White Hot Lines

JUNE 2002

Sunday 30.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege came on for the last ten minutes of the World Cup final for Germany, in which they lost 0-2 to Brazil.
  The News of the World carries a report that Matthew Etherington is set to join SCBC for 3.5 million soon.  Would have thought that we could have upped the ante for him seeing as how Rupert "the Bear" Lowe runs such a top club or offered him in exchange for one of their top players ... like Wayne Bridge
  Goran Bunjevcevic has told the official website that he hopes to overcome his injuries, play a major part in the side and show what he can do for the team next season.
  Tottenham, are supposedly sniffing around out of favour Newcastle United striker, Carl Cort.  The former Wimbledon front man will be hard pressed to get past Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy and his long injury history makes him unlikely to be first choice at St. James Park this coming season.  It is rumoured that Tottenham might offer him a return to London and a first team place.  I would be very surprised if this was true, as he has virtually been on the sick list the whole time since he signed for United and Tottenham would need a large vote of confidence from their medical staff before taking a chance on him - especially for the quoted 7 million.
  Tottenham are linked in the Sunday Mirror with Atletico Madrid's out of contract striker, Ismael Urzaiz.  The forward is seen as cover for Les Ferdinand, who is not thought to be up to the rigours of a full season.
  Preston North End are said to be after midfielder Stephen Clemence.
  The Sunday People say that Spurs will complete the 1 million signing of 18 year old midfielder Jonathan Blondel this week, with the fee going up conditional on further appearances.


Saturday 29.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege is awaiting a decision on whether he will be in the German side to face Brazil in the World Cup final tomorrow.


Friday 28.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The latest Deloitte and Touche report on the financial standings of football clubs for the 2000-2001 season has shown Tottenham in fourth place in the country.  Making a 9.4 million profit, they finished behind Manchester United, Liverpool and Leeds United.  It shows that the club is financially sound in a time when the ITV Digital collapse has threatened many clubs with money constraints.
  Winger Matthew Etherington has put in a transfer request.  Having thought about his situation at Tottenham, he feels that the opportunities for first team football will be better away from White Hart Lane, having only made fleeting appearances in the Spurs side over the last two years.  I think this is a shame, as he is a little bit behind Simon Davies in terms of age and development and would have hoped that he might have stayed to battle for a place in the side.  I guess that he has spoken to the management about his situation and not been given an assurance of a first team place, so thinks he should leave.  Like many others before him, that might lead down a path to lesser success.  If he goes, we wish him well.
  Two World Cup players who had been linked with Spurs are likely to be going elsewhere. Junichi Inamoto, the Japanese midfielder had been linked with a move to Tottenham after being released by Arsenal, but it looks like he will be heading West ... to Fulham, while Turkish side Besiktas have been said to be making an offer for Croatia and Hajduk Split goalkeeper, Stipe Pletikosa, who Spurs were rumoured to be making a move for.
  Ledley King is looking forward to the pre-season friendlies that Spurs have lined up starting later this month.  He is especially keen to face Celtic and Lazio, as he told the Spurs website that they are the sort of sides that the fans want to see and the players will be up for the prospect of pitting their skills against the opponents with European and international experience that they contain.
  Spurs keeper Kasey Keller has been frustrated in his World Cup campaign, playing second string goalie to Brad Friedel, but said on the official site that he is really motivated to do well at Spurs in the new season.  After taking a short break, he will be back with renewed vigour to establish himself as the number one keeper at the club.
  TeamTalk reports that Glenn Hoddle will have to shave a few players from his squad before bringing in new recruits.  The first out of the door according to the gossip website will be Oyvind Leonhardsen, who wants to go home to Norway, while Derby County and Watford are keen on taking Tim Sherwood from the Lane.  Incoming might be Samuel Eto'o, Kevin Phillips and surprisingly, Fiorentina's Portuguese international striker, Nuno Gomes, who was dismissed and accused of punching the referee in his country's match against South Korea in the World Cup.


