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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Spurs ask for Napoli DM Amadou Diawara

Spurs ask for Napoli DM Amadou Diawara

Spurs shirts are on sale in Asia

Amadou Diawara

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly had an approach for 20-year-old (21 in July) Guinean defensive midfielder Amadou Diawara turned down by Napoli, according to Sport Italia.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to keep the player we have been following for a few years now and I understand he has started the process of getting his Italian citizenship so he can play for Italy at the request of Roberto Mancini the national coach.

Turkish News - Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, terms agreed with Turkish club



Turkish News - Terms agreed for Georges-Kévin Nkoudou

Turkish News - Terms agreed for Georges-Kévin Nkoudou

Is Georges-Kevin N'Koudou

Georges-Kévin Nkoudou

Damien Comolli is the new Sporting Director at Turkish club Fenerbahçe and he has immediately gone back to Tottenham for players.

Fenerbahçe have agreed terms with 23-year-old (24 next February) Georges-Kévin Nkoudou, who spent last season on loan at Burnley.

They are also trying to sign 24-year-old (25 next June) striker Vincent Janssen on another season-long loan deal.

Fenerbahçe are chasing injury prone 28-year-old (29 in September) Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge who is thought to be available for £13.18 million (€15m). Inter Milan and Sevilla are said to be the only other two clubs interested in him.


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Kovačić hands in transfer request at Real Madrid

Kovačić hands in transfer request at Real Madrid

THBN-Mateo Kovačić has handed in a transfer request at Real Madrid

Mateo Kovačić

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovačić has handed in a transfer request through his agent, but it has since been rejected report Cadena COPE.

Cadena COPE is a Spanish radio station. It is the second most played in Spain generalist radio. The Tottenham target only received 988 minutes of football in LaLiga. Zinidine Zidane gave him 257 minutes in the UEFA Champions League. That equates to just 13.83 full games.

Real Madrid has rejected all approaches for the player and reportedly will continue to do so. Kovačić does have a £43.91 million (€50m) release clause.


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Spurs at the World Cup watching Croatian winger

Spurs at the World Cup watching Croatian winger

THBN - Spurs are at the World Cup watching Ante Rebić

Ante Rebić

Spurs are keen on signing right-footed 24-year-old (25 in September) Eintracht Frankfurt left winger Ante Rebić, according to Sport Bild, which is a German weekly sports magazine published in Hamburg.

Sport Bild speculate that he is worth, or valued at £26.38 million (€30m) in Germany. Previously Sport Bild were suggesting he wouldn't leave for less than £35.18 million (€40m).

Tottenham are said to be one of a number of clubs watching him for Croatia at the World Cup. He has scored 1 goal in 17 internationals for his country. The winger scored two goals in the DFB Cup Final against Bayern Munich, which helped his club lift the trophy, their first piece of silverware for 30 years.

Spurs have been following his progress for 5 years, ever since we tried to sign him from RNK Split before he went to Fiorentina who had a 50% sell-on clause added when Eintracht Frankfurt bought him. The Bundesliga side therefore wants to push the price up as high as possible to maximise their own return. They will after all need a replacement.

He has been on loan for the last year with a buying option that has been taken up, as of 1 July, for £1.8 million (€2.05m).

He does not have a release clause in his contract, which runs until 2021 and as yet, no firm offer has been made by Spurs.


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Malcom on his way to Inter

Malcom on his way to Inter

Inter is the number one option for Malcom where there is less competition for a Champions League starting berth


Inter Milan are negotiating with Bordeaux for the transfer of Malcom, who has reportedly already agreed to join the Italian side. They are looking for a loan deal with a purchase option for the 21year-old (22 next February) Brazilian right winger.

The French side are open to a loan deal but at a high price, £6.16 million - £7.04 million (€7-8m) for the loan plus an option at £26.39 million - £28.15 million (€30-32m) by Inter. A total price therefore of between £32.55 million and £35.19 million (€37-40m).

There has been talk of £43.98 million (€50m) but that now seems to have lowered with reports that Bordeaux's Sports Director, Stéphane Martin, requiring £35.59 million (€45m) to release Malcom, who has a contract until 2021, without a loan deal.

The reports from Italy are that both clubs are in advanced negotiations and that Inter are very close to landing another transfer target.


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Tottenham Talk - 5 Transfer Stories

Tottenham Talk - 5 Transfer Stories

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André Gomes

Reports in Spain suggest superstar Lionel Messi want Barcelona to sell 24-year-old (25 in July) midfielder André Gomes and he is frustrated that hasn't happened. It is suggested that Tottenham have backed away from pursuing an interest in him.

Barcelona are thought to be prepared to take a near 50% loss on Gomes, the former Valencia midfielder is available for £19.34 million (€22m). Wolves have been mentioned as a potential suitor and West Ham United were interested in January. A report in Spain suggests Juventus are interested in him.

Barcelona have offered £14.94 million (€17m) + André Gomes to Bayern Munich for Thiago Alcantara, an offer immediately rejected by the Germans. Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is expected to come back this week with a £19.34 million  (€22m) + Gomes offer. Thiago has already agreed personal terms with the Spanish side.

Juan Foyth and Cameron Carter-Vickers

The Yorkshire post have confirmed my story of last week that Juan Foyth is wanted by Marcelo Bielsa on loan and in addition, they would like Cameron Carter-Vickers too. Bielsa has been confirmed as Leeds United new boss. Should Pochettino work with him with our youngsters, it'll be an interesting one.

Tanguy Ndombélé

Lyon have lodged a bid for 24-year-old (25 next March) Strasbourg defensive midfielder Jean-Eudes Aholou. That could mean that 21-year-old (22 in December) Tottenham target Tanguy Ndombélé could be leaving this summer. Spurs have not spoken to Lyon yet about him despite extensive press speculation.

The trouble is, one reporter takes a guess, throws a couple of figures out there and the rest of the press take that as gospel when it's made up and the world starts taking it as fact. It's why I have no time for what are basically dishonest journalists. If a journalist makes it clear he is giving an opinion then fair enough, that is something different.

João Mário

The Italian press claim Tottenham have scouted 25-year-old (26 next January) Hammers loanee João Mário for months. They are really trying to push our interest in him as they want Mousa Dembélé. According to Corriere dello Sport, Inter have put a price of £28.12 - £30.76 million (€32-35m). 

We have heard so many Inter players linked with us by the Italian press it is becoming ridiculous, we seem to be scouting the whole side according to them.

Spurs New Stadium

The Emirates stadium took 2 years 5 months to build, Wembley took 5 years, the AMEX over 2.5 years and The London Stadium nearly 3 years. The fact Spurs new stadium will host Premier League Football in September 2018 is extraordinary.

Jannik Vestergaard

Italian paper Il Tempo are reporting that Tottenham are interested in signing 25-year-old (26 in August) Danish international and Borussia Mönchengladbach centre-back Jannik Vestergaard. Lazio are reported to be ready to submit a £17.58 million (€20m) bid suggest German paper Bild. Lazio sporting Director Igli Tare was at the Peru Denmark game hoping to cast an eye over him.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Worrying signs when Tunisia scored

Worrying signs when Tunisia scored

Kane scores the winner against Tunisia

Tunisia 1 England 2

An Arsenal fan saying they can't celebrate Harry Kane scoring two goals for England and suggesting everyone has forgotten loyalty. That pathetic attitude demonstrates why England never get anywhere in tournaments.

You have to be one, all pulling in the same direction, all 100% committed. Raheem Sterling not being bothered to turn up on time for a flight to England training demonstrates playing for England simply doesn't mean enough to him and we saw yet another poor performance from him again yesterday.

Your experts in the studio once again talked about mentality and belief being crucial, something I have banged on about for 5 years. Players should be prepared to do whatever it takes, whatever the manager asks them to do, but players like Sterling don't and aren't prepared to.

That is the difference between winning and losing when you come up against decent sides. Being an unlucky loser isn't enough, it isn't unlucky usually anyway, it's a wrong mentality.

At Tottenham Maurisio Pochettino has created the right atmosphere, the right environment, where everyone is happy, enjoying themselves, where everything is taken care of for them so they can just concentrate on improving themselves and working together as a team.

I am no fan of Gareth Southgate, but he appears to be taking what Pochettino has done at Spurs and be mirroring it almost. The atmosphere is apparently different and happier than previous squads.

