In the aftermath of the sale of David Ginola, Sir Alan Sugar has
said that Tottenham are not a selling club. For reaction go
to View from The Shelf.
George Graham has revealed that Boudewijn Zenden is his main
target and it is thought that an £8 million bid will be made for
Barcelona's Dutch international.
Allan Nielsen is believed to
be going to Watford in a transfer worth more than £1.5
million. An undisclosed fee has been agreed for Espen
Baardsen to move to the relegated club and join up with other
former Spurs reserve keeper - Chris Day, but he is also expected
to bring in more than £1.5 million for Spurs. The deals are
expected to be tied up in the next couple of days.
The club's company have denied that Tottenham Hotspur have sold
any shares to the Enic group. They claim that the group have
been in contact with Amshold Limited (Sir Alan's company), but no
deal has been made.
Yesterday's Sunday Mirror revealed that Sol Campbell looks set to
leave the club at the end of this season. Apparently he told
Tottenham of his intentions before he left to go to Euro
2000. It could prove Sugar's we are not a selling club
statement, as Sol will leave, with Manchester United thought to be
the most likely destination, for nothing.
A report on the MatchOn site says Steffen Iversen is considering
quitting international football !! He feels that the demands
of his country and club matches are too much for him in the coming
four or five years and the only way out would be to stop playing
for his national side. This year he has had only three weeks
off and has been training and playing for the remaining 49 weeks.
Tottenham's Youth team made the final of the Plate in the Northern
Ireland Milk Cup tournament. They lost 1-3 to Sunderland
(goal from Dean Marney) after beating Which University JFC
of South Africa in the semi-final 3-1 with goals from John Sutton
In the group games Spurs beat Northern Ireland, Republic of
Ireland and Malmo (Sweden), but lost to County Antrim.
Chris Sutton's younger brother John scored five goals in the six
games played, while Marney notched two and one each from James Lee
and Lee Barnard.
David Ginola signed for Aston Villa tonight in a £3 million deal
for a two year contract. Only yesterday, GG claimed that he
was giving David Ginola a rest for yesterday's friendly against
Birmingham City. He said he thought Ginola's mind might be
elsewhere (referring to his Aston Villa offer) and that he would
still have a role to play at the club should he decide to
stay. Obviously not then !! Ginola claimed that he
wasn't sure whether it was GG or Sugar who was forcing him out,
but said he had offers from France, America, Turkey and other English
clubs but chose Villa because the manager appreciates flair
players. Have you seen what has happened to Benito Carbone
David ?? He also said that he wanted to leave on his terms,
so he wasn't being greedy and that he felt sorry for the Spurs
fans (with whom he had a great relationship) as he wanted to help
the club win more trophies to add to the Worthington Cup two
seasons ago. See his own website for full story by clicking here.
The news comes after Villa were said to be making an £8 million
bid for Boudewijn Zenden.
Alan Sugar has received an offer to buy 40% of his share-holding
in Tottenham Hotspur plc from Barbados based millionaire Joe Lewis
and his investment company ENIC. The group already have part
ownership of Glasgow Rangers, Vicenza, Sparta Prague and FC
Basle. The offer is for 80p per share amounting to £24
million, but Sugar told the Independent on Sunday that he was not
in talks about the sale. If it did go through, Sir Alan
would be left with only a 10% holding, which would make his tenure
of the chairman's position very precarious.
Roberto Baggio is being linked with a move to Tottenham. The
33 year old Italian international is a free agent after being
released by Inter Milan at the end of last season. Chelsea
and Arsenal are said to be in the hunt for the "Divine
Ponytail", but Spurs are quoted as favourites with his wages
off £1.6 million over two years not thought to be a problem.
Pleat has said on the official site that Charlton Athletic have
enquired about a striker, but it is not Les Ferdinand. This
was in response to a story in today's papers which said Charlton
had told Spurs to name their price for the former Newcastle United
forward. This seems unlikely as the South London club have
reportedly signed Glasgow Rangers' Finnish finisher Jonatan
Johansson. Fulham are also sniffing after Ferdinand.
Igors Stepanous, the 6'4" central defender from Latvia is
said to be interesting GG, after Scotland manager Craig Brown
recommended him, but as ever, DP denied Spurs were interested in
this player. Arsenal are also tracking him.
Spurs beat Birmingham City at St. Andrews today 1-0 with a 31st
minute goal from Steffen Iversen. He was set up by Sergei
Rebrov and David Ginola was left on the bench the whole game.
For a match report click here.
Spurs team : Walker, Carr, Campbell, Freund (Young), Sherwood
(Clemence), Perry, Anderton, Thatcher, Leonhardsen, Iverson
(Ferdinand) and Rebrov.
Meanwhile a Spurs XI were beating Chesham United 3-1 away.
The game was a benefit for former Spur and now Chesham captain,
David Ginola is believed to be ready to turn his back on Aston
Villa after "mad" manager John Gregory gave him a
"sign by Sunday or else" deadline. Nobody is quite
sure what the "or else" bit was, but Ginola has decided
that Birmingham is not for him or his family. Instead Villa
have signed a Turkish defender for £5.6 million. Hmmmmmm.
Perhaps a couple of players who will be leaving the club are Espen
Baardsen and Allan Nielsen. The Norwegian and Danish
internationals are having talks with Watford and if personal terms
are agreed, they will be allowed to leave. Tottenham have agreed
fees for the players, but have not revealed them.
Oyvind Leonhardsen has urged Tottenham to spend more money,
possibly even some of that undisclosed amount mentioned above
which will be received for the sale of players. By shelling
out on more players, the club will be able to challenge for
trophies more adequately. Oyvind feels a bigger squad is
needed and that the club are possibly going to be caught out by
injuries and suspensions. On his heel injury, he said he has
some discomfort, but hopes to be fully fit soon.
Strange tales of players joining mystery clubs continue, with
Iranian Karim Bagheri claiming to be in London this weekend to
join a club. He scored 19 goals in Iran's qualification for
France 1998 and has apparently interested Spurs, Chelsea and
Arsenal. It remains to be seen which club he signs for and
if he passes his medical ... so, it's unlikely to be Spurs then !!
Another man of mystery - Willem Korsten - is likely to spend some
more time in the shadows after injuring his ankle on the
Scandinavian pre-season tour. He will have an X-ray on it
and he will miss the start of the season because of this ...
although they didn't say which season.
The FA panel who will pass sentence on video evidence in the week
after matches is set to include Gary Mabbutt. The
Professional Footballer's Association has nominated the former
Tottenham captain along with Brian McClair, Steve Ogrizovic, John
Barnes and Brian Marwood. Garth Crooks, also formerly of
Spurs, has been put forward, but his duties on Match of the Day
may mean that there will be a conflict of interest. Former
managers and referees have also been proposed to take part and the
FA will decide the make-up of the panel soon.
The Spurs players believe that Sergei Rebrov can shoot them to
honours soon, with Europe the aim this season. Both Steffen
Freund and Darren Anderton think he will bring back the good times
to Tottenham and Les Ferdinand is hoping to impress both GG and
the fans now that he is getting back to full fitness.
Gary Doherty has been selected to take part in a three day
training session with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad on
Lanky, but promising Tottenham reserve striker Peter Crouch has
moved to Queens Park Rangers for £60,000, signing a three year
deal, when it was believed that he would move to Loftus Road on a
year long loan spell.
Former Spurs defender Neil Ruddock has moved from West Ham United
to Crystal Palace for an undisclosed amount.
Romanian defender Constantin Galca has signed a new contract to
stay at Espanyol despite interest in bringing him to White Hart
Former Spurs striker Steve Archibald, who bought Airdrieonians
last week has signed 10 Spanish players to boost their squad,
which was decimated when the receivers sold most of the first
Neil Sullivan cannot wait until the new season starts ... so that
the pre-season training stops !! He owned up to not being
the finished article and that he still had things to work on, but
is looking forward to starting playing competitive games and
winning things for Spurs
Tottenham were undefeated in the London Masters held at the London
Arena tonight, but did not progress to the final. In their
first group game, they drew 2-2 in a fiery game against Wimbledon
(featuring Hans Segers in goal). Clive Allen and Glenn
Hoddle scored for Spurs. In the second group game against a
side not too far away in North London, Spurs were up against it
when Stephen Lodge dismissed Paul Miller after a few minutes of
the first half and Spurs were left with five men. They took
the lead after Clive Allen converted a penalty after being brought
down, but then Spurs went 1-2 down. Glenn Hoddle equalised
with virtually the last kick and showed his delight in doing
so. The Spurs squad was : Milija Aleksic, Gary Stevens,
Graham Roberts, Paul Miller, Paul Price, Paul Allen, Micky Hazard,
Garry Brooke, Clive Allen, Glenn Hoddle and Tony Galvin.
Anderlecht midfielder Bart Goor is going to stay with the Belgian
champions after no firm bids for him were received following Euro
2000. Spurs were one of the clubs who were linked with a
possible transfer to England.
A Spurs reserve XI drew 0-0 with Aylesbury United tonight.
It is believed that Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis has put a £8
million price tag on Ugo Ehiogu as they want to make £4 million
profit on the deal, with the other £4 million going to West
Bromwich Albion as a condition of Ehiogu's contract. This
could scare off all interested parties including Spurs, when they
could wait for a couple of seasons for his contract to expire.
year old Real Mallorca striker Diego Tristan has apparently been
the target of an anonymous English club. The player was due
to sign for Real Madrid, but that appears to have fallen through
and his agent has mysteriously quoted that a great English club is
after his client. Speculation as to who it could be is
currently taking place, with Spurs regarded by Planet Football as
having to sell Les Ferdinand to bring in another forward. My
money is on Aston Villa as they are desperate for players full
The Portman Group (representing large alcohol manufacturers) are
pressing for more early morning kick-offs to allow fans to drink
more after the game. New proposals in a White Paper to go
for consultation before the Government consider changes to the
Licensing laws, hints that Magistrate's could require pubs and
other outlets selling alcohol in the area of grounds be closed
before big matches. One way around this says the Portman
Group is to have morning kick-offs on Saturday, then the fans can
drink after the game without causing trouble at the match or
disrupting the habits of non-football fans who want a drink.
As well as all the new interpretations of the laws of the game,
the FA have introduced a list of offences and fines/punishments as
Manhandling a referee = at least a 12 match suspension
If repeated by the same player = One year ban
Any Premiership club involved in any on-pitch brawl = £250,000
- Six bookings or more for any
side in a game = £25,000 fine
- All offences unseen by the
match officials can be punished by
video evidence as judged by a new advisory panel
The fines are scaled down for the lower leagues.
Spurs completed their Swedish tour with a 6-0 win over Swedish
side BK Bodens this afternoon. The goals went like
12 mins. - Ginola free-kick spilled by keeper, Rebrov taps in
33 mins. - Rebrov produces a square ball straight to Iversen who
gets number two
37 mins. - Gardner sets up Iversen for the third with a long
ball that the Norwegian lobs in from a tight angle
57 mins. - Clemence's corner leads to a scramble and Sherwood
lashes the ball home off the underside of the bar
88 mins. - Sherwood cross is converted by a Chris Armstrong header
90 mins. - Armstrong finished the scoring by putting away a
penalty after he had been fouled.
The Spurs team lined up like this : Sullivan (Walker 45), Carr
(Young 61), Taricco (Thatcher 61),
Gardner (Vega 81), Campbell (Perry 81), Leonhardsen (Anderton 61),
(Sherwood 45), Clemence, Ginola (Etherington 45), Rebrov
Iversen (Armstrong 73).
Thirteen of the fourteen goals scored came from the forwards and
Spurs finished the tour with clean sheets in all their three
games, but GG was happier with the way the layers have bonded
John Gregory has given David Ginola four days to decide whether he
wants to join Aston Villa. The boss of the club said he
could not wait forever for the French winger to make up his
mind. The big problem appears to be Ginola's wage demands
and now Villa have flown out to Spain for their InterToto Cup
match against Celta Vigo, it is unlikely that the two will meet up
before the deadline. It appears that their chairman Doug
Ellis is more keen to sign up cheaper alternatives in the shape of
some of the players from their previous InterToto opponents,
It has been revealed on the FootballFC site, that these are some
of Ginola's demands ...
- Wages of £52,000 a week to make him the joint highest-paid
player in the Premiership with Manchester
United's Roy Keane.
- A six-bedroom house situated in an up-market part of Birmingham.
- His and hers top-of-the-range Mercedes for 33-year-old Ginola
and his wife.
Seeing as how they refused to pay Benito Carbone £30,000 a week
to keep him at the club, I cannot foresee any conceding to
Ginola's wishes. Apparently, the top earners at the club are
Southgate and Dublin and they are on £28,000 a week.
A blocky video of Spurs victory over Skelleftea can be found at
the Sky Sports website http://www.sky.com/sports/video/index.htm
Gary Doherty has resigned himself to a place on the bench this
season behind the four main strikers at the club. He said
that he realised that there would be competition for places and
that he will try and impress in training as much as he can to try
and catch the manager's eye.