Thursday 27.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Jonathan Blondel has said that Spurs scouts watched him play 15 times for Mouscron Excelsior last season and he is coming to England to view the facilities at the club before making his decision on a move.  The 18 year old midfielder told Onefootball.com that he is interested in the move and that he will weigh everything up before signing for another club, but if the conditions are the same as in Belgium, then he will be wearing a Spurs shirt next season.
  In what seems like a quote that has dropped through a time warp from five, four, three, two or one year ago, Steffen Iversen has told reporters that he is hoping for an injury free season.


Wednesday 26.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Les Ferdinand has come through the La Manga get-together and is looking forward to the new season, now that he has recovered from his broken wrist.  He told the official website that he had not done anything like this pre-season meeting up before, but had enjoyed the experience and believes it has helped top-up the players' fitness. 
  TeamTalk has a scoop in revealing that Glenn Hoddle will move to bring a striker to White Hart Lane in the next two weeks now the World Cup is over.  They go on to say that this is one department of the team where Tottenham do not have a great deal of cover.  Gosh, news is slow today !!


Tuesday 25.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Christian Ziege was an unused substitute in Germany's 1-0 World Cup semi-final win over South Korea today.


Monday 24.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Fixture changes have been announced because of Sky TV's coverage of some of Tottenham's Premiership matches up until Christmas.  These are as follows ...

West Ham United (Home) will move from Saturday 14th September to Monday 16th September (Kick off : 8.00 p.m.)

Sunderland (Away) will move from Saturday 9th November to Sunday 10th November (Kick off : 4.05 p.m.) 

West Bromwich Albion (Home) will move from Saturday 7th December to Sunday 8th December (Kick off : 4.05 p.m.) 

Manchester City (Away) will move from Saturday 21st December to  Monday 23rd December (Kick off : 8.00 p.m.)

Our trip to Blackburn Rovers is now on Sunday 6th October (3pm) - moved from Saturday 5th October - due to Rovers' European commitments.

Other changes to the fixture list, leaving it almost unrecognisable from the original one put out by the FA are ...

Bolton Wanderers (Home) moved from Saturday 19th October to Sunday 20th October  (Kick off : 4.00 p.m.) 

Leeds United (Home) moved from Saturday 23rd November to Sunday 24th November (Kick off : 2.00 p.m.)

Newcastle United (Away) moved from Saturday 28th December to Sunday 29th December (Kick off : 3.00 p.m.) 

Manchester City (Home) moved from Saturday 19th April to Friday 18th April (Kick off : 3.00 p.m.)


Sunday 23.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Apparently, Schalke 04 are looking to take Steffen Freund back to Germany, if he is interested.  The Sunday Mirror newspaper carried the story, but also went on to state that he wants to stay with Spurs.
  Meanwhile, the Sunday People have linked Spurs with a move for Stockport County defender Robert Clare.


Saturday 22.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham's England striker Teddy Sheringham said that his country would have to learn from others if they were to get better in international tournaments.  He said that sometimes, they were a little naive when it came to gamesmanship and that they also had to learn how to hold onto the ball more and not go chasing it for the majority of the match. 


Friday 21.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Ledley King has told the Spurs site that he is looking forward to the new season and is doing well after his Achilles tendon problem at the back end of last season.  The training in La Manga is helping him get ready for the big kick off.
  Teddy Sheringham was a 80th minute substitute for England in their 1-2 defeat by Brazil in the quarter final of the World Cup today.
  Christian Ziege played for Germany in their 1-0 win over the USA in today's World Cup quarter final.  It was his cross that created the only goal of the game.
  In the same quarter final of the World Cup, Kasey Keller was a non-playing member of the American squad and therefore did not get on the pitch during the tournament.
  Tottenham's groundsman, Darren Baldwin reports on the official site that the new pitch has taken well and should be ready for the first match on it against Celtic on August 7th.


Thursday 20.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs are caught up in a legal battle between Racing Santander of Spain and Israeli club Hapoel Beersheba.  The $2.5 million April transfer to Spain of Yossi Benayoun has sparked controversy as the striker was supposedly the subject of a $4 million bid by Tottenham.  A court case is being heard in Israel, where $12.5 million is being claimed as the real worth of the 22 year old, who had previously attracted interest from AC Milan and Real Mallorca.
  Derby County's defender Danny Higginbottom has Spurs, Blackburn Rovers and Everton vying for his transfer.  The 23 year old is one of the players relegated County might have to sell and a fee of between 4 million and 7 million has been rumoured.
  Spurs are now at home to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday 8th December rather than Saturday 7th.  The match will be covered by Sky TV.
  The Daily Mail has revealed that Sir Alan Sugar had a meeting with South Korean national manager Gus Hiddink and David Pleat to talk about them becoming manager and general manager at White Hart Lane six years ago.
  Former Spurs reserve striker Peter Crouch said he had to leave the club to progress as there were too many forwards in his way to the Tottenham first team.


Wednesday 19.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham have agreed a fee with Mouscron Excelsior to sign midfield prodigy Jonathan Blondel.  The 18 year old is on holiday at the moment and David Pleat is commentating out in the Far East at the World Cup, so the terms of the deal for the player will not be formalised for a week or two.  If the transfer comes off, it will be a bit of a coup for Spurs, as the youngster was attracting interest from Manchester United and other top European teams.  This could be the start of a fruitful relationship with the Belgian side, who have agreed to a deal where Tottenham have first refusal on their players.
  It is further rumoured that Tottenham might bring other Mouscron players to White Hart Lane.  Belgian striker Mbo Mpenza and the Polish Zewlakow twins are names being put in the frame.
  US coach Bruce Arena has selected Brad Friedel for every game ahead of Kasey Keller in the World Cup so far on the strength of his kicking game !!
  Former Spurs youth and reserve striker, Stephen Robinson, has joined Luton Town from Preston North End for a fee of 50,000.
  ... and finally ... Chelsea have had to pull out of a deal for Geremi, the Real Madrid and Cameroon midfielder, because they do not have enough money.  The coach Claudio Ranieri said that the club do not have a penny to spend at the moment.  That could leave some staff at Stamford Bridge keeping their legs firmly crossed !!


Tuesday 18.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Gary Doherty is keen to get back into the Ireland squad after they were unluckily knocked out of the World Cup.  The Spurs defender-cum-striker told the official site that he hoped to be involved in the set-up when they get together for the European Championship qualifiers.
  Tottenham's pre-season friendly at White Hart Lane against Lazio has been confirmed as a 3.00 p.m. kick off on Sunday 11th August.
  Chris Hughton has said that Ledley King and Stephen Carr are both out in La Manga with the rest of the players who are not involved in the World Cup in their warm up sessions for the pre-season training.  Steffen Freund is the one player who is still not ready to join in.
  Bolton Wanderers have signed Jay-Jay Okocha from Paris Saint Germain on a two-year deal.  The Nigerian midfielder was interesting Spurs previously.  
  Former Spurs central defender Ramon Vega has been released by Watford, after having his three year contract paid up.


Monday 17.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Today's transfer rumour is Tottenham's interest in AC Milan's Portuguese midfielder Rui Costa.  Liverpool are also keen to bolster their squad with the player who starred in the World Cup, but the asking price of 18 million and the fact that Hoddle has already signed two midfielders makes this one unlikely to run.
  Tottenham's squad for the London Masters 6-a-side tournament on July 20th at the London Arena has been named with some legends in there.  Present manager Glenn Hoddle links up with Clive Allen, Colin Calderwood, Micky Hazard, Mitchell Thomas, David Kerslake, Clive Wilson, Terry Gibson, Mark Stimson and Tony Parks.  The squad will be managed by John Gorman as usual.


Sunday 16.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TeamTalk carries a story that Tottenham are poised to move for Cameroon striker Samuel Eto's in the next fortnight, as some potential targets have been priced out of Spurs' range.  A bid of 8 million is believed to be ready and the story reckons it should secure the services of the 20 year old international.
  Planet Football reports that Glenn Hoddle is keen on signing Tunisia's Slim Ben Achour from French club Martigues for 4 million.  The 20 year old midfielder said he is keen to move to England.
  One World Cup player who might not be coming to Tottenham is Nigerian Julius Aghahowa, whose club Shakhtar Donetsk have slapped a 10 million asking price on his head.


Saturday 15.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Teddy Sheringham came on as a substitute in England 3-0 win over Denmark in the second round of the World Cup to gain his 50th cap for his country.


Friday 14.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glenn Hoddle has urged Sven Goran Eriksson to start with Teddy Sheringham up front for England with Michael Owen for the match against Denmark tomorrow.  The Spurs boss told the London Evening Standard that he would provide an astute foil, which cannot be said of Emile Heskey.
  The Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, who has long been linked with Spurs, has been the subject of a 16 million bid from Aston Villa.  The offer has been turned down as the Black Cats want to keep their main scorer.
  Meanwhile, Planet Football reports that Tottenham are set to raid the club that they were supposedly trying to forge links with.  Excelsior Mouscron will be getting a phone call from Tottenham offering to take Mbo Mpenza and Jonathan Blondel off their hands.  Mbo is the brother of Emile, who was linked to Spurs last year and Blondel is a talented 18 year old midfielder, who has attracted a  lot of interest from clubs all over Europe.
  Everton did not want to play Spurs on the opening day of the season, pleading with the Premier League to allow them to play Aston Villa to mark their centenary in the top division.  The other option was to play them around October 6th, as Aston Villa are the second longest top flight servants, but the League has not fallen in line with the Toffee's requests and they will have to face Spurs on August 17th.
  Already, one of Tottenham's fixtures have been moved.  The away match against Newcastle United due to be played on Saturday 28th December has been put back 24 hours to Sunday 29th December.


Thursday 13.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Tottenham's fixtures for the 2002-03 season have been announced.  They are as follows ...

Saturday Aug 17 2002 Everton A
Saturday  Aug 24 2002 Aston Villa   H
Tuesday   Aug 27 2002 Charlton Athletic A
Saturday    Aug 31 2002 Southampton  H
Wednesday Sep 11 2002 Fulham  A
Saturday Sep 14 2002 West Ham United  H
Saturday Sep 21 2002 Manchester United  A
Saturday Sep 28 2002 Middlesbrough H
Wednesday Oct   2 2002 Worthington Cup R2  
Saturday  Oct 5 2002 Blackburn Rovers  A
Saturday  Oct   19 2002 Bolton Wanderers  H
Saturday  Oct 26 2002 Liverpool  A
Saturday Nov  2 2002 Chelsea  H
Wednesday Nov 6 2002 Worthington Cup R3  
Saturday  Nov 9 2002 Sunderland A
Saturday Nov 16 2002 Arsenal  A
Saturday    Nov 23 2002 Leeds United  H
Saturday  Nov 30 2002 Birmingham City  A
Wednesday Dec  4 2002 Worthington Cup R4  
Saturday  Dec 7 2002 West Bromwich Albion  H
Saturday  Dec 14 2002 Arsenal H
Wednesday Dec 18 2002 Worthington Cup R5  
Saturday  Dec 21 2002 Manchester City  A
Thursday  Dec 26 2002 Charlton Athletic  H
Saturday  Dec 28 2002 Newcastle United  A
Wednesday Jan 1 2003 Southampton A
Saturday  Jan 4 2003 F.A. Cup R3  
Wednesday Jan 8 2003 Worthington Cup Semi-Final - 1st leg  
Saturday  Jan 11 2003 Everton  H
Saturday  Jan 18 2003 Aston Villa  A
Wednesday Jan 22 2003 Worthington Cup Semi-Final - 2nd leg  
Saturday Jan 25 2003 F.A. Cup R4  
Wednesday  Jan 29 2003 Newcastle United  H
Saturday  Feb 1 2003 Chelsea  A
Saturday  Feb 8 2003 Sunderland  H
Saturday   Feb 15 2003 F.A. Cup R5  
Saturday Feb 22 2003 Fulham  H
Saturday Mar  1 2003 West Ham United  A
Sunday Mar   2 2003 Worthington Cup Final Cardiff
Saturday   Mar  8 2003 F. A. Cup R6  
Saturday  Mar 15 2003 Liverpool  H
Saturday  Mar 22 2003 Bolton Wanderers  A
Saturday  Apr 5 2003 Birmingham City  H
Saturday   Apr 12 2003 Leeds United  A
Sunday  Apr 13 2003 F.A. Cup Semi-Final  
Saturday  Apr 19 2003 Manchester City  H
Monday    Apr 21 2003 West Bromwich Albion  A
Saturday  Apr 26 2003 Manchester United  H
Saturday  May 3 2003 Middlesbrough  A
Sunday  May 11 2003 Blackburn Rovers 
Saturday  May 17 2003 F.A. Cup Final Cardiff

