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It makes a change to get rid of deadwood

7:00 pm
Tottenham has a history of not being able to get rid of the deadwood, players that hang around for their wages even if they are consistently not figuring in the first team.

Since November Mauricio Pochettino has been making it quite clear to certain players that they have no future at the club and that they will not figure in the first team matchday squads. Daniel Levy has supported his manager to change the playing staff and it appears to be working.

Paulinho has gone to China and his £60,000-a-week (US$93,477 - AUS$126.083 - €93,561) wages are off the books. Etienne Capoue has joined Watford, Younès Kaboul is having a medical at Sunderland before he completes his £3 million (US$4.68m - AUS$6.3m - €4.29m) move.

Of other players, Emmanuel Adebayor will be frozen out again if he stays and reports suggest he won't even be given a squad number. Roberto Soldado needs to rediscover his goalscoring touch, but Pochettino likes him, Benjamin Stambouli is being chased by PSG.

The Frenchman has agreed to return home and has now agreed terms with the top club in France. All that remains is for Spurs and PSG to reach agreement over a fee which isn't expected to be a problem. Spurs want £6.20 million (US$9.66m - AUS$13.03m - €8.87m) while PSG are offering £4.50 million (US$7.01m - AUS$9.45m - €6.43m) so the club will at worse not be making a loss on him.

Vlad Chiriches is wanted by Galatasaray and again it is only agreeing a fee that is holding up a deal, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Brad Friedel have also left.

That leaves Aaron Lennon on £55,000-a-week (US$85,753 - AUS$115,666 - €78,782) waiting to leave, Everton want our winger permanently but we will have to lower our fee, it seems a little crazy that we want over double the Younès Kaboul fee but then they have the same stance over Kevin Mirallas..

It has felt all summer that we are making significant changes to put together a squad for the next few years, a squad that is suited to the system we are now playing. The transfer window has only been open for 16 days, but everyone is trying to do early deals because the season starts on 8 August with the 2016 UEFA European Championships next summer.

This season should be a season where we continue to move forward, whether we can close the gap enough on the top four is another question, they can pay double our wages. We have to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts, if we can then we have a chance, if we can't we don't. It's only a couple of weeks now and we can start watching football again and get involved with the season, can't wait.

Further Tottenham Reading
Spurs could/should be doing more with the loan system
Europe League is important for Tottenham
A further delve into the financial side of Tottenham

It makes a change to get rid of deadwood It makes a change to get rid of deadwood Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:00 pm Rating: 5

Turks ask about Chiriches

8:42 am
Galatasaray are just one of a number of clubs looking to pick up a bargain as Tottenham try to clear the deadwood at White Hart Lane.

Vlad Chiriches was an accident waiting to happen from the very beginning and went on to prove the initial assessment accurate with a string of unreliable performances. In a different country, where the football suits him better, he will hope to resurrect his club career.

Galatasaray are after Younes Kaboul and have also made enquiries for the Romanian centre-back. Tottenham are looking to recoup £5.04 million (US$7.78m - AUS$10.43m - €7m) have suggested £3.61 million (US$5.60m - AUS$7.26m - €5m) according to Turkish site sporhaber7. Personally I think they have got their figures wrong and failed to convert pounds to euros, which is possibly the same with the Kaboul story.

The report says that Galatasaray asked us for permission to speak to several of our players, they have subsequently spoken to Roberto Soldado, who prefers a move to Spain and Younes Kaboul, who they are trying to a fee for. It is suggested Chiriches will be offered a four-year contract.

Fingers crossed there may be some truth and he departs soon, however it is far more likely that Galatasaray are going to sign just one of them and that Kaboul is the first choice with Chiriches a backup if they can't secure the Frenchman.

Further Reading
Galatasaray back for Kaboul
Mike Ashley is not a Spurs fan

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Galatasaray back for Kaboul

8:00 pm
The change in Tottenham continues this summer and we are starting to feel like we did in 2013, understanding it may take time but excited to see new signings.

Those new signings have been brought with the type of player in mind that our system requires. We will line up, not with a team of stars, but with a team built to grow with the system. Clearing the players we don't want continues and Younes Kaboul is still talking with Galatasaray about a move.

They are not the only ones talking to him though, there are Premier League clubs, Schalke in Germany as well as Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş also. Reports from Turkey, specifically the Galatasaray Gazetesi, say that Kaboul is sympathetic to the Galatasaray offer and that Tottenham have yet to agree a fee.

We are sticking out for £3.61 million (US$5.60m - AUS$7.26m - €5m) they say, but Galatasaray only want to pay £2.51 million (US$3.85m - AUS$5.18m - €3.5m). Both sides want a deal done so Kaboul can move to Turkey on a £48,707-a-week (US$75,789m - AUS$98,092 - €67,308) 3-year contract.

Further Stories
Stadium atmosphere key to NFL link

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Now only a year left on Vertonghen's contract

8:00 pm
With the passing of June 30, another year has expired on players contracts and there are consequent, as of 1 July, a whole host of players entering the final year of their contracts.