Improving is about looking at what you could have done better, even when you win. I used to talk about clinical finishing when we were 2-0, 3-0 up. Clinical finishing isn't something you can just turn on and off.

England were not clinical. You learn to be clinical by finishing when you are 2-0, 3-0 up,you are training yourself to take chances, not having the attitude it doesn' matter if I score or not as we are winning, it does, it is vital for when the score is 0-0 or 1-0 or you are behind, critical that you are trained to be clinical when that chance arrives.

Kane scored with his first ever touch in a World Cup Finals, is he the first player ever to do that? He rescued us at the end when we were bereft of ideas. We scored and were coasting, then a silly penalty and we were suddenly fearful, the confidence was gone.

We struggled to create space, we didn't use the channels well in the second half, we didn't build from the back very well. Walker is not a centre-back, we can't use his pace there, did he make any runs at all, I can't remember one. He was our most defensive player.

KEY: 1. Pickford 2. Walker 5 Stones 6 Maguire 8 Henderson 18 Young 12 Trippier 20 Alli 7 (under 9) Lingard 9 Kane 10 Sterling

He played balls too early and gave away possession. It was only whn he drifted into midfield that he picked out a decent pass in behind the full-back for the best player on the pitch, Kieran Trippier.

Walker should have been playing the ball into midfield and the midfielders trying to pick the pass behind the defence to open them up, or travel into midfield with the ball, but would Jordan Henderson have covered?

With only one defensive midfielder he was dragged wide even with Walker there in the second half and the centre was empty. Do that against quality opposition and you are in trouble. Again in the second half, with pressure on Henderson was playing sideways balls that gave the receiver no options.

He was passing for the sake of passing, where he had time to turn and look forward. Part of his role is to play the ball quickly to beat the first line of Tunisian players, giving us time and space between the lines, but that rarely happened. So much more is needed playing that role. he needs to step up a gear if he is to continue there

As soon as we had a bit of pressure we went into our shell and played slow ponderous football, the team, not just Henderson, were passing the ball for the sake of passing. the three behind Kane are there to play the final pass, as well as combine to create or get into scoring positions.

In the first half, 67 of the 93 passes in the final third were successful (72%), in the second half 28 of 43 were successful (65%). A stark difference. Whoscored stats say we had 2 through balls and 62 long balls. We needed through balls from the players immediately behind Kane through the defence. Allof our chances in the second half were from corners.

The final ball was not there, did Sterling take on anyone with his pace or did he just stop and wait, negative instead of positive, he didn't really try to make anything happen. More will be needed from these three and Jesse Lingard can't be missing sitters like he did at this level.

He called for Rashford to leave the ball when he was marked and Rashford had a free shot so you have to question his decision making. Rashford should have been selfish and shot himself.

We had no shots from the left channel at all in 90 minutes. Only 22% of our shots were from outside the area, which suggests we need to shoot more often when around the box. Statistics will tell you the more shots you have the more goals you score.

You have to draw a packed defence out to create space between the lines or go round them on the outside. Playing a right-footed player on the left side stops that so we were playing into their hands in that respect and better teams will appreciate us cutting off an angle of attack in such a way.

If we have that fear against a stronger opposition we'll not create much and we'll be relying on Kane, who Liam Brady says doesn't create chances on his own, to rescue us again.

Overall it was a decent enough performance, we got the win, but there is still plenty to work on. As I said prior to the competition, it is difficult to change the system and expect players to know how to operate it together when the pressure is on.

They will by default do the basics, stay in their shell and pass the buck to someone else. In such circumstances, you are relying on an individual to produce something special like Dries Mertens did for Belgium to open the gates.

We got the start we needed, plenty to work on though.



World Cup Takeaways

World Cup Takeaways


A few games in the World Cup 2018 have been played now and the initial group games are almost completed. Here are a few takeaways from those games.

Toni Kroos

Mexico stopped the German engine, Toni Kroos from playing football, he was only able to complete 13 passes in the Mexico half. It shows that a destructive or negative tactic can have a positive effect.

It isn't something fans watching the game would take much notice of, but it had a significant impact on the game, arguably decided it. His marker was arguably the player of the game, although he went unnoticed.

Marcelo Brozović

Tottenham have been linked with 25-year-old (26 in September) Marcelo Brozović, the Inter Milan and Croatian international midfielder. Stats from the recent Croatia vs Nigeria game.

Croatia before the entry of Brozović (60 mins): 37 passes completed in the last 30 metres (59% success).
With Brozović (34 mins): 37 passes completed in the last 30 metres (71% success).

France Problems

France had problems taking the ball into danger areas.
Completed passes to last 30 metres for France: 
Pavard + Lucas + Varane: 22 passes
Tolisso + Pogba + Kante: 21 passes
First 10 minutes: 4 shots 
From 10 minutes to 45 minutes: 1 shot

Like many games, there has been a lack of quality in the final third at this World Cup with many games being played in midfield.

Spain Problem

Spain struggled to win the ball back.
Spain allowed a 73% pass success rate to the last 30 metres against Portugal and ended the game with only 23 recoveries of the ball in their own half of the field. That gives the opposition confidence that they will get plenty of ball in the Spanish half and an opportunity to make something of it.

Spurs U-21 invited to play in the Checkatrade Trophy

Spurs U-21 invited to play in the Checkatrade Trophy

Spurs U-21's invited to play in the Checkatrade Trophy

Checkatrade Trophy

The Tottenham Under-21side will play in the 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy.

The competition pits the country’s leading Category One Academies against the 48 League One and League Two teams.

The 16 Under-21 teams invited to take part in the 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy are:

Tottenham Hotspur
Newcastle United
Brighton & Hove Albion 
Stoke City 
Swansea City 
Leicester City 
Manchester City 
West Ham United 
West Bromwich Albion

The Round One Group Stage draw is set to take place in July. The first round of fixtures is scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 3 September.

Personally, I am all for the competition as it gives youngsters cocooned in the almost non-tackling Development games in Premier 2.

Lincoln won the trophy last season and earned themselves £500,000 on the way, a significant amount for a lower league football club.



Jiangsu Suning for Dembélé, Italians linked

Jiangsu Suning for Dembélé, Italians linked

THBN Transfer Talk

Mousa Dembélé

THBN understands Jiangsu Suning are in for Dembélé

Mousa Dembélé has been offered a big salary by Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning while Inter Milan have offered him a 2-year contract, obviously on much lower wages. Reports from Italy suggest that he is more interested in the Inter proposal then the proposals made to him by fellow Italian clubs Juventus and Napoli.

I understand that there are in fact two offers from China. One is from Jiangsu Suning and if you consider this is the penultimate or the final contract on his career, then a payday in China would seem the favourite move. That will also see our £26.3 million (€30m) transfer fee met.

The Belgian international still has to make a final decision and national team manager Roberto Martinez has asked that all transfer plans be shelved until after the World Cup.

Dembélé is a sought-after midfielder and has an offer from South America too, but Jiangsu Suning seem to be the favourites to sign him.

Italians Linked Again

Mediaset Premium suggest Tottenham are considering making a move for 27-year-old (28 in October) Atlanta centre-back Rafael Toloi.

That was a couple of days ago and because of his age smacked of fake news. Today they suggest 29-year-old (30 in September) versatile Inter defender Danilo D’Ambrosio is a target for Tottenham Hotspur. The Italian has a contract until 2021.

His age once again tells us that this is probably fake news too and the fact they are so close together and this is yet another Inter player we are linked to, suggests this outlet is not one to trust.

Other Italian sources are suggesting that Tottenham are the team taking most interest in 25-year-old (26 next January) former French Under-21 central midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré, currently plying his trade with Watford, where he has a contract until 2020.

Jack Grealish

Aston Villa want £50 million for 22-year-old (23 in September) Jack Grealish because he has potential, but nobody is going to pay £50m for a Championship player and reports today suggest Tottenham are going to wait until after the end of the month to put further financial pressure on the Midlands club.

They are set to pay their employees their wages on 29 June. be that true or not, it's a good angle to produce a story when nothing is happening. ITK, which has been accurate so far, suggest he is coming to Tottenham and join his mate Dele Alli.

If anyone is going to get him into the England team it will be Mauricio Pochettino.




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