        All fixtures are subject to change and some will be re-arranged in the    next week or so when Sky TV choose their televised games.
   Nevio Scala, manager of Shakhtar Donetsk has revealed that Tottenham have made a bid of $5 million (3.39 million) for Nigerian striker Julius Aghahowa.  The forward, who gave England some tricky times on Wednesday, is hoping to play in the Premiership, but it is said that Spurs might look elsewhere now ... mainly in the direction of Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o.
   The Daily Star has got around to reporting the interest Tottenham, SCBC and Fulham have in Valery Karpin.  The 33 year old Russian midfielder is available on a free transfer from Celta Vigo and it is thought England will be his destination.
   Jamie Redknapp is happy to be ready to join up with his Spurs team-mates after his spell on BBC doing analysis on the World Cup.  Having been training over the last week, he told the Spurs official site that he couldn't wait to get back to being a footballer.
  Chris Hughton explained on the Spurs site that the reason for the trip to La Manga is to top up on the player's fitness before the serious business of pre-season training.  The Spurs coach said that they would benefit from the get together and the immediate pre-season training will not be as onerous and the players would not be "hammered" as in the old days.


Wednesday 12.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have announced that they will play Lazio at White Hart Lane on the weekend of August 10/11 in a pre-season friendly.  Confirmation will be made at a later date.
  The club did confirm that they would be playing Celtic at home on Wednesday 7th August with a 8.00 p.m. kick off.
  Teddy Sheringham played the last 20 minutes of the England 0-0 draw with Nigeria at the World Cup today.
  Milenko Acimovic scored Slovenia's only goal as they lost 1-3 to Paraguay, with all the South Americans goals coming after Acimovic had been substituted in the 62nd minute. The new Spurs midfielder also hit the bar.  According to TeamTalk, Milenko will go on a short holiday with his wife and new-born baby before linking up with the rest of the Spurs squad for pre-season training.
  Watford manager Ginaluca Vialli has said he would be interested in taking Chris Armstrong to the First Division club and is ready to battle with Nottingham Forest to see who can secure the player's contract, after he was not required by Tottenham any longer.
  Meanwhile, French club Strasbourg have signed another player Spurs have released, Yannick Kamanan.


Tuesday 11.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  The official Spurs site tells of the Daily Mail report concerning David Pleat's driver in Korea, who got too close to a barrier at a level crossing and it crashed down on the car the Spurs Director of Football was a passenger in.
  Spurs are reported to be heading to La Manga in Spain to have a pre-pre-season get together where the players will reacquaint themselves with each other ahead of pre-season training.
  Christian Ziege helped Germany to a 2-0 win over Cameroon today in World Cup Group E, but received his second yellow card of the tournament and will miss the Second round match against either Spain or South Africa or Paraguay.
  Teddy Sheringham has been named as one of the penalty takers should a shoot-out be required in a World Cup game and he is on the pitch at the end of extra time.
  Celta Vigo's Russian midfielder Valery Karpin is being targeted by four big English clubs - Spurs, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, West Ham United and SCBC - who are all looking at the influential star.  Deportivo La Coruna may be favourites to keep him in Spain.
  Tottenham are also supposedly keeping tabs on Arsenal's released Japanese midfield star Junichi Inamoto.  West Ham United and Aston Villa are also linked to the player who will be released for free just a year after being signed for 4 million.  PSV Eindhoven are eying the player who has scored in both his country's games at the World Cup so far, according to Planet Football.
  Former Spurs striker and manager of Walsall, Colin Lee, is keeping his eye on the situation of former Spurs winger, Andy Sinton, who has been released by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  Chris Armstrong is being linked with a move to Nottingham Forest after being told by Spurs that he is no longer required by the club.  Watford are also interested in the former Crystal Palace forward.
  TalkSport today revealed that out of contract Coventry City and Republic of Ireland defender Gary Breen's dream move would be to Tottenham.


