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Showing posts with label Transfer Talk. Show all posts
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Friday, 15 February 2019

Transfer Talk - Andersen and Brozović


Transfer Talk - Andersen and Brozović

Joachim-Andersen

On Twitter Il Secolo XIX (@ilsecoloxix) based in Genoa, is reporting that Tottenham officials held talks with Sampdoria’s Vice-President and Adviser to President: Massimo Ferrero, Antonio Romei on Wednesday after he flew to London to meet several banks.

The topic of discussion was the potential summer signing of 22-year-old (23 in May) highly-rated centre-back Joachim Andersen.

Spurs fans should note that Sampdoria is a Genoa-based club so the information could well be reliable.

The Danish U-21 international centre-back is being tracked by Juventus, Inter Milan, Manchester United.

President: Massimo Ferrero favours tying him down to a new deal with no exit clause so interested parties have to bid for him instead of simply paying his £21.98 million (€25m) release fee.

It is reported that Spurs are willing to offer £30.77 million (€35m) to secure the 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) defenders signature.

Marcelo-Brozović

The Italian press simply love to link Spurs with Inter Milan and they are always apparently selling us their players. What they actually mean is that their players continually get offered to Tottenham, quite a different kettle of fish.

The usual name has been wheeled out again with the suggestion that Inter will put Croatian international midfielder Marcelo Brozović up for sale yet again in the summer.

Why? Because they wish to raise funds for their own purchases.

The 26-year-old (27 in November) has previously been tracked by a bunch of clubs, including AS Roma, Tottenham, Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen.

The suggested figure this time for the central midfielder whose contract runs out in 2022 is £21.98 million (€25m).
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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Transfer Talk - Suso, Kessié and Perišić


Transfer Talk - Suso, Kessié and Perišić


Transfer talk today brings Italian news of Suso, Kessié and Perišić.

Winger Suso has a £35.10 million (€40m) release clause in his Milan contract which Leonardo Araújo, Sporting director of AC Milan, would like to increase or remove from his contract. Both Spurs and Arsenal are following him and he is thought to fancy a move to London.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago now that we were still tracking midfielder Franck Kessié and it would appear now that Spurs have contacted Milan about signing him in the summer.

The 22-year-old(23 in December) central midfielder is on loan at Milan from Atalanta and has been since 1 July 2017 under a £7.02 million (€8m) loan fee arrangement. The Ivory Coast international (27 caps) will join Milan on a permanent transfer in the summer for £17.55 million (€20m), there is an obligation to buy in the loan deal contract.

Italian website TMW suggests that an offer of £35.10 million (€40m) would secure his services from Milan who as ever it seems are in financial difficulties despite a takeover.

UEFA warned them that they must break even or they will be banned from European competition after they escaped a previous ban.

Tuttosport suggests 30-year-old (31 next February) Inter Milan winger Ivan Perišić is set to sign for Tottenham in the summer.

Manchester United and Arsenal particularly have been chasing the Croatian international (78 caps, 22 goals) left-winger who is under contract until 2022.

The Italian press are always selling is Inter Milan players and none of them arrive. It is usually because they need to sell players to balance the books to conform to Financial Fair Play.





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Monday, 11 February 2019

Another 10 Players Spurs Are Scouting


Another 10 Players Spurs Are Scouting


Manchester United, Barcelona, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton all scouted 22-year-old (23 next January) French international (6 caps) Issa Diop before he joined West Ham United.

We continue to watch the right-footed centre-back to see how he handles the Premier League. He is under contract at the Hammers until 2022.

We are linked with plenty of players in the centre of the park and another central-midfielder interesting us is 25-year-old (26 later this month) Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Having represented France 5 times he has changed allegiance to the Central African Republic (3 caps, 1 goal) something that shouldn't be allowed quite frankly.

The left-footed Valencia midfielder moved from Inter Milan last summer and is under contract until 2022.

Dutch players are always on our radar and two internationals interest us are 19-year-old (20 in May) Justin Kluivert and 21-year-old (22 in April) at Roma and Donny van de Beek.

One is ex-Ajax, the other is still an Ajax player. We monitor Ajax games regularly.

Left-winger Kluivert has 2 caps for Holland and is under contract at Roma until 2023 and is not having a great season in front of goal. In 782 minutes over 17 games in Serie A, he has scored 1 goal and had 3 assists. In 4 games in the Champions League games, he has scored 1 further goal.

