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Showing posts with label Transfer Talk. Show all posts

Friday, 13 July 2018

Janssen, Sissoko, N'Koudou loans


Janssen, Sissoko, N'Koudou Loans

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Vincent Janssen looks like he'll be going on loan to Fenerbahçe again


Transfer Talk

Vincent Janssen


Tottenham Hotspur and Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahçe continue to negotiate over a loan deal for striker Vincent Janssen.

The 23-year-old (24 in June) is said, by the Turkish press, to have had a £25 million (€28.28m) asking price placed upon him so the Turks once again favour a loan deal, for which we are asking £3.54 million (€4m) - €4m X 5 years = €20m.

Tottenham received £1.79 million (€2.25m) loan fee for the Dutchman last season and Janssen himself received the same figure.

Having recently produced an article on transfer fees, which I note I haven't published yet, it would seem to me we are trying to recoup his annual cost to us, which is how clubs evaluate.

Former Spurs Director of football Damien Comolli is now Fenerbahçe director. He is back in London discussing potential season-long loan moves for Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N'koudou in addition to Vincent Janssen. He met the players previously at the Dorchester Hotel to sell the Fenerbahçe project to them.

While we wouldn't be getting transfer fees, we would at least be covering their annual coat t us, hopefully.

If deals can be arranged for all three that will free up some non-homegrown places in the Premier League squad. When you add to that Mousa Dembélé and probably Toby Alderweireld, we can them firm up players coming in.

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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Spurs fans unsure of Alassane Pléa role


Spurs fans unsure of Alassane Pléa role

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Transfer Talk - Alassane Pléa

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Nice striker Alassane Pléa on the radar ofSpurs

OGC Nice manager Patrick Vieira has confirmed that reported Tottenham, Newcastle United, Fulham, West Ham United target Alassane Pléa and former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli both failed to report for training on Monday.

Reports have also suggested the player wants to play in the Premier League.

West Ham United are said to have submitted a £27 million (€30.54m) bid according to Sky Sports, which probably means they have submitted a bid of £23.87 million (€27m). Other reports say they haven't submitted a bid at all.

Reportedly a second club has bid £26 million (€29.41m) which is probably a bid of £22.98 million (€26m) for him, which is the figure we are reported to have made, while other reports say we haven't.

Nice and said to want £26.52 million (€30m) for the 25-year-old (26 next March) striker.

Yet another report suggests a bid of £25 million (€28.28m) has been made by someone, which probably means an actual bid of £22.10 million (€25m) has been made.

Borussia Mönchengladbach are reported to have had an offer of £15.91 million (€18m) rebuffed. Further reports have now surfaced from Germany suggesting that terms have been agreed with the player and that the two clubs are talking to try and agree a fee.

When the British press suggests a pound figure, take that as Euros and convert, then you'll probably have a more accurate figure.

Theere seem to be mixed views on him from Spurs fans, some haven't seen too many successes coming from France, therefore everyone in France must be rubbish is one view, with the likes of Clinton N'Jie and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou quoted.

N'Jie and N'Koudou were both young and were both wingers, whereas Pléa is a 25-year-old (26 next March) and is a centre-forward. He would be a backup to Harry Kane and replace Fernando Llorente who wants to leave.

We are not going to get a superstar to understudy Kane so this type of signing would make sense, however, he may well want regular football and not feel he get it as an understudy.

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THBN Catch Up - 6 Recent Articles

  1. Journalists get 1% of transfers now
  2. Mentally weak Andre Gomes price drops
  3. Rafael van der Vaart  training with PEC Zwolle 
  4. In answer to the Jack Grealish question
  5. Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market
  6. Arsenal standing on the threshold of irrelevance

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Wilfried Zaha and EPL Players left at World Cup


Wilfried Zaha and EPL Players left at World Cup

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Wilfried Zaha

Groan - we are being linked once again with Wilfried Zahaby the press, which at this stage is pure guesswork.

The 25-year-old (26 in November) winger has turned down a new £120,000-a-week contract at Crystal Palace. The press suggests Tottenham, Everton and Borussia Dortmund are alerted.

