Results for summer transfer targets

Injury plagued Destro an £11.8m bargain

6:41 pm
Another day another striker it seems and the majority of them we have been linked with before so they make for easy stories.

When we watch a player and don't sign them we don't just suddenly stop watching them or watching their situation. For some signings the timing is just not right for whatever reason, and there are many reasons a transfer doesn't take place. No plater has to join a club trying to sign him, something some fans and media seem to foiget, nor do a club have to pay more than they themselves value the player at.

Mattia Destro seems to be linked with usw each summer, he is highly thought of, the experts say he has tremendous ability but he does have a previously reported troublesome streak. The Roma striker was being given media figures of £25 million a couple of years ago and £16 million I believe last summer, if memory serves, Now according to the Metro Arsenal are lining up an £11.8 million and Tottenham are once again interested.

In 2013 he joined Roma for £10.12 million from Genoa, whom he went straight back on loan to for £3.96 million. AC Milan paid £440,000 for his loan until the end of the season and in his last game he scored against Roma, in Europe you can play against your parent club. Last season for Roma he scored 13 Serie A goals in 20 games, just 1,226 minutes game time. I say just because that equates to 13.94.31 minutes.

The right footed  Italian international is 24, not 25 until next March so fits in the age range Tottenham are now seeking. Destro is currently on loan at Italian giants AC Milan, whom he joined on loan in January and has scored 8 goals in 30 games this season for both clubs. His game time has been 1,597 minutes, which equates to 17.74 full games, a goal every 200 minutes.

Despite difficulties, he has had injuries on and off for the last 2 seasons, he can clearly score goals, he also has 1 international goal after 6 caps. Naturally being in Italy the media want to claim Franco Baldini must be the man pushing this and other deals, but Totenham are a major international business who have a team of analysis.

Headed by Paul Mitchell they dissect every game and evaluate a player against pre-determined criteria. If the numbers stack up then we scout them further and continue to monitor statistically. Baldini is merely a go between, a negotiator, he doesn't determine who Tottenham buy, a small group make those decisions, then we get the player we can get on our terms. Mauricio Pochettino is a part of the team making the decisions and he says yes or no to the players put to him by Paul Mitchell, who is working within the transfer strategy determined by the Board as part of the clubs business strategy.

If we sign Destro it won't be because Baldini is signing a player against Pochettino or the clubs wishes, or that he has decided he is the right man. If I were to rate our chances I'd say slim, how many Italians leave Italy to come and play in the Premier League, not many.

Injury plagued Destro an £11.8m bargain Injury plagued Destro an £11.8m bargain Reviewed by THBlogNews on 6:41 pm Rating: 5

25 goals, 6 assists, £6 million

5:08 pm
News of striker targets as the summer transfer window edges closer are growing pace. Scouts from clubs across Europe have been watching potential targets to assess them real time, rather than from a software replay.

Tottenham have two strikers to replace so it's not surprising their are plenty of names. Our transfer policy is to buy young and hungry and improve them, although I would expect one youngster up front and one more experienced player to be bought. Our cei;ling is for the £15 million mark, unless a special player becomes an option.

Guingamp president, Bertrand Desplat has revealed to Foot Mercato that his 27-year-old striker, Claudio Beauvue, is keen on a move to England.

“It seems that this is the will of Claudio to go to England, Hull and Tottenham have already expressed interest."

The French Lique 1 outfit sit 11th in the table after being thrashed 6-0 by PSG on Friday. Beauvue sits 5th in the French scoring charts with 15 goals.

1.Lacazette A.Lyon27
2.Gignac A.Marseille20
3.Ibrahimović Z.Paris SG19
4.Cavani E.Paris SG16
5.Beauvue C.Guingamp15

He stands just 1.74m (5ft 8in) tall so is not a target man and he can play on either wing so it may be that Pochettino is looking at him for any of the advanced four positions. Certainly it's an area we need competition, hardly any exists at present. He is right footed, has a contract until 2017 and is valued at around £6 million. Beauvue has 4 assists to his name in the league, 6 in all games where his goal tally stands at 25.

The striker is reported to have told Guingamp that he wants to leave at the end of the season and has revealed that he has an agreement with the president he will be allowed to go.

“The deal I had with the club president was that I would leave in the event of a beautiful season. The season has been very beautiful.”

With the players Spurs are being linked with and have clearly watched, Paul Mitchell and his analytical team have been hard at work during the last 3 months doing the background work for a change of playing personnel in the summer.

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Talks begin for German striker

7:49 pm
With Spurs limping towards the end of the season with a group of mentally shot and tired players, new recruits are desperately needed next season.

Team selection suggests there are many players who are simply not in future plans and thus to sell them we can't afford to risk them picking up an injury that may jeopardise their departure.

Mauricio Pochettino has said that the first 7 weeks of pre-season will be important for developing his philosophies at White Hart Lane and to that end Spurs have to look a early signings, not something that happens often.

It has been reported that FC Koln defender Kevin Wimmer is close to signing for Tottenham but according to Borussia Monchengladbach players, Tottenham may miss out on another signing from the Bundesliga.  The player in question is 27-year-old striker Max Kruse, who they say, has already agreed to join Wolfsburg. Midfielder Granit Xhaka was asked if Kruse was leaving and confirmed to Bild he was.

"Yes, that's right. There was already lots of speculation. Max has today finally confirmed that he is leaving Borussia. It is always bitter and disappointing when a player is leaving us. Max is a very interesting striker. Too bad for us, bad for the club."

Winger Patrick Herrmann was also asked and told German paper Bild it is normal for players to leave.

"In football by now it is normal that a player leaves the club. Even if Max is very important to us. But the club is still determined in the summer to present some new additions."

The news has not stopped Tottenham opening talks with Borussia Mönchengladbach over the £9 million striker. The same German paper report Tottenham in ‘concrete discussions’ over a summer transfer.

His £48,000-a-week salary is well within budget and his price is set by his buyout clause. Kruse, who stands 1.80m (5ft 10in) tall. has scored 10 goals with 8 assists in 29 Bundesliga games this season.

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Spurs scouting 21-year-old German Johannes Geis

7:30 pm
Tottenham scouts have been keeping a very close watch on 21-year-old German defensive midfielder Johannes Geis.

He is a player that interests Manchester United and is currently playing Bundesliga football for FC Mainz for whom he has a contract until 2017. It is a position Tottenham have struggled with and the purchase of Benjamin Stambouli during the summer has not eased the situation.

Etienne Capoue is one of the ego three, Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul and Capoue involved in the November Harry Kane argument that has since seen al of them become bit part players when others have needed a rest. Captain Younes Kaboul has long since been quiet when your captain is usually the one who consistently gives views to the press.

Capoue will be offloaded in the summer, Stambouli has been ordinary and Paulinho a flop who prefers to pass backwards than forwards. that has left us with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb tp play the position almost permanently. Whether Stambouli has a future or whether he will be moved on we'll have to wait and see but clearly it's an area we need new recruits and Geis is being assessed as an option.

Mainz have deployed various system over the last couple of season and Gies has shown his versatility to adapt to them in his defensive central midfield role, those systems have included the 4-2-3-1 operated by Mauricio Pochettino. A requirement for Argentinian head coach is that his defensive midfielders must be able to pass forward quickly when the opportunity presents itself, so a range of short and long passes are needed. Capoue has struggled with that aspect, not releasing the ball quick enough.



Geis has demonstrated the ability to do so and he is also an excellent crosser of the ball. In 2014 of all the players who attempted more than 50 crosses in the top five leagues in Europe Geis had the highest accuracy, 43.8%.

The video below demonstrates the vital aspect of play for a player that makes the difference, vision. Any player with vision seems to have more time on the ball and can spot a pass because he always knows where his team mates are. Most players get the ball, then have to look, then decide what to do, the play the pass. If you can reduce the time it takes you to spot the pass you raise above the mediocrity of the norm, that is achieved by simply looking around constantly. Stupidly simply but a skill that many a player simply doesn't develop.

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Hectoe Moreno

12:00 pm

The Telegraph bring us a story from the Express that has some dubious elements to it, the story of Hector Moreno having opted for Arsenal over Spurs.

There are suggestions that West Ham United central defender Winston Reid has agreed to join Tottenham in the summer on £60,000 a week, Arsenal refusing to match his wage demands. If that were the case, with Fazio, Vertonghen, Dier and Reid another centre-half would not be required so there may no longer be any Spurs interest.

A fee of £10 million has been suggested by another website but he was £10 million when Spurs had agreed to sign him in the summer. After a broken leg and a year off his contract, it runs out in 2016, his fee is likely to be more in the region of £6 or £8 million. Arsene Wenger does not like to over pay for players amd walks away from deals if they are not the right price, quite rightly. Fans who suggest teams should pay whatever is asked by a selling club have obviously never run their own successful company.

Juventus are interested in the Mexican and they can offer titles as well as Champions League football so it's doubtful he has made his mind up yet where he'll be playing next season. It won't be at Espanyol according to Eduardo Hernandez, his agent.

"Moreno is leaving Espanyol. He wants to leave and we're looking for another team in Europe."

Nothing is cut and dried in football and if we were to lose a centre-half or Winston Reid not sign for Spurs then Moreno may still be an option. It's doubtful he would be interested if there was no European football though as he is at an age where he needs to move his career forward.

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Depay, Kane and Pochettino

10:40 am
What do we have in the news today?

ESPN tell us that Memphis Depay is wanted by Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG and Tottenham Hotspur according to PSV Eindhoven sporting director, Marcel Brands.

The Dutch club hope to bump up his price but it's highly unlikely that Spurs will pay over the odds for another player who has yet to prove it in a big league. International football counts for nothing when it comes to assessing a player for the demands of the Premier League.

The Spurs win over Newcastle United on Sunday saw Erik Lamela wanting too much time on the ball, Costa Rica had an excellent World Cup but nobody has bought their players. Can Depay cut it in a faster game with less time on the ball, I don't know but gambling to find out, in the way we have with Lamela and Soldado especially, can lead to heavy losses the club could do without.

HITC give us links to Glenn Hoddle and former Liverpool central defender Jamie Carragher 'purring' over 21-year-old Englishman Harry Kane.

For some reason the media have been suggesting he has had a dip in form since his goal scoring England debut but as the commentators pointed out during the game, he has only just scored a hat-trick. A striker can't score unless he has chances and Spurs have been very poor in the last couple of games creatively.

The Tottenham Way also go with the Harry Kane theme bringing us a video of head coach Mauricio Pochettino singing his praises in a post Newcastle United interview. he admits Spurs raised their game after two flat performances against Burnley and Aston Villa. He discusses the lack of focus after the interval again and jokes that now perhaps he may have to pay for a dinner for 30 goal striker Harry Kane.

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A Swansea summer

6:30 pm
Tottenham are the only Premier League club not to have signed a player, at least we were at the time of writing, and for some fans that's a worry.

Wilfried Bony

Everyone else is buying so we must buy, why? We bought seven players last summer who need improving, couldn't we just improve those seven instead? The other option of course is to have a conveyor belt installed at the clubs entrance, one for incoming, one for outgoing. That would really provide the stability we need.

How can fans call for stability on one hand and then should for signings on the other?

This summer is about evolution, not revolution. The squad needs rebalancing, reshaping and that will take place over several windows. Right now it's improve two key areas, left-back and centre-back and then if the right deals come along at the right price then strengthen other areas. If not then its wait for the next window and see if the right deals at the right price are available again.

Ben Davies is signed, it just hasn't been announced yet as a triumvirate of deals are being concluded before we do. He has however passed a medical and if the pictures are correct started training with Spurs.

Swansea fans were up in arms when I suggested a job lot was being organised, quoting daft sums of money for the players we were interested in. The reality is far nearer my assessment that three players would cost around £18 million (€22.79m).

Michel Vorm has agreed personal terms and is to undergo a medical which gives us a reliable number 2 for the next eight years. There will be plenty of games for him with a Europa League campaign, with no doubt long arduous trips and Cup games so I'd expect to see him playing quite regularly. The £3.5 million (€4.43m) fee is as expected and not the crazy £6 million (€7.6m) upwards some were quoting.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was pulled out of the 2014 Pre-season US & Canada Tour game against Seattle Sounders just 20 minutes before kick-off, so clearly agreement with Swansea had been reached and all possibility of injury had to be avoided. He is set to undergo a medical with the Welsh club and while its a separate deal will cost the same as Den Davies is costing us.

We have thus signed 2 players for a cost of £3.5 million (€4.43m) so far.

The other deal on the table is for Wilfried Bony. Spurs are looking for a player who cam play left sided and cut in with a goal threat. That player has to be comfortable in front of goal and able to interchange with the other three main attackers, he therefore needs to be able to play centre-forward.

We can either sign a goalscoring winger in the Erik Lamela mould or a central striker who can adapt his game. I have not done enough research on Wilfried Bony to ascertain if he can play that role or whether he is merely to add to the central striker bank, perhaps allowing the departure at a loss of Roberto Soldado.

I simply can't see Levy taking a hit on the Spaniard so I'd expect him to stay and if he does i'd expect him to regain confidence and show us all what he can really do regularly, instead of in flashes.

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Tottenham put in an unofficial offer for Wilfried Bony, who is known to want to leave and join a top 6 club as the next step in his career. Daniel Levy has since just sat back and let everyone else do the rushing around. With several offers for several strikers it has been a question of seeing what everyone else does  and how each situation pans out.

As it was the hoped for bidding war is not panning out, these things never do. Bidding wars are actually a myth, teams evaluate a player and set their fee, the amount they are willing to pay, then then try and acquire the player for less, while the selling club try to sell for more than a true valuation.

Sometimes it works, such as Southampton managing to get an inflated £30 million (€37.98m) out of Manchester United for Like Shaw or Everton, again from Manchester United, getting £27.5 million (€34.82m) for Marouane Fellaini.

Liverpool offered Swansea £12.5 million (€15.82m) which was rejected, Everton cast glances, Arsenal were interested but all of them have fallen away and dropped interest. Remy to Liverpool, Lukaku to Everton and Arsenal not interested in Swansea's valuation just leaves Spurs playing the waiting game with their bid on the table.

No guarantee they will get their man or that we won't sign someone else instead but paying above the odds for him, not a chance.

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Martinez, Huntelaar, Barry, Veltman, Iturbe

8:09 pm
It will soon be a transfer window so we can be linked with every striker under the sun. The press are just warming up on that front with suggestions we are two old favourites.

Martinez, Huntelaar, Barry, Veltman, Iturbe

Both strikers have been linked with Spurs before, 30 year-old Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, currently at Schalke and 27 year-old Jackson Martinez at Porto.

The suggestion is that Daniel Levy has met with the representatives of Martinez and will put in a bid of £18 million. Several factors make the story unlikely. First it appears in the Metro, second we don't even know who our manager will be next season so signing or bidding for players before we have a new manager is absurd.

As Tim Sherwood has pointed out the manager has the last say at White Hart Lane on player purchases.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has said he is happy at Schalke and will discuss a new contract when the season ends.

He told German paper Bild earlier this season:

"Of course I think about playing in England now and again, but right now my focus is on Schalke and the second half of the season.

"I still have a year and a half on my contract and I think a decision over my future will be made half a year before that expires.

"I want to play to 40. I want to play another 10 years of football. I feel young and fit."

It doesn't take much for the press then to start linking him with every club who may need a striker.

A midfielder we are being linked with is Gareth Barry, quite why I'm not sure, where on earth would he play. We have an abundance of midfielders and three holding midfielders. If Frank de Boer comes in then Barry is getting a bit long in the tooth to have the energy to play in his system, the guy is 33 and is not worth £80,000 a week, Everton have offered him £50,000 let them keep him.

Quite how he fits in with a buy young and improve them to increase their value transfer policy I don't know. He isn't needed at White Hart Lane.

One thing that is needed is a centre-back and the name in the frame, well the next name in the frame as there have been many is an Ajax player, Joel Veltman. The Daily Telegraph suggest we are in a fight with Arsenal. Perhaps signing the Ajax Head Coach will make a difference in where the 22 year-old goes.

Popping out to the wing and the Daily Mail suggest we are after 20 year-old Porto winger Juan Iturbe. The Argentinian is on loan at Hellas Verona where he has scored 6 goals from 27 starts.
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Erik Lamela and Tin Jedvaj loans

5:19 pm
Former Tottenham target Tin Jedvaj is a 6'2" centre-back starting out on his career. He is only an 18 year-old but we unsuccessfully tried to sign him from Dinamo Zagreb last summer.

Erik Lamela and Tin Jedvaj loans

Our North London rivals Arsenal were also after him but he signed for Roma for £4.3 million plus 20% of any future transfer fee on a five-year contract.

He has since played 10 games in Primavera Girone C. He has sat on the bench 29 times for Roma in Serie A and come on once for 8 minutes.

Reports now suggest he may come on loan to Tottenham while Erik Lamela goes on loan the other way. Spurs Technical Director Franco Baldini has apparently met his replacement at Roma, Walter Sabatini, to discuss the deal.

Lamela has also been linked with a return to Italy in a swap with AC Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli.

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AC Milan to sell Spurs target Balotelli

12:30 pm
AC Milan are the next club to give up with Mario Balotelli. Both Arsenal and Tottenham are thought to be very interested in bringing Balotelli back to the Premier League.

AC Milan to sell Spurs target Balotelli

AC Milan lost 2-0 to Roma on Friday and Balotelli who was substituted didn't take kindly to Sky Sport Italia pundit Giancarlo Marocchi's suggestion he was not a top player.

"You don't understand anything about football. Trust me, you really don't.

"It isn't nice? I don't care. I don't care.

"I never said I'm a top player. I am a perfectly normal player, it will take time to become world class, but the reasons why I am not a top player are not the same reasons you think."

The 23 year-old Italian striker is believed to be in danger of losing his place in the national squad with manager Cesare Prandelli also growing tired of him claim Italian papers Gazetta Sportiva and Corriere dellp Sport.

It is thought to be unlikely to happen but all his recent performances for Italy have been less than impressive so a squad place looks the best he can hopw for this summer in Brazil.

AC Milan to sell Spurs target BalotelliAC Milan to sell Spurs target Balotelli

Baoltelli who was having a poor game argued with AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf after he was substituted, not the first time that has happened. Given that he is troublesome and the Italian giants desire to get shot of him as quickly as possible, he may be available at a sensible price.

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Tim Krul to replace Hugo Lloris

8:30 am
It is highly likely that Hugo Lloris will depart White Hart Lane in the summer for pastures new. Tim Sherwood said recently that he is a genuinely world class player who has not said he wants to leave.

Tim Krul to replace Hugo Lloris

Clearly though with no Champions League football again he will consider his future after the World Cup so a new stopper may be required at Totenham.

Le Parisien sports writer Julien Laurens has also revealed Hugo Lloris is likely to leave after being told he will get Champions League football and that he is frustrated at Tottenham. In answering the question whether Lloris will be at Spurs nest season he said:
“I think that would be very unlikely.

“He’s just a bit frustrated by the way the season has gone. Don’t forget, he joined Tottenham because he was told they would qualify for the Champions League, if not in the first season than at least in the second and beyond.

“But it’s been two seasons now and I just think it hasn’t been how he expected when he joined.

“He had issues at the start with [former manager Andre] Villas-Boas and when he was sacked [Tim] Sherwood arrived and things didn’t really improve.

“And again they’re going to miss out on the Champions League and he’s not happy with it.

“I think a move to PSG could happen, they are looking for a goalkeeper, but there are not many clubs who will be looking for a goalkeeper and would be able to pay between £20million and £25million for him.

“It might be the case that there might not be anything better than Spurs to go to, so then I guess he would be happy to stay and try again for another season to finish in the top four.”

Number 2 Brad Friedel is no spring chicken so at least one new keeper will need to be signed. He has an unenviable task, Spurs have conceded more Premier League goals than any other side.

The future of Tim Krul at Newcastle United is uncertain. He is said to be considering his future with Tottenham, Milan and Juventus all interested in the Dutchman.

Krul has lost his place as first choice Holland keeper he believes as a result of not playing European football. He is a quality keeper whose first season in the Premier League was outstanding and is attracting a lot of interest.

Newcastle are well aware that Tottenham have identified Krul as the man they want to replace Hugo Lloris should he leave and have been looking for a replacement themselves, believed to be his Holland replacement 23 year-old Jeroen Zoet at PSV Eindhoven.

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There is disharmony within the Newcastle squad and this summer is expected to see plenty of departures and arrivals. Hatem Ben Arfa has fallen out with manager Alan Pardew and the rest of the squad so he looks certain to be on his way.

Alan Pardew has also recently said that number 2 Rob Elliot is ready for regular first team football which he obviously wouldn't get if Krul stayed.

Krul like any footballer wants to win trophies and play at the highest level and he can't achieve that at Newcastle in the near future., but would he get it at Tottenham.Certainly if he does leave there will be no shortage of clubs after his signature.

When Spurs fans suggest we don't want European football they forget that players do and if Tottenham do not qualify for the Europa League then what is the attraction for a player to come to White Hart Lane?

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VIDEO: Dean Saunders son on Spurs radar

8:30 am
It's well known to fans of English football that Crewe Alexander have one of the best academy set-ups in the lower leagues. They produce a production line of talent and their side is usually made up of players who have come through the system.

Yet another one is being watched by Premier League clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, this time it is teenager Callum Saunders. If you recognise the name Saunders you should, his dad is Dean Saunders the former Wales and Liverpool striker who does punditry work on TV. His last role was manager of Wolves until he was sacked after only three and a half months following relegation.

Like his dad Callum is a striker with a scoring instinct. This is what their coach told Crewe fans in 2012 on their website:

"Callum is the son of Liverpool legend Dean Saunders and has been with us since he was very young. A quick forward with great attributes who can do things you can't teach."

The video below shows him scoring a couple of typical strikes goals against Coventry in the FA Youth Cup back in November.

It is early in his career and he awaits his first league start although he has represented Wales U19 side on 6 occasions so far. He is currently playing in their U18 Development side and has netted over 30 goals this season.

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To stay afloat Crewe have a model of developing young talent and then selling them when the time is right, naturally some leave sooner than they would like, that is the nature of youth development, players are just as impatient as everyone else.

Crewe have offered him a 3 year contract to stay and further develop with a view to cashing in on him at a later date. Spurs are just one of a number of clubs watching the situation with interest.

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More press garbage

7:55 pm
The press stories surrounding Spurs are getting sillier and sillier aren't they. Spurs are going to chase Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o at the end of the season.

More press garbage

Who dreams up this manure and how much do they get paid for it. What are the guys wages? He was the world's highest paid player and took a £13 million pay cut to earn a miserly £8 million at Chelsea. Is he going to take another £4 million wage cut to join us then?

He really fits the profile of players we are looking for doesn't he, really fits the long term vision, young who will improve and increase in value! It beggars belief that someone has got the cheek to even come out with this story when it's not April Fools Day. He is 33 for goodness sake.

Besiktas want him and with a preferential tax rate in Turkey the mercenary is bound to end up there. He wages for us may only be £100,000 basic but there would be big add-ons you can be sure. This is one guy who doesn't play for a shirt, he plays for a wallet.

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If Besiktas want the 8 goal striker on a two year deal, well have him, we don't want him. The only reason he left Anzhi was because one Russian had to help out another Russian in difficulty. It's the only reason Willian ended up at Chelsea.

We have enough players who don't want to play for our shirt without adding to them.

Then there is the looming spectre of Louis Van Gaal who distrusts high earning stars and prefers youth. Samuel Eto'o doesn't fit his criteria either. This story doesn't have an ounce of credibility at all.

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Tottenham to sign Swiss cheese

9:03 am
Another day and more rubbish in the press this time it's a swap deal with Napoli involving Jan Vertonghen and Velon Behrami.

Tottenham to sign Swiss cheese

The Jan Vertonghen angle is fair enough, we know he wants Champions League football and we know he hasn't bothered trying for the last few months. He wants away so naturally stories we be penned. But couldn't the press make them at least realistic.

An ex West Ham midfielder for goodness sake. Firstly he was not a great player at West Ham and secondly the Swiss player isn't good enough to get into the Napoli team, he has only made 15 starts this season. In addition to us supposedly interested in a Napoli second team player for Vertonghen there is a small matter I would raise, how many midfielders do we have at the moment!

Why on earth would we be talking if Napoli were going to offer us an ordinary player in a position where we have hundreds of them, well almost.

Lennon, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Sandro, Capoue, Bentaleb, Carroll, Paulinho, Townsend, Eriksen, Lamela, Chadli, Livermore that's 14 midfielders for goodness sake.

We want to strengthen in one or two key areas says Daniel Levy. What exactly does Behrami strengthen, the Development squad?

Swiss cheese, wikipedia tells me, is a generic name for varieties of cheese in North America that has holes in it. I'm afraid this Swiss player story has just as many holes in it.

Jan Vertonghen to Russia was just as far fetched. Old boss joins new club wants former player shock. Where have I heard that headline before. What intellectual genius dreamt that one up.

Top players in the Premier League, the biggest and most watched league in the world do not go to Russia. The only reason a player goes to Russia is for money or if they are from South America to get a foothold and known in Europe. Why would any player take a downward step?

Far more likely are the stories linking him with Liverpool or Manchester United, however Daniel Levy wouldn't want to sell him to another Premier League club so Barcelona then become favourites.

Russia is nonsense, a Behrami swap with Napoli is nonsense.

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Foster rubbish, Eriksen rubbish, Chiriches rubbish

12:18 pm
Surprise surprise, we have just played West Bromwich Albion so we get linked with one of their players, the press are so predictable.

Foster rubbish, Eriksen rubbish, Chiriches rubbish

It's the usual 2+2 story. Hugo lloris will go to a club who can offer him Champions League football so Spurs will need a new goalkeeper, enter Ben Foster.

Brad Friedel will also need replacing and Ben Foster is somewhere between the two. The man who refused to play for England and who should never have been selected in a squad again after he had, is not in the same league as Lloris. He is quite frankly an ordinary keeper who makes mistakes.

He was at Manchester United but didn't make the grade for a top 4 club keeper so why we would want him now, unless it was a back up number 2 I don't know. At 31 he has a few years left and would want to be paying I would have thought. There are plenty of decent keepers around and he is reasonable but a reasonable mid table keeper, no more.

That is not the standard of player we require so I treat the story with as much belief as Arsenal being interested in Louis Van Gaal. If they were going to get rid of Wenger they would have done it by now and it won't happen after getting to a Cup Final.

What other daft stories have the press come out with, oh yes Christian Eriksen plunges his future into doubt. What utter claptrap.

He has only just said he is very happy and Tottenham, he is glad he came, he praises Louis Van Gaal and says he has no intention of leaving. So he has a secret plan, well doesn't everyone. Anyone who doesn't have plans is going to achieve nothing, they'll just aimlessly wander through life wondering why they couldn't have less of a struggle.

He is glad the fans are happy with him and like what they see, well his dream could be getting to the Champions League with Tottenham, it could be winning it, it could be winning the title, it could be working with Louis Van Gall, none of which suggest leaving.

There is no doubt about his future whatsoever.

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Vlad 'I am hopeless' Chiriches put in his usual terrible performance after his brilliant pass against Sunderland clearly demonstrating top 4 standard to anyone who can't see. He is such a stand out player he was hauled off at half-time and replaced with a reserve reserve left-back!

He is nowhere near the standard we require and one we should be looking to get shot of as soon as possible, if we can get our money back. Perhaps we should send him back as faulty goods. If we are stuck with him this summer then we have to hope Van Gaal can work miracles. Chiriches desire to use Spurs as a stepping stone to Chelsea certainly now looks laughable and his performance only backed up the article I wrote at the end of March.

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At one stage we were strong at the back, now we have a shambles in the centre of defence, we can't start playing 18 year-old Milos Veljkovic fast enough. Younes Kaboul looks lost, Chiriches is hopeless, Jan Vertonghen doesn't want to be here which only leaves Michael Dawson, so love him or hate him he will be the only one guaranteed to be staying.

Foster rubbish, Eriksen rubbish, Chiriches rubbish Foster rubbish, Eriksen rubbish, Chiriches rubbish Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:18 pm Rating: 5

Lukaku vs Benteke

7:17 pm
The transfer rumour season is finally starting to get moving as the window draws closer. Time to study each team, look at the problems, fathom out which manager will move teams, link all his old players with his new club, invent stories based upon a mythical scenario.

Fans love it, regardless of what they tell you, they love it, it fills the papers, it fills websites, it fills the news, where would Sky Sports News be without it. Oh and while we are on the subject of Sky Sports News let me just tell the gullible that they are not the definitive authority on transfer activity.

It does make me laugh when people profess something not to be true because it hasn't been on Sky Sports News yet. Do these people not know half of their stories are simply lifted from websites off the internet?

Anyway what transfer rumour is doing the rounds at the moment. Jermain Defoe has gone therefore Spurs need a new striker. Perfectly logical and an ideal opportunity to run plenty of stories, the press are rubbing their hands with glee.

Two strikers we have been linked to are Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke so of the two which one would you choose right now? I'll ask again at the end of the article and we'll see if your opinion changes.

Romelu Lukaku has been touted as a possible for a while. I think most Spurs fans would be happy with him joining Tottenham and if stories are to be believed Daniel Levy is after his man. Cue 4 months of negotiations!

Lukaku vs Benteke

We have been interested in the 20 year-old for a couple of seasons now and he fits the Tim Sherwood profile of the type of player we need, young, with proven Premier League experience. That experience importantly is not just one season as has been the case until now with another target Christian Benteke.

He of course we tried to sign last summer but when we told him we would not pay the fee Aston Villa were asking he did a u-turn and signed another contract. We are interested once again, now that he has come through his barren spell and started scoring goals again. Another season and his all round general play will have improved, he wasn't the best at bringing others into play last season and missed rather a lot of sitters.

Lukaku has scored 12 goals in 26 Premier League games at Everton in 1974 minutes. He has scored a league goal every 164.5 minutes (1 game and 84.5 minutes). He has had a torn ankle ligament this season and has a contract with Chelsea until 2016.

Reports suggesting his fee may be between £17-22 million which would probably be the higher given the Chelsea boards dislike for Tottenham as a result of their farcical offer for Luka Modric.

Christophe Henrotay is Romelu Lukaku's agent and he confirmed he has spoken to Levy to Belgium newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.

"I'm looking for a club for Romelu and yes, I've talked to Daniel Levy once, but that doesn't mean Romelu will definitely join Spurs. That's not a talking point at this moment.

"There aren't 20 teams that can afford to buy Romelu. He won't go from Everton to, let's say, Swansea. There's also a difference between Everton that plays against relegation and an Everton that fights for European football."

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Christian Benteke has continually been watched by us since last summer. He has not been as prolific this season and may well cost more than Lukaku given Aston Villa's £25 million valuation in last years summer transfer window.

Lukaku vs Benteke

Once again he fits our profile of a young player with proven Premier League experience and now also not just over one season. There have been plenty of one season wonder strikers but these two have shown they can not be given that label now.

The Villa centre forward is 3 years older than his fellow Belgian at 23 and has scored 11 goals in 28 games this season. Of those 10 goals were in the Premier League in 26 games. His league playing time has been 2126 minutes thus this season he has scored a goal every 212.6 minutes (2 games and 32.6 minutes).

He has had a groin problem, a knee injury, a second knee injury and an achilles heel injury to hamper his season so on that score he fits right in at Spurs! His contract runs until 2017 and Villa will be determined to keep him.

Romelu Lukaku - 20 years-old, 12 goals in 26 games, one every 164.5 minutes, cost approx £22 million
Christian Benteke - 23 years old, 10 goals in 26 games, one every 212.5 minutes, cost approx £25 million

Not don't many of you will say let's have both but more realistically only one will be signed. If it came to a straight fight between these two who would you choose?

My answer would be Romelu Lukaku, younger, cheaper and scores more often.

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Spurs centre-back overhaul

4:00 pm
With Vlad Chiriches clearly not being anywhere good enough, Younes Kaboul doing his best Ledley King impression and Jan Vertonghen shuffling his feet until he can move, defending has been a problem at left centre-back.

This coupled with a poor left-back has had the knock-on effect of upsetting the normally solid right side of our defence as shown by last seasons statistics. Clearly Spurs need an overhaul.

Bearing in mind we have to have 8 homegrown players named in a 25 man squad and the failure of foreign stars to settle in London buying British raises it's appeal again. However to buy British is expensive, you normally pay a premium price because of the homegrown factor.

Tottenham have been scouring Europe for centre-backs having watched 28 year-old Argentinian defender Gabriel Paletta at Parma, 20 year-old Nottingham Forest centre-back and England youth international Jamaal Lascelles, Fiorentina 23 year-old defender Stefan Savic and 21 year-old German Under 21 international Andre Hoffman at Hannover among others.

Spurs centre-back overhaulBut there are two closer to home that are proven and would not need an adjusting to the Premier League period. Steven Caulker and Micah Richards are high of Spurs wanted list.

Spurs fans need no convincing of the ability of Caulker who only left because he wanted to play first-team football which was limited under Andre Villas-Boas. Now with a full season in the league the Cardiff City skipper will want to leave if his side are relegated, which looks highly likely.

He has had an impressive season and has the ability to play at a higher level. He is also left sided so would walk into the Spurs side next season as a first choice. he is comfortable on the floor and like to play football from the back, crucially he is good in the air as well so strengthens us in the air as set pieces, something that has been a weakness this season.

Naturally his price will have shot up from the £8.5 million we sold him for so we may have to pay £15 million to get him back. He knows Spurs and would be an ideal fit.

Mchael Dawson would benefit from having someone he can rely on beside him but if Micah Richards comes to White Hart Lane he might find that he is the back up to the Man City man.

Richards is only 25 but seems to have been around forever. Manchester City want him to sign a new contract and have offered him a 5 year-deal, but he has told the club he is not willing to put pen to paper. He currently has one year left on his deal so Man City are believed to be willing to let him go while they can still command a fee. Buying a player in such circumstances would allow Daniel Levy to get a proven premier league performer cheaply.

He has the added advantage of being able to play at right-back so would also provide quality cover for Kyle Walker. There will be shouts that he is injury prone but exactly what does that mean.

Spurs centre-back overhaulInjury prone is constantly breaking down with different injuries not being out for a protracted period with one injury. If a player is brought back slowly from a long term injury he has less problems than if he is rushed and Spurs have been in a rush to get fit centre-backs these last two seasons.

You never quite know until you push someone but given time players recover fully from long term set backs. Younes Kaboul may well be fully fit next season and either he or Richards alongside Caulker gives aerial ability and ability with the ball on the floor.

Richards had a knee operation in October 2012 which kept him out until the start of the season. He has been down the pecking order as a result. This season game time has been severely limited and he had a hamstring injury on December 10th which kept him out for a month. Currently he has a knee injury which will fuel the injury pone arguments however would you call Jan Vertonghen injury prone, he has had two periods of injury this season as well.

Of course if we are interested in a player then Liverpool have to be mentioned in the same breath, indeed they tried to take him on loan in January. They too are eyeing up Richards and they of course will be able to offer the Champions league football we can't.
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The fact that two teams challenging for the title want him tells you he has a lot to offer. Richards and Caulker would certainly strengthen our defence.

Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul, Steven Cailker and Micah Richards would form a solid pool but with our problems in that area over the last few years, you wonder whether we should now have 5 centre-backs. if that were the case then developing 18 year-old Milos Veljkovic our very highly rated Serbian Under-19 international or Zeki Fryers could provide emergency cover.

If we are not in Europe then we are likely to suffer less injuries and therefore can get away with having these two youngsters as emergency cover, if we are in Europe it might be a different story.

A back four of Kyle Walker Micah Richards Steven Caulker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto looks a lot better than some of the defences we have had to call upon this season. With Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson challenging for places the centre-back region might cease to be a problem and the defence as a whole would start to look a lot healthier.

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Ukrainian Messi

12:00 pm
With the left-sided problems we have in the team as discussed on several occasions, yesterday being the last one, Tottenham have been searching for a solution.

Erik Lamela has flopped. I see him more as a right sided player than left anyway but if you look at who we have on the left none of them have made the role their ow, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Christian Eriksen are central midfielders, Nacer Chadli, has done nothing on the wing except for a goal at Newcastle had his best game for us as a central midfielder and Andros Townsend is a master at blasting the ball into the stands.

Ukrainian Messi
Yevhen Konoplyanka 'Ukrainian Messi'
Spurs have been scouting left-sided solutions and the name in the frame lately has been Yevhen Konoplyanka, the Dnipro left winger who looked a cut above our guys. All players it seems have to have a tag and this guy has been touted as the 'Ukrainian Messi'.

His club president, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, has confirmed we are in talks to sign him from under the noses of Liverpool and that the player would rather play for Spurs as he prefers the though of life in London to Merseyside.

“I have contact with the Tottenham president. I am talking with him. He is interested in Konoplyanka. We are in the stage of negotiations and are perhaps close to signing a contract if Yevhen agrees.

“Liverpool was just some representatives talking on the phone. Talks with Spurs is entirely on another level.

“I do not want to criticise the 'Liverpool', but if I was interested in football players, I would have done it a week or two before.

“If Spurs want Konoplyanka, I’d happily sell. London life is better than Liverpool. Spurs’ interest is strong and advanced.

“I talked with Konoplyanka. Of course, he had regrets, but [move to Liverpool] failed purely due to technical reasons.

“I’m ready to let any player leave; we can’t break his sports career. But on the final day, Liverpool failed to do a deal. They failed themselves. It was purely technical reasons.

“I’m ready to let go of any player because we can not break a career, we cannot break players’ destiny.”

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The 24 year-old Ukrainian (25 on 29th September) would cost Daniel Levy in the region of £15 million but all is not cut and dried with this guy as Liverpool thought they had signed him in January only for the president to refuse to sign the papers.

He is a player with pace, vision, creativity and he can pass to a team mate, something our wingers seem to have great trouble with. He has great dribbling skills and has had more dribbles in the Europa League than all bar one player. His close control is excellent, he is an upgrade on Townsend

Last September Ukraine played England and Konoplyanka gave Kyle Walker the run around, although Walker wasn't helped by an inept performance from Theo Walcott in front of him. Walker consistently had two players to content with that night while Walcott was powdering his nose somewhere up field.

He started in the Ukrainian league aged just 17 and represented Ukraine at Under 19 level. He played in the 2011 European U21 finals in Denmark and was a regular in the senior squad during the run up to and in the 2012 European Championships.

In 9 World Cup qualifying games for Brazil he has scored 3 goals with 2 assists. In this seasons Europa League he has scored 4 goals with 3 assists from just 8 games, while in the Ukrainian Premier League he has 5 goals and 3 assists from 17 games.

He of course scored a penalty against us and hit the post at White Hart Lane. It is safe to say he has an end product and looks a step above the average players AVB had us buy last summer.

If Konoplyanka is signed then it puts a serious question mark over the future of Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and possibly Andros Townsend, who David Moyes would like to take to Old Trafford.

We can't keep all the central midfielders we have, you'd expect Jake Livermore to leave, Lewis Holtby, Etienne Capoue, Gylfi Sigurdsson must all have question marks hanging over them.

With the lack of passion the side have been showing Tim Sherwood must be wishing he still had Lewis Holtby even if he didn't appear to rate him, at least he'd have been guaranteed 100% every game.

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One defender out, one defender in

7:30 pm
Kyle Naughton overrates his own ability. He is at best an average full-back and would do a job for a team in the lower half of the table. However he is at a club aspiring for the top four each season so is never going to be a first choice right-back.

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“I am 25 and there is a stage that you reach when you think, ‘Well, am I going to be No 1? That is what I am looking for. I want to be playing regularly. If I can’t hold down a first-team spot then I do have to look elsewhere. I am not going to lie – I am a right-back. That is the position I want to play in, but it has been difficult with Kyle Walker doing so well.”

Tottenham are likely to let him go for the right price but will have to bear in mind the homegrown contingent for next season.

A departing Naughton would leave Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Michael Dawson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Zeki Fryