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Quick Transfer Talk Roundup

5:19 pm

Quick Transfer Talk Roundup

Celtic have joined Norwich and Tottenham in the race to sign West Brom youngster Rekeem Harper. The 19-year-old (20 next March). A report suggests he will be going to Celtic for £235,000 compensation. He'll have to learn to do more work without the ball, he is another player who seems to think the game only exists when the ball is at his feet.

Borussia Dortmund are confident of fending off Premier League interest from Tottenham and Liverpool for Bayer Leverkusen star Julien Brandt say Bild and the following day a deal is announced. Shows up our media promoting deals for Premier League clubs to be what they are, totally untrustworthy.

Borussia Dortmund stepping up their interest in Malcom reports suggest and then they announce a deal for Julien Brandt. They will have spoken to him and knew he was going to sign before they sold
Christian Pulisic to Chelsea.

They sold Pulisic for £58.06 million (€66m at today's rates) then bought Julien Brandt and Thorgan Hazard for £59.82 million (€68m).

Atletico Madrid have targeted a shock move for Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier as part of their summer defensive rebuild say Radio KissKiss. A report in Gazzetta dello Sport suggests the Spanish side have offered £21.99 million (€25m) for him.

Napoli remain keen on his signature but are a distance away from our £35 million (€39.8m) valuation. They offered just £15.83 million (€18m).

Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda who is the director of Ok Diario believes it’s ‘very likely’ Gareth Bale could rejoin Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

“Bale has spent the day playing golf at La Moraleja.

“It is very likely that he will reach either of the two finalists in the Champions League, Tottenham or Liverpool. That operation would be accompanied by Eriksen plus a quantity of money.”

From what I have heard, Liverpool are not interested in him and he won't go to a club who are not in the Champions League.

It is clear that Real Madrid and Zinidine Zidane are trying to force Bale out of the club and making it clear to him that he has no future there and will not play.

Tottenham do have a great bargaining chip in Eriksen, who we all know wants to join Real Madrid. The problem to the deal is Bale's wages when you consider his age and injury record in Spain. Would he be able to handle Pochettino's training and how many games would he play in the Premier League.

Spanish news outlet El Desmarque suggest Spurs are the leading contender to buy Dani Ceballos and are willing to pay €40m-€50m to sign the Real Madrid midfielder. Now how would they know what we are willing to spend, that isn't something the club tell the press,we tell them nothing, the Spanish do though.

Tottenham also want Isco or Marco Asensio but he is likely to stay at the club so there is a lot of discussions to do if we are to help them out by taking Bale. He has few if any other options. Bayern Munich and PSG look the only alternatives as he is too young to go to China yet.


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Lyon Don't Want To Sell Ndombele To Spurs

8:30 am

Lyon Don't Want To Sell Ndombele To Spurs


Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants a bidding war for his prize midfielder Tangay Ndombele but hopes that he stays in France and signs for PSG.

"I am in negotiations with the biggest European clubs and I contacted PSG myself to tell them that if they wanted not to feel left out on players with this type of talent, that they needed to position themselves. 
"If they are in agreement to match the two or three offers that we have already received and Tanguy chooses them, we will not oppose the deal. On the contrary, it would even be good if he went to PSG. The most talented French players must be in the best French clubs. 
"PSG, Marseille, Lyon, St Étienne or even Rennes need to come together to create an ecosystem that serves French football.”
“That is my biggest desire. PSG are the ones who have the means and can make alternative propositions to the big European clubs. They win considerably to use French clubs more when they make their purchases. PSG’s money would be used for French clubs like I did several years ago.”
The word from France is that Tangay Ndombele is 'enthralled' with Spurs offer and this is why the French press are reporting Tottenham to be in pole position to capture his signature this summer. Mauricio Pochettino is a big admirer of the player and having tried to sign him last summer is keen to get his man.

Juventus have been following Ndombele but they have now agreed personal terms with Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić. PSG are closing in on Allen from Napoli which smooths the path for Spurs.
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Spurs Chase Cristiano Ronaldo's Mascot (inc VIDEO)

8:00 pm

Spurs Chase Cristiano Ronaldo's Mascot

Spurs are chasing Cristiano Ronaldo's mascot, or at least his mascot 11 years ago. We are not alone though, clubs like Bayern Munich have their eye on him too, unsurprisingly.