Rhe Bosman ruling has now meant that the list of players entering their final year is the single most important piece of information during a summer transfer window. Having only a year left on the players contract deflates his value significantly, thus clubs can pick up players who they wouldn't be able to buy at full market value.

Morgan Schneiderlin is being sold by Southampton with two years left on his contract because he refuses to sign a new deal and the club want to, therefore sell him when his value is high, next summer it would be half what it is now. In the summer of 2014 Jan Vertonghen refused to sign a new contract. The press suggested he had been promised the captaincy, which in the end he wasn't given. Despite there being a two-year option on his contract that can only be exercised if both parties agree, a club can't force a contract on a player who doesn't want it and a player can't force a club to employ if they choose not to exercise the option.

I took a lot of stick from Everton fans yelling about an option in his contract which is entirely irrelevant if the player or club refuse to agree to exercise the option. His value does not increase by having an option because in effect it is meaningless until it's signed. He like Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, Emmanuel Adebayor, Tom Carroll, Alex Pritchard and Aaron Lennon are in the final year of their contracts and their market value to other clubs is thus diminished.

Agents, players and clubs all know a player's value is deflated and use it to snap up a perceived bargain while for some individuals it is a way a club demonstrates they are not wanted, they don't offer an extension.

Spurs are discussing new contracts with Jan Vertonghen and Alex Pritchard, the future of Tom Carroll remains unclear while the club want Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul and Aaron Lennon to leave. Will some sign, will some go, it's a waiting game, we'll see.

Now only a year left on Vertonghen's contract Now only a year left on Vertonghen's contract Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:00 pm Rating: 5

4 departed £16.84m raised

8:00 pm
A look at the squad numbers from when they were announced last season, 14 August 2014, reveals that numbers 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 20, 24, 29, 30, 32 and 35 are either sold, have left the club or are up for sale.

Nine first-team squad players have left since then and since the January transfer window closed we no longer have as playing members of the squad Holtby £4.66 million (US$7.4m - AUS$9.5m - €6.5m), Paulinho £9.93 million (US$15.66m - AUS$20.41m - €14m) Ceballos and Friedel.

Sell-on clauses in the contracts on Iago Falque and Massimo Luongo have netted us a further £2.25 million (US$3.51m - AUS$4.59m - €3.17m).

Total Income this window: £16.84 million (US$26.28m - AUS$34.33m - €23.75m)
Total Expenditure: £8 million (US$12.49m - AUS$16.30m - €11.29m) - Wimmer, Trippier

There are a further six we are actively trying to sell with another two we would sell if the right offer came along, Stambouli and Townsend, which is unlikely.


44. Cristian Ceballos
14. Lewis Holtby
8. Paulinho
Bongani Khumalo
16. Kyle Naughton
20. Michael Dawson
24. Brad Friedel
30. Sandro
32. Benoit Assou-Ekotto
35. Zeki Fryers

Looking for a buyer

9. Roberto Soldado
10. Emmanuel Adebayor
7. Aaron Lennon
29. Etienne Capoue
6. Vlad Chiriches
4. Younes Kaboul

Roberto Soldado has been linked with Galatasaray, Valencia and Juventus but only the Turkish seriously.
Emmanuel Adebayor would be happy to reunite with Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa but wants a payoff from us. Villa are being sold anyway so are perhaps in a state of limbo for a month. He has one year left on his contract.
Aaron Lennon has one year left on his contract is wanted by Everton but not at our £6 million asking price.
Etienne Capoue is wanted by Watford who have been holding discussions with us over the fee, terms are believed to have been agreed between player and club it is believed.
Vlad Chiriches has had enquiries but only Basel with any seriousness, Italy looks the most likely destination.
Younes Kaboul has one year left on his contract and has been the subject of interest from three Turkish clubs, Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş. There is also interest from an unnamed London club.

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Galatasaray to sign Glik instead of Kaboul

4:30 pm
Tottenham have tracked him as a potential replacement for Younès Kaboul, but now Galatasaray have enquired about Polish international captain and centre-back, Kamil Glik.

Glik is the 27-yar-old captain of Italian Serie A side Torino, who don't want to lose him but ure coming under increasing pressure from suitors, ourselves being one, to do just that. Bundesliga sides Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund have now been joined by Galatasaray in pursuit of him.

The Turkish champions, they beat rivals Fenerbahçe by 3 points, are looking to buy a centre-back before they put 24-year-old Turkish international Semih Kaya up for sale. TMW are suggesting that a bid of £11.39 million (US$17.94m - AUS$23.15m - €16m)

Reports from Turkey say Glik has a strong desire to play in the UEFA Champions League and that after initial talks they shook hands on a deal, one presumes a deal in principle with the terms to be fully agreed.

It's not looking good for the sale of Kaboul to Galatasaray, although reports say his representatives contacted Fenerbahçe for a move anyway and we can now rule out Kamil Glik coming to Tottenham.

Further Tottenham Reading
Have we found another one?
The Lloris and Kane rubbish
Has fatigue been Paulinho's problem?

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The For Sale List

10:30 am
All players have a price of course, but if the price, which is usually higher than a buying club wants to pay, is not met the player is going nowhere.