After Tottenham's goal spree in their first two friendlies,
Soccernet sees the strike force like this. "Already
Steffen Iversen and Chris
Armstrong have continued the goalscoring form that brought
them close to 20 goals each last season, and Les Ferdinand is back
to full fitness. Add Rebrov, and manager George
Graham suddenly finds himself with four players capable of
scoring 25 goals each next season." !!
Sergei Rebrov has (again) pleaded for the club to reconsider the
sale of David Ginola. He said, as he had done before, that
it would be bad to lose such an influential playmaker and also
that Ginola and Freund had helped him settle into the club very
well. He also stated that he was pleased to get off the mark
in Saturday's friendly.
Sol Campbell is reported on Planet Football to have said he is not
going anywhere. He has supposedly told a Swedish paper that
the stories about him moving have come from those who would profit
from such a situation. He says he has special feelings for
the club and wants to stay; something he will sort out on his
return from the pre-season tour, when he will most likely sign a
new short term contract.
Jason Roberts, the Bristol Rovers striker at one time linked to
Spurs, looks set to join West Bromwich Albion for £2 million.
Congratulations go out to the ISpurs (Internet Spurs) side who
played in the Worldnet2k in Leeds this weekend.
They topped their group unbeaten after overcoming Brentford 4-1,
Derby County 4-0, Colchester United 5-0, West Bromwich Albion 2-0
and Huddersfield Town 5-1. Into the knock-out stages they
beat Everton 1-0, before facing Celtic B and coming out on top
3-1. They met Middlesbrough at the semi-final stage and
unfortunately lost 2-0, but they did the club proud !!
George Graham was reasonably pleased with the win over Tervarit
yesterday, but thought that the side should have finished more of
the chances that they created. He is happy with the good
spirit in the camp as the team comes near to completing the
On the tour, GG has reportedly had talks with David Ginola, as he
wants the player to stay. Whether or not the manager's plans
coincide with the French wingers will remain to be seen.
Some reports indicate that Ginola will meet with Villa for talks
again this week, but his wage demands are the sticking point.
Fulham are said to be lining up a £1.5 million bid for Les
Ferdinand. However, it is reported that GG wants Les to stay
as he would give more options up front if he can stay fit.
beat Tevarit of Ullesborg (Finland) this afternoon 4-0. The
goals came from Ferdinand (19 mins), Armstrong (23 mins), Rebrov
(68 mins) and Iversen (91 mins). The game was played in rain
and the second half started with six Spurs substitutes taking the
field, with two bookings shortly afterwards for Vega and
Freund. Anderton and Sherwood were the only two players to
play the full 90 minutes.
- Team : Sullivan (Walker 65), Young (Carr 45),
Perry (Gardner 65), Vega (Campbell 65), Thatcher (Taricco 45),
Anderton (Leonhardsen 76), Sherwood, Clemence (Freund 45), Ginola
(Etherington 45), Ferdinand (Iversen 76), Armstrong (Rebrov 45).
Spurs goalkeeping coach Hans
Segers is looking forward to the battle between Neil Sullivan and
Ian Walker as he reckons both keepers have similar strengths and
it will be a tough decision for GG to decide who will be between
the sticks. He also said he had studied videos of every
Spurs game last season and that you could count the number of
mistakes Ian Walker made on one hand !
Aston Villa boss- John Gregory - has said that if he gets David Ginola
in a room, he will sign for Villa in five minutes. He said
he can go and have an easy life in France or choose to sign for
him and achieve the challenges he will set. Gregory said he
won't leave until he signs for the club. Seeing as how he
had his players electronically tagged during the close season, I
wouldn't be surprised if he has a rack and whips in that room he
keeps talking about ! I think he would have to move Birmingham
nearer London for Ginola to be convinced.
story. West Ham United have signed a player called Danny
Invincible on trial from Australia. Expect him to be wearing
his pants OUTSIDE his shorts.
Sullivan is out to prove he is the best goalkeeper around and to
start off he is dying to be Spurs' No.1. He said that GG was
an ambitious manager and that he would like to prove himself on
the bigger stage at Spurs.
David Pleat has said that
Espen Baardsen's loan move to Gillingham could still be on as he
thinks that the breakdown of talks was "utter
nonsense". The player himself is eager to leave the
club to further his career and has the backing of Steffen
Iversen's agent Erik Soler. He says Espen is the best
goalkeeping prospect in Norway and gets better by the day, so he
cannot understand why he is on the bench at Tottenham (but he
won't even be thee this season, unless one of the others is
injured or rested). Baardsen feels that Spurs are asking too
much for him and he is despondent at not playing first team
football, but is trying to maintain his morale, but he is resigned
to waiting to see what GG decides will happen.
He also denied that
Portsmouth were about to sign Ruel Fox. He said no club had
been given permission to talk to him.
Villa manager John Gregory has said he wants to take David Ginola
to Villa Park to help his side get into the Champions
League. He obviously has another team lined up to play at
the ground then.
Tottenham's friendly against Vitesse Arnhem in Holland on Saturday
August 12th will be shown live on Channel Five.
Ben Thatcher has said
that George Graham can teach how to improve his defending.
He knows he must improve his discipline and hopes that GG an turn
him into an England defender. What is he going to do, show him how
to dive into reckless tackles in the box ??
Izzet, Leicester City's Turkish midfielder, has opted to stay with
the Midland club and signed a new four year contract.
player mentioned in relation to a move to Spurs, Ipswich Town's
David Johnson has signed a four year extension with the new
Premier League club.
finally, Shaun Bartlett, the South Africa striker currently
playing in Switzerland, who reportedly interested Spurs last
season, is a £2 million target for Charlton Athletic.
Fox has said that he is interested in a move to West Bromwich
Albion, but is asking Spurs to pay a six figure sum to compensate
the last year of his contract, because he will have to take a wage
cut to move to the Hawthorns. The matter will not be
resolved until David Pleat returns from holiday next week.
Meanwhile, GG has said that it is unlikely that he will be signing
any more players before the start of the season as there is a lack
of quality players around at this time of year... (News that
Newcastle United may be signing Josep Guardiola of Barcelona - no
quality available huh ??)
... but then
went to say that Tottenham will not win the League as their squad
is not as strong as the top four or five clubs. He again
said that the target was European qualification.
Simon Davies may have to miss the pre-season friendly against his
old team Peterborough United because he is not yet ready to get
involved in the physical side of the game after breaking his and
laying for Wales Under-21 at the end of last season. The
Welsh midfielder had a bone shattered in his left hand which
required nut and bolts to rectify the break. The metalwork
has now been removed, but he will have to wait for another month
on the advice of a specialist before playing again.
Therefore, he has missed out on the Swedish tour, but will be
doing fitness work back at Spurs Lodge aiming to get back in time
for the game at London Road on August 8th.