Further reports, however, suggest that he wants to try his luck once again at a big club, which rules out a move to Everton. At this stage in his career, he will want a UEFA Champions League side, leaving just Tottenham and Dortmund as possible destinations from the three suggestions.


EPL Players Left At World Cup

Players from English Premier League who are still in World Cup Russia 2018.

Tottenham Hotspur
1. Kane
2. Dier
3. Trippier
4. Rose
5. Vertonghen
6. Alderweireld
7. Dembele
8. Delle Alli
9. Lloris

Manchester United
1. Lingard
2. Rashford
3. Young
4. Jones
5. Linderlof
6. Pogba
7. Lukaku
8. Fellaini

Manchester City
1. De Bryune
2. Sterling
3. Stones
4. Delph
5. Kompany
6. Mendy
7. Walker

Chelsea
1. Kante
2. Hazard
3. Cahill
4. Loftus-Cheek
5. Courtois

Liverpool
1. Alexander-Arnold
2. Henderson
4. Lovren
5. Mignolet

Arsenal
I'm still looking

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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Mentally weak Andre Gomes price drops


Barcelona drop Andre Gomes price

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Nobody willing to pay Barcelona asking price for Andre Gomes


Transfer Talk - Andre Gomes

Why you simply don't pay a player high wages in relation to everyone else, we have seen it before at Spurs with trouble moving players on. Emmanuel Adebayor was a case in point. He was quite happy to be lazy and just pick up his wages.

Barcelona have the same issue with Andre Gomes. Nobody is prepared to pay £30.94 million (€35m) Barcelona have been wanting for him, nor have they been interested in taking him on loan if they have to pay his full wages.


Reports in the Catalan press now say Barcelona have reduced their asking price to £19,45 million (€22m) if he is sold abroad. They paid £30.94 million (€35m) plus £17.68 million (€20m) which totalled £48.63 million (€55m) for him.

They have tried to recoup their money, but they always insert a two or three-year buyback clause into any deal at fixed prices, which is of no use to the club buying him.

He could improve at a new club and they could lose him without being able to do a single thing about it and that is no way to build a team.

Reportedly Barcelona have so far rejected four inquiries for him from Tottenham, Juventus, Lazio and Valencia. Diario Sport have also reported the Valencia offer was a loan deal. Other reports suggest Arsenal want him, but he is likely to want a club playing Champions League football. Wolves are another name thrown at the story.

The worry is that he couldn't hack it at Barcelona, he has shown himself to be mentally weak, fine as a big fish in a small pond at Valencia, but when having to fight for a place and produce when given the chance, he couldn't. Would he, therefore, produce in the Premier League if he wasn't a regular starter?

Barcelona have been trying to include him in deals for players to reduce their price as they have financial constraints amid Financial Fair Play break-even rules after the purchase of Coutinho last summer. He hasn't been a huge success and there is talk of moving him to a wide position and bringing in a new central midfield playmaker, hence looking at Christian Eriksen.

The quoted £167 million (€190m) asking price makes the Danish international a player out of their financial league at the moment.

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THBN Catch Up - 6 Recent Articles

  1. Transfer Talk - Moussa Marega
  2. Transfer Talk - Anthony Martial
  3. In answer to the Jack Grealish question
  4. Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market
  5. Arsenal standing on the threshold of irrelevance
  6. Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?



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Friday, 29 June 2018

Van der Vaart training with Zwolle


Rafael van der Vaart training with Zwolle


Rafael Van Der Vaart

Breaking News: ex-Tottenham and Real Madrid midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart will train with FC Zwolle as from next week the club has announced. The 35-year-old (36 next February) was with FC Midtjylland in Denmark last season and had a head injury for 2 months.

A Spurs favourite, he recently said he should never have left the club. He only left to return to Germany in an unsuccessful attempt to save his marriage.

Transfer Talk - Juan Fernando Quintero

The Spurs link with 25-year-old (26 next February) Colombian midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero is nothing more than a mere mention. A report from AS in Spain tells you about his position with Porto and River Plate.