Tottenham have a list of players who are to be sold. We have a second list, as do all clubs, of players they we will listen to offers for and only sell if an advantageous deal comes along. That list is not very large, indeed unless a silly offer was made then it probably only contains a coupe of names, Benjamin Stambouli being one.

The club  are happy to keep Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend despite recent media speculation suggesting they are offered in all sorts of deals. Players names crop up in meetings naturally but the scenario'will you take these two as part payment for him' is rare, how many do you actually recall happening.

The suggestion we are offering players we are happy to keep when we have a whole list of players we are desperate to get rid of, would mean we are trying to put ourselves ina crazy position of having to buy about eight players. There are seven on the must sell list, add to that Friedel retiring, Yedlin probably going on loan, Ceballos being released and you have ten gone before you add any others.

Dele Alli, Alex Pritchard, Tom Carroll. Kieran Trippier, Kevin Wimmer are five to add, then we have another centre-back, a central midfielder, a wide attacker and two forwards to buy, that's another five making ten changes in all. If we were then to start changing Walker, Townsend, Stambouli we are talking crazy numbers and let's not forget Manchester United are trying to wear us down in their pursuit of Hugo Lloris.

As Tottenham are in a better financial position than all but five of the Premier League, then sales within the Premier League are unlikely, the players wages are usually too much for other clubs.

The For Sale List

1. Emmanuel Adebayor

It doesn't take a genius to work out what Adebayor wants will all his hollow words about being happy at Tottenham and wanting to stay. He is playing games, just as he did at Manchester City to try and collect a years wages and then move this summer anyway. Greed sums it up. he is happy  because most of the time he is nor in a match day squad is he, that is hardly a winning mentality is it. He is happy to earn in a week what takes you 4 years or more and do nothing for the privilege.

Plenty of clubs will want him, none will want to pay his wages so will look to exploit the situation and take him on loan for yhe season, ptabably on 50% wages. Aston Villa are certainly interested nd that is one club Adebayor would haooily play for with Tim Sherwood there.

2. Aaron Lennon

Lennon has no interst in going to a team in the bottom half of the table and be embroiled in a relegation fight. As I said at the very beginning of January he is only interested in 4 sides, Everton, which is where I said he go, Liverpool, Southampton and West Ham United. The other 4 big clubs wouldn't want him of course. That situation still remains, Everton want him but not at the price we want so will no doubt wait until late in the window to bring the price down. Lennon knows he won't be in the match day squad at Spurs.

3. Etienne Capoue

Another who will not be in the match day squad and if h harbours any hope of an international recall for the European Championships in his home country next summer then he has to move and play. Perhaps someone will grant him the guaranteed first-team place he seems to feel is his devinp right. The have been tebtative enquiries but as with all players at Tottenham his wages could prove a stumbling block for clubs like Watford, WBA, Real Sociedad and Italian sides.

4. Younes Kaboul

Obviously committed a serious misdemeanour or he wouldn't have been removed from media duties in November, he is the club captain and therefore the mouthpiece of the club, the squad. To silence that mouthpiece speaks volumes. Another who knows he is not wanted at the club and will not be in match day squads. His representatives have contacted clubs in Turkey who will welcome him with open arms given his Moroccan descent. The big three, Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş are all pursuing him and talks were held last week.

5. Vlad Chiriches

Chiriches hasn't improved since he arrived and the faster, more physical game in the Premier League has found him wanting. He is far more suited to the slower pace in Italy and I expect to see him end up there. There have been enquiries for him but nothing concrete to suggest a swift move.

6. Roberto Soldado

A goalscorer who can'r score goals, we know how to mess em up at Spurs. Spend a season not passing him the ball and have him playing for 2 seasons in a system where a lack of through balls means he has struggled to adapt. Now he would rather pass than shoot but he'll find his goalscoring touch. Galatasaray, Juventus and Valencia have all made enquiries, indeed Galatasaray representatives were in the country last week to discuss several transfer targets including Soldado and Kaboul.

There ar recent reports linking him with Atlético Madrid but the club fans have a huge problem with him. The tried to sign him last summer but the fans launched a campaign against the move, he was brought up through their hated rivals youth system, Real Madrid and in 2012 drove his studs into the head of Radamel Falcao causing him to beed stitches and miss several weeks. There is plenty of bad blood between the two.

There are suggestions that the fee is only half with the rest add-ons, having a contact in Valencia at the time of the transfer, I know that is not the case. Someone has mixed up instalment payments with add-ons. It would be the worse deal in Valencia's history if they sold a goalscorer for the figures being suggested, the fact he has failed to score since is irrelevant to the transfer.

Soldado will cost Tottenham £24 million (US$38.11m - AUS$49.05m - €33.48m) not the £13 million (US$20.64m - AUS$26.57m - €18.14m) suggested, that is just the instalments for 2 years, there are still another 2 years instalments to pay whether we sell him or not.

Name me one other deal that has has £13 million of add-ons in a transfer fee of that size. Valencia didn't want any add-ons at all and wanted payment over 2 years, they suddenly collapsed and agreed to an absurd deal.