Lee, the Spurs reserve midfielder who was released at the end of
last season, has signed a one year deal with Southend United.
Baardsen may be able to get his wish for first team football with
Watford. Manager Graham Taylor wants to try and complete a
year long loan for the Norwegian if he can meet Baardsen's wage
Vega has said he wants to make the last year of his contract (and
maybe his Spurs career) one to remember and getting into the first
team is the first step. He said his recovery from an ankle
injury is progressing well and now he needs some games to get
match fit again.
Leeds United head of Youth development has opted to join Leicester
City ahead of Spurs, who tried to tempt him as Head of the Youth
Academy. It is reported that he did not want to move to
London, because people are far too sensible in Leicester.
David Ginola's 45 minute appearance in yesterday's friendly win
was an indication that he might be staying at the club, with GG
confirming that he has had no firm bids for the Frenchman.
It also is reported that Marseille, who expressed an interest in
the Spurs winger, are set to sign Brazilian striker Lucas.
In the London Evening Standard, GG is reporting that he is happy
to play Ginola.
Former Spurs transfer
target, Atletico Madrid's Czech midfielder Radek Bejbl, has joined
French side Lens for £3.9 million.
beat Skelleftea in their first pre-season friendly 4-0
tonight. Rebrov, Sullivan and Thatcher all made their
debuts, while Vega, Ferdinand and Leonhardsen all returned after
injury. Spurs goals came from
38 mins - Armstrong, heading in an Anderton cross after Rebrov put
73 mins - Iversen heads home Thatcher cross.
77 mins - Iversen taps home after Etherington's shot comes back
off the post.
89 mins - Ferdinand heads home a free-kick.
The goals can be viewed by going to http://www.skeaik.com/
and click on matchbilder, then find Spurs mentioned on the
right. Click and you will find the videos at bottom of the
page, but you will need Real Player to view them.
The only two players who completed the whole 90 minutes for Spurs
were Ben Thatcher and Steffen Freund.
Team : Team; Walker (Sullivan 60), Young (Carr 80), Perry
(Campbell 80), Vega
(Gardner 68), Thatcher, Anderton (Leonhardsen 68), Freund,
(Clemence 45) Ginola (Etherington 45) Armstrong (Ferdinand 45),
It looks as though Glasgow Rangers' bid to buy FC Schalke 04
striker Emile Mpenza has failed as the German club say they do not
want to sell. The stumbling point may be the fee which was
adjudged to be around £6.5 million by Rangers and £8.5 million
by Schalke. Spurs had been linked to the Belgian forward ...
... as they had to the Belgian midfielder, Marc Wilmots, who has
left FC Schalke 04 for Bordeaux of France.
Meanwhile another linked player - Aston Villa's Ugo Ehiogu -
is at the centre of a record bid by Manchester City believed to be
Spurs start their pre-season tour tonight with a game against
Swedish side Skelleftea. The players have all returned to
training now and all the new signings will hope to get a game
under their belts. Ian Walker has said that pre-season
training has been hard, but enjoyable, while Steffen Freund is
looking forward to getting back into action after a summer spent
commentating on Euro 2000.
has outlined a typical day on the club's pre-season tour, which
goes a bit like this ..."We train in the morning then we'll
have lunch and a break and then start training about three o'clock
again and finish about half-five. We'll have dinner about
seven-thirty. So you'll find the boys won't have much energy left
to do anything else."
Ian Walker has been saying
how he enjoys pre-season training, but he said on some days he has
not been getting home until 5.30 p.m. !! Still not quite the real
world like most of us have to suffer is it ??
Lanky Spurs reserve striker Peter Crouch scored in Queens Park
Rangers' 5-0 pre-season friendly win over Tiverton Town. The
player is on trial at the West London club for another two games,
but there is rumour that he might be about to have a one year loan
under former Spurs boss Gerry Francis. It is not likely that
Spurs would sell him as he is highly rated at the club and has
represented the England Under-20's already.
Former Spurs striker, Steve Archibald is believed to have paid
about £2 million to take over Scottish club Airdrieonians.
The club who looked like they would be going out of business had
been the target for Archibald for some time, but on a number of
occasions talks had broken down with the receivers before they
came to an agreement. He does have a problem as he only has
the manager and three players with the season only three weeks
All Spurs fans can breathe easily and sleep safely at night.
Dean Austin will not be returning to Tottenham, as he said he will
sign a new two year contract with the South London side.
King could miss the first two months of the new season according
to OneFootball.com. Suffering a broken foot in the last minute of
England's final match in the European Under 21's championship has
set him back, so he will not be ready for the start of the season.
French press are reporting that David Ginola is the subject of a
bid from Marseille, but it is not sure if the club from the South
of France could afford his wages. The offer is likely to be
a figure of around £2.5 million and they hope to pair him up with
a rumoured Spurs transfer target, Anderlecht's Jan Koller, who has
been priced out of a move to Premier League new boys Manchester
third choice goalkeeper - Espen Baardsen - appears to be staying
at Tottenham for the time being. He is at the centre of a
proposed loan deal to Gillingham, but the Kent club are unlikely
to be able to afford his wages. Spurs are thought to be
looking to loan out the Norwegian keeper, but he is keen for first
team football and that could mean a permanent move if the offer
received is acceptable.
Another Scandinavian Spur - Allan Nielsen - has said that he wants
to play more in the first team or move on. He would be happy
to stay if he can force his way into GG's side.
Strangely enough West Bromwich Albion's manager, Gary Megson, has
commented about Ruel Fox, "I don't know what is going
through Ruel's mind, but I just believe we need to be going for
that calibre of player. We've got to bring the best players
in we possibly can within a financial framework the club can
Spurs signing Sergei Rebrov says he is settling down nicely with
Tottenham and has begged David Ginola to stay at the club, saying
it would be a great loss.
Former Spurs striker Phil Gray has moved from Luton Town to
Burnley on a Bosman transfer.
report in the Birmingham press states that Ugo Ehiogu is desperate
to leave Aston Villa and has said that he would be happy to join
Spurs. One club has made a bid for him, but John Gregory,
the Villa manager, did not inform the player, who is furious
because of the lack of communication. He hopes that the
situation will be sorted out in the next ten days.
Apparently, according to Planet Football, Sunderland are the slight
favourites to sign the big central defender.
Rangers have made a £6.5 million bid for FC Schalke 04 and
Belgian international forward Emile Mpenza. His club are
holding out for £8 million, but Rangers say this is too
high. Mpenza was one of many forwards linked with Spurs this
Pleat has confirmed that West Bromwich Albion are one of several
clubs interested in buying Ruel Fox from Tottenham, but he
clarified the fact that the transfer fee would be nearer £250,000
- £500,000 than the £1 million quoted in reports yesterday.
Fenn is hoping to relaunch his career at Roosendaal in the Dutch
first division. The newly promoted side will give him the
opportunity to play first team football, which was denied him at
Tottenham. Onefootball.com report that he could go for less
Darren Anderton has said
that he feels that good things are around the corner for Spurs and
the aim for this season must be qualification for Europe.
- As one
ex-Spur leaves Goodison Park another enters. Nick Barmby's
replacement in midfield at Everton is the free signing Paul
Gascoigne from Middlesbrough.
Rumoured Spurs targets of
the summer could be heading off to new clubs, but not to White
Hart Lane. Ade Akinbiyi looks set to join former Spur, Peter
Taylor at Leicester City, while Manchester City are bidding £4.5
million for Anderlecht's Czech beanpole striker, Jan Koller.
Following Tottenham's deal with Marks & Spencer's, Spurs
replica kits and other sports wear can be bought at these branches
Cheshunt (Brookfield Farm)
- It is
reported that GG was planning a £8 million deal to bring Portugal's
Nuno Gomes to the club from Benfica. However, it appears
that he has signed for Fiorentina of Italy for more than that
figure - £12 million !! It is rumoured that both Les Ferdinand and Chris
Armstrong would be allowed to leave if bids came in for them.
Eurosport is claiming that Juventus are trying to tempt Sol
Campbell with an offer of £87,500 a week to join them when his
contract expires next summer.
believed that GG has had a £4 million bid for Ugo Ehiogu turned
down by Aston Villa and does not share the Midland club's
valuation of the player. He may turn his attention to
Valencia's Swedish international Joachim Bjorklund, who also is
being tracked by Bayern Munich, Aston Villa and Manchester United.
Again a figure of £4 million is quoted.
West Bromwich Albion are expected to have talks with outcast Spurs
winger Ruel Fox about a £1 million deal which will increase by
£250,000 when he has completed 15 appearances.
Walker is still hoping that there is a way back into the England
set-up for him. He said that the word was that he could have
got into the Euro 2000 squad at the end of the season, but if he
keeps doing well for Spurs, then he could put himself into Kevin
Keegan's mind for selection.
Liverpool would sell Jamie
Redknapp should they receive a £6 million offer. The
Liverpool midfielder may miss a large chunk of the coming season
with a recurrence of his knee injury and any transfer could be a
big gamble. Spurs and Chelsea are watching the situation
Tottenham's Marcel McKie played left-back for England Under-16's
today at the Stadium of light in their 1-2 defeat by Brazil.
His free-kick lead to a scramble from which the equaliser came.
Tottenham come up tenth in
the list of European top spenders so far this summer, just behind
Arsenal in ninth.
indicate that Leicester City will have broken Wolverhampton
Wanderers resolve over selling Ade Akinbiyi with a bid of £5
million. Spurs were linked with the forward earlier in the
Young Celtic striker, Mark
Burchill who was linked with a possible move away from his club to
Tottenham only yesterday, could end up at Aston Villa. It
has been surmised today that Martin O'Neill will bid for Gareth
Southgate and Burchill could be part of a package going the other
Everton full-back Michael
Ball, who has been linked with Spurs, is the subject of a £5
million bid from Manchester United.
Charlton Athletic look like
they could go after Wimbledon's £3 million rated Jason Euell, who
for a long time had been the focus of interest from Tottenham.
Yet another player linked to
Spurs during the season just gone, Martin Laursen of Verona, has
turned down a £6.5 million move to Chelsea as they could
not match his wages and he prefers to stay in Italy.
If Spurs are looking for a
creative midfielder, then Everton are reportedly looking at
Newcastle United's Norbeto Solano for £5 million. He has
impressed on occasion when I have seen him and he has a knowledge
of English football after playing here for 16 months.
the Sunday Mirror today, there is a headline to an article about
Gabriel Batistuta's views on Manchester United's transfer policy
on big name players, which reads "United Have No
Balls". I wonder what they do in training then ??
- The squad
numbers for Spurs for season 2000-2001 have been announced and
they are as follows : -
In view of the lack of allocation to numbers
19, 20 and 23, it appears that they have been left available for
incoming signings, while those who rate over 30 must be considered
as on their way out !!
George Graham lies in the
middle of the pack in the betting for which manager will get the
sack next season. He is on 5-2 with George Burley, Alan
Curbishley and Walter Smith. Favourite is Bradford City's
new man in charge, Chris Hutchings.
- Former Spurs
transfer target, Celtic's Mark Burchill, has hinted he may have to
leave the Scottish club if he cannot play regularly in the first
team. He said he will be 20 soon and has to consider what
would be best for him should he not be able to break into Martin
Ex-Spur Nick Barmby looks certain to move to Liverpool from
Everton for a fee which could rise to £6 million.
Former Spurs youth team player, Narada Bernard, was taken to
hospital today when he had a collision at full speed with an
advertising board in Bournemouth's friendly.
TeamTalk have claimed that the transfer of David Ginola to Aston
Villa will not take place. After extensive talks they
consider that Villa chairman, Doug Ellis, is now against spending
the transfer fee plus £30,000 a week on the Spurs winger.
However, this might not be the end of the saga as Fulham, Paris
St. Germain and Chelsea are all rumoured to be interested.
have been linked with Wolverhampton Wanderers forward, Ade
Akinbiyi. The player who has previously played for Norwich City,
Gillingham and Bristol City is also courted by Leicester City and
Birmingham City, who apparently have had £4 million bids
Another strapping centre-forward
linked with Spurs today handed in a transfer request. Jason
Roberts of Bristol Rovers told his club that he wants to leave to
move to a bigger club. The former non-league striker has
been watched by Spurs before and has been the subject of an
unsuccessful £2 million bid from Birmingham City recently.
Other clubs who have trailed the striker are Everton, Bradford
City, Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest.
Walker has said that he welcomes the challenge of Neil Sullivan,
but as far as he is concerned, it is down to the former Wimbledon
keeper to kick him out of the side. Despite the battle for
the gloves ahead, Walks said that he would still have a good
relationship with the Scottish goalie.
- It was
revealed today on the Spurs official website that Danny Maddix's
testimonial on August 5 against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road
will be preceded by a 20 mins each way game between the 1982 FA
Cup final teams !!
have agreed to sell former Spur Nick Barmby to Liverpool for £6
appears that even Wimbledon do not rate Andreas Lund, who was
previously on trial with Tottenham last season. Having
scored two goals in fifteen games for them, he looks likely to
join FC Porto of Portugal.