Juan Fernando Quintero


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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Transfer Talk - Moussa Marega


Transfer talk - Moussa Marega

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Tottenham Transfer Talk - Porto striker Moussa Marega

Transfer Talk - Moussa Marega

Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham United, Everton, Newcastle United and Wolves have all been mentioned as being interested in 27-year-old (28 next April) Moussa Marega by Portuguese newspapers O' Jogo and Record.

The Porto striker is said to be of specific interest to Spurs, but with a release clause of £35.40 million (€40m) that Porto want to be met, a deal is unlikely.

The papers call it a race, hardly, he has been scouted by clubs, but that doesn't mean they are trying to sign him and thus a race is probably a work of fiction. If Porto want to sell it will be the agent putting names in the frame

His age and coming to a new league from a second tier league is always an issue. Algerian Islam Slimani came from Portuguese football after a good World Cup and flopped. I can't see us taking that sort of chance. He would have no sell on value if he flopped and his age wouldn't help.


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THBN Catch Up - 6 Recent Articles

  1. AC Milan banned and will Klopp and Löw swap jobs
  2. Martial wants Tottenham move, no interest in Italy
  3. VAR Farce - Who is refereeing games now?
  4. Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market
  5. Arsenal standing on the threshold of irrelevance
  6. Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?



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Transfer talk - Anthony Martial


Tottenham Transfer talk - Anthony Martial

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Tottenham Talk - Mourinho happy to let Martial join Spurs

Transfer talk - Anthony Martial

It seems the press have now caught up at last. The ITK from over a month ago now, was that Jose Mourinho was happy to sell Anthony Martial to Tottenham, but that Ed Woodward was not.

It is Woodward who has tried to force the Frenchman to go abroad, except Martial doesn't want to go to Italy or anywhere else. He wants to go to work under Mauricio Pochettino and has stood his ground.

Now that is emerging in the press that Mourinho has no objection selling to Spurs and we start getting fees thrown about, all part of the negotiating tactics and maneuvering of positions.

It should be said that Manchester Unitddidnot pay £58 million for Martial as over £20 of the final figure was for add-ons, which will not have kicked in, thus meaning he cost them much less and that there is room therefore for them to make a profit on any deal.

We have set our stall out with a high price on Toby Alderweireld, which takes us right where we expected to be, negotiating a transfer each way in which Daniel Levy will, I would think, be expecting to make a profit.

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THBN Catch Up - 6 Recent Articles

  1. AC Milan banned and will Klopp and Löw swap jobs
  2. Martial wants Tottenham move, no interest in Italy
  3. VAR Farce - Who is refereeing games now?
  4. Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market
  5. Arsenal standing on the threshold of irrelevance
  6. Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?



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Diego Perotti link was merely an informal chat


Diego Perotti link was merely an informal chat

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THBN Transfer talk - Nothing in the Diego Perotti links

Transfer Talk - Diego Perotti

Roma are considering buying another right winger and are considering selling 29-year-old (30 in July)Argentinian Diego Perotti.

It is suggested in Italy that Tottenham and Roma have had informal talks that have not been followed up. Where does that news come from? The local Roman media.

That sounds as if an agent has spoken to Spurs and asked if we would like him and not Mauricio Pochettino going after yet another Argentinian. Have you noticed how many we get linked to in fake news,

He does not fit the profile of player we are looking for and at 30 when next season starts is too old to take a chance on. He would have to come to a new country, a new culture, a new system of play, a new league, a faster more physical league, it just doesn't make much sense when you weigh it up against the positives and consider all the other options out there.

Perotti has a contract until 2021 and that makes him too expensive for Atalanta and £35.32 million (€40m) has been mentioned to sell him to Valencia. That can only happen after 1 July to fit in with Financial Fair Play regulations.

Diego Perotti is mainly a winger but can play with both feet and he can also operate as an attacking midfielder.

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THBN Catch Up - 6 Recent Articles

  1. AC Milan banned and will Klopp and Löw swap jobs
  2. Martial wants Tottenham move, no interest in Italy
  3. VAR Farce - Who is refereeing games now?
  4. Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market
  5. Arsenal standing on the threshold of irrelevance
  6. Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?