Attacking-midfielder Donny van de Beek has been capped 5 times by Holland. He has scored 10 goals and had 7 assists in 35 games. Ajax have him under contract until 2022.

Despite him signing a new 6-year contract tying him to Celtic until 2023, Tottenham are very keen on Kieran Tierney. The 21-year-old (22 in June) left-back is being watched by a host of clubs and had 6 assists to his name in 31 games this season. He has also scored 1 goal in the Europa League.

We have scouted and continue to watch Everton and Turkey striker Cenk Tosun. The 27-year-old (28 in June) hasn't been a success in the Premier League and has scored 3 goals with 3 assists in 23 outings in all competitions.

He has played 1,005 minutes, which is just over 11 full games and has scored 11 goals in 35 games for Turkey. Tosun is under contract until 2022.

Tottenham chief scout Steve Hitchen has followed 23-ear-old (24 in April) Wesley Said at least since 2010. He is a centre-forward playing for Dijon and under contract until 2021. He has 5 goals in 24 games this season.

Mexican international Héctor Herrera 28-year-old (29 in April) is being followed by both AC Milan and Arsenal in addition to ourselves. The Porto central midfielder has 70 international caps scoring 5 goals. His contract runs out in 2019.

Spurs and Arsenal are interested in 25-year-old (26 next January) German centre-back Matthias Ginter, who is under contract at Borussia Mönchengladbach until 2021. He has 23 caps for Germany.

Roma are prepared to triple the wages of 21-year-old (22 in July) Cengiz Ünder to keep him out of the clutches of Tottenham reports suggest. He is another player we have followed for quite some time and were linked with him when he played for İstanbul Başakşehir.


  • Kieran Tierney (Celtic) LB
  • Issa Diop (West Ham Utd) CB
  • Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach) CB
  • Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia) CM
  • Héctor Herrera (Porto) CM
  • Donny van de Beek (Ajax) AM
  • Justin Kluivert (Roma) LW
  • Cengiz Ünder (Roma) RW
  • Wesley Said (Dijon) CF
  • Cenk Tosun (Everton) CF





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Friday, 8 February 2019

10 More Players Spurs are Scouting


10 More Players Spurs are Scouting


Following the last article about players Tottenham are watching, here is a list of 10 more players Spurs are scouting.

Liverpool's 23-year-old (24 in April) Belgium striker Divock Origi was a target for us before he joined Liverpool and it hasn't really worked out for him there.

He has 3 goals in 26 appearances for Belgian, is right-footed and can play on either wing as well as his usual centre-forward role. Origi has scored 1 goal and had 1 assist in the Premier League this season.

Under contract until 2020, he spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Wolfsburg and this season has only been given 87 minutes over 4 Premier League games and 11 minutes in the UEFA Champions League. He has also been given 1 FA Cup outing.

It is common knowledge that we are looking for homegrown players and that 22-year-old (23 in December) Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen, as well as 22-year-old (23 in November) Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, are on our radar.

Bowen has scored 15 goals and had 3 assists in 30 Championship games this season. Given that he has been playing on the right wing that is quite a return. 

The left-footer is under contract until 2020 and Hull have a one-year extension option.

Attacking midfielder Maddison has scored 5 goals and had 4 assists in his first season in the Premier League having played 23 times in the competition. He is under contract until 2023.

Ex-Sunderland striker Josh Maja was linked with us and we continue to watch his progress after his January move to Bordeaux in France. He has yet to represent the senior team.

Tottenham are one of several clubs taking a keen interest in 17-year-old (18 in April) left-footed left-back Luca Connell, who has just broken into the Bolton team.

The Irishman born in Liverpool can play further forward and is a good crosser of the ball. He looks to have a good future in the game. He is a Republic of Ireland U-18 international having previously played for the U-17 side. 

Southampton, Brighton and Burnley have made inquiries for him. He is out of contract in the summer and Bolton are in financial difficulties. 

Connell has played two Championship games recently against Reading and Sheffield United. We sent a scout to watch him against Reading (he played 72 minutes) and are following his progress closely. 

He already has one assist to his name from a pin-point cross in an FA Cup tie against Bristol City.

QPR's young forward Eberechi Eze is attracting a lot of interest. The 20-year-old (21 in June) attacking midfielder has represented England at U-20 level (2 caps).

He has 4 goals and 4 assists from 29 Championship games and is under contract until 2021.

