talking to the under-achieving Villains about a big money move to play in the claret and blue (some habits die hard obviously).

Wednesday 6.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Sergei Rebrov has confirmed that, contrary to rumours put out last week, that he has no interest in leaving Tottenham.  
  Scary rumours on Teletext tell of Spurs going for Manchester United's Ronny Johnsen as a replacement for Sol Campbell.  The injury hit 31 year old (32 next week) will cost 3 million.  Don't do it Glenn.
  Manager Glenn Hoddle is hoping to bring in the South African Manchester United midfielder, Quinton Fortune for around 1.5 million.  The 24 year old player was at Spurs as a youngster, but had to leave because of work permit problems in the early 1990's.
  Michael Ball has agreed to stay at Everton for a further five years.  This dents any hope Spurs had of singing the left back.
  Thus Spurs have made Christian Ziege their prime target this summer.  The Liverpool left sided player is not assured of a first team place next season, but the Anfield club will not take players in part exchange for him ... namely, Ben Thatcher.
  Tim Sherwood has had talks with Wolverhampton Wanderers about a 3 million move to Molineux.  His agent is waiting for a response from the Midlands club.
  Charlton Athletic are rumoured to be ready to bid 2 million for midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen.
  32 year old Belgian midfielder Marc Wilmots of Bordeaux, is being linked again with Spurs.  He is said to have been watched by Tottenham scouts, although the main reason for their visits to the French club have been to spy on defender Jerome Bonnissel.  Whether Hoddle will replace the potentially out-going Tim Sherwood with someone of the same age awaits clarification.
  Recommendation doesn't come much higher than from Pat Jennings, so when he told Spurs to snap up Hastings Town's 18 year old keeper Shwan Jalal.  The former Gillingham keeper played only ten Dr. Marten's league matches, but made such an impression that West Ham United and Southampton were also keen on the youngster.  He has signed a one year deal to see how he progresses at White Hart Lane.  A compensation payment or a pre-season friendly could be part of the deal to allow the non-league club to get some reward, as they were unable to sign the goalie before he was 18.
  After last night's dismissal against Greece Under-21's, Luke Young has been warned about his future conduct.  He felt that he had been elbowed in the face, but manager Howard Wilkinson has told him that he must not react the way he did.
  Simon Davies started for the first time in a match for Wales in their World Cup qualifying tie in Ukraine.  Wales drew 1-1, with Sergei Rebrov setting up the home side's goal. 
  Stephen Carr played all the match for the Republic of Ireland against Estonia this afternoon and Gary Doherty came on as a first half substitute in the 2-0 away win for the Irish.
  Norway drew with Belarus tonight and Oyvind Leonhardsen played for the home side in midfield.
  Ciaran Toner was on the substitutes bench for the Northern Ireland World Cup qualifying match against the Czech Republic, but did not get on the pitch.
  Former Spurs captain, Steve Perryman, looks like getting back into football management at Kashiwa Reysol as assistant manager.
  ... and finally ... Fair Play to UEFA who didn't pick out Newcastle United in the draw for two UEFA Cup places through the Fair Play route.

Tuesday 5.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Teddy Sheringham has said that he was not swayed one way or the other by Sol Campbell's situation at Tottenham.  He said that it would be a massive loss to lose the big defender, but that other clubs have got over the departure of star players.
  Teddy also revealed that he is yet to pass a medical to complete his move to Tottenham.  He is expected to take the tests when he returns from England duty later this week.
  David Pleat has come out of the cold to pronounce that Spurs do have an interest in Christian Ziege of Liverpool.  Pleat has said that a bid has been discussed, but the sticking point could be Tottenham's valuation of the former Middlesbrough defender.
  Brazilian striker Washington is not on Spurs transfer hit list despite being watched in Japan and Korea where he is taking part in the Confederations Cup.  Having signed (well almost) Teddy Sheringham, Hoddle has priorities positions elsewhere in the side to fill.
  Luke Young played for England Under-21's tonight in their 1-3 defeat in Greece and was sent off in injury time at the end of the game for a push on a Greek defender.