7. Paulinho

Paulinho went back to the World Cup in Brazil and all their fans were asking what we had done to him, he was a shadow of the player he had been a year before. If I were to hazard a guess I'd say he has bottled it ever since he was tackled by Charlie Adams. After that tackle he was a different player, he didn't tackle much, he went forward less, he started passing sideways an passing the buck. He didn't bother to learn the language and played as if he didn't want to be here. Hopefully this summer he will get his wish, we don't want him her either.

Did we scout him or was he a player put forward by an agency to us? he has already stated he is not going to return to Brazil so reports suggesting he could be going back there soon are wide of the mark, he wants to stay with the many other Brazilians where there is more money, Europe. He is another player who will probably end up in Italy and another we will make a loss on.

Further Reading
Lewis Holtby auto-buy clause

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Galatasaray meeting for Kaboul today

4:55 pm
Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Younès Kaboul has a Moroccan descent so Turkish sides are keen to get hold of his services.

A 20-year-old French international with European and Premier League experience is a big pull for them and three of the largest sides all want him, Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş. Tottenham wish to conclude a deal before Kaboul moves into the final year of his contract on 1 July and all three Turkish clubs are trying to sign him this week.

Turkish news outlet AMK (link opens in a new window) report that Galatasaray officials are meeting Tottenham officials today. You'll recall the reports over the weekend that both Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe were flying to London this week.

This is the second meeting between the clubs and if they can agree a fee the Galatasaray officials will contact Kaboul's representatives to discuss terms. It was reported in Turkey previously that the Kaboul camp contacted Fenerbahçe to say he's like to move to Turkey. Preliminary talks will already have been held to get a ball park figure of wages so you would expect personal terms not to be a problem, although they were the reason he didn't join Beşiktaş in January.

If a deal can be agreed it will be encouraging to see a player depart when we have already boughht his replacement, Austrian international Kevin Wimmer.

Further Reading
Massive difference in shot times reveal why Rose was picked ahead of Davies

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Defender shot times throw up a surprise

8:30 pm
When undertaking the player assessment of Mousa Dembélé I created a rather telling and interesting statistic on my spreadsheet, shooting time. That has spawned a revealing four part series released over the next three nights at 8.30pm GMT.

How long is a player on the field, how many shots does he take and then calculate how many minutes it takes him to have a shot. Right now before you read any further you may wish to quickly jot down your own table and see how accurate it is. Andros Townsend will appear high on many but do the statistics bear out the perception?

Because there is comment to make and the article started to get rather long I have split it into sections and then I'll being it all together with an overall table so keep an eye out for that and see how accurate you are.

Now you can't really compare everyone together as, obviously, they all play in different positions so I have grouped them, defenders, defensive midfield players, second defensive midfield but box-to-box link player, attacking midfield players, strikers, before an overall shooting time league table.

I'll start at the back with the full-backs and central defenders, they throw up a revealing statistic. The players in this section are Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Vlad Chiriches, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen, Younès Kaboul, Ben Davies and Danny Rose.

The time is arrived at by taking the total amount of time on the pitch in the Premier League over the season and dividing that by the number of shots a player takes, thus giving us a time it takes him to have a shot. The lower the figure the more shots a player gets in, the higher the less.

Shooting Time Tables

Premier League Only
Player - Mins Per Shot
Danny Rose 98.75
Federico Fazio 161.45
Eric Dier 191.50
Younès Kaboul 198.00
Jan Vertonghen 216.23
Kyle Walker 261.20
Vlad Chiriches 707.00
Ben Davies 898.00

The big statistics for me there are the Danny Rose vs Ben Davies comparison, one offers a vital attacking threat and one doesn't. While everything is not cut and dried on one statistic, the huge difference tells a story. In football today the full-back has to be an attacking outlet, how you combine the two dictates how good you are.

Of course defending is his role but without offering an attacking outlet he then has to have a traditional winger in front of him and we don't play that system, successful sides don't play that system, they use inverted wingers or wingers who cut in to become a goal threat.

If you look when Hugo Lloris has the ball you will see the full-backs on the halfway line, the two centre-backs split the width of the penalty box with the two defensive midfielders in the space between. That's how we play, one of the defensive midfielders acts as a third centre-back when needed and holds up play for the full-backs and his partner to get back.

The misconception is that the full-backs are out of position, they aren't, the traditional full-back would be yes, but we don't play with traditional full-backs, everything has to be assessed with our system, not a system we don't, or fans would like us to play.

Ben Davies, as I said in his individual player assessment, needs to fins a way of having a greater attacking threat. he lacks the speed of Rose to get back, now that he's using it, so has to use intelligence to pick and choose his moments. He'll no doubt be deployed in the UEFA Europa League again, in which he was given rather a torrid time. Showing he can keep the ball for the side and be creative with his passing may be the only way he'll depose Rose.

How accurate were you?

Next up in the four part Time Shot Series atr the six defensive midfielder players, both split into two and grouped together. draw up your table and I'll reveal all at 8,30pm GMT, there is a pretty damning statistic for one of them.
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Galatasaray Kaboul 3-year contract £48K

8:30 am
Yesterday I covered the story of Fenerbahçe President Aziz Yildirim and Technical Director Vítor Pereira and their journey to London with a shopping list of names that included Younès Kaboul and Mohamed Salah.

Slaven Bilić was manager at Beşiktaş before joining West Ham United and tried to sign him in January but while it's though his price was the problem, the Turkish media have reported that it was his wages that were the problem.

A third Turkish side have emerged as wanting to sign him and they can offer him guaranteed UEFA Champions League football, Super Lig champions Galatasaray. It is not the first time Galatasaray have tried to lure the Frenchman but he has had injuries and was still required by Tottenham then.

Galatasaray president, Dursun Aydın Özbek, only took over the post in 23rd May this year and he has authorised the purchase of 29-year-old Kaboul according to a Turkish media report. He has authorised a transfer budget of £3.61 million (US$5.60m - AUS$7.26m - €5m) but Tottenham are looking for £5 million (US$7.78m - AUS$10.06m - €6.91m).

The clubs are not miles apart but given the desire to remove him from the wage list and bring in a new centre-back to replace him, you would think an agreement on price can be reached without too much difficulty.

Team manager Cenk Ergün has authorised the administration manager to complete the paperwork if they obtain agreement. Club representatives will fly to London this week to meet with Tottenham executives, Kaboul and his representatives, they want to complete a deal this week.

Galatasaray will be offering him a three-year contract worth £48,707-a-week (US$75,789m - AUS$98,092 - €67,308), that's a breakdown of the three year offer of 10.5 million EUR.

Kaboul is also wanted by Stoke City, West ham United, Watford, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş, who still want him despite Slaven Bilić leaving for West Ham, however given reports he or his representatives contacted Fenerbahçe to initiate a move Turkey may be his next destination.

Further Tottenham Reading
Daniel Levy must change Tottenaham
Creating winners, not players

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Fenerbahçe director has been to London for Kaboul

4:30 pm
Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Younès Kaboul is a wanted man in Turkey, fortunately only for his football though.

Turkish club Fenerbahçe are in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League and President Aziz Yildirim has a shopping list of players to strengthen his side. He and Technical Director Vítor Pereira have made trips to London to conduct the initial negotiations and a further trip for Pereira is planned.

That shopping list includes 22-year-old Mohamed Salah and 28-year-old John Obi Mikel from Chelsea, 28-year-old Nani and 21-year-old Robin van Persie from Manchester United and finally from Tottenham, 29-year-old captain Younès Kaboul.

Of those the Turkish press are reporting that Mohaned Salah is thought by former Portuguese international Pereira to be a very difficult signature to secure. They are keen however to tie up some of their targets as soon as possible. Fenerbahçe initially offered £3.26 million (US$5.07m - AUS$6.55m - €4.5m and are of the impression that a deal reached.

To that end Kaboul, who has a Moroccan descent, might seem an easy option but Fenerbahçe are not the only side interested in him, although Turkish reports suggest he, or his representatives, have contacted Fenerbahçe to initiate a move.

They face competition from Premier League sides looking for an experienced centre-back, Watford have already made enquiries, from Italy and also from their Turkish rivals Galatasaray.

New West Ham United manager Slaven Bilić is a Kaboul fan, he tried to sign him for Beşiktaş in January, maybe he'll end up across London.

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Why the £10m Kaboul stories ar rubbish

4:30 pm
Someone at the Daily Star is trying to be mischievous with a shock story that has nothing to back it up. Naturally those that just regurgitate the news have fallen for it hook, line and sinker.

Daniel Levy is holding out for £10 million (US$15.62m - AUS$20.08m - €13.82m) for club captain Younes Kaboul from newly promoted Watford. Really? If you stop and think for two seconds and apply a spot of common sense then you would say the story is complete rubbish.

Several factors suggest the figure is a reporters invention, the story is a reporters invention, Watford may well have an interest but no club will have an interest at that price. Tottenham need to offload players, Mauricio Pochettino is being backed in the transfer market as we try to bring in quality youth and high quality youth. When you add someone to a wage bill you need to take someone off it, paying to sets of wages for a summer is plain stupid and Daniel Levy is no fool.

The incident in November meant Kaboul was stopped from talking to the media, this is the club captain, the voice of the club. He hardly played for the club again and he wasn't selected in the AIA Cup squad that went to Malaysia and Australia. The club captain not on tour tells you, if you didn't already know, that the club don't want him and don't want him associated with the brand.

Vlad Chiriches has been a disaster since he arrived for £8.36 million (US$12.97m - AUS$16.79m - €11.54m) as part of the 'Summer Seven' in 2013, yet now we are reported to ne willing to do a deal for him at around £7 million (US$10.86m - AUS$14.06m - €9.57m).

Last summer Italian clubs tried to but Kaboul, in January Turkish club Beşiktaş, then managed by now West Ham United manager Slaven Bilić, for £3.5 million (US$5.43m - AUS$7.03m - €4.83m), Spurs wanted £5 million (US$7.76m - AUS$10.04m - €6.90m). So according to the Daily Star, with 6 months less on his contract, it now has a year to run, when the price comes down, the club are supposed to have doubled it and priced him out of the market.