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Transfer |talk - In answer to the Jack Grealish question


Transfer Talk - In answer to the Jack Grealish question

Why can't Jack Grealish improve with cameo roles?


Transfer Talk - Jack Grealish

Right in answer to the question of Grealish and how he will get enough playing time to improve there are several points to make.

First, you could argue that of any player who isn't an automatic first choice so why have we got them in the squad!

Secondly, you improve on the training field day-by-day. You then get to put that improvement into practice when you are given the chance to play. How did Harry Kane improve? He was given a chance at the end of one season and he took it. He scored goals and made it impossible to be left out.

With the non-homegrown player's rule and the fact we struggled with it last season, we clearly need more homegrown players. Buying a young player with the potential to improve fits our transfer profile, it is our transfer policy, so in that sense, it also makes perfect sense.


harry Winks got into the England squad through largely cameo roles, so why can't Jack Grealish do the same thing?

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THBN Catch Up - 6 Recent Articles

  1. AC Milan banned and will Klopp and Löw swap jobs
  2. Martial wants Tottenham move, no interest in Italy
  3. VAR Farce - Who is refereeing games now?
  4. Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market
  5. Arsenal standing on the threshold of irrelevance
  6. Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?



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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Like Martial, Grealish wants Spurs so Liverpool pull out


Like Martial, Grealish wants Spurs so Liverpool pull out

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Jack Grealish waiting to move to Spurs

Transfer Talk - Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish is great mates with Dele Alli and wants to move to Spurs. That hasn't changed since I reported it earlier this summer when the story broke.

With that in mind, I find it comical to see an article from the anti-Tottenham Daily Mirror suggesting that Tottenham are clear favourites now that Liverpool have pulled out of a move for the 22-year-old (23 in September).

Tottenham were favourites anyway and Liverpool have obviously only pulled out because they have been told he wants to move to Tottenham by his agents.

They suggest they have an exclusive and that Grealish has only just made a decision on his Villa future, which isn't in accordance with what I was told, that decision was made a while back, he was never going to stay with Villa in the Championship. It isn't good for his career, it might be good for Villa, but he has his own career to look after.


Once again, after that Basel match, amid my suggestion (which has come to fruition) of how Spurs must go forward, I suggested if we found a coach who improved players and not simply tried to buy finished articles, to use psychology as a compulsory part of training and in the assessment of players before purchase, we would become a magnet for young players.

mauricio Pochettino has improved so many players now and turned so many players into England internationals that we clearly are starting to get youngsters giving us serious consideration as the next step in their career path, knowing if they are good enough they will get to play.

That does mean we lose some youngsters along the way, that is to be expected. Jack Grealish and Anthony Martial are just two now wanting to come to Spurs and wanting their clubs to negotiate such transfers.

As per a previous article around the Pochettino and Daniel Ley meeting, widely misinterpreted in my opinion, the risk element Pochettino referred to is, in my opinion, about signing a couple of players like Martial or Matthijs de Ligt, young, with big potential, but already not cheap.

It certainly wasn't about every signing being out of the top drawer, Pochettino understands financially where Tottenham are at and there is great harmony with the chairman over the project going forward.

Villa may wish to demand £40m for Grealish, but they won't get it, he's a Championship player, not an international footballer. He has yet to be turned into a Premier League standard player and I'd eventually expect a deal to go through for half that price.

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THBN Catch Up - 6 Recent Articles

  1. Martial wants Tottenham move, no interest in Italy
  2. VAR Farce - Who is refereeing games now?
  3. Transfer Talk - Nainggolan, Kovačić, Dembelé, Immobile, Fekir, Lobotka, Malcom, Berchiche, Pastore
  4. Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market
  5. Arsenal standing on the threshold of irrelevance
  6. Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?



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Transfer Talk - de Ligt, Ings, Heung-min Son


Transfer Talk - de Ligt, Ings, Heung-min Son

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Danny Ings wants to leave Liverpool, where will he go next


Transfer Talk - Matthijs de Ligt

Juventus have reportedly agreed personal terms with 18-year-old (19 in August) Spurs former target, Ajax centre-back and captain Matthijs de Ligt. It has been clear for a while now that his preference was to join Juventus, undoubtedly the reason we pulled out of the contest to sign him.