It is being reported by Portuguese newspaper Record that Tottenham have stepped up their interest in
João Filipe, also known as Jota.

The Portugal Under-21 (1 goal in 5 caps) left winger or should I say left-sided attacker or left-sided inverted winger is said to have a £26.35 million (€30m) release clause.

Jota can also play as a second striker or on the other wing and at 20 (21 next March) has plenty of scope for improvement. The youngster would be one for the future and go into our Development Squad one would assume initially, while training with the first team as he is playing in Liga Pro and not the Primera Liga for Benfica in Portugal.

In Liga Pro he had 8 assists and scored 8 goals in 20 appearances. He also played in the Youth League, which is the youngsters Champions League, where he scored twice and played 62 minutes in the UEFA Europa League at home to Dynamo Zagreb as a second striker. in a 3-0 victory after extra time in the last 16 2nd leg tie.

Why then are all the top clubs interested in him?

Well, he is highly talented and was named as a player to look out for when playing for Portugal at Under-18 level. It was thought he could develop into a world class, not just an international class player, there is a difference, a big difference.

He stood out at the Under-19 European Championships, which Portugal won for the 4th time beating Italy in the final 4-3 in 2018 in Finland. João Filipe was the joint top scorer with teammate Francisco Trincão at the tournament with 5 goals. They had progressed from winning the Under-17 European Championships 2 years earlier.

Jota was involved in everything good Portugal did, whether it be scoring or creating, indeed he was involved in virtually every goal one way or another. In a talented Portugal side, he stood out and scored two goals in the final itself, as well as two in the semi-final.

Benfica fans know he will leave the Estadio da Luz, for them, it is just a question of when and with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino showing he is not afraid to play talented youngsters, Tottenham could be a good fit.

He hasn't actually yet played for the senior Benfica team, but he will soon outgrow the Portuguese league.

He could well go straight into the first team squad at Spurs because he is a player beyond his years. If I said he was tenacious, determined, skillful, quick, technically-gifted and with an eye for goal, it sounds as if i'm talking about Erik Lamela, who was expected to go on and achieve far greater than he has. I don't know but I would hope he has a better mentality than Lamela and determines to have more of an end product in the senior game.

I harp back again to the comment from Raheem Stirling that in his younger days it was about looking good, basically ego driven football, rather than producing an end product for the team, now it is scoring goals, so effectiveness, not just fancy flicks and step-overs to look good.

That is something Lamela is still guilty of in my view and how every player should be looked at, is there an end product?

João Filipe runs at defenders, cuts inside and runs across the front line and seems to have a good footballing brain. He, at the level he is playing at, seems to make the right decisions and has a high work ethic.

It certainly sounds as if the Tottenham scouting team have done their homework for Pochettino and despite not making signings, this is the type of player Spurs have been trying to sign, the very best young talent. 

We tried to sign both Matthijs de Ligt and Frankie de Jong, Anthony Martial, Timo Werner, three of those have significantly improved since. With better resources now we may be in with a better chance of capturing some of the young talent out there, like Jota.

In Portugal, they think he is destined for greatness.

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VIDEO: Why Spurs Have A Healthy Transfer Budget

8:30 am

Why Tottenham Have A Healthy transfer Budget This Summer

Below is an excellent explainer video from Tifo Football that discusses the Tottenham finances for 2017/18 and what it means for the club.

It explains how the stadium is accounted to be paid for, £25m-a-year for 50 years and that the club is in a far healthier position than when other clubs built their stadium.

Daniel Levy has masterminded the rise of Tottenham from a broken mid-table club to one now in the UEFA Champions League Final with one of the best stadiums in the world, that earns huge amounts from matchdays hospitality, catering and merchandising and a world-class training facility.

These are exciting times for Spurs supporters.


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Aurier & Sissoko Happy At Spurs

8:30 pm

Aurier and Sissoko Happy At Spurs


Tottenham Hotspur right-back Serge Aurier and midfielder Moussa Sissoko have been talking to Canal Football Club and Aurier has suggested he wants to stay at Spurs.

“In football things can happen very quickly. For the moment I do not desire to leave Tottenham. For the moment, I am very happy. This season I have been interrupted by injury more than anything else, but life is like that."

He talked about fighting his way into the starting eleven.

"I will have to see what will happen. We have done a good season and we are in the Champions’ League final, we are going to enjoy that, see how it goes and next year, my season is not finished, I still have an Africa Cup of Nations too.”


Fellow Frenchman Moussa Sissoko told the channel that everything was going well at Tottenham but if Pochettino left things could change. He wasn't suggesting that was likely, just that nobody ever knows anything in the football business.

“Today I feel good over there, this year everything is going well for me. I am still under contract with them so all is good. But as he (Serge Aurier) said, and you know it better than me, anything can happen in football very quickly.

"Not necessarily, I don’t know. At the end of the season, it could be that they have a new project, that a new coach comes, and he doesn’t count on me, he wants to sell me. Many different things could happen. But for the moment I feel good there, I am happy there. And in my head I have no thoughts of leaving."


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Tottenham interested in striker Kruse

4:30 pm

Tottenham Interested In Striker Kruse To Replace Llorente


Sky Germany reports that Tottenham are intersted in German international (2 goals in 14 appearances) striker Max Kruse to replace Fernando Llorente.

The 31-year-old (32 next March) is leaving Werder Bremen as a free agent when his contract expires on 30 June. The Bundesliga team captain has announced on social media that he will not be signing a contract extension.

He scored 12 goals and had 14 assists in 36 games last season. The left-footed striker can also play as a second striker or an attacking midfielder giving him the versatility to suit our changeable styles..

Kruse didn't say anything about his future but he is a player we have looked at and sounded out as have Inter Milan.

the striker is leaving because the club would not meet his £3.5 million-a-year (€4m) wage demands. That equates to £67,308-a-week (€76,923).

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Real Madrid and Eriksen plus Golovin on the radar

9:10 am

Real Madrid and Eriksen plus Golovin on the radar

Aleksandr -Golovin

OK, I have been in contact with my contact in Spain, the same one who kept me a step ahead of the press over Roberto Soldado a few years back.

He tells me that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is NOT wanted by Real Madrid and that nobody really knows what will happen at Real Madrid yet.

Zinidine Zidane must have been made promises to return to Real Madrid and that would have been promises over his position and the players that are brought in. Zidane wants Paul Pogba but he commands a high wage and a ludicrously high fee

President Florentino Pérez has other ideas and he has Eriksen high on his list. There are top players around but Eriksen only has a year left on his contract and he will wait all summer long to see if Real Madrid are going to buy him, unless they buy and he is told he isn't wanted yet.

That doesn't mean he won't be told that he will be snapped up when he is a free agent. Even if he doesn't move this summer, there is no guarantee he will sign a new contract and if he doesn't then we can't really afford to let him run down his contract as we'd have to replace him in a year.

Tottenham have to make plans for when Eriksen does leave and one player on the radar is Russian attacking midfielder Aleksandr Golovin.

His agent, Sandor Varga, is aware of our interests and says we may return to firm up interest in his client this summer. The 22-year-old (23 in 10 days time) is wanted by Hoffenheim and is being tracked by Inter Milan and Arsenal.

He currently plays for AS Monaco in Ligue 1, the next most physical league of the big five after the Premier League. His contract there runs out in 2023.

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Hayden - Genuine Interest or Agent Talk?

4:30 pm

Hayden - Genuine Interest or Agent Talk?


The Chronicle, which is the local newspaper in Newcastle and the South Shields area, read it myself when I stayed in North Shields, suggest Tottenham are interested in 24-year-old (25 next March) Issac Hayden.

The Chelmsford born lad is a defensive midfielder and had 3 caps at England Under-21 level. He would help our homegrown quota, something we must watch, especially if we sell Trippier to Napoli. He can also play as a centre-back or a right-back. He is right-footed and under contract until 2021.

He stands 1.87m which in proper money is 6ft 1 inches tall and represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, and Under-20 levels before gaining his Under-21 caps.

He would not be an upgrade on what we have but Pochettino would be looking to improve his game and it is a question of how much improvement do we think we can get out of him as well as the homegrown factor.