Utter rubbish, the story makes no sense whatsoever and thus is highly unlikely to be an accurate appraisal of the situation. This is a reporter deciding Daniel Levy tries to get the best price for a player and has come up with this almost certain invention because people will read it.

The Guardian are reporting that Spurs are truing to sell Jaboul for £5 million which is far more likely, that you can believe.

Further Artixles
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Yedlin makes some telling observations

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Kaboul to Stuttgart

6:30 pm
Younès Kaboul was made Tottenham captain after it was reportedly offered to Jan Vertonghen in discussions over a new contract last summer but upon asking the players their opinion Kaboul was the name suggested.

It is easy to see why when you look at the appointments, Kaboul and Adebayor are senior figures, Spurs have a lot of youngsters coming through who do not need to be rocking the boat as it were. With Adebayor, Kaboul, Lennon as a triumvirate, I'm sure there were plenty who just went with the flow.

Since November though Kaboul has been kept away from the media and Adebayor, largely, away from the team. I am not telling you anything new when I say Younès Kaboul does not have a future at Spurs, that is pretty clear to everyone, including himself. We are hearing about lots of players we are scouting, negotiating with, making offers for but very little the other way, very little about outgoings.

The window may not have opened but that makes no difference, discussions for every club are in full flow. Like it or not most transfer business is done in the last 2 weeks of the window for every club, that's when players are cheapest, clubs must sell so they are more amenable to being flexible on price. It is not a Daniel Levy thing, it is not Levy trying to save money or be a skinflint, it's the way every club does business, financially it is common sense and finances do matter.

Younès Kaboul was interesting Beşiktaş last summer, but we couldn't agree a fee and Italian clubs. News now that VfB Stuttgart have him on their list of transfer targets. That is good news for Spurs because we want teenage striker Timo Werner, who we have had an offer of £7.35 million  (US$11.28m - AUS$14.62m - €10m) turned down.

Including Kaboul in any deal will certainly be explored by ourselves although the Bundesliga side don't want to sell Werner. We enquired in January and advised them Kaboul was available so a swap deal plus cash has been a possibility for months, that's not to say it will happen, but we'd like it to. The Germans would rather do a deal for Kaboul without Werner involved.

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Central defenders - who was top for Spurs?

7:30 pm

Player Assessment: Central Defenders

We'll start the assessments today with a key points comparison of the five central defenders at Tottenham and then more detailed assessments with individual articles where I'll look at their performance and what they future may have in store for them.

I have settled on like for like assessments so only look at Premier League games, although Chiriches and Dier will have their figures distorted by playing at right-back.

Premier League Statistics Only

Fazio vs Dier vs Vertonghen vs Chiriches vs Kaboul
Played:  20 - 28 - 32 - 10 - 11
Minutes: 1,766 - 2,298 - 2,811 - 707 - 990
Pass Completion: 80.49% - 78.57% - 85.17% - 81.52% - 79.96%
Forward Passes: 82.93% - 69.97% - 81.07% - 75.70% - 79.96%
Key Pass Time: 1 every 592 mins - 191.5 mins - 937 mins - 235.67 mins - 247.50 mins
Chance Creation Time: 1 every 592 mins - 164.14 mins - 937 mins - 235.67 mins - 247.50 mins
Positive Attacking Action: every 104.47 mins - 54.71 mins - 147.95 mins - 101 mins - 76.15 mins
(Total Minutes divided by Shots, Goals, Assists, Key passes, Chances Created combined)
Tackles Won: 49.02% - 54.17% - 55.84% - 45.45% - 48.28%
Blocks: 27 - 11 - 21 - 3 - 6
Interceptions: 173 - 139 - 239 - 26 -85 
Clearances: 78 - 48 - 70 - 27 - 34
Take On Success: 63.64% - 64.71% - 92.31% - 42.86% - 88.89%
Heading Success: 60.38% - 71.65% - 66.67% - 40.00% - 48.78%
Defensive Action: 1 every 6.63 mins - 11.61 mins - 8.52 mins - 12.63 mins - 7.92 mins
(Total Minutes divided by Blocks, Clearances, Interceptions)

Jan Vertonghen wins 5 sections, the Games Played, Minutes Played, Pass Completion, Tackles Won and Take-On Success.
Eric Dier wins 4 sections, the Key Pass Time, Chances Created Time, Positive Attacking Action and Heading Success.
Federico Fazio wins 4 sections, the Forward Passes, Blocks, Clearances and Defensive Action.
Vlad Chiriches wins 0 sections.
Younes Kaboul wins 0 sections.

Those stats alone pretty much sum up the central defenders, we have had to play most of the time using just the three because a centre-back who can only win 40% of headers isn't much use, especially when you throw in his other faults and Younes Kaboul has clearly has done something wrong, which I won't elaborate on here. He has only put in one decent performance and that was against Arsenal.

Kevim Wimmer has been signed from FC Koln and we assume two will leave, Kaboul and Chiriches. Will we be going into the season with four centre-backs or will we be buying another and have five? That we will have to wait and see.

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Goodbye Younes Kaboul

2:30 pm

Player Assessment: Younes Kaboul

The player assessment series continues with a look at the final centre-back and club captain Younes Kaboul.

Younes Kaboul

All things come to an end and it came to an end for Younes in a game I was at, Newcastle United away. The game finished and he sat down with a problem. The knee injury kept him out for a full season and the following year his body kept giving way to niggling injuries. A full pre-season and he was over any injury problems but could he get back to his best, could he get back to that one season of quality without the previous mistakes.

A new manager and Jan Vertonghem was reported to have already been offered the captaincy but Pochettino asked the players who they wanted and Kaboul was the name that came out. I suspect, as we had a lot of youngsters they didn't want to rock the boat and went along with the suggestions for the experienced players to do the job. I don't know that happened but I can easily see how it could.

Kaboul was appointed, Vertonghen refused to sign a new contract and we had the old Kaboul back. Being given the captaincy extended his contract by a year so it now runs until 2016 and he will have to be sold rather than leave as a free agent.

Steady performances with at least one regular howler thrown in that his team mates had to rescue him from. His one excellent game was against Arsenal at The Emirates, clearly a game that motivated him more than the others.

After the Stoke City defeat and the arguments, Kaboul is said to have gone to Pochettino to explain they don't agree with his tactics and claimed to have the backing of the players, if the rumours coming out of the club at the time are true. These rumours suggest he only had the backing of Adebayor, Capoue and Lennon, the youngsters being fully behind Pochettino.

That is said to have taken place after the Stoke City defeat in November. I can't say whether it is true or not, only that he stopped talking to the media and only played 1 Europa League game and 2 FA Cup games after. The club captain is not on the AIA Cup tour for the games against a Malaysian XI and Sydney FC. These are public relations games for our fans and sponsors around the world. Adebayor, Capoue and Lennon have hardly played for the club since either.

He has the attributes to be a top defender but he hasn't got there yet, perhaps another club can bring it out in him.

Premier League Games Only

Younes Kaboul
Played: 11
Minutes: 990
Total Passes: 499
Pass Completion: 79.96%
Forward Passes: 79.96%
Key Passes: 4
Key Pass Time: 1 every 247.50 minutes
Chances Created: 4
Chance Creation Time: 1 every 247.50 minutes
Shots: 5
Shot Accuracy: 33%
Goals: 0
Assists: 0
Positive Attacking Action: 1 every 76.15 minutes
(Total Minutes divided by Shots, Goals, Assists, Key passes, Chances Created combined)
Tackles Won:
Take On Success:
Header Success:
Defensive Action:
(Total Minutes divided by Blocks, Clearances, Interceptions)

Younes Kaboul has served Tottenham well but it is not time to depart and forge a new career at another club. He is a player who promised much and it is frustrating that we only saw the one excellent season from him. greater concentration, as he shows against Arsenal, would make him a formidable player again, it's the main aspect he needs to work on, he has the rest.

Best pf luck wherever you end up Younes.

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Kaboul may figure against West Ham or Fiorentina

4:30 pm
Younes Kaboul turned down West Ham on transfer deadline day because the wages  being offered were not enough as David Gold tried to get players in on the cheap and failed with all eight, which says something in itself.

Kaboul may figure against West Ham or Fiorentina

Besiktas were also interested in Kaboul having previously failed to agree a fee with Spurs the Turkish club offered £3.5 million but with the club having seemingly lined up a replacement in the summer they received the message he was no longer for sale.

That situation will change in a few months and Slaven Bilic will come back in for the Frenchman who turned down the chance to join Roma. Money rules and there is no money in Italian football so he'll keep picking up his Tottenham wages for training and occasionally playing if we have injuries or if someone needs a rest.

Besiktas, in Turkey,, the other being AEL Limassol at White Hart Lane. was one of the two UEFA Europa League games Kaboul played. That Besiktas game, which we lost 1-0, was his only game in December and in January he has played two FA Cup ties, but alas we are out of that competition now so his chances of game time are somewhat reduced.

He played two games in November, three in October, three in September and four in August so with just 15 appearances in the first 6 months of the season you'd calculate he couldn't be looking at more than 5 or 6 games for the remainder of it, depend really how far we go in the UEFA Europa League.

There are only 15 Premier League games left, a Capital One Cup Final and the UEFA Europa League knock-out stages to negotiate. With two games to play in a week before the Capital One Cup Final against Chelsea, he has a chance of figuring one of those against West Ham at home or Fiorentina away..

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Kaboul to Roma

11:28 am
Tottenham and Roma are discussing a loan deal for club captain Younes Kaboul who Spurs are keen to move on.

Kaboul to Roma

Roma manager Rudi García has Vlad Chiriches as his number one choice and has agreed personal terms with the players agents but as reported previously Tottenham are refusing to allow the Romanian captain to leave this window, he is needed as right-back cover with DeAndre Yedlin needing time to settle into the club, the system and the level of football.

Roma hare therefore looking at the possibility of taking Younes Kaboul on loan until the end of the season and then buying Chiriches in the summer, if they can come to a fee agreement with Spurs as that has proved difficult for Director of Football Walter Sabatini so far.