21-year-old (22 in August) Pape Cheikh Diop is a central midfielder who learnt his game at Celta Vigo before he joined Lyon on 29 August 2017 for £8.76 million (€10m).

Born in Senegal, he has opted to represent Spain at international level and has played for their U-20 (10 caps) and U-21 (3 caps) sides.

He has played 375 minutes over 11 Ligue 1 games, 95 minutes over 4 Champions League games, 181 minutes over 2 League Cup games and 92 minutes over 2 French cup games.

His contract runs until 2022 and is a good passer with good vision. While being a box-to-box midfielder, he can also operate as a defensive midfielder, has pace and technical ability.

Tottenham made him an offer last summer but he chose the French side and we have continued to follow his progress.

Spurs are still keeping an eye on 24-year-old (25 in June) Danish international (he has 36 international caps, 5 goals) Yussuf Poulsen.

He is a centre-forward, but can play across the front three. He is under contract at RB Leipzig until 2021 after joining from Lyngby Boldklub (Danish 1st Division) on July 4th 2013.

This season he has 13 goals and 6 assists in 31 games, 10 of those goals and 3 assists coming in 20 Bundesliga games.

Both Tottenham and Manchester City are watching 22-year-old (23 in May) Sampdoria centre-back Joachim Andersen. The Danish U-21 (16 caps) international is under contract until 2022. He is highly regarded and is not a new name on our radar.

Sergej Milinković-Savić is a 23-year-old (24 later this month) Serbian international (10 caps) who plays for Lazio, having arrived from Belgian side Genk in 2015.

The central midfielder is under contract until 2023 and has scored 4 goals with 1 assist in 26 games.


  • Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers) LB
  • Joachim Andersen (Sampdoria) CB
  • Pape Cheikh Diop (Lyon) CM
  • Sergej Milinković-Savić (Lazio) CM
  • James Maddison (Leicester City) AM
  • Eberechi Eze (QPR) AM
  • Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) RW
  • Divock Origi (Liverpool) CF
  • Josh Maja (Bordeaux) CF
  • Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) CF


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Doubtful Janssen will get any game time


Doubtful Janssen Will Get Any Game Time

Vincent-Janssen

With the departure of Mousa Dembele to China for a final payday, before he hangs up his boots, a place has become available in the UEFA Champions League squad.

That place has been taken by Juan Foyth, who previously had to be left out because we don't have enough home association-trained players.

Under Champions League rules Ben Davies is a non-association trained player. The number of association-trained players you have affects the number of non-association trained players you can pick.

Vincent Janssen is not in the Champions League squad and thus can not play in the competition.

That should tell supporters that his inclusion in the Premier League squad is merely a precaution and he won't be used unless it is absolutely necessary or he starts to show something remarkable on the training field.

Janssen seems very reluctant to leave Tottenham having turned down every offer, something Pochettino says he doesn't understand. Perhaps Janssen has a burning desire to prove Pochettino wrong.

The isn't a great long list of players who have worked their way back into Pochettino's plans after he has discarded them for whatever reason.

At the moment though it looks as though the club will be looking to sell him in the summer and one club interested, who have made inquiries is Schalke. They are joined by Real Betis and Sevilla.

I expect there will be plenty more suitors before the summer.





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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Would Costa be a better bet than Lamela?


Would Costa be a better bet than Lamela?

Douglas-Costa

When Spurs scout a player and try to sign them, they are not just forgotten about if we don't manage it and they sign for another club.

Our scouts were tracking Douglas Costa when he was at Bayern Munich and we were seriously linked with him in the press with suggestions that we made an offer.

Unsurprisingly he joined Juventus, where je is guaranteed an Italian title, has an excellent chance of picking up Italian cups and guarantees himself UEFA Champions League football.

Tottenham cannot compete with that and throwing money at the issue wouldn't make a blind bit of difference.

That is what we are up against in the transfer market, a factor forgotten by fans who shout we are the 10th richest club in the world. We are only the 6th richest in England to put that in perspective and the virtual guarantees clubs in other countries can offer, like Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Roma, Atletico Madrid, is greater than what we can offer.

While we build the club, we have to offer a project, being a part of something, of personal growth, a magnificent new stadium and facilities as well as testing themselves in the Premier League.

Douglas Costa is still on our radar report the Italian media but he has a muscle injury at the moment and isn't playing. The 28-year-old Brazillian is under contract until 2022 and cost Juventus £35.17 million( €40m at today's exchange rates) last summer.

The winger has played only 618 minutes (17 appearances) of Serie A football and 127 minutes (4 appearances) of UEFA Champions League football. On top he has had 194 minutes of cup football so clearly isn't a first choice.

Would he be a better bet than Erik Lamela?





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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Players being scouted


Players Being Scouted


We haven't had a transfer talk in a while, little point in the January transfer window when little happened for anyone. None of the top 3 made any signings so let's take a look at some players being scouted.


  • Dean Henderson
  • Ryan Sessegnon
  • Jack Clarke
  • Max Aarons
  • David De la Víbora
  • Carlos Soler
  • Luca Murphy
  • Nikola Kalinić



Dean Henderson is an English goalkeeper who is on loan at Sheffield United, from Manchester United being followed by Spurs, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

Tottenham needs a third choice goalkeeper and it would make sense for that player to be homegrown. Goalkeepers mature later than outfield players, as we are seeing with our 27-year-old Argentinian number 2 Paulo Gazzaniga.

Henderson will be 22 in March and stands 6 ft 3 in (1.90 m) tall. The Under-21 international (he has 7 caps) represented England at U-16 (1 cap), U-17 (5 caps) and U-20 (6 caps) levels and is under contract with United until 2020.

Ryan Sessegnon is yet to sign a new contract at Fulham and now has 17 months left. Fulham look certain to go down and I can't see him wanting to go and play Championship football again. He has been dropped for the last three matches and demonstrates the silly money being talked about previously was way off the mark.

Plenty of clubs will be interested in signing him, although he hasn't set the Premier League alight in the way he did the Championship. He is only 18 though and doesn't turn 19 until May.

Jack Clarke is an 18-year-old (19 in November) right-footed left winger playing for Championship side Leeds United and at the moment they look a good bet to get promoted, as I expected at the start of the season with their shrewd managerial appointment.

Max Aarons is the 19-year-old Norwich City right-back. The England U-19 international(4 caps) is under contract until 2023 and has a good chance of winning promotion this season. Chelsea and Arsenal are said to be following him too.

David De la Víbora is a 16-year-old centre-back at Real Madrid who has only just signed his first professional contract. His signature surely means he'll be going nowhere this summer unless it is on loan and that won't be to Spurs.

Carlos Soler is a 22-year-old right-sided midfielder playing for LaLiga side Valencia. The Spanish U-21 international (14 caps, 2 goals) can also play centrally or as an attacking midfielder. He is currently under contract until2021.

Luca Murphy is a 17-year-old (18 in September) centre-back playing for Hartlepool, who are in League Two. Murphy is English and plays for their U-19 side. The Hartlepool United website says he is comfortable on the ball and able to play with either foot. He is athletic, confident and rarely fazed.

Nikola Kalinić is a reserve striker at Spanish side Atlético Madrid. They have signed Alvaro Morata and are looking to offload Kalinić in the summer.

Spurs could re-sign Fernando Llorente or look at an alternative if the Spaniard leaves, as his contract expires with us in the summer. Kalinić is a Croatian international (42 caps) who has netted 15 goals for his country and is under contract at Atlético until 2021.





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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Eriksen and Rabiot


Eriksen and Rabiot


Spanish newspaper AS are suggesting that Real Madrid are keen to include attacker James Rodriguez in any potential deal with Tottenham Hotspur for Christian Eriksen.

They wish to lower the cost of any potential deal but Spurs have asked for either Isco or Marco Asensio to be included if such a deal were to happen. Real Madrid I understand have agreed to Isco, that doesn't mean the player has agreed to Spurs though.

If Real Madrid wants to sign Eriksen he wants to join them, understandable. Money is irrelevant in this situation as is winning a trophy or buying players.

Real Madrid is Real Madrid and if they come calling you go, you'll usually only get one chance in your life so you don't turn them down.


Tottenham have made an offer to sign PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot report Paris United. Currently he has an agreement with Barcelona with a €10m signing on fee and just over €10m wages.

Spurs are offering a less lucrative deal Mauricio Pochettino is expected to talk directly to the Frenchman this evening. Undoubtedly the situation of Eriksen will be discussed and how the two could play together and discussions as to potentially taking his place.




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Spurs Transfer Stories: De Paul, Frankie de Jong, Malcom


Spurs Transfer Stories: De Paul, Frankie de Jong, Malcom


Italian media this time and they say Tottenham have made an approach to 24-year-old (25 in May) right-footed left winger Rodrigo De Paul.

He is an Argentinian with an Italian passport who plays in Italy for Udinese. The suggestion is that he has been offered a loan deal until the end of the season and the option of a permanent deal then.

He is under contract until 2023 and this season has played in 19 games, scoring 6 goals with a further 3 assists.

Ajax midfielder Frankie de Jong will be joining either PSG, who are the favourites, or Barcelona in the summer. He will be making his decision this window so we can cross him off our wish lists.


Tottenham have not made an offer to Barcelona for Malcom, who they wish to sell either now or in the summer. Any loan deal now they want a guaranteed purchase clause in the summer.

The news I have is that Spurs are not interested in him now. Barcelona paid too much for him and want to recoup most of that money and get his wages off the bill. Financial Fair Play is still an issue and they want to bring in Adrien Rabiot.

The difficulty for Spurs is that now his wages are too high and he would have to take a big hit, players don't like doing that. He is another we can cross off our wish list.





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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

3 Options. Which One?


3 Options. Which One Do You Choose?

Nikola-Kalinić
Practicing his Harry Kane pose

Whatever is said publicly, Spurs WILL be looking at other players this window and will be looking at strikers.

A replacement for Fernando Llorente will be required in the summer and we will be talking to agents now to see if there is any interest from their clients, what sort of deal they would require and indeed whether a deal can be done now.

One such player we are looking at, according to Spanish sources, is 31-year-old (32 next January)  Nikola Kalinić. He is a Croatian international who plays in LaLiga for Atlético Madrid. Fans might remember that he played for Blackburn Rovers in 2009.

He signed a new contract in August that takes him up until 2021. He has scored 2 goals in 421 minutes across 11 games and 2 goals in 4 Copa del Rey games, with an additional assist.

He has played 3 UEFA Champions League games, 62 mins, 27 mins, and 21 mins without scoring against Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Club Brugge.

He has 15 goals in 42 games for Croatia. In Italy, he scored 33 goals in 100 games with 13 assists.

The Spanish say Tottenham are watching him and that he has been offered to us and Valencia with Atlético happy to see him move on. The Spanish side wants to bring in Alvaro Morata from Chelsea.

Kalinić hs offers from four of the five major leagues in Europe and has yet to decide his future.

Don't see this one having legs but does it suggest we are looking for a 30-year-old plus striker who is happy to play when required, another Fernando Llorente type signing while Kane, Son and Moura take on the main responsibility.

Plenty of fans won't agree with that approach and would rather see a younger striker, but the chances of finding someone of quality to play second fiddle to Kane are slim.

The options might be, young like Janssen with potential, injury prone or something to prove like Jay Rodriguez, Danny Ings or Daniel Sturridge or older like Llorente who understands game time will be limited.


Of the three options, which type of striker would you sign?



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Could Andy Carroll actually be worth a punt?


Could Andy Carroll Actually Be Worth A Punt?

Andy-Carroll

Vincent Janssen is available for £12 million this month as he has no future under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs. It is thought he simply didn't train hard enough for Pochettino which probably means that mentally he gave up.

Injuries have played their part. He went on loan to Istanbul-based Turkish side Fenerbahçe and broke his ankle on 8 Dex 2017 until 9 April 2018. He then had a foot injury from 1 July 2018 until 1 December 2018.

That's a total of 305 days injured and he has only just returned in the last few U-23 games to help him recover some fitness.

His contract runs out in 2020 and I would have thought he could be a good buy form a club who will need a goalscorer playing every week in the second half of the season. He doesn't look or didn't look, as if he could adapt to our style and still be a goal threat, particularly as an occasional starter.

The Sun reports that Tottenham might be interested in, they say we are, 30-year-old (31 next January) West Ham United striker Andy Carroll.

Personally, I don't think we are interested in a replacement but that a reporter is putting his belief of need with an idea he has had to come up with a story. That's a polite way of suggesting the story is probably yet another pack of lies.

However, I have been thinking the same thing for a week, wondering who might be available, who it would realistically be possible to bring in. He is an ex-England striker before hitting his wife and injuries abruptly halted a very promising career, a career he has never recovered.

Has he quit the drinking and grown up yet? I don't know, he would have to have done to play under Pochettino.

For the record, he is under contract until 2019 and if I were to list his injuries you'd get frightened, out for 133 days, 99 days, 149 days, 30 days,  since February 2017. It doesn't get any better before that either. In fact, he hasn't had a season where he hasn't been out for 100 or more days (with one injury) since 2012.

With service, I do think he could score goals and would possibly be a better bet than Fernando Llorente. He would certainly give us a presence in the box and he used to have a good ground game as well.

Yes he missed from a few yards at the weekend but Harry Kane has done that several times.


If you are going to gamble on an injury prone player to provide short term cover then at £2m could well be worth a punt.



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Thursday, 10 January 2019

Would Fraser Forster make a good third choice?


Would Fraser Forster make a good third choice?

Fraser-Forster

Southampton and England goalkeeper Fraser Forster is out in the cold at the South Coast club and doesn't fit in with the new coach's plans.

The former RB Leipzig manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl, said today in his pre-game press conference that the former England stopper, he gained 6 full international caps, would play for the Under-23team so prospective buyers could have a look at him.

The question is would he make a good signing as third-choice goalkeeper or would his wages be too much?

He is a 30-year-old (31 in March) now but has been st on a bench for a year, although he did sign a new contract in 2017 to take him until 2022 so may be too expensive for a number three.

Forster lost his place after we beat them 5-2 on 28 December 2017. The following game was against Manchester United where he was dropped to the bench and stayed there until the end of the season. 

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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Elif Elmas and Julian Weigl


Transfer Talk - Elif Elmas and Julian Weigl

Elif-Elmas


Elif Elmas is a Macedonian international (he has 5 full caps) who plays for Turkish club Fenerbahçe. Being young the press predictably describe him as a wonder kid, isn't everyone according to them!

The 19-year-old (20 in September) is being tracked by Lazio, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund among others.

The skillful central midfielder could be a possible replacement for Mousa Dembélé. It has been suggested elsewhere that he isn't playing enough but he has been involved in 17 games, starting 11 and coming on as a substitute in 6 more. 

He has played 1,076 and played full games in 8 of the last 9 Süper Lig games. This news doesn't originate in Turkey but can be found in the Italian press.

Websites over here suggest if Spurs beat Real Madrid to his signature it shows how far they have come, which is complete nonsense as Real Madrid may not even try to sign him. Why can't journalists grasp that if you watch a player you are not actively buying him, you are just assessing him and many will be rejected.

Julian-Weigl

Bild suggests that Spurs have approached 23-year-old (24 in September) Borussia Dortmund defensive midfielder Julian Weigl, who has a contract until 2021.

He is out of favour at the moment having made just 4 appearances in the Bundesliga (240 minutes) and 3 in the UEFA Champions League (199 minutes).

Weigl is wanted by Monchi at Roma and PSG, who are managed by former Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel, while yet another report in Bild says the club will not sell him in case Axel Witsel gets injured. Like us they have a congested fixture list coming up and we are due to play them in the UEFA Champions League in February.

Spurs need to wait until the summer anyway, but he is just one of many central midfielders we are looking at, as you are all aware.

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Monday, 7 January 2019

Eriksen and Isco Swap


Tottenham Transfer Talk

Christian-Eriksen

The latest rumours in Spain suggest that Tottenham more receptive of the idea of 26-year-old (27 next February) Christian Eriksen moving to Real Madrid, but only if 26-year-old (27 next April) Isco or 22-year-old (23 next January) Marco Asensio comes in the other direction.

Eriksen is stalling on a new contract and it will be his desire that decides what happens next summer, not the Spurs management just selling him to raise cash, although it would if Real Madrid could find some.

He would command a fee in excess of that for Coutinho who joined Barcelona and hasn't been a success for a basic £117m plus £29m add-ons (£146m). The figure reportedly quoted to Barcelona last summer was £190m which is being reported in the Daily Express as new news!

These informal chats will no doubt be contingency plans if Eriksen decides to leave. It would be irresponsible of a club to wait until a player definitely decides to leave and not have scoured the market for other options should that eventuality arise.

These sort of chats take place all the time between clubs or agents, nobody is in the business of trying to leave a player or a club in the lurch. Prior warning of possible intentions allows clubs to sound out these sort of potential deals.

It will be a big summer for Spurs and Daniel Levy's team are going to have to work hard to try and shift players early in the window, which means negotiations before the end of the season, to be able to bring in some new blood.

Since I wrote this on 22 December Isco still hasn't started a game under interim manager Santiago Solari and it is now being reported in the national press.

Reports from Italy tell us that Tottenham and Manchester City have sent scouts to watch 18-year-old (19 next May) AC Milan Under-19 and Italian Under-20 (2 caps) right-back Raoul Bellanova.

According to Millannews.it, the agent of the player and the Italian club are so far to reach an agreement on a contract. Torino, Atalanta and Sampdoria as well as the two Premier League sides, while Bologna, Sassuolo and Juventus have asked to be kept informed of his situation.

He currently has a contract ending in the summer.

Football Whispers, probably bringing news from a Dutch newspaper, suggest Spurs are keen on 23-year-old (24 next January) Feyenoord and Dutch international (15 caps) central-midfielder Tonny Vilhena.

He is under contract until 2020, he is also being tracked by AC Milan and Roma.

AC Milan, however, has FFP issues and have been told by UEFA that if they don't break even by June 2011 they will be banned from Europe. The Italian club successfully fought a two-year ban last summer.

Adrien Rabiot is simply asking too much wages, which neither PSG or ourselves are willing to pay. He is reportedly earning €60,000 per week and wants a €10m annual salary, which equates to €192,307-a-week.

Somewhat of a difference. He has previously used clubs before to get a wage increase at PSG, or his mother has. With Barcelona being mentioned it sounds very much as if he is doing the same again.




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Spurs monitoring Diawara but he's not playing at Napoli


Tottenham Transfer Talk

Amadou-Diawara

The summer we will see changes to the Spurs squad as Mauricio Pochettino tries to improve it further. Central and defensive midfield have been an issue this season with Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembélé all being injured at the same time.

Wanyama and Dembélé may move on leaving more chances for Oliver Skipp but also a need for at least one replacement. A player we have been following is 21-year-old (22 in July) Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara.

He is reportedly unhappy as he is now getting even less game time under new manager Carlo Ancelotti than he was under Maurizio Sarri before he left for Chelsea. He has played just 483 minutes equivalent to 9.22 full games.


The director of RMC Sport, Niccolò Ceccarini, writes that Carlo Ancelloti wants to keep Diawara and that a sale would only happen if a Super offer came in, which won't happen from an Italian side as they don't have the money.

Fiorentina are interested in taking him on loan, Wolves are interested with reports suggesting £31.33 million (€35m) which is a little premature considering it's suggested he won't even be allowed to leave on loan until 20th January at the earliest.

The promising defensive midfielder is an excellent tackler and has a good short passing game. He closes spaces, intercepts the ball and has the physicality to play the role. However, he can hold the ball when moving forward too.

He has an ability to beat a press and possess an excellent long passing game in addition to a short one. he excelled in Serie A when he first arrived at Bologna but a slump in form saw him struggle for game time at Napoli. First, he was second fiddle to Jorginho, then he hasn't been given the trust of his head coaches.

Diawara fits our profile of a good footballer young enough to improve with the physicality to handle the Premier League. There is a quality footballer in there waiting to be developed.

He has Italian citizenship but turned down Italy to represent his homeland (as all players should) Guinea. That does mean that any club will lose him to the African Cup of Nations in January every two years.



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Sunday, 6 January 2019

Quiet January Transfer Window


A Quiet January Transfer Window For Spurs

Transfer-Talk

I wrote this on 31st December and after Pochettino's comments it looks as though I have the situation spot on.

The January transfer window is nearly upon us so the media will and are fuelling transfer speculation with little thought to the actual practicalities.

Tottenham will not have a busy transfer window. Clubs do not want to lose the type of player we want mid-season, they can't properly replace them. They can't give them a pre-season to get used to their teammates or the clubs system of play.

Spurs do not want to sign players just for numbers, the fans seem to, but Mauricio Pochettino doesn't.

Cue the stupid whinging about Levy not spending money or not having the desire. Both are beyond ludicrous if you understand the context, the actual practicalities of our situation both on and off the pitch.

We have been unable to shift players, hence we can't buy as there are no squad places available. We even have Vincent Janssen on the books without a squad number, that alone should tell you all you need to know about our situation.

Fernando Llorente looks to have secured a deal with Galatasaray to lave in January but Janssen and N'Koudou both need to be offloaded as well before we can buy.

There is also Toby Alderweireld to consider. The club needs to know what is happening there as there has been an interesting development in Holland.

Ajax have agreed a deal with Boca Juniors to sign 25-year-old (26 next September) centre-back Lisandro Magallán on a four and a half year contract for £8.06 million (€9m).

Tottenham are just one of a host of clubs who want to sign 19-year-old (20 next August) Ajax captain and centre-half, Matthijs de Ligt, who we tried to sign last summer but Ajax wanted to hold onto him for another season.