Transfer Talk - Danny Ings

I wrote earlier in the window that 25-year-old (26 in July) Liverpool striker Danny Ings might be a good option to go for as a backup striker for Harry Kane. Now the Daily Mirror are reporting that we are supposedly interested. We, of course, tried to sign him when he left Burnley, but he chose Liverpool and has had 2 years of injuries.


Rumours of him going to Rangers are obviously in full flow with Steven Gerrard now in charge up there. I can't see him making such a backward step myself. He wants to leave for first team football and a successful backup striker would get more game time.

Transfer Talk - Heung-min Son

A German paper report that Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are interested in signing 25-year-old (26 in July) Heung-min Son this summer and talkSPORT suggest therefore that they are ready to test our resolve, which is pure guesswork on their part.

Arsenal are not in the UEFA Champions League so have nothing to offer him, they are obviously dismissed immediately, leaving Liverpool, who can offer him no more than we are offering him anyway so it's hardly likely he would want to go there.

That leaves Manchester United and quite frankly, I don't see them making an offer at all, especially with 2 years national service hanging over him. He would make a strange signing.

I think we can safely say it is garbage from talkSPORT over them 'testing our resolve'. Clearly, the journalist hasn't researched his article at all, just written some garbage, rather common for themI'm afraid.

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THBN Catch Up - 6 Recent Articles

  1. Martial wants Tottenham move, no interest in Italy
  2. VAR Farce - Who is refereeing games now?
  3. Transfer Talk - Nainggolan, Kovačić, Dembelé, Immobile, Fekir, Lobotka, Malcom, Berchiche, Pastore
  4. Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market
  5. Arsenal standing on the threshold of irrelevance
  6. Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?



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Martial wants Tottenham move and nowhere else


Martial wants Tottenham move and nowhere else

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Anthony Martial wants Spurs move

Anthony Martial

Despite all the rubbish from Man United fans on Twitter Anthony Martial does not want to remain at Manchester United and ruin his international career with the way he is treated by Jose Mourinho.

From the outset I have informed you that Martial wants to move to Tottenham, he wants to work with Mauricio Pochettino, he likes the way he improves players and feels his game could develop under him.

Martial also feels he'll get more important game time at Tottenham while still challenging for trophies and playing in a magnificent stadium.

Manchester United do not want to sell to a Premier League club, however, Martial doesn't want to go to Italy or anywhere else, he is adamant he wants Tottenham and we, of course, want him. As reported widely he has refused every offer Manchester United have made to him as they will not guarantee he will get more game time, thus he has no interest in staying.


This is a game of attrition and one of the reasons we haven't made an attacking midfield purchase, he is our number one attacking target and thus the club will do everything to secure his signature.

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THBN Catchup - 5 Recent Articles

  1. Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market
  2. Arsenal standing on the threshold of irrelevance
  3. Loftus-Cheek may have to leave Chelsea, Spurs interested
  4. Alassane Pléa to replace Fernando Llorente?
  5. Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?



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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Transfer Talk and Safe Standing review


Spurs scout Santos starlet Junior Kingue who trialled with Manchester United and Manchester City


Currently in Brazil after trialling with Atletico Paranense, before Santos brought him in on a permanent deal, on the recommendation of Pele, Tottenham Hotspur have sent scouts to watch Junior Kingue.

The 19-year-old Santos starlet has also been scouted by Burnley after coming to Europe to have trials and failing to secure a deal. He can operate as a centre-back or as a defensive midfielder.

Safe Standing

With news that Spurs have future proofed the new stadium with safe standing, there is the news that Sports minister Tracey Crouch has announced a fresh review into the subject of safe-standing in English football.

The MP expects findings of the initial research to be completed before the end of the year after a petition forced the issue to be re-visited..

“Today I can announce we will commission an external analysis of evidence relating to the all-seater policy.

“The one thing we need to do is collect and analyse the evidence that exists and ensure that all views on this issue can be heard and considered before we make any changes to the all-seater policy.

“Change cannot and should not happen overnight on something as serious as football ground safety. My mind is open on the future of the all-seater policy.”
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Transfer Talk Briefs


Transfer Talk Briefs

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Transfer Talk Briefs


Transfer Talk

The £21.13 million (€24m) transfer of 30yo Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan from Roma to Inter Milan should be official Wednesday.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Tottenham are one of five sides to have initiated contacts with the entourage (agents ASA International) of Real Madrid's 24-year-old (25 next May) Croatian central midfielder Mateo Kovačić.

As Tottenham Hotspur Blog News have been informing you from the start, Mousa Dembelé wants to go to China to play his football. Despite Inter Milan trying hard for him, the 30-year old Belgian international central midfielder will go to China after the World Cup, according to Sportitalia. he wants a final payday with a longer contract than he'll get in Europe now the demands of Premier League football are becoming harder and harder.

Tottenham's hopes of signing Lazio striker Ciro Immobile dashed with a report suggesting he is close to signing new deal with the Italian side. How Spurs have your hopes dashed when the club isn't even trying to sign the 28-year-old is unclear. 

Currently in Russia for the World Cup, Nabil Fekir could finally stay an extra year in Lyon. "The current trend is that we do not let anyone go to have the best team," said Jean-Michel Aulas Parisian.

Spurs have an interest in 23yo Celta Vigo CM Stanislav Lobotka, as revealed 8 June - (inc video) - PSG could now be moving for the Slovak, already in contact with Naples (has agred personal terms) and Inter Milan.

According to the Gazzeta dello Sport, Inter Milan will probably be the destination for 21yo Bordeaux right winger Malcom in the next few days. No surprise the Tottenham Hotspur Blog News readers.

Formerly linked with Spurs 28yo Spanish left-back Yuri Berchiche is about to leave PSG to join Athletic Bilbao.

29yo PSG Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore will join Roma for £21.13 million (€24m). Has his medical today. PSG have to raise £52.83 million (€60m) by the end of the month to comply with FFP.


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THBN Catchup - 5 Recent Articles

  1. Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market
  2. Arsenal standing on the threshold of irrelevance
  3. Loftus-Cheek may have to leave Chelsea, Spurs interested
  4. Alassane Pléa to replace Fernando Llorente?
  5. Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?



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Spurs linked with Quintero


Spurs linked with Quintero

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Portuguese press are linking Spurs with Quintero

Transfer Talk - Juan Fernando Quintero

Tottenham are closely monitoring 25-year-old (26 next January) Colombian international attacking midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero, according to Portuguese newspaper Olé.

Quintero played yesterday as Colombia cruised to victory against a very poor Poland side, who avoided playing friendlies to ensure they would be seeded for the World Cup.

Spanish newspaper AS,say that Real Madrid have contacted the River Plate midfielder on the advice of new manager Julen Lopetegui, who was also his manager at Porto. Quintero joined Porto in 2013 and has since been on three loan spells, Rennes (France) in 2015 for a season, Independiente Medellín (Colombia) in 2017 and now River Plate (Argentina).

The Argentine side have an option to buy him in 2019 for £3.53 million (€4m) so any deal would require a negotiation with both clubs.

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THBN Catchup - 5 Recent Articles

  1. Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market
  2. Arsenal standing on the threshold of irrelevance
  3. Loftus-Cheek may have to leave Chelsea, Spurs interested
  4. Alassane Pléa to replace Fernando Llorente?
  5. Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?



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Monday, 25 June 2018

Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market

Pochettino's difficulty in the transfer market

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THBN Transfer Talk

Transfer Talk

Spurs have acquired some good habits in the transfer market over these past few years. Daniel Levy has managed to outmanoeuvre our wealthier rivals by spending wisely while funding the building of a magnificent new stadium.

Mauricio Pochettino has created an environment where the players are happy and happy players produce better results, they work harder. The result, well he and his staff have improved individual players no end. He has created a whole stack of England players as a result.


Pochettino gets the best out of a player he can see potential in and new arrivals have to relearn parts of the game, like Lucas Moura having to learn and improve the off the ball defensive side of his game, in order to earn a starting position.

That makes bringing players in difficult. They can not upset the happy atmosphere, so they can't have an ego that is bigger than the team, not think they have a divine right to a starting berth. Thus bringing in a better quality of player still has to be done with an emphasis on the player's character. They need adaptability, a willingness to learn and the humility to fit into the group dynamic.

Crowd-pleasing transfer are not what Tottenham require, all this rubbish talk of a marquee signing to make a statement. That is just an illusion of progress, Spurs require actual progress. 

That will mean young players with the potential to improve, but perhaps players who are at a higher level already than previous transfers, someone like 18-year-old Ajax captain Matthijs de Light or 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic.

Singing the right player will be much more important than signing a marquee, in other words, name, player.
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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Janssen speaking on his future


Janssen speaking on his future

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Vincent Janssen might return to Turkey

Vincent Janssen

Mauricio Pochettino is looking to offload 24-year-old (25 next June) Dutch international striker Vincent Janssen.

He was at Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahçe last season, but broke a leg early on and missed most of the season. He showed enough though for them to want to keep him, preferably on their part on loan again.

He scored 5 goals and had 4 assists in 18 appearances covering 947 minutes, the equivalent of just 10.52 full games. That's a goal every 189.4 minutes and a direct hand in a goal every 105.2 minutes.

Damien Comolli has been in London and interviewing players, including Georges-Kevin N'Koudou at the Dorchester Hotel.

Janssen is curently in Holland and was asked about his future by news outlet Nederlandse Omroep Stichting.

"I want to play again, that's important. We are going to find the best solution for me and the club (Tottenham).

"I had a fantastic year despite the injury and I have the feeling that the chapter Fenerbahçe has not yet been closed.

"That does not mean that Fenerbahçe is my only option. I am open to everything, there is nothing at the moment and it is easy to wait."


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        PSG needs to sell £52.6m of players for FFP


        PSG needs to sell £52.6m of players for FFP

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        PSG need to raise fund to meet FFP requirements


        Adrien Rabiot

        Tottenham tried to sign Frenchman Adrien Rabiot on loan and PSG put barrier after barrier in the way. Since then Spurs have followed the now 23-year-old (24 next April).

        A new window and a new link. This time reports suggest that PSG would be willing to sell Rabiot, but would want as much as £43.84 million (€50m) according to Premium Sport.

        UEFA say that PSG must raise £52.6 million (€60m) by the end of June to comply with Financial Fair Play rules. Italians champions Juventus are favourites to sign him. Liverpool are believed to have bid £23.67 million (€27m) for him.

        New PSG boss Thomas Tuchel wants to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl so PSG may have to raise more.

        Sky Sport Italia transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio revealed that PSG Director of Sport Antero Henrique was in Milan on Wednesday and held several meetings with Italian clubs, including Juventus.

        He publicly refused to be on standby for the World Cup and does seem to have a history of being hot-headed. His contract with the French side ends next summer. There was speculation and a refusal to sign a new contract during his last negotiations so nothing can be taken as gospel with this guy.

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        3. The Importance of selling Georges-Kevin N'Koudou
        4. Spurs ask for Napoli DM Amadou Diawara
        5. Spurs at the World Cup watching Croatian winger



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        Friday, 22 June 2018

        Transfer Talk - Bale, Chiesa and Perotti


        Transfer Talk - Bale, Chiesa and Perotti

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        Gareth Bale is being tracked by Bayern Munich


        Gareth Bale

        Bayern Munich are taking an interest in 28-year-old (29 in July) Welsh international Gareth Bale, who has yet to discuss his situation with Real Madrid. He wants to be playing football every week and will seek assurances that that is going to happen under new Head Coach Julen Lopetegui.

        If he doesn't receive those assurances he will look to leave, but his preference is to stay and play every week.

        Federico Chiesa

        Tottenham, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Napoli are all tracking the situation of 20-year-old (21in October) Italian international Federico Chiesa. Serie A side Fiorentina do not want to lose the rising star, they see him as part of a ream to make a push for European football next season.

        The right winger has 3 Italian caps and scored 6 goals with 9 assists in 38 appearances this season. His contract runs until 2022.

        Diego Perotti


        Argentine attacker Diego Perotti is on the Tottenham radar as the club search for a wide attacker. The 29-year-old (30 in July) left winger has a contract until 2021 and scored 8 goals with 5 assists from 35 games. Unless we were considering converting him into a striker, he would appear to be in the wrong age range for us. That makes you question the story.

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        Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?


        Will Martial be the result of the Levy Pochettino meeting?

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        Young Talent

        For the last couple of years now Tottenham have been looking to sign the best young talent in Europe. However, so has everyone else which makes these deals difficult, long and often fruitless.

        We tried to sign 22-year-old (23 next March) striker Timo Werner, expected to develop into the new German number 9 for years to come, from VfB Stuttgart. He moved to ER Leipzig, hit 21 goals and had 10 assists in 45 games. His minutes played equated to 37.74 full games.

        Now he has told the media that to become world class, his ambition, he must leave the Bundesliga and move to a club where he can play UEFA Champions League and be challenging for trophies each season.

        We tried to sign 22-year-old (23 in December) Anthony Martial from Monaco, but Manchester United blew us out f the water with a £52.6 million (€60m) package. Now he is looking to move on and we are interested again.


        Just two examples, but there are plenty more.

        Matthijs de Ligt

        Now we are trying to sign a player considered the hottest central defensive prospect in Europe, 18-year-old (19 in August) Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt. Reports from Italy say we have made an offer of £48.21 million (€55m) that Juventus can not match.

        Now that doesn't mean he'll come to Spurs simply because we offer more money, it all boils down to where he chooses to play football, but I do think this signals a more determined approach on our part.

        Reports say we have moved on, which suggests he has decided where he wants to play or that Ajax insistence on a loan back deal is totally unacceptable. Things can alays change and the fact he has put in a transfer request puts a different complexion on things. Man City are reportedly ready to offer even more and Ajax are said to be likely to reject that too.

        A lot was made of the Pochettino talks with Daniel Levy before he signed a new contract and a lot of nonsense was written about Pochettino's comments about taking risks.

        To my mind, it meant securing more of our main transfer targets and I think our determination to get Anthony Martial, who we are going to make further efforts for demonstrates that. The risk he was talking about was to simply spend a little more to secure them, the risk being that they come off.

        We had our fingers burnt with Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela, who hasn't turned into the Gareth Bake replacement we were hoping for.

        I don't think previously we would have bid £48.21 million for de Ligt, now though, with UEFA Champions League football secured for a third successive season and a new stadium nearly ready, we can spend that bit extra to sign the best young talent. I don't think we can afford both de Ligt and Martial if they are going to be top prices, that would leave little left for other areas of the teams and we need two central midfielders yet.

        Should they not work, then, as youngsters, we should still be able to get our money back on them if they have to move on. Like it or not that has to be a consideration. Without regular Champions League football the money isn't there to do that, hence the time being right now.

        Now don't get me wrong, we are not looking at every signing like this, just a select few, but it once again demonstrates that Pochettino and Levy sing from the same hymn sheet. Both are trying to create a dynasty, both know this is a long-term project, both understand money isn't finite, both understand the club has to be built in a sustainable way while the team grows and that neither can put the other in jeopardy, that a fine balance has to trod.

        Mone can be spent when it is there and this summer is quite a big one with the purchases we want and the player sales we want to help fund those.

        The meeting wasn't and them and us confrontation meeting, merely two people who know investment in the team must take place. They were simply agreeing on a process of doing it, a new timescale, given we are ahead of where we expected to be. The expectation is that this coming season would have perhaps been our first in the UEFA Champions League since our initial toe dipping.

        When you set goals and work out how to get there, you have to continually analyse that plan and make periodic adjustment as the climate changes. The pair have adjusted, with increased revenue and exposure from the Champions League, that plan and were able to write the next chapter.

        The club is evolving and this could be marked as the beginning of a new chapter in that growth.

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