Eric Dier is now the back-up central defender with Winston Reid lined up for the summer, again as reported previously, but it's possible he could join today.

Tottenham want certain players out of the club and if realistic deals come in that see them depart, even only on a temporary basis, then the club will accept them. If the offer come in to buy one of them at the right price it will be snapped up regardless of the situation it leaves us in such is our desire to remove them. We do have contingency plans though that we'd try to put into operation.

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Kaboul for striker Werner

10:18 am
I have previously laid out the reasons why Tottenham are not interested in any loan deals without guaranteed buy clauses at the end and explained early on that with Financial Fair Play kicking in plus the Premier League rules on wage spending from TV money, that more and more clubs will look to loan deals with Spurs looking towards swap deals.

Kaboul for striker Werner

That assessment has proved to be accurate, we have discussed several swap deals Kevin Miralles and Mateo Destro to name just two. Now we are looking to swap club captain Younes Kaboul for 18-year-old striker Timo Werner from Stuttgart, who is under contract with the Bundesliga strugglers, they sit 15th of 18, until 2018.

The Germans are interested in Kaboul and have waited until the window is near the end to try and get him at the lowest price, Tottenham have suggested the highly rated Werner in the deal. He has played 965 minutes over 16 games, equivalent to 10.72 games, scoring 3 goals and making 1 assist. While learning his trade he scores a goal every 322 minutes and in a goal ction every 241 minutes.

Timo Werner Fact File
Date of birth: March 6th 1996
Place of birth: Stuttgart
Age: 18
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position: Centre forward
Foot: Both
In the team since: July 1st 2013
Contract until: 30th June 2018
Players' agents: Familienangehöriger (same as Hugo Lloris)
Transfermarkt Value: £10.56m ($15.93m - €14.05m - AUS$20.53m)

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Kaboul to Everton

8:30 am
Younes Kaboul, club captain. A club captain who is kept away from the press you notice, he no longer is the mouthpiece for the club, that task seems to ave fallen to Federico Fazio in the main, he seems to be commenting all the time. As I speculated in another article it looks to me as if he is being lined up to captain the side next season.

Kaboul to Everton

Kaboul hasn't been seen in the Premier League since Stoke City either with his only outing being in the UEFA Europa League on 11th December away to Besiktas. His absence explains why the Tottenham coaching staff are working hard with Eric Dier to ensure he is ready as back-up to Fazio and Vertonghen.

Aaron Lennon made the bench against Crystal Palace but has not even made the squad over the previous 5 games. He has played just 745 minutes this season in all competitions, the majority in the UEFA Europa League. In the Premier League he has played just 279  minutes, equivalent to 3 games and 9 minutes, from which he has managed 2 assists.

Both are no longer wanted by Tottenham so with Financial Fair Play rules kicking in Spurs, like other clubs, are looking more towards swap deals to move players about. before the story broke I wrote an article that Lennon would only be interested in a move to Everton, Liverpool, West Ham or Southampton, with everything else apart from City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal seen as a step down.

The story then broke that Everton were interested in Lennon, while Tottenham are interested in James McCarthy, who hasn't played for Everton since 28th December. Newspaper reporters have thrown £16 million ($24.2m - €20.48m) to £25 million ($37.81m - €32m) figures at us, with the lower figure being more accurate.

Initial enquiries have no doubt discussed that very point and the valuations on Lennon and Kaboul. We could end up seeing a swap deal plus cash involving 29-year-old Younes Kaboul and 27-year-old Aaron Lennon for 24-year-old James McCarthy. I wouldn't be surprised if 26-year-old Etienne Capoue wasn't discussed either.

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Everton are in need of an experienced centre-back replacement for 37-year-old Sylvain Distin, his contract is up in the summer and there are rumours of a bust-up with manager Roberto Martinez. Distin hasn't played a league game since the 28th December either. At 29 Younes Kaboul still has years ahead of him.

Such a deal would see Spurs offload around £110,000 a week ($166,350 - €140,800) off the wage bill, although we'd be adding around £55,000 ($83,180 - €74,000) to it, swap one home grown player for another and free up a non-home grown spot in the Premier League squad.

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Besiktas can't agree Kaboul price

8:30 pm
Tottenham have been locked in talks with Besiktas over the transfer of Younes kaboul with Daniel Levy wanting £5 million, id previous reports are accurate, for the unwanted club captain.

Everton are also known to be interested in him and he could be part of a swap deal for James McCarthy, while their is also interest in him from Italy.

Besiktas vice-president Ahmet Nur Çebi has said that talks with Tottenham have stalled over the asking price.

“Younes Kaboul was on our shortlist but unfortunately we have not been able to agree on price.  
“I do not see this transfer as being financially viable, we cannot meet the price Tottenham want for him, the only way this deal can go ahead is if we agree on price.” 

Now we don't know what Besiktas offered, probably under £3 million but we do need to move players. There is however plenty of time left in the transfer window so it may be that we see if a deal can be done elsewhere for a better price and if not we return to the deal to thrash out a price.

Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic wants him as he revealed to Turkish news outlet Askam.

“We need a right-back but I would like to see Younes Kaboul join as well."

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