Monday 4.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Neil Sullivan has been voted the club's official website "Player of the Year".  The safe handed keeper said it was a pleasure to be voted as the winner, especially at a big club like Southampton ... er, no, Spurs.
  He went on to add that if the club's away form had been better last season , they could have been at the forefront of a challenge for a European place.  He said that if the team had got half the points they lost on their travels, a place in the UEFA Cup would have been almost certain.  The Scottish goalie went on to say that he was at a loss to explain why their fortunes were so different away from home. 
  In stark contrast to yesterday's story about Tim Sherwood not moving to Molineux, his agent - the small person Eric Hall - has said that he is having talks with Wolverhampton Wanderers about the move.  It is reported on ClubCall that Hoddle may be looking to free up the wages Sherwood earns to bring in new talent.  The sum for the former Watford, Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers midfielder is believed to be in the region of 3 million and Wolves have stated that they have had a seven figure bid accepted by a club, although they didn't say which one.
  It has been reported that Spurs target Christian Ziege wants to leave Liverpool to return to Germany and join Bayern Munich.  However, in a later report, he claimed that he said he would recommend any player who had the chance to join them to go to the European Champions.  Yet more reports claim that a 5 million fee will bring the German left sided player to Tottenham win=thin the next week.  Just wait until he runs out in the shirt.
  Ciaran Toner will play 45 minutes for the Northern Ireland Under-21's on Tuesday against the Czech Republic and then be drafted into the squad for the full international the next day.  The Spurs reserve midfielder has been called up because the top side are missing 10 players through injury and suspension.
  Gareth Southgate's agent has said that he is keen on a move to Celtic.  Spurs were one of many clubs interested in securing his services.  But then again, somewhere else it says that he has decided to return to London with Fulham.
  Another reported Spurs target Frank Lampard has said that he is keen to talk with Aston Villa about a move there from West Ham United.
  Sad news that former Spurs transfer target, Neil Harris of Millwall, has been operated on to deal with his testicular cancer.  We wish him well in his battle against the illness.

Sunday 3.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are reported to be ready to offer Darren Anderton a new deal in the next two weeks, which might include a pay-as-you-play clause (hurrah).  How his comments about Sol Campbell leaving will affect those discussions will be revealed shortly.
  Arsenal are challenging Spurs for Brazilian striker Stecanela Washington, whose Ponte Prenta club want 4 million for the 24 year old.
  Spurs could be looking to buy the German central defender Jens Nowotny from Bayer Leverkusen and he would cost around 10 million.  The 27 year old did interest Arsenal earlier this season, but they appear to have fallen out of the race for the six footer.
  Blackburn Rovers have joined the chase for defender Jerome Bonnissel.  It appears that he will be joining one of the two clubs and the newly promoted side are keen to strengthen their squad with a bid for the Frenchman.
  Apparently, Spurs are still looking to bring in Wimbledon's 5 million rated Jason Euell, but are being joined in their interest by Chelsea and Charlton Athletic.
  Some bad transfer news has broken today in that Wolverhampton Wanderers were willing to offer Spurs money for Tim Sherwood, but Glenn Hoddle will try to tempt him into staying by making him the team captain.  Noooooooo !!
  Former Spurs midfielder Darren Caskey has a host of clubs after him following his transfer listing at Reading.  Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers, Bristol City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton and Hove Albion are all chasing his signature. 
  and finally ... Leicester City have put Filbert Street up for sale for around 5 million as they plan their move to a new stadium in near-by Raw Dykes Road.  Hmmm.  What a great name for a new ground !!  Nothing to do with Robbie Savage I suppose ??

