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Showing posts with label Transfer Talk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Transfer Talk. Show all posts

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Pochettino monitoring Neves

Pochettino Monitoring Neves


Transfer Talk

The Gambling Times are just one of the outlets suggesting that Tottenham are monitoring the situation of 21-year-old (22 next March) Wolverhampton Wanderers defensive midfielder Rúben Neves.

The Portuguese international  (he has 5 full international caps) is under contract at Molineux until 2023. he signed an extension on 2 July this summer.

He has 1 Portugal B cap (1 goal), 25 Under-21 caps (4 goals), 2 Under-18 caps, 31 Under-17 caps (2goals), 10 Under-16 caps (1 goal) and 2 Under-15 caps.

He and fellow Portuguese international, 31-year-old (32 in September) João Moutinho, were a class apart for Wolves against West Ham United on Saturday. Their pass accuracy stats were; Ruben Neves 90.5% and Joao Moutinho 92.4%.

After the first three games, Neves was also the most accurate long ball passer in the Premier League, Rúben Neves (Wolves) 20, David Luiz (Chelsea) 19, Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) 19.

Spurs are not the only team interested, apparently, Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is interested as is Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Director of Football Txiki Begiristain and super agent Jorge Mendes get on really well and City are inquiring about his situation at Wolves.

Liverpool are showing interest and from Italy, Portuguese Soccer on Twitter are reporting Juventus are following Neves too.


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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Victor Wanyama and Christian Eriksen

Victor Wanyama and Christian Eriksen

Victor Wanyama has been called up by Kenya

Victor Wanyama

Despite being injured, Victor Wanyama has been named in a provisional squad of 38 for the upcoming Kenyan Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier game against Ghana on 8th September at the MISC Kasarani.

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur), McDonald Mariga (Real Oviedo, Spain), Clifton Miheso (Buildcon FC, Zambia), Paul Were (FC Kaisar, Kazakhstan), Ismael Gonzales (CF Fuenlabrada, Spain), Eric Johanna (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden),

The club announced on August 9th that the Kenyan captain was progressing well with gym-based rehabilitation for his knee injury. That suggests to me that he may not be fit for their game or we may look to use it to help get hi match fit. 

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen is a wanted man

Christian Eriksen has been nominated for UEFA's Goal of the Season award following his piledriver in Denmark's World Cup play-off win over the Republic of Ireland.

Cristiano Ronaldo for his old club Real Madrid against his new club Juventus and Dimitri Payet for French side Marseilles against Bundesliga side RB Leipzig are the other nominations.

A journalist has suggested the French side PSG will offer £100m (€112.17m) for Christian Eriksen. Barcelona were reported in the national press as having been quoted £169.39 million (€190m) earlier this summer.

Sky Italian reporter Gianluca di Marzio () has suggested Real Madrid have made contact with Spurs and were quoted £178.3 million (€200).

There is no way Mauricio Pochettino will sell a player he is going to rely on this season with no opportunity to replace them. It would be insane, it would destroy Tottenham's season and put back our development plan. We would struggle to qualify for the Champions League, which currently is a priority.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Malcom was a prime transfer window example

Malcom was a prime transfer window example

Some people just stubbornly ignore things…

It’s stupid of course, but some will do it all the same.

They prefer to stick their head in the sand, the unknown, for them, is to be feared.

These people are the ones who chase the latest gimmick, the latest shiny object.

Who ignore what they don’t understand, who ignore facts in favour of their own inexperienced opinion, who stay in their comfort zone while dreaming of great wealth by doing as little as possible.


These people haven’t a hope, they will always struggle.

These people will always buy the latest push button software (that’ll be out of date in no time anyway) from marketers who fuel their wild dreams and fleece them for money.

There is another type who just want the truth and so you seriously have to ask yourself which group you are in or want to be in.

They don’t want everything dressed up, they just want what works and what doesn’t plain and simple.

I’m hoping, for your sake, you want to be in or are in the latter group.

You are…


You, I can help.

That is an excerpt from a super advanced marketing tactics magazine that hasn't been launched yet. Reading it, it could apply to Spurs fans too.