Without Alderweireld leaving there is probably not a place available, especially given the development of Juan Foyth. We do seem to like Ajax defenders, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and we have Christian Eriksen in midfield of course.

With the likes of Barcelona interested de Ligt will be a difficult one to sign, but the signings we want are all difficult and highly unlikely to happen in January.



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Friday, 4 January 2019

Romero, Todibo, Andersen, Kessi, Sturridge


Tottenham Transfer Talk


With the release cause being activated when Spurs added a year to Toby Alderweireld's contract and his desire to leave last summer, Tottenham have been scouting central defenders.

The first choice remains Matthijs de Ligt, but half of Europe wants him including the likes of Barcelona and Juventus.

Three other options we have cast an eye over are:

🇦🇷 Cristian Romero - Genoa 🇫🇷 Jean-Clair Todibo - Toulouse 🇩🇰 Joachim Andersen - Sampdoria

Marca suggests that Todibo has agreed a four year deal with Barcelona and will join them in the summer on a free transfer so, if true, that would rule him out.

The Italian media suggest Juventus are very keen on Romero and Andersen is wanted by a host of clubs in Italy and England.

In central midfield we have continued to keep an eye on 22-year-old (23 in December) Ivorian international (25 international caps) Franck Kessi who plays for AC Milan. He has a contract until 2022 and the Italian club turned down Wolves €40m offer last summer which was £36 million then.

His sale will hinge on AC Milan's finishing position in Serie A. They have financial difficulties and have been warned they will get a European ban unless they start to break even. Clubs can not just spend what they like or just increase their wage bill as they like under FFP rules.

If they do not qualify for the UCL and therefore receive the extra money it generates, then they will have to raise money through player sales.


This summer there are quite a few players out of contract in the Premier League, they include.

A.Ramsey (Arsenal)
D.Welbeck (Arsenal)
N.Monreal (Arsenal)
C.Fábregas (Chelsea)
D.Luiz (Chelsea)
O.Giroud (Chelsea)
G.Cahill (Chelsea)
L.Baines (Everton)
P.Jagielka (Everton)
D.Simpson (Leicester City)
J.Milner (Liverpool)
D.Sturridge (Liverpool)
A.Moreno (Liverpool)
V.Kompany (Manchester City)
A.Herrera (Manchester United)
P.Jones (Manchester United)
M.Darmian (Manchester United)
A.Valencia (Manchester United)
A.Young (Manchester United)
M.Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur)
Michel Vorm) Tottenham Hotspur)
Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur)
A.Carroll (West Ham United)


If we could get him on sensible wages I'd sign Daniel Sturridge as back up to Kane. He is not ideal, he can be selfish, but he knows where the goal is. Yes, he has injury issues but Llorente hardly plays so Sturridge would surely be able to play more and offer more of a threat.

He is also English so helps our homegrown quota and association trained quota, which allows us another non-associated trained player in the UEFA Champions League squad, of which the first in line in Juan Foyth.

COYS


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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Spurs interest in Pépé and Donny van de Beek


Tottenham Transfer Talk


Nicolas Pépé is another winger we have been watching the development of. He is a 23-year-old (24 in May) left-footed right winger who can also play as a centre-forward. It isn't just us who are interested, both Arsenal and Manchester City are interested.

This season he has scored 12 goals and has 7 assists in 19 games. His contract runs out in 2022 and Lille do not want to sell this window.



Donny van de Beek, André Onana, Matthijs de Ligt, Frankie de Jong, David Neres, and Kasper Dolberg are all Ajax players and are all being watched. 

Spurs tried to sign Matthijs de Ligt last summer but like the others, Ajax wanted to keep him for an extra year. We will clearly be holding discussions with him to see if we can do a deal but he may, of course, be wanting to join Barcelona or Juventus.

Tottenham are taking a keen interest in 21-year-old (22 in April) central midfielder Donny van de Beek at the moment while we scour the globe for a long-term replacement for 31-year-old (32 in July) Mousa Dembélé who is out of contract in the summer.

Obviously, we have to shift some non-homegrown players, in addition to Vincent Janssen, before we can bring anyone in so it is unlikely to be a busy window for Spurs.

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Sunday, 2 September 2018

Pochettino monitoring Neves


Pochettino Monitoring Neves

Pochettino-monitoring-Neves

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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
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.

Midfielders
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
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.
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