Saturday 2.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Sergei Rebrov has denied he is going to leave Spurs and join AC Milan.  He said that although he had not settled as quickly as he would have liked, he wants to stay with Tottenham.
  Former Spurs midfielder and manager Ossie Ardiles has been sacked as manager of Yokohama Marinos in Japan.
  Stephen Carr played in the Republic of Ireland's 1-1 draw with Portugal in Dublin today.  Gary Doherty came on in the 79th minute as a substitute in the World Cup qualifier.
  Oyvind Leonhardsen played the whole 90 minutes of the Norway v Ukraine World Cup qualifying match which ended in a  0-0 draw, while Sergei Rebrov came on for the Ukraine at half time.
  Goran Bunjevcevic came on five minutes from the end of Yugoslavia's 1-1 draw with Russia in their World Cup game today.  Another cap is his and he will soon meet the requirements of the government for a work permit.  Not anything more than to it than him getting five minutes in an international was there ??
  Nenad Jestrovic of Belgian side Mouscron, has been signed by Anderlecht to replace Jan Koller.  Spurs had been rumoured to have watched the 25 year old Yugoslav striker.
  and finally... it appears that Sol Campbell has had a chance meeting with Brazilian striker Ronaldo, who said this when he bumped into him recently ... "I saw him just last weekend in Monte Carlo. We came across each other by chance."

Friday 1.6.2001   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Liverpool are doing a Leeds United and are in for every player that Spurs want (as well as not letting go the ones we want from them).  Gerard Houllier has said he wants Gus Poyet to strengthen his squad and it is believed the prospect of Champions League football may make the Uruguayan think about a move to Merseyside.
  Stephen Carr is carrying an ankle injury and is doubtful for the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Portugal tomorrow.  He will make manager Mick McCarthy wait until the last minute before making his team selection.
  Spurs have linked up with Second Division Reading to work together to give young players a chance of first team football.  John Gorman who was at the Berkshire club as assistant coach and Glenn Hoddle, who has good links with the Royals manager Alan Pardew, said that it would allow up and coming layers to get experience, while Reading could tap into the rich pool of youngsters at Spurs to help their challenge for promotion.
  Ever-sympathetic former Spurs chairman Sir Alan Sugar has blasted Darren Anderton for his comments about Sol Campbell and his holding out on signing a contract.  Sugar saying Anderton should stop moaning like an old woman, quipped that because of the (non) rush for Dazza's signature, any battle for his services "would be a close run thing between the British Medical Association and the American Federal Drugs and Administration department in the hope of acquiring his services for future research."  Laugh a minute Alan added that Darren might have got 29 England caps, but that pales into insignificance compared to his 150 plaster casts earned at Spurs !!  Boom Boom Missus !!  Sugar also suggested that he should take a contract specifying a 5,000 a week salary and then earn 30,000 each game he plays.  Bet Sicknote is glad Sir Al's not doing the negotiating !!  Ever
  Spurs are supposedly making a move for Jerome Bonnissel, the Bordeuax full back.  He would cost around 4.5 million as he still has 2 years of his contract to run, but the 28 year old French international full back might also be a target for Bayern Munich.
  Another French player being linked with Tottenham is Antoine Sibierski, the Lens midfielder, who has also attracted interest from Glasgow Rangers and Aston Villa.  Although he only went there last summer, he is not settled and the 26 year old could be interested in a move to England. 
  Spurs are again being linked with Jan Venegoor of Hesselink, the Twente Enschede striker, who is also being chased by PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Sunderland.
  One player who might have ruled himself out of a move to Tottenham is Gareth Southgate, who apart from costing 8 million for a 30 year old, seems to have set his heart on playing Champions League football.  So he won't be coming to Spurs then !!
  One player who won't be coming to White Hart Lane is Blackburn Rovers' Matt Jansen, who has just signed a contract extension to last four years.
  Former Spurs winger David Ginola could be the first transfer target for new Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan.  Other reports say he is ready to start Villa's InterToto Cp campaign in but a few weeks time.
  Ciaran Toner captained the Northern Ireland Under-21's to a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria.
  Ex-Spurs midfielder David Lee has joined Hull City on a free transfer from Southend United.
  Former Spurs manager Gerry Francis might be a target for his former club, Bristol Rovers as they attempt to bounce back from relegation to Division Three.

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