On one hand, you have the supporters who take the time to understand how something fits in with the overall club strategy and on the other a blind hatred because an owner hasn't acted like a Sugar Daddy.

These folk are jealous of other clubs, shout like children at the slightest thing they perceive to be wrong and will look for the negative in any given situation.

They do that for justification. Just as when you buy a new car, you start to see the same cr on the road more often, it's your subconscious reaffirming you have made the right choice. At a wedding everyone goes to congratulate the bride and groom, reaffirming they have made the right choice.

They seek out other negative people on Social Media and in Forums for that reaffirmation.


These people haven’t a hope, they will always struggle.

The rest of us have a positive outlook, we look for the positive in everything because we know that is how the rich and successful people think.

Napoleon Hill when researching his famous book Think and Grow Rich, interviewed, I believe it eas hundreds, of rich, powerful and successful people to try and find a formula for success, which he did.

Let me tell you it did not contain negativity, quite the opposite.

A successful company is but with a vision, an unshakeable belief and a strategy to get there.

Daniel Levy has that for Tottenham.

The aim is to build a sustainable club that competes on an even playing field with Barcelona and Real Madrid, clubs of that stature. That isn't easy when there are five clubs richer than you in your own country.

The club has steadily grown, we have gone from 11th/12th placed finishes to 2nd/3rd placed finishes.

Part of that strategy is the same as the strategy I outlined in 2013, to find a manager who actually improves players, not one who just puts together a team. we searched for that man and believed it might be Andre Villas-Boas,it turned out he was not the right fit for us and thus searched again.

When we found Mauricio Pochettino, we conducted more research on him than we have ever conducted before. We spoke to his friend for instance about his character because that appointment had to be the appointment to take us into a new stadium and thus had to be right.

The negative dismiss that and say it was just luck because that fits their mantra.

As the club grows so our strategy grows. We have been through a period where we buy 4th/5th/6th choices. We have bought youth with potential and built a team from it. Those who don't make the grade drop by the wayside.

Now we have just seen a window where our transfer strategy was changed. We didn't bother with 4th/5th/6th choices, we concentrated on 1st choices, we concentrated on young players that all the Top 4 clubs want, Malcom, for instance, went to Barcelona.

Heis a prime example if you want to understand the transfer window and why it is so difficult to sign a player. Fand scream why we don't sign players early. Well, we tried to sign Malcom, Pochettino spoke to him over the phone, he visited the facilities.

However he waited and waited, no deal could be struck for him to his favoured destination, the easier UEFA Champions League qualifying route of Italy.

barcelona then made a call and the move was completed in no time. Had he signed for us or anyone else early then that opportunity would not have arisen and his agent will have known of the interest and the possibility.

It wasn't a great possibility so as a player do you wait for your dream move or do you just sign for anyone?

If a player wants to wait, you can't sign him.

If a club refuses to release a player you can't sign him.

Do you stick to your guns and say we have an excellent squad, if we can't add the players we want we will wait for another window or do you just buy any old player, a decent player, but still a 4th/5th/6th choice?

One set of fans say stick to your top choices, others buy someone, anyone, just buy someone. The fantasy is that it will be a top choice like Anthony Martial or Matthijs de Ligt. The reality was that was not possible.

We are not in the financial league of the other top 6 clubs, we can not throw money at a problem. As it was nobody strengthened much, they made changes, but arguably only Liverpool look stronger.

Are you going to stubbornly ignore things or embrace the ways of the successful?

If you haven't read Spurs New Dawn then it is an essential article you should read, possibly above all other articles. It looks forward, it explains the 65 out of 70 trophies, the goal vs the trophy, it explains in general.

Obviously, it is aimed at the positive people in life, those with the winning mentality outlook.



Monday, 13 August 2018

No Eriksen issue, Georgiou and early signings next summer

No Christian Eriksen transfer issue, N'Koudou vs Georgiou and preparing for early signings next summer

Transfer Talk

The press are comical aren't they, Spurs have to brace themselves for Real Madrid interest in Christian Eriksen.

Laughable, Eriksen will know he is not going anywhere and Spurs would not let him go anywhere. The transfer window is shut for Premier League clubs to buy so no replacement could be bought or loaned if he were to leave, thus he ain't leaving full stop.

The Dane created 5 chances yesterday, the rest of the Tottenham team created 4 between them. Even when he might appear to be quiet he is influential.

Clubs in Europe might still be able to buy, but there are going to come a cropper if they came calling to Spurs, unless it is for player well on the fringe like Vincent Janssen, who has not made the grade and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, another who looks out of his depth.

What is the difference between 23-year-old (24 next February) and 21-year-old (22 next February) Anthony Georgiou? One is French, one plays for Cyprus, although left sided midfielder Georgiou is homegrown, N'Koudou is not.

This year that does not matter, he is too young, but next season Grergiou counts as a homegrown player (see a later article for more on the homegrown situation in the future).

He showed glimpses in America while N'Koudou was in the right place at the right time to score a couple. I think Georgiou still has a long way to go to push for a first team place so he will have to show mental strength and a burning desire to get there.

His contract was extended in November until 2020, N'Koudou has a contract until 2021.

N'Koudou spent last season on loan and thus he wouldn't be missed if he were loaned out again or sold in preparation for the winter transfer window or more probably next summer when it would then be possible to make an early signing or two, if Janssen was sold as well.

Fenerbache and St Etienne have shown an interest in N'Koudou, a return to the French Ligue 1 where he will be a homegrown player makes sense, French clubs will want him cheap though.

Spurs New Dawn - an article that looks forward to understand this transfer window and what the future holds for Tottenham Hotspur.
65 out of 70 trophies
Chelsea and Liverpool in Spurs' sights 
The goal vs the trophy


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Spurs rivals haven't significantly strengthened

Spurs rivals haven't significantly strengthened 

Mauricio Pochettino happy with the squad he has

So the summer transfer window is shut and we can look at what our rivals have bought, none look to have significantly strengthened and turmoil could see us finishing higher this season.

Mauricio Pochettino: “It’s true our targets are always the same level as Manchester United, Manchester City or Real Madrid, but for different circumstances we can’t achieve that"

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) Free
Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen) Undisclosed
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Dortmund) Undisclosed
Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria) Undisclosed
Matteo Guendouzi (Lorient) Undisclosed

Per Mertesacker (retired)
Santi Cazorla (released)
Takuma Asano (Hannover) Loan
Jack Wilshere (West Ham) Free
Vlad Dragomir (released)
Ryan Huddart (released)
Tafari Moore (released)
Hugo Keto (Brighton) Free
Chiori Johnson (released)
Yassin Fortune (released)
Aaron Eyoma (released)
Alex Crean (released)
Marc Bola (released)
Kelechi Nwakali (FC Porto) Loan
Jeff Reine-Adelaide (Angers) Undisclosed
Matt Macey (Plymouth) Loan
Chuba Akpom (PAOK Salonika) Undisclosed
Joao Virginia (Everton) Undisclosed
Calum Chambers (Fulham) Loan
Lucas Perez (West Ham) Undisclosed

There is nothing to be concerned with. How many of their signings would get into the side of another Top 6 club? they look to have bought players rather than strengthened and with a new manager may take time to get what he wants across to the players. I see Arsenal finishing outside the top four.


Jorginho (Napoli) Undisclosed
Robert Green Free
Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid) Loan
Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao) Undisclosed

Mitchell Beeney (released)
Wallace Oliveira (released)
Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich) Loan
Nathan Baxter (Yeovil) Loan
Reece James (Wigan) Loan
Dujon Sterling (Coventry) Loan
Lewis Baker (Leeds) Loan
Jake Clarke-Salter (Vitesse) Loan
Danilo Pantic (Partizan) Loan
Jonathan Panzo (Monaco) Undisclosed
Eduardo (Vitesse) Loan
Kenedy (Newcastle) Loan
Jhoao Rodriguez (Tenerife) Loan
Jamal Blackman (Leeds) Loan
Todd Kane (Hull) Loan
Mason Mount (Derby) Loan
Jeremie Boga (Sassuolo) Undisclosed
Mario Pasalic (Atalanta) Loan
Nathan (Atletico Mineiro) Loan
Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town) Loan
Victorien Angban (Metz) Loan
Kasey Palmer (Blackburn) Loan
Kyle Scott (Telstar) Loan
Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) Undisclosed

Chelsea have replaced one decent goalkeeper with another and as part of Thibaut Courtois going to Real Madrid, Chelsea demanded midfielder Mateo Kovacic in return, they managed to get him on loan. In addition, they have added midfielder Jorginho from Napoli who is new to the Premier League. You can see improvement, but you wouldn't say it is massive and again they have to get used to a new coach's ideas. They will challenge for fourth.


Fabinho (Monaco) Undisclosed
Naby Keita (RB Leipzig) Undisclosed
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) Undisclosed
Alisson Becker (AS Roma) Undisclosed

Yan Dhanda (Swansea) Undisclosed
Ovie Ejaria (Rangers) Loan
Emre Can (Juventus) Free
Jon Flanagan (released)
Adam Bogdan (Hibernian) Loan
Harry Wilson (Derby) Loan
Paulo Alves (Wolves) Free
Danny Ward (Leicester) Undisclosed
Andy Firth (Barrow) Undisclosed
Ryan Kent (Rangers) Loan
Taiwo Awoniyi (Gent) Loan
Shamal George (Tranmere) Loan
Allan (Frankfurt) Loan
Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United) Loan

Liverpool have bought players who would be squad players at most other Top 4 clubs perhaps. I don't rate Shaqiri at all and no club has ever hung on to him. We will wait and see, but I don't see Naby Keita as any better than Victor Wanyama. Will Liverpool be inconsistent this season, they are unlikely to get an easy Champions League path two seasons in a row. Certainly a top-four contender and I would still put them above Chelsea.

Manchester City

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) Undisclosed
Claudio Gomes (PSG) Undisclosed
Philippe Sandler (PEC Zwolle) Undisclosed
Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City) Undisclosed

Pablo Maffeo (Stuttgart) Undisclosed
Yaya Toure (released)
Angelino (PSV) Undisclosed
Ashley Smith-Brown (Plymouth) Undisclosed
Matt Smith (Twente) Loan
Edward Francis (Almere City) Loan
Manu Garcia Alonso (Toulouse) Loan
Angus Gunn (Southampton) Undisclosed
Paolo Fernandes (NAC Breda) Loan
Jack Harrison (Leeds United) Loan
Aro Muric (NAC Breda) Loan
Bersant Celina (Swansea City) Undisclosed
Aleix Garcia (Girona) Loan
Tosin Adarabioyo (West Brom) Loan
Joe Hart (Burnley) Undisclosed
Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian) Loan
Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) Loan

Manchester City have only added Ryad Magrez of not. Will they be as strong as last year or will sides have figured them out? They have to be favourites to win a second title in a row.

Manchester United

Diogo Dalot (Porto) Undisclosed
Fred (Shakhtar) Undisclosed
Lee Grant (Stoke) Undisclosed

Michael Carrick (retired)
Joe Riley (Bradford) Undisclosed
Dean Henderson (Sheff Utd) Loan
Sam Johnstone (West Brom) Undisclosed
Daley Blind (Ajax) Undisclosed
Matty Willock (St Mirren) Loan
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Scunthorpe) Loan
Joel Pereira (Vitoria Setubal) Loan
Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa) Loan

Manchester United have bought a right-back who shouldn't frighten anybody and Fred, a defensive midfielder to replace the retired Michael Carrick. They have not strengthened appreciatively and the camp doesn't appearto be a happy one. Top four contenders yes, but will they finish as high as last season? I don't think so, I see them finishing perhaps fourth.

Tottenham Hotspur

Keanan Bennetts (Borussia Monchengladbach) Undisclosed
Anton Walkes (Portsmouth) Undisclosed

A strong squad who finished third last season containing a World Cup winner and the Golden Boot winner, together with seven other semi-finalists. I don't think some of our fans appreciate how good a squad we have got. Yes it can be improved, of course, it can, but, it only needs the right players added, not just anybody for the sake of making a signing to appease fans.

Whether fans egos have been said is irrelevant, whether we are stronger than last season is all that matters and having lost no players and with an improving side we look to have a better season than last season and I see us finishing second, making into the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League and a final of one of the domestic cups.

Mauricio Pochettino only wanted certain players and as they were not possible to sign was happy to continue to develop what we have. Lucas Moura will be like a new signing, he hardly played last season and Kyle Walker-Peters is a year older.

I'm looking forward to another good season.

Pochettino told Levy not to sign players


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Pochettino told Levy not to sign players

Pochettino told Levy not to sign players

Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino are on the same page

Transfer Talk

Mauricio Pochettino revealed in his book how Daniel Levy and he spent a lot of time together which helped each one understand the other better.

When you hire an employee in any walk of life you are taking a gamble on a short meeting. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you get it wrong. In civvystreet you can't just sack someone, in football you can.

But, if you have the right guy then it makes sense to get to know him, how he thinks and figure out how you can best work together to a common goal. It goes without saying that a manager has tio buy into the club vision to produce the best results, he can't work to a different agenda as that will cause friction and a parting of the ways.

Pochetino does not have the mentality of a section of our fans, he creates a positive, happy environment, the breeding ground of success. To whinge and moan all the time and try and suggest you have a winning mentality just demonstrates you haven't a clue what you are talking about.

Why should you, if you don't have a winning mentality, and most people don't, then how are you going to understand it. It is the same the other way around, I can't understand anyone playing just for fun, winning is what creates the fun, not taking part.

Taking part is what losers do in my eyes, although I appreciate that if that is their choice that's fine, I just don't want them playing a competitive league sort in my team.

At school, where we represented Kent, I used to love to have anyone in a 5-a-side team, regardless of ability, who gave they're all, who could follow directions while I marshalled from a defensive position.

A game of pool has to be played to win, the fun is in the battle, the contest of minds and you have to seek to improve your game while doing so. If you are not playing 100% to win, you don't have a winning mentality.

Mauricio Pochettino does,

"We [Levy and I] spoke about being more effective, about strategies, about how we can improve and become more competitive. About why I prefer to give homegrown kids chances rather than signing players, and the problems that can be caused by buying players you don't need.

"Leaving a signing on the bench is not the same as having an academy graduate as a bench-warmer.

"We reprised a really interesting game we'd first played a while back. We had to split the Premier League squads into good players, very good players and stars.

"In doing so, the different opinions we each had about these categories became apparent and some very constructive discussions ensued.

"A chairman and a manager can only really talk football at a superficial level. But I was able to explain to him in detail how, the more defined your playing style is, the more difficult transfers become, because either a player gives you something specific you're lacking, or you're better off not signing anyone."

Those extracts come from his book and shows even at the start of the summer he had already told Daniel Levy not to sign players, just concentrate on the ones we want, our top targets and fans are criticising him for doing exactly what Pochettino wants.

OK, we have not been able to sign anyone yet, but being brave is not deviating from that path, not as fans assume go out and spend a wad load of cash and assume Pochettino has their mentality, will be upset and leave.

That's complete nonsense, it's a failure mentality.

This is just another window in an upward curve that with new finances coming in from the stadium and another season of Champions League football means we should close the gap on our two nearest financial rivals, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Qualify again and we will be in a better position than we are now with transfer instalment expenditure and outlay looking healthy.

As we grow our strategy will develop with it. We have seen that this window where we have concentrated on set players and if we can't get them because clubs simply don't want to sell them, then we keep what we have and wait.

It is the way forward Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino have agreed, whether fans like it or not is immaterial.


Grealish furious as Villa renege on agreement

Grealish furious as Villa renege on agreement

Villa renege on an agreement to let Grealish leave for £25m

Aston Villa agree with Jack Grealish that is a bid of £25m comes in they will let him leave.
Tottenham negotiated and we eventually agree a fee and medical is arranged. That I reported a couple of weeks ago.

New owners negotiating to take over say if Grealish is sold before they have control they will pull out of buying the club.

They demand more money which we refuse to offer, having already got an agreement and an agreement on a fee in place.

That fee is then officially made and the owners renege on an agreement with Jack Grealish to let him go.

That is where we are at with the situation.

Villa are reneging on agreement and refusing to let him sign for anyone for which he is kicking off by all accounts. He wants to play Premier League football and knows like Saido Berahino, it is a case of now or never to buy him.

he wants to play for Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino and hopes he will get him into the England team ahead of the European Championships in two years time.

This could go either way.

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Saturday, 4 August 2018

Anti-Levy fans admit they don't know what they are talking about

Anti-Levy fans admit they don't know what they are talking about

Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy at one with how the club needs to progress forward

Transfer Talk

A poll on Twitter is asking if fans understand and support Daniel Levy's transfer policy. Well firstly it isn't Daniel Levy's transfer policy, it is Spurs transfer policy, he isn't a dictator. Secondly, if you don't understand something then your opinion on it is rather immaterial, you are admitting you don't know what you are talking about.

Mauricio Pochettino is the man who decides who we buy and who we sell, he helps formulate our strategy. He openly admits he would rather use an academy player if possible than make a signing. he spoke to the press telling them that it is easier to leave an academy player on the bench then have a signing as a bench warmer. he stated it causes problems buying players you don't need.

If you buy a player and pay his wages you feel you must use him or he is a waste.

If you grasp that then you can grasp why Pochettino is very picky over the players we try to buy.

This has been a very different window. The fallacy is that everyone around us is strengthening, when in fact they aren't really.Manchester City have signed one player of note, Manchester United one player and a right-back nobody has heard of for £20m. Chelsea nobody, Arsenal a bunch of players who wouldn't get into any other Top 6 side.

Signing someone doesn't mean improvement, it means change. If it meant improvement then Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and perhaps Everton should all have finished above us last season, they didn't. Chelsea and Arsenal, in particular, got worse.

This window shuts before the season as a lot of fans wanted and all managers say they wanted, now it's here they don't want it, they now see the problems. Nobody is actually buying and European clubs don't have to buy before 9 Aug, indeed it is in their best interests if they don't buy.

Every club tries to buy low and sell high, Manchester United wants £100m for Martial, Crystal Palace wants £70m for Zaha, Aston Villa wants £40m for a Championship player. It isn't just Daniel Levy who demands top dollar.

A huge proportion of transfers are conducted in the last 2 weeks of a summer window statistically, this summer is no different. Clubs wait to buy to drive prices down and as we need to sell before we buy that is an issue.

Firstly, Pochettino does not want a big squad, Daniel Levy doesn't want to be paying big wages to players not playing, why would you.

Secondly, Pochettino only wants certain players and it is clear we are focussing on those targets.

Thirdly, we have 17 non-homegrown players on the books and we can only name 17 to the Premier League (over 21) to be eligible to play in the Premier League.

If we want to buy a non-homegrown player like Martial, then we have to offload a player first and nobody is buying at the moment.

The window is a simple one to understand with a logical approach instead of an emotional approach that ignores the facts.

We all would like a couple of additions, but at present circumstances don't make that possible and for all the folk who think ENIC should be ploughing money in, Financial Fair Play rules dictate we must be self-sufficient and any loans from owners (which can't be used to buy players or pay their wages) must be paid back.

The anti-Levy folk don't actually understand the game today and by voting no in a poll they prove it.


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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Aurier, Sissoko and Lucas Moura

Aurier, Sissoko and Lucas Moura

Transfer Talk

Napoli are showing interest in Serge Aurier and now Italian media are reporting that Inter Milan are showing an interest in Mousa Sissoko.

Aurier has said how he wants to claim the number one starting berth as our right back and Sissoko has also said he wants to stay at Spurs. He is a player the fans don';t like but one that Pochettino uses in most games.

His value is that he gives players a rest and has the physicality not to be pushed off the ball like a youngster. When you look at him in the context of his role and not as a player you expect to make an impact then you can see some value in what he brings to the squad for Pochettini.