Monday 10.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Today's big news is that Christian Ziege has shaved off his Mohawk haircut, as he believes it is distracting attention from his performances to his head.  He told the official Spurs site that it is now no longer an issue as he has removed it.
  ... and that's it !! 


Sunday 9.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have been linked with a move for Real Madrid's Steve McManaman.  Fulham and Leeds United are also reported to be interested in the former Liverpool winger.
  Kasey Keller has told the Spurs website that he has a desire to be the Spurs number one keeper.  Although disappointed at missing out in the USA's first group game at the World Cup, he said that he could have signed for a team that would have guaranteed him first team football, but the lure of challenging for the position at White Hart Lane won him over.  Meanwhile, there is speculation that Bruce Arena might rotate his keepers and Keller might get the nod for the match against South Korea.
  Las Palmas' former Spurs midfielder Vinny Samways is wanted by Seville as long as he can be signed on a free transfer.
  From the start of the 2002-03 season, there will be two promotion places for teams in the Vauxhall Conference. The champions will go up automatically, while the next four teams will be involved in a play off series to determine who the second team to go into the League will be.  Consequently, two teams will henceforth be relegated form Division Three.


Saturday 8.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Kasey Keller has no idea if the USA coach will play him in rotation with Bred Friedel or whether he will stick with the Blackburn Rovers stopper.  Keller said that the coach had not told him he would not be playing and that he was not against Friedel having the gloves, but hoped whatever happened it was for the sect for American soccer.


Friday 7.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Teddy Sheringham came on as a 56th minute substitute in England's 1-0 win over Argentina today in World Cup Group F.
  Christian Ziege watched the match on TV at the German training camp and said that England have nothing to fear now and could go along way in the competition.
  Spurs may face competition from Atletico Madrid for the services of Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto'o.
  Perugia have confirmed that Tottenham are interested in a move for Greek winger Zyvas Vryzas, but also other English clubs are watching him and that any of them will pay the fee they are asking.


Thursday 6.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Glen Hoddle might turn his attentions to Valencia's Romanian striker Adrian Ilie, after being put off Kevin Phillips and the 15 million asking price.  Ilie is out of contract and will not be offered a new deal by the Spanish champions, so Glenn might see him as the experienced goalscorer he lacks.  Not so sure he will be the 20 goal a season player we need, but for free (but on big wages), he could be a useful addition to the squad.
  Spurs are reported to have put in a bid of 3 million for Perugia's Greek international Zyvas Vryzas.  The winger is keen to leave the Italian club, but they want around 8 million for him.
  Meanwhile, Jay Jay Okocha has said he never intended to sign for Bolton Wanderers and his agent said there were never any talks with the club.  Spurs and Chelsea have both been linked with the tricky Nigerian midfielder.
  Celtic have announced that they will come to White Hart Lane to play a pre-season friendly on Wednesday 7th August - kick off provisionally at 8.00 p.m.  While it would be extremely unusual to have a pre-season game at home, it could be that this will be Darren Anderton's testimonial, which is scheduled for this year.  No direct affirmation has been received from Tottenham about the game as yet.
 Teddy Sheringham is hoping that Jamie Redknapp can get back to full fitness for Tottenham next season and tat will pave the way for his restoration to the England squad in due course.  The Spurs skipper said that he was looking forward to playing in the same side as the two new signings Hoddle has already made.
  Alleged Spurs target, Luton Town's left back Matthew Taylor, has joined the hoardes of players heading for Fratton Park to flesh out Harry "hangdog" Redknapp's bare bones of a squad.


Wednesday 5.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  TeamTalk report today that Tottenham were never seriously in for Massimo Maccarone, preferring to look elsewhere for the forward the side needs.
  Jay Jay Okocha is said to be discussing terms with Bolton Wanderers about a transfer to the Lancashire club, although his wage demands may yet scupper the deal.  Spurs had been linked with the Paris St. Germain and Nigeria midfielder.


Tuesday 4.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Spurs have been linked with Zisis Vryzas, who plays for Italian side Perugia.  However, his agent said that Spurs were negotiating with the club, who are expected to want a large fee for the Greek winger and this might deter Tottenham's interest in him.
  Tickets for Nigel Gibbs' Testimonial against Spurs on Saturday 3rd August will go on sale on July 8th.
  Massimo Maccarone, the Italian Under-21 striker, has reportedly accepted an offer to join Middlesbrough, after a 8.5 deal was struck.  Spurs and Chelsea had been keeping tabs on the star forward, but it appears that he might go the way of other promising players by hitting the Tees talent graveyard.


Monday 3.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Apart from calls for Teddy Sheringham to start for England against Argentina, there is little Spurs news today.


Sunday 2.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Sunday newspapers report that Tottenham have agreed the 12 million purchase of Samuel Eto'o from Real Mallorca, with the details to be completed after the Cameroon team have been knocked out of the World Cup.  The 21 year old striker, who dedicated his goal against England last week to the Spurs fans, became Hoddle's main target after the deal to bring Kevin Phillips to White Hart Lane fell through.  The Cameroon forward's agent said that they are just waiting for the final terms to be tied up with Tottenham, who moved in for the player while others bided their time.
  Spurs are also supposedly watching the developments at Parma, where French international Alain Boghossian is due to have his contract renewed.  However, if the 31 year old midfielder does not, Hoddle might be willing to take him on to add depth to the midfielder roster.
  7 million rated Crystal Palace striker, Clinton Morrison, is said to want to move to a London premier League club and West Ham United, Spurs and Charlton Athletic are all interested, as well as SCBC (geography obviously not one of their string points eh ??)
  Milenko Acimovic came on as a 63rd minute substitute for Slovenia in their World Cup match against Spain and made a difference to the side, creating their goal in the 1-3 defeat.
  Teddy Sheringham played no part in England's 1-1 draw with Sweden in Saitana, Japan today.
  A Spurs XI will play in the prestigious Jersey Football tournament in August.  Having been drawn against Barcelona and Manchester United in their group, the matches against those teams will take place on August 16th and 17th respectively.


Saturday 1.6.2002   (For other Spurs history on this day click here)

  Goran Bunjevcevic is hoping that he can get his knee muscle problems sorted out in time for next season.  He said that he wants to make a fresh start in the 2002-03 season and forget how he missed the majority of the last campaign.  His knee is still unable to take heavy weight and he intends to return to Belgrade to have attention to resolve the injury.
  Keeper Kasey Keller reckons that the different types of football he has played could work in his favour to become the USA number one goalie.  The Spurs custodian said that he thinks that the variety of action he has experienced this year could give him the edge over challenger Brad Friedel.  Keller has played in the reserves, first team and also for the American side in competition and friendlies over the last nine months.
  Tottenham's Under-17 side have been invited to attend the International Youth Cup to be held at Bisham Abbey in August.  Other teams taking part are AC Milan, Roma, Eintracht Frankfurt and Dundee, al of whom will receive training as well as playing in a competition between each other from August 4th for a week.
  Christian Ziege played for Germany in their 8-0 win over Saudi Arabia today in the World Cup match in Sapporo.  He also picked up a yellow card.

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