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Mario Balotelli for Erik Lamela

1:37 pm
A story has emerged from the Italian press than Spurs have offered a swop deal to AC Milan involving Mario Balotelli and Erik Lamela.

Italian paper Tuttosport are claiming that Franco Baldini is working to offload the 21 year-old Argentinian who has not settled and is not happy in England. They say the aim to to bring a new striker to White Hart Lane which could well be guesswork given Jermain Defoe is leaving and Roberto Soldado is out of form.

Balotelli is a top class striker who certainly bangs in the goals, however my question would be how is he going to fit into the team ethic that Louis Van Gaal will want to instill, assuming agreement is reached with Daniel Levy for him to take over.

There is no way Spurs are going to arrange any transfers without the approval of whoever is going to take over, just as they did discussing all transfer dealings with Andre Villas-Boas before he took over.

Mario Balotelli linked with Spurs
Mario Balotelli linked with Spurs swop deal
If the wayward striker can be controlled and he feels he has calmed down, there is no doubt he could score goals for us, he proved himself in the Premier League during his spell at Manchester City. At AC Milan he has scored 24 goals in 38 appearances and at Man City he scored 20 goals in 54 league appearances.

The other aspect that raises questions about a possible deal are his salary requirements. But they may not be as much of a problem as people think. In 2013 his salary was £3.69 million (€4.5m) which is just over £71,000 a week, well within out scope.

Of course we would not be the only team interested, Arsenal are said to want him also and they can offer the 23 year-old Champions League football where we can't. His arrival would certainly create a buzz and add an air of excitement to expectant supporters.

He gave an interview to Italian magazine Soccer Italia in which he said, “The Manchester City fans were fantastic with me and when I left, I said that I’d never be able to see myself in England with another shirt than City’s. But in football, nothing’s impossible.”

He spoke about a problematic relationship with Jose Mourinho who managed him at Inter before he moved to Manchester City, “We both have big personalities and sometimes that caused problems. We respect each other, there is now a healthy friendship.”

He went on to say he has grown up, “I made mistakes in the past and I have no problem admitting it. I’ve matured a lot in the past two years and I don’t think my conduct’s a problem anymore.”

Jermain Defoe out, Mario Balotelli in, yep I could handle that.

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Mario Balotelli for Erik Lamela Mario Balotelli for Erik Lamela Reviewed by THBlogNews on 1:37 pm Rating: 5

Jan Vertonghen the next big name to go

9:30 am
There are danger signs looming for Tottenham Hotspur. Having lost the services of Rafael Van Der Vaart, the current Holland captain who left for Germany to try to save his marriage, Spurs have also in recent seasons lost the services of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale in different circumstances.

You could of course add to that list Dimitar Berbatov who left for Manchester United for £30.75 million at the end of the summer transfer window in 2008. Luka Modric left for Real Madrid for £30 million in the same window in 2012 and then Gareth Bale also left for Real Madrid at the end of the summer transfer window in 2013 for £85.3 million.

Rafael Van Der Vaart is fondly remembered at Spurs who he left in a professional manner. Berbatov, Modric and Bale all forced a move and refused to play to do so. Bale even refused to be seen in a Spurs shirt and have his photo taken when the club went of it's pre-season tour to the Far East for the Barclays Asia trophy.

Quality players will always want to play at the highest level where they can get Champions League football and maximise their wage potential. Spurs can not compete with that, they are stuck in a vicious circle needing Champions League football to attract the sponsors to build a new stadium and needing the extra revenue from a new stadium to attract the players to get them into the Champions League.

It seems elusively just out of reach each season.

Hugo Lloris in answer to a specific question said he would only review his situation at the end of the season with as we know other clubs interested in his who can offer Champions League football. There is however another danger looming, the potential loss of Jan Vertonghen, could he be the next big name to go?

Manchester City want Spurs stand-out centre-half this summer and as we have seen with Arsenal, if Man City want a player they just throw money at them and the move happens. Vertonghen does not seem the type of guy who would go on strike but who really knows.

Since signing for Spurs in 2012 from Dutch side Ajax Vertonghen has put in high quality performances that have attracted the attention of Manchester City and Barcelona. As a crowd favourite the Spurs faithful will want to hang on to him. Barcelona are a huge attraction to a player in the same manner Real Madrid are. This could be a difficult summer for Spurs and Daniel Levy in the team do not qualify for the Champions League.

Manchester City under their Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini, can offer Vertonghen Champions League football, a massive increase in wages, titles, trophies and partnering fellow Belgian Vincent Kompany, arguably the best centre-back in the Premier League.

Spurs for all their ambition and potential simply can't compete with that. A look at the finances of both clubs shows the disparity, which has all come about by owners money and owner influenced inflated sponsorship deals.

Man City turnover 2011/12 £231m
Spurs turnover 2011/12 £144m
(Man U £320m, Arsenal £245m, Chelsea £261m, Liverpool £169m)

Man City gate and match day income £22m
Spurs gate and match day income £21m
(Man U £99m, Arsenal £95m, Chelsea £78m, Liverpool £42m)

Man City TV and Broadcasting Income £88m
Spurs TV and Broadcasting Income £59m
(Man U £104m, Arsenal £85m, Chelsea £113m, Liverpool £63m)

There are significant differences there which show Spurs as the paupers who have to cut their cloth accordingly. The need to attain Champions League football to develop the club and take it to the next level is obvious.

If Vertonghen were to leave fans will of course moan about loyalty but the Steve Perryman or current day Steve Gerrard's of this world very rarely exist anymore. Whether you like Liverpool or not you have to admire Gerrard's loyalty to them, he's a throw back to a footballer of yesteryear.

This summer could see plenty of money changing place at White Hart Lane again.

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Jan Vertonghen the next big name to go Jan Vertonghen the next big name to go Reviewed by THBlogNews on 9:30 am Rating: 5

Premier League Clubs transfer activity so far

10:15 am
The summer transfer window will stay open until 11pm on Monday, 2 September this year.

A quick round up thus far.

Arsenal - (Gunners)
Yaya Sanogo (Auxerre, free)

Andrey Arshavin (released)
Denilson (Sao Paulo, free)
Sebastien Squillaci (released)
Martin Angha (Nuremberg, undisclosed)
Craig Eastmond (Colchester, free)
Conor Henderson (released)
Jernade Meade (released)
Sanchez Watt (released)
Johan Djourou (Hamburg, loan)
Vito Mannone (Sunderland, £2 million)
Francis Coquelin (Freiburg, loan)

Aston Villa - (Villans)
Aleksandar Tonev (Lech Poznan, £2.5 million)
Jores Okore (Nordsjaelland, undisclosed)
Leandro Bacuna (Groningen, undisclosed)
Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, undisclosed)
Antonio Luna (Sevilla, undisclosed)
Jed Steer (Norwich, free)

Richard Dunne (released)
Eric Lichaj (released)
Jean Makoun (Rennes, undisclosed)
Andy Marshall (released)
Derrick Williams (Bristol City, free)

Cardiff City - (Bluebirds)
Andreas Cornelius (Copenhagen, £7.5 million)

Stephen McPhail (released)
Heidar Helguson (released)
Nat Jarvis (released)

Chelsea - (Blues)
Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen, £18 million)
Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse Arnhem, £9 million)
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, free)

Yossi Benayoun (released)
Paulo Ferreira (released)
Florent Malouda (released)
Hilario (released)
Ross Turnbull (released)
Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid, loan)
Patrick Bamford (MK Dons, loan)
Jeffrey Bruma (PSV, £2.5 million)

Crystal Palace - (Eagles)
Dwight Gayle (Peterborough, £8.5 million)
Stephen Dobbie (Brighton, undisclosed)
Jerome Thomas (West Brom, free)

Jermaine Easter (Millwall, free)

Everton - (Toffees)
Arouna Kone (Wigan, £6 million)
Joel Robles (Atletico Madrid, undisclosed)
Antolin Alcaraz (Unattached, free)
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, loan)

Phil Neville (released)
Thomas Hitzlsperger (released)
Jan Mucha (released)
Jake Bidwell (Brentford, undisclosed)

Fulham (Cottagers)
Sascha Riether (Cologne, undisclosed)
Derek Boateng (Dnipro, undisclosed)
Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao, free)
Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma, undisclosed)

Chris Baird (released)
Simon Davies (released)
Mahamadou Diarra (released)
Georgios Karagounis (released)
Mladen Petric (released)
Mark Schwarzer (released)
Tom Donegan (released)
Alex Smith (released)
Dan Burn (Birmingham, loan)

Hull City - (Tigers)
George Boyd (Peterborough, free)
Maynor Figueroa (Wigan, free)
Curtis Davies (Birmingham, undisclosed)
Allan McGregor (Besiktas, £1.8 million
Ahmed Elmohamady (Sunderland, £2 million)

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth, free)
Danny East (Portsmouth, free)
Mark Cullen (Hull, free)
Andy Dawson (released)
Jamie Devitt (released)
Paul McKenna (released)
Seyi Olofinjana (released)
Jay Simpson (released)

Liverpool - (Reds)
Kolo Toure (Liverpool, free)
Luis Alberto (Seville, £6.8 million)
Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo, £7.5 million)
Simon Mignolet (Sunderland, £9 million)

Danny Wilson (Hearts, free)
Jamie Carragher (retired)
Andy Carroll (West Ham £15.5 million)
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea, £6 million)

Manchester City - (Citizens)
Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30 million)
Jesus Navas (Sevilla, £23 million)

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian, free)
Kolo Toure (Liverpool, free)
Wayne Bridge (Reading, free)
Roque Santa Cruz (Malaga, free)
Carlos Tevez (Juventus, £10 million)

Manchester United - (Red Devils)
Guillermo Varela (Penarol, £1 million)

Paul Scholes (retired)

Newcastle United - (Magpies, Toon)
Olivier Kemen (Metz, undisclosed)

Steve Harper (released)
Danny Simpson (released)
James Perch (Wigan, £700,000)

Norwich City - (Canaries)
Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Sporting Lisbon, £8.6 million)
Javier Garrido (Lazio, undisclosed)
Nathan Redmond (Birmingham, undisclosed)
Carlo Nash (Stoke - Norwich, free)
Martin Olsson (Blackburn, free)

James Vaughan (Huddersfield, undisclosed)
Jed Steer (Aston Villa, free)
Chris Martin (Derby, free)
Marc Tierney (Bolton, free)
Simeon Jackson (released)
Korey Smith (Oldham, free)
Elliott Ward (Bournemouth, free)
Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham, free)
George Francomb (released)
Lee Camp (released)
Declan Rudd (Preston, loan)

Southampton Town - (Saints)
Dejan Lovren (Lyon, £8.5 million)

Frazer Richardson (released)
Danny Butterfield (released)
Danny Seaborne (released)
Ryan Dickson (released)
Ben Reeves (released)
Sam Hoskins (released)

Stoke City - (Potters)
Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven £3.1 million)
Marc Muniesa (Barcelona, free)

Jermaine Pennant (released)
Matthew Upson (released)
Rory Delap (released)
Matthew Lund (released)
Mamady Sidibe (released)
Michael Owen (retired)
Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough, free)
Carlo Nash (Norwich, free)

Sunderland - (Black Cats)
Modibo Diakite (Lazio, free)
Duncan Watmore (Altrincham, undisclosed)
Valentin Roberge (Maritimo, free)
Cabral (Basle, free)
David Moberg Karlsson (IFK Gothenburg, free)
Vito Mannone (Arsenal, £2 million)
Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar, undisclosed)
El Hadji Ba (Le Havre, free)

Titus Bramble (released)
Matthew Kilgallon (released)
Ryan Noble (released)
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool, £9 million)
Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull, £2 million)

Swansea City - (Swans)
Jose Canas (Real Betis, free)
Jordi Amat (Espanyol, £2.5 million)
Jonathan De Guzman (Villarreal, loan)
Alejandro Pozuelo (Real Betis, £425,000)
Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool, £6 million)
Gregor Zabret (NK Domzale, undisclosed)
Alex Gogic (Olympiacos, free)
Wilfried Bony (Vitesse Arnhem, £12 million)

Mark Gower (Charlton, free)
David Cornell (St Mirren, loan)
Gwion Edwards (St Johnstone, loan)
Kyle Bartley (Birmingham, loan)

Tottenham Hotspur - (Spurs, Lilywhites)
Paulinho (Corinthians, £17 million)

William Gallas (released)
John Bostock (released)
David Bentley (released)
Jack Munns (released)
Jake Nicholson (released)
Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town, free)
Grant Hall (Swindon Town, loan)
Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town, loan)
Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town, loan)

West Bromwich Albion - (Baggies)
Goran Popov (Dynamo Kiev, loan)

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest, free)
Marc-Antoine Fortune (released)
Zoltan Gera (released)
James Hurst (Crawley Town, free)
Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace, free)

West Ham United - (Hammers)
Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk, free)
Adrian (Real Betis, undisclosed)
Andy Carroll (Liverpool, £15.5 million)
Danny Whitehead (Stockport County, undisclosed)

Carlton Cole (released)
Gary O’Neil (released)
Rob Hall (Bolton, free)

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