Tottenham have also apparently received hat is a comical offer for Lucas Moura from Real Betis. Why on earth do they think he would be interested in going there? They finished 6th in LaLiga so are in the UEFA Europa League, not the UEFA Champions League and are unlikely to be challenging for anything.


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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Napoli turn their attention to Aurier

Napoli turn their attention to Aurier

Carlo Ancelotti is taking an interest in Serge Aurier

According to Sky Sport Italia, a deal for Manchester United’s 28-year-old (29 in December) Italian international full-back Matteo Darmian is proving somewhat difficult. That has prompted Serie A side Napoli to turn to Tottenham Hotspur right-back Serge Aurier.
Aurier only joined Tottenham last summer in a deal worth around £20.45 million (€23m) from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. The Ivorian struggled to impose himself in his first season but is looking to push on with a pre-season and the USA tour under his belt.
It is expected that with Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier only returning to training next week that Serge Aurier and Ben Davies will start the season against Newcastle United as the full-backs or wing-backs depending upon the system used.
Having failed to bring in the likes of Youssouf Sabaly, Santiago Arias and Stefan Lainer so far, Elseid Hysaj remains Carlo Ancelotti’s only recognised right-back.
His attempts to sign Aurier are likely to be rebuffed by Spurs, even though Kyle Walker-Peters is developing nicely.


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Sunday, 29 July 2018

Spurs and Liverpool asked Valencia about Geoffrey Kondogbia

  Spurs and Liverpool asked Valencia about Geoffrey Kondogbia

Valencia insist Geoffrey Kondogbia is not for sale

Transfer Talk - Geoffrey Kondogbia

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have both made enquiries for 25-year-old (26 next February) Valencia defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

The French international can also play as a central defender or a left-back, just the sort of versatility Mauricio Pochettino likes.

Valencia bought him for £22.27 million (€25m) and with a contract until 2022 the Spanish club insists Kondogbia is not for sale, His buyout clause sits at £71.25 million (€80m).


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Saturday, 28 July 2018

Samassékou a player Pochettino has been watching

Samassékou a player Pochettino has been watching

Spurs have been watching Diadie Samassékou

Transfer Talk - Diadie Samassékou

Sky Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio suggests AC Milan have identified 22-year-old (23 next January) Diadie Samassékou as a potential addition to their midfield.

Red Bull Salzburg fans love him after he helped the club progress to the semi-finals of the Europa League last season where they eventually lost in extra-time to Ligue 1 side Marseille.

The Mali international could be available at a reduced fee due to his contract expiring next summer, although the Austrian club do have a 1-year option. valuation is possibly £16.03 million (€18m).

He has tremendous potential and he is known to be on Mauricio Pochettino's radar. Milan have contacted the player's entourage to begin talks.


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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Besiktas to make a loan offer for Janssen

Besiktas to make a loan offer for Janssen

Besiktas and Fenerbahce looking to take Vincent Janssen on loan

Transfer Talk - Vincent Janssen

The summer transfer window closing early puts us in a strong position when we are selling to another Premier League club. 

The theory is, if another club doesn't pay the transfer fee are asking for then we can talk to other foreign clubs once the Premier League window is shut.

However, the same applies for clubs we are trying to buy from too.

Fikret Orman is the President of Turkish club Besiktas and he is allegedly going to fly to London to meet with Tottenham executives to discuss a potential transfer for 24-year-old (25 next June) Dutch international striker Vincent Janssen suggests a reports in Turkey. I believe they are looking at a loan deal, whether that would include a buying option is unclear.

Fenerbache are looking at a loan deal for another season, not wanting to match our asking price. It isn't known whether that offer also has a buying option.


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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Why taking a financial hit on players is folly

Why Taking a Financial Hit on Players is Folly

Transfer Talk

I suspect 99% of fans don't know how transfer fees work and therefore why we try not to lose money on players. many a fan asks us to take a hit without have inga clue about the consequences of such a policy.

Let's have a look at transfers then.