He wants to move back to London for personal reasons and is rumoured, therefore, to be available for £20 million. Whether this is paper talk and his agent trying to find him a club or genuine interest from us is unclear, it could be either quite frankly.

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Bale wages around £690,000

8:21 am

Gareth Bales wages take him out of Spurs price range


The story from the Sun over Gareth Bale is an interesting one.

There is news in Spain that there has been a complete breakdown between Gareth Bale and Zinidine Zidane, they didn't see eye to eye before so the return of the Frenchman wasn't likely to help the former Spurs man's position.

Bale wants to stay and end his carer at Real Madrid, as we know it's his dream club.

The Sun reports that Tottenham have been offered Gareth Bale on loan for £9.98m (€11.5m) and that his salary is £607,578-a-week (€700,000), with bonuses around £690,000 (€790,000). That we would look to be subsidized by Real Madrid if such a deal were to take place.

This is what is generally reported, although what I have heard is that Real Madrid wants a club to cover his entire wages, including bonuses which is a substantial package way beyond our means.

Real Madrid have told Bale to find another club. Zidame wants Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to replace him. The fee for that deal would be in the region of £73.80 million (€85m) and the suggestion is that Spurs would pay £260,391-a-week (€300,000).

Jonathan Barnett, his agent, was interviewed by Sky and he told them that Zidane does not think Gareth Bale is one of the top 3 or 4 players in the world, which Barnett does. The Welshman is under contract until 2022 and Barnett confirmed he is quite happy to stay.

That means Bale can turn down moves and Real Madrid may have to be helpful to buying clubs to sell him. Remember Spurs have a first option on him and any deal Real Madrid agree with any club, the same deal has to be offered to Tottenham who would have first choice whether to sign him on those terms.

Obviously, wages with individual teams is an entirely different matter.

The 29-year-old (30 in July) is under contract until 2022 and a season-long loan spell would reduce his fee with a year off that contract.

Le Parisien report that PSG Sporting Director Antero Henrique has is watching the situation of Gareth Bale, Isco and Toni Kroos and that he would like to bring all three to the French champions.

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Fekir unlikely to sign for Spurs

8:14 am

Fekir unlikely to sign for Spurs

Le Parisien are reporting that Tottenham are interested in Nabil Fekir again, as are Liverpool.

Both Premier League clubs are watching ho Lyon get on in Lique 1. Currently, Lyon sit in 3rd place, a UEFA Champions League qualifying round position, just the top two in France go directly into the Champions League.

With two games to go Lyon are 6 points behind Lille with PSG already crowned champions again. St Etienne and 4th, but they are 4 points behind Lyon so they look like finishing 3rd.

Why wait? Because it might force Lyon to sell to balance the books if they are not guaranteed UEFA Champions League income. If I remember rightly, French clubs are not allowed by their federation to make a financial loss and under Financial Fair Play clubs have to break even over a 3-year period.

Football London want to tell us a Tottenham move is a shock, it isn't to anyone knows we have been following him for more than two years and if they are any good at their job they ought to know. That's the trouble with journalists though, but let's not get sidetracked by dubious journalism.

Mauricio Pochettino likes versatile players, especially in attack so he can cover for injuries and have options. Fekir is an attacking midfielder who can also play as a second striker playing off the main striker or as a central midfielder, so the link between defensive midfield and attack.

He has scored 12 goals and had 9 assists in 39 games this season comprising 2,815 minutes.

The 25-year-old (26 in July) French World Cup winner played three games in the Champions League as a second striker, two as an attacking midfielder and one as a central midfielder demonstrating that versatility. He scored 2 goals as a striker with 2 assists and scored 1 goal as an attacking midfielder.

In Ligue 1, he started 24 games. Of those, 18 were as an attacking midfielder, one was as a right winger or right-sided inverted winger (he is left-footed) and 5 as an attacker at the start of the season. Two goals and 1 assist came as a second striker, 7 goals and 3 assists came as an attacking midfielder while 1 goal and 1 assist came as a substitute.

Seemingly though, his first choice is to sign for Liverpool in a £140,000-a-week deal for £53 million so I'm not expecting a Spurs signing, but this is football and you never know.

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