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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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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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Zaniolo watched again, Shashoua wins Spanish title

11:46 am

Spurs watch Zaniolo again and on-loan Spurs youngster Shashoua wins Spanish title


It is a great time for on-loan Tottenham Hotspur youngster Samuel (Sam) Shashoua right now. Today is his 20th birthday and his side CD Atlético Baleares have won Segunda B Group 3 in Spain.

This extends the left-wingers season as they now take part in the pla-offs for promotion to the second tier of Spanish football. He has had 7 goals and 3 assists in 32 games, playing 2,368 minutes. 

Clearly, he hasn't been a bit-part player and winning a title while on loan can only help him develop mentally as a player. That experience is invaluable. He has a contract at Tottenham until 2020.


Transfer Talk

Tottenham are very interested in Nicolò Zaniolo, the Roma midfielder and once again sent a scout to watch him play at the weekend. 

It was a final day 2-0 win at home over Serie A champions Juventus, which secured their place ahead of Torino for the qualification round of the Europa League by virtue of finishing 6th. AC Milan finished 5th in the automatic qualifying spot on goal difference.

The Italian international (he has 2 full caps) attacking midfielder has scored 6 goals and had 2 assists in 35 games this season, playing 2, 191 minutes of football.

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Youri Tielemans

7:26 am

Spurs Have Been Following Tielemans For Years

Youri Tielemans told VTMNieuws he expects to return to Monaco this summer.

“I expect that I will return to Monaco in the summer unless something’s moving. At the moment there’s nothing. If things are going well you want to keep it like that. I don’t know what Monaco will be asking, so I can’t talk about it.”

Leicester City would like to keep the 22-year-old (23 next May) Belgian international (he has 21 full caps scoring 1 goal), but they don’t have an option to buy him in their loan deal. 

Monaco were asking around £40m back in January. with both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United continuing to follow his progress. We have both been watching him for years now and agents from both clubs have been in touch,

Bayern Munich and Arsenal have also been mentioned as destinations for the central midfielder.

Neither Spurs or Man United have made any concrete offers to Monaco for Tielemans, but both have sounded out a guideline transfer fee.

Speaking for Tottenham, we have been waiting until we know whether we will be competing in the UEFA Champions League next season before firming up interest in players. It makes a huge difference, not just to our income, but to our appeal to players.

In addition, we need to know the future of Christian Eriksen. When you sell a player you do not always make a like for like replacement and that can affect who else you buy.

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Spurs signing André Gomes

1:12 pm

Tottenham to sign Barcelona central midfielder André Gomes, terms agreed


Tottenham have agreed on personal terms with on-loan 25-year-old (26 in July) Everton midfielder André Gomes after a meeting with his agent during the last week.

Tottenham have been meeting his agent and have now agreed on terms for a permanent transfer this summer after gaining Premier League experience at Everton. A report suggests Barcelona are simply awaiting a formal offer which they will accept.

What that means is that the two clubs have already discussed a deal and agreed on a transfer in principle and agreed a figure, if not how that figure will be paid. The fee will be £25.87 million (€30m) including add-ons.

Gomes decided to leave Barcelona last summer, he wasn't getting the game time he wanted and with the Spanish champions telling Frenkie de Jong they will sell two midfielders to make way for him, the Portuguese international (he has 29 caps) central midfielder is one of them.

Incidentally, they also told De Jong that they will do all they can to sign Matthijs de Ligt and a deal with him looks to have been agreed already too.

Gomes has won 9 trophies in his career to date, the European Championships (2016) with Portugal, a LaLiga title (2017/18), 2 Spanish Cups (2016/17, 2017/18), a Spanish Super Cup (2016/17), a Portuguese Primeira Liga title (2013/14), a Portuguese Cup (2014), a Portuguese League Cup (2013/14) and a Portuguese Super Cup in 2014.

He found his game didn't fit Barcelona's style and went on loan to Everton who have a purchase option, however, Spurs have made him a better offer and can offer him UEFA Champions League football too.

Tottenham have done more than just negotiate rough terms, we have thrashed out every detail with his agent and Barcelona are fully aware of the situation. They want the transfer agreed as soon as possible to provide funds for their own transfer activity.

We have been awaiting qualification to next season'sChampions League before buying him and that is all but assured now. We can expect quick movement after the weekend.

Tottenham are also interested in Malcolm, but negotiations are not advanced with him and he has various options abroad too. Not in manager Ernesto Valverde plans, he has indicated he would be willing to move to the Premier League.

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Transfer News

8:00 pm

Spurs Transfer News

Tottenham have asked about the availability of AS Roma’s Nicolò Zaniolo.

The 19-year-old (20 in July) attacking midfielder who has won 2 full Italian caps is valued at £57.29 million (€67m) by CIES Football Observatory and as they take into account contract length, they have a record of being rather accurate.

His agent says there is a high possibility that he will sign a contract extension at Roma so it sounds like an uphill battle to sign him.

Another potential Tottenham target on the CIES Football Observatory list is Fulham player Ryan Sessegnon. The 18-year-old (19 in May) who wants to remain in London is valued at £37.2 million (€43.5m).

The England Under-21 international was a huge hit in the Championship but has had a tough season at Premier League level in a poor Fulham side. That has subsided the silly talk last summer of £50 million (€58.47m) last summer.

Spurs are also said to be watching 24-year-old (25 later this month) left winger Rodrigo De Paul and 23-year-old (24 next April) central midfielder Giovani Lo Celso,

Both are Argentinian internationals. Rodrigo De Paul plays for Udinese in Italy and Celiso has been on loan at Real Betis in Spain from French side PSG, a loan move which was made permanent until 2021.
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Transfer Talk - Andersen and Brozović

1:11 pm

Transfer Talk - Andersen and Brozović


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.


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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Transfer Talk - Suso, Kessié and Perišić

1:00 pm

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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Another 10 Players Spurs Are Scouting

6:00 pm

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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10 More Players Spurs are Scouting

7:21 pm

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

8:30 am

Doubtful Janssen Will Get Any Game Time


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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Would Costa be a better bet than Lamela?

5:00 pm

Would Costa be a better bet than Lamela?


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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Players being scouted

2:14 pm

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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Eriksen and Rabiot

7:01 pm

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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