Pleat was in denial today. He said that Chelsea had not
approached Spurs for David Ginola and that Spurs in turn had not
made a bid for Aston Villa's Ugo Ehiogu.
Ginola's agent has insisted that the player wants to stay at
Tottenham, despite Aston Villa's bid to take him to
Birmingham. He wants to hear from Sir Alan Sugar that he has
no future at Tottenham, but was at the club's golf day earlier
this week, proving a point by winning the solo and team competition !!
George Graham told the Guardian today that he shares the fans
"buoyancy" and that if a couple more players can be
added tot he squad he hopes that expectation will grow even
further. DP took a more guarded view in saying results on
the field had to improve before Tottenham could be regarded as a
big club again, but that with the strength in younger players, the
club believe that things are turning in the right direction.
Megson will wait until Spurs return from their close season our
before making a move for out of favour Ruel Fox.
targets Marc Wilmots and Jan Koller could end up elsewhere.
Wilmots is the subject of interest from Bordeaux, while Czech
Koller is being considered for a transfer to Parma in Italy.
Anderton has explained that he pulled out of Euro 2000 as a
precaution and is not willing to take any chances when injured
again in the future. He said that last season's injury was a
torn Achilles tendon due to wear and tear, but his surgeon said
that after playing a few games at the end of last season, he
should rest during the summer. He could have done that in
Belgium as most of the England side managed to take it easy !!
have reportedly launched a bid for Aston Villa's Ugo Ehiogu.
The player has been linked with a move away from Villa Park since
the end of last season and a return to London, where he was born,
has widely been tipped. It is believed that Tottenham's
attempt to buy the central defender was met with a request for
£10 million, a high price as a result of a condition in his
transfer that 50% of any money raised must go to his former club,
West Bromwich Albion.
Ehiogu rumour has sparked concern that Sol Campbell may not commit
his future to Spurs beyond next summer. The England
centre-half will enter into talks with the club later this week
and rumours linking Serie A clubs, Manchester United and Chelsea
Tottenham's appeal against
the fine for their involvement in the brawl at Leeds United
earlier this year has been dismissed. Tottenham have urged
the FA to consider fining or punishing players and not the clubs
for such incidents. After all, what can a club, let alone a
manager, do after they have crossed that thin white line ??
("It's a thin (white) line between love and hate")
Chelsea are also interested
in hijacking the transfer of David Ginola to Aston Villa.
They feel that staying in London and a guarantee of European
football could swing a £3 million move their way. However,
as Vialli is the master of the rotation system and Ginola
desperate to lay and not sit on the bench at Tottenham, would a
move to Stamford Bridge be any improvement on his number of
appearances if that is the true reason he is willing to leave ??
Iversen could sign his contract extension before Spurs jet out to
Sweden for the pre-season tour. Both parties appear keen to
do so, which will be a boost to the club.
Les Ferdinand is said to
have targeted the tour game against Byske next Wednesday for his
comeback. The Spurs forward said he hoped to get into the
side for the first pre-season game and had suffered no reaction
from the surgery, unlike last time, when he experienced some aches
Tim Sherwood is ready to
catch up on the time he lost last season because of a groin
injury. He had an operation to rectify the double hernia,
abductor replacement and groin repair only returning for the last
game of the season. A goal in that game has kept him going over
the summer, but the pre-season training will show exactly how he
responds to the exertion. The England midfielder believes that
there is more strength in the squad now and that he is solely
interested in doing well for Spurs, with any international
recognition after that being a bonus.
Thatcher has said that he has learned from his mistake of elbowing
Nicky Summerbee in the head. The former Wimbledon and
Millwall defender went on to say that he realises that he must cut
out the rough stuff and the trivial bookings to impress both his
club and hopefully, international managers.
Apparently, Neil Sullivan
has had to settle for the number 13 shirt in training, while Ian
Walker retains the Spurs number one shirt. While it still
remains to be seen who GG chooses to play in goal, it looks as
though Walker may be in poll position as the incumbent, with the
onus on Sullivan to knock him from his pedestal.
Zahovic of Slovenia and Panathaniaokos has joined Valencia of
Spain for £6 million. The player who enjoyed a successful
Euro 2000 had been linked with Spurs.
head of the Spurs Academy, Colin Murphy, has joined Leicester City
as chief scout.
Campbell returns from holiday later this week, with Tottenham
hoping that they have convinced him of the ambition at the club
ahead of his contract talks.
Sergei Rebrov thinks that
the flat back four sometimes creates problems for the team using
it, but did say that at Tottenham they have one of the best
defenders in Europe in Sol Campbell. He also said that when
he goes on the pitch it is to ensure his team wins - not to make
sure he is the one who scores all the goals, something he feels
that is too strongly focused on in the West.
David Pleat is convinced
that new signing Ben Thatcher will show a mature attitude and
better discipline at White Hart Lane. He said that the
player knows he will be more under the spotlight at Tottenham and
that the club will not tolerate over aggressiveness.
Meanwhile, Thatcher has been impressed by Tottenham's training
facilities - you don't have to clear up the dog's mess before
training unlike at Wimbledon !! Former and now current
team-mate Chris Perry rates him as the best left-back in the
country and says he will also bring some life into the Spurs
dressing room as he is a character and likes a joke.
good news for Spurs is that John Hartson has decided to stay at
Selhurst Park with relegated Wimbledon.~
Also staying put is Belgian
striker Emile Mpenza, who has said he wants to stay at Schalke 04.
John Gregory is confident about taking David Ginola to Villa
Park. The Aston Villa manager said that the fact that
Tottenham do not want Ginola has affected the player more than
anything. Pleat said that the player was present at
Tottenham's first day back in training and that there is no news
on his transfer.
Formerly linked with a transfer to Tottenham, Pedro Munitis of
Racing Santander has joined Real Madrid in a £6.69 million deal.
will take place later this week between Tottenham and Luton Town
to decide the amount of compensation owed to Spurs after Ricky
Hill left to take up the Second Division club's managers
post. Spurs claim that they did not give permission for
Luton to approach him.
Thessaloniki are in talks with Jose Dominguez about a
transfer to Greece, with an announcement due later this week.
Neale Fenn has joined RBC
Roosendaal of Holland on trial with a view to a permanent
- Ben Thatcher
has completed his move to Tottenham from Wimbledon for a fee of
£5 million. He is hoping the move will reinforce his
claims for the left back berth in the England side, after, he
says, he has established himself in the Spurs side. He went
straight from White Hart Lane where the signing was done to Spurs
Lodge to join the rest of the squad in training. An
interview with Thatcher can be read at the Sky
Meanwhile David Pleat has said that he hopes that the incoming
players will persuade Sol Campbell to consider staying at White
Hart Lane. He said that they will enter into talks when he
returns after the summer break and is positive that Sol may stay.
George Graham has said that
he is fit and looking forward to the new season to test his
strengthened squad in the Premier League. He said that with
three players already signed that more transfers should not be
One player who looks like he
might be staying is Steffen Iversen, who's agent said he is likely
to sign an improved four year extension to his contract.
Although the Norwegian striker is away on holiday in Florida at
the moment, he is in touch with his agent and will sit down with
the club on his return.
David Ginola's agents have apparently been back to Aston Villa to
arrange a transfer from Tottenham. He seems willing to
accept a reduction in the wage demands he has made and the £3
million transfer could now be back on.
Having missed out on Carl
Cort at the high price Newcastle United ended up paying, Spurs
might be tempted to add further to their collection of Wimbledon
players now that Jason Euell has been told he will be allowed to
leave if the right bid is received. Spurs have long been
linked with the rangy midfielder/striker and although it is
claimed there has been little interest in the player from the
Wimbledon end, Leeds United were linked yesterday and Spurs might
move quickly to prevent a bidding war starting again.
Luton Town officially named Ricky Hill as their new manager.
The former England midfielder had been coaching Tottenham's
Academy side, but was chosen to take over at Kenilworth Road after
Lennie Lawrence was sacked by the new owners.
West Bromwich Albion have confirmed that they are interested in
Ruel Fox, but he is only one of a number of players that manager
Gary Megson has in mind and it remains to be seen if the interest
Taking nothing for granted new Spurs keeper Neil Sullivan is ready
to fight for his place in the side. He said at this stage of
his career he was just grateful to be at such a big club.
The Spurs squad reported back for pre-season training ahead of
their tour of Sweden next week and started with some running in
Two players linked with Spurs look like moving to other
clubs. Don Hutchinson of Everton is the subject of a £2.5
million bid from Charlton Athletic, while Fulham's Geoff Horsfield
has joined Birmingham City for a record amount of £2.25 million.
Allegedly, Real Madrid have made a £12 million bid for Sol
Campbell. The Spurs captain has committed himself to Spurs
for next season, but should he not be in a team challenging for
honours by the spring, the time may come to sell him, before he
leaves for free next summer.
Steffen Iversen is said to
be close to signing an extension to his contract after Tottenham
are reported to have raised his wages to £23,500 a week.
David Pleat confirmed that Iversen had been considering a contract
for two months. Allegedly, his stalling had alerted Leeds
United, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund about possibly snatching him
Rumours on TeamTalk are
linking David Ginola with a move to Chelsea very soon. A £3
million fee would be the price for the French winger, but it is
said that he might require £40,0000 a week wages, but apparently
this would not be a problem to the West London side.
However, the length of the contract on offer could be the
David Pleat has said that
Espen Baardsen can leave if the right offer is received. The
young Norwegian keeper is the subject of interest from other clubs
and Tottenham are awaiting firm bids before deciding his
destination. Wimbledon and Rosenborg are known to be
admirers of the American born goalie.
Lazio are trying to buy
Boudewijn Zenden from Barcelona for around £5 million.
Spurs have been linked with the Dutch winger since his impressive
Euro 2000 performances. Chelsea are also supposed to be
watching developments with a view to bidding for the flying
are linked to Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Ade Akinbiyi in the
Sunday People, but David Pleat denies that Tottenham are
interested in any of the players named in association with the
club in the Sunday papers.
five months of his contract still left, Jose Dominguez has hit out
at the chairman who will not let him leave for a fee. A
smaller European club have enquired about the Portuguese winger,
but there has been no encouragement from Tottenham for him to be
sold on. The player is frustrated and cannot understand why
Spurs do not cash in on him before he can leave on a Bosman.
David Pleat cleared things up by saying there was still a full
season left on Jose's contract and that he should not expect that
that the club would give him away for next to nothing. He
went on to add that the player could be leaving soon as he has no
part to play in GG's plans.
striker Chris Sutton has reportedly joined Celtic for £6
million. The striker who went through a barren time at
Stamford Bridge was strongly linked with a move to Tottenham, but
the Scottish side have saved the club a fair bit of money.
All they have to do is find a decent forward to spend it on !!
Spurs announced that Ricky
Hill is due to leave the post as Tottenham's Under-17's manager to
take over as Luton Town manager and that his replacement at the
Academy will be former Spurs winger Jimmy Neighbour. The
former player who went on to Norwich City and West Ham United,
will join Micky Hazard and David Kerslake in training the
youngsters in the evening at the Academy.
Stone has also joined as a junior coach at the club's
Academy, while Rory Brown has been brought in to replace Tim
Williamson as physiotherapist.
The following fourteen players have joined the Academy as first
year Trainees : - Ludwig Norbert, John
Sutton (brother of Celtic's Chris), Ben Bowditch, Stephen
Kelly, Ronnie Henry (grandson of former Double-winning Spur Ron
Henry), Lee Barnard, Robert Burch, David Galbraith, Dean Marney,
Walter Thomas, Mark Hughes, Lee Gardner, Christopher Herron and
James Lee (brother of Spurs reserve David).
have been linked with Leicester City's Northern Ireland
international midfielder, Neil Lennon. The player has a
condition in his contract saying he can leave if bids for him
reach £5 million, but this only comes into effect next
summer. Everton are believed to try and make the first move
by offering £4 million plus Don Hutchinson.
completion of the transfer of Ben Thatcher from Wimbledon to
Tottenham has not gone through yet, because although he passed the
medicals tests, he is still not happy with the personal terms on
offer. DP was hopeful that the deal was still on course to
be finalised on Monday for a fee of around £5 million.
Tottenham are reported to be vying with Southampton for the Polish
international Marek Citko. The Widzew Lodz striker would
cost around £4 million and it is believed that Spurs have made an
acceptable offer according to sources in Poland. The 26 year old
is also interesting VFL Wolfsburg.
youngster, Jay Bothroyd, who was linked with a move to Spurs, is
now interesting Coventry City.
Following yesterday's rumour that Ruel Fox could be going to West
Bromwich Albion, Bolton Wanderers have also entered the hunt for
- The FA
Cup final for the years 2001, 2002 and 2003 will be played at
Cardiff's Millennium stadium.
Thatcher of Wimbledon is the "orthodox (?)" left back
that Spurs are looking for according to David Pleat and he hoped
that the deal would be completed on Monday, whereupon the player
immediately becomes a potential England full back in the Director
of Football's opinion. Surely he would need to sort out his
disciplinary misdemeanours before that happened ?? (Or maybe not
in view of some of the miscreants who appear with three lions on
Tottenham have issued a statement saying that they did not lose
out to Newcastle United in the signing of Carl Cort, but chose not
to pursue it after making their best offer for the England
Under-21 striker. His agent allegedly phoned Spurs at 11.30
p.m. to say that they could still get the player if they increased their
bid, but the club decided not to do so. George Graham told
Sir Alan Sugar that he was not interested in the player at that
could be a target for West Bromwich Albion. The Midlands
club are believed to have made a bid for the winger and Spurs
would be happy to let him go for the right price.
Rebrov is due to arrive in London this weekend for his move to the
capital and he has had a family holiday in Crete to relax him
before he reports for pre-season training. He said he will
play the same way he did at Dynamo Kiev and will have pleased GG
when he said he will run back when the other team have the ball.
Goalkeeper Gavin Kelly and defender Ian Hillier have signed new
one year contracts with the club. Both featured strongly in
the reserve side last season, while Kelly enjoyed a successful
loan spell with Chelmsford City.
Bent of Sheffield United is again being linked with Spurs after
Carl Cort snubbed the club and moved to Newcastle United.
There appears little substance to this TeamTalk story, but a
figure of £3 million was quoted. DP has said there is
nothing in this story.
Meanwhile, Emile Mpenza has changed his tune and says he loves
English football and would like to play for Tottenham who he rates
as a good team.
Ballestra of Racing Santander, once linked with Spurs, has joined
Spanish second division side Atletico Madrid.
Rebrov is bowing to become the "new Jurgen Klinsmann"
for Spurs. He said that after establishing a place in the
Spurs line-up, he intends to prove that everything he had done in
the past can be reproduced in the Premiership. He said that
he likes the honesty of the Premier League play (obviously he
hasn't seen much of Chelsea or Leeds United !!). The
Ukrainian striker vowed to work hard in training to ensure that he
earns his starting place in the team and that in his spare time
his love of amateur radio will take second place if he gets
challenged to a game of golf - something he will also work at to
make sure he wins !!
Tottenham are said to be keeping tabs on Roma's Italian forward
Marco Delvecchio, who appears to be considering his future with
his club after they signed Gabriel Batistuta from Fiorentina.
It is believed that
Constantin Galca of Espnayol was a target for Spurs, but appears
ready to stay in Spain with Real Betis.
Tottenham have also lost out
on Arsenal supporting, Wimbledon forward Carl Cort who has opted to join Newcastle
United in a £7 million deal.
Spurs Under-17 coach Ricky
Hill is being linked with a move to take over the vacant manager's
position at his former club Luton Town, recently vacated by Lennie
Lawrence, who was sacked.
Mpenza has revealed that he would rather play football in France
than in England. Spurs are believed to have topped Newcastle
United's £8 million bid, but the player has said that he is
interested in moving from Schalke 04 to a French side as he feels
the French way of life would suit him better, although he would
not be opposed to playing in London.
John Scales has completed
his move to Ipswich Town on a Bosman transfer, after Tottenham
failed to renew his contract.
Neale Fenn is attracting
interest from one of the promoted sides in Holland - either
Groningen, RBC Roosendaal or NAC Breda. His move to
Brentford rumoured earlier has still not been finalised as yet.
Ruel Fox is interesting his
former club Norwich City. Terms seem to have been agreed
between clubs, but the Spurs winger wants more time to think about
the move (again).
Former Spurs striker Gordon
Durie is off to Australia to play for Northern Spirit, the club
bought by Glasgow Rangers chairman, David Murray. He will
play the first few games of the season down under and hopes to
attract attention from clubs back in the UK as he was allowed to
leave Rangers on a free transfer when his contract expired in
Young Tranmere Rovers
midfielder Alan Mahon, who was rumoured to be a transfer target
for Tottenham, has signed for Portugal's Sporting Lisbon.
are believed to have put in a £6 million bid for Wimbledon's Carl
Cort. The striker is set for talks with Leeds United, but
Spurs seem to have got in first. This is in addition to the
talks with the South London club concerning the transfer of Ben
Thatcher to Tottenham.
Newcastle United appear to
have beaten Tottenham to the signing of Norwich City's Craig
Bellamy. The Welsh midfielder had long been linked with
Spurs, but it looks as though he will go to St. James' Park for
Marc Wilmots of Belgium and
Schalke 04 fame has said that he will be leaving the club and
intends to join Tottenham. He claims that Spurs have offered
£8 million for him and that the deal could be concluded in a few
days. He also had a lot to say about club team-mate Emile
Mpenza, who has told him that he didn't feel comfortable in
Germany and is about to sign a contract with Tottenham in the next
few days too !! Spurs apparently offered about £8.4 million
for the Belgian striker.
Wilmots' international team-mate, Bart Goor, is also a target for
Spurs apparently. Now that Sunderland have dropped out of
the race for the Anderlecht winger, Spurs (if they are interested
in him) would appear favourites to sign him.
A decision was due today
from Romanian defender Constantin Galca as to where his future
lies. He has to choose between Napoli, Celta Vigo and Spurs
as to where he wants to move after being available on a free
Charlton Athletic have been
invited to make a bid for Tottenham's out of favour Danish
midfielder Allan Nielsen.
David Ginola's proposed move
to Aston Villa looks doomed to fail after his wage demands of
£60,000 a week (reportedly three times higher than the top wage
earner at the club) have proved indigestible by the Villa
David Pleat has said that
two clubs are interested in Ruel Fox and he can leave if the price
Norwegian striker Rune Lange, who had been previously linked with
a move to Tottenham, has joined Turkish outfit, Trabzonspor.
Oyvind Leonhardsen has said that he is training cautiously after
recovering from his heel injury and that it is sad that David
Ginola is leaving, but that a change in midfield could be a good
thing. He did acknowledge that Ginola was a good player and
that the fans will miss him.
have allegedly made a £6 million bid to bring Romanian defender
Constantin Galca to White Hart Lane. The 28 year old
currently plying his trade at Espanyol is also a target for Napoli
and Paris St. Germain, but would be available on a free transfer.
The Sunday People also link
Spurs today with a £10 million swoop for Boudewijn Zenden of
Holland and Barcelona.
Iversen has told Spurs that they must double his wages or he could
leave the club. He has said that the talks with the chairman
are getting closer and he would like to stay with Tottenham.
Meanwhile, Allan Nielsen, who has been told he can leave
Tottenham, is considering a move to Charlton Athletic. His
services are also being courted by Napoli and Bari, so it will be
his decision if they can all come up with the money considered to
be a reasonable fee for the Danish international. It is said
that he would favour Italy as a destination, because his wife is a