An agreed fee is not deposited in the selling clubs bank account in one lump sum and I am talking the main element of the fee, not the additional add-ons.

The fee is 99% of the time paid by the buying club over the term of the player's contract. Thus a player bought and given a five-year contract will have his transfer fee paid over 5 years in equal installments.

Yes there are transfer arranged where a fee is paid sooner, over 3 years say as Shaquiri was by Inter Milan to Bayern Munich, although they got shot of him after a year thanks to his attitude.

Whether you see a player or not the installment is still payable, unless you have bought a player for X amount per season for as long as he remains with you as has been suggested for the Sissoko transfer.

if a player signs a new contract it has no bearing on the original transfer installment plan agreed to buy the player in the first place.

Total up all your installments you have to pay each season and that is your transfer expenditure. Obviously this is going to be different each year, as you add more installments in from new purchases and some are removed when the payments are finished.

Transfer income works in the same way.

Subtract one against the other and you either have a positive or negative figure. If you have a negative figure, in other words, if you are paying out more than you are getting in, then your transfer budget is reduced in future windows. There is less money available for installments for you.

Clubs will have an additional amount they can spend, but an eye always has to be kept on this expenditure and income installments calculation.

Now, if you take a hit on one player, that will affect your installment figures, if you take a hit on several players in one window, you are having a serious effect on these figures and putting yourself deeply in a negative situation.

That means that in future windows you are going to have a smaller transfer budget unless you find the money from somewhere else.

I hope that helps explain why we try to maximise the income from player sales.


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Monday, 23 July 2018

What does Pochettino do with disrespectful Alderweireld?

What does Pochettino do with disrespectful Alderweireld?

can Pochettino and Alderweireld sort out their differences or did Alderweireld take it too far?

Transfer Talk

Mauricio Pochettino has a dilemma and it surrounds the future of centre-back Toby Alderweireld.

Nobody doubts he is high quality, but it isn't as simple as he is an excellent defender so he must be kept. Publicly he has been Tweeting public relations stuff for the fans, all very meaningless.

Behind the scenes, however, as reported before several times, he has burnt his bridges with Pochettino and therefore the club.

He has demanded a wage that nobody thinks he is worth. You pay high wages for strikers who score goals, you don't pay it for aging centre-backs, not unless you have money to throw around and Spurs don't.

Any fan who thinks we do had better read my article on wages: Wage Bill Realities That Dictate Football

ITK from COYS forum via Spurs Community.

"Only wants to stay as nobody wants to pay him what he thinks he is worth, in addition, he needs a change of attitude if he does stay as he acted very disrespectfully to Poch, not over finances, but can't/won't reveal unless he goes. He did not act professionally and if it was me there would be no way back, but I'm not Poch."

Now Alderweireld has been saying that his exclusion from the playing side at Tottenham was unjustified, but as the information above shows, it is entirely justified. It also suggests he is not remorseful and he wants to leave.

Pochettino likes a happy environment and doesn't want players in it who upset that environment, it is part of building a successful side.

Pochettino has a history of ostracising players who fall out of line and if a player has been disrespectful to the extent that Toby appears to have been then there is a lot of work to do. Nobody likes to work with someone they don't like or don't want to work with. You would be the same at work yourself.

How this will play out we'll have to wait and see, but if he goes, it will be down to Pochettino, not Daniel Levy.


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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Grealish Medical Tuesday

Grealish Medical Tuesday

Jack Grealish joining Spurs next week

Transfer Talk

I Tweeted last week that the Jack Grealish deal was done and was told the medical would be in 72 hours, however it seems the medical is booked for Tuesday.

I know the Birmingham Mail says otherwise but I'm going to stick by what I have been told. That is that a deal has been agreed for £25m +add-ons (£5m I believe) and he is joining Tottenham next week.

If this Tweet is correct, and I have no reason to doubt it, it could tie in with the Grealish deal.

We'll have to wait and see if the info I was given last week is correct. This info comes from the same source who was giving me all the information on the Roberto Soldado deal that enabled me to break all the news before the newspapers.

Let's see if they are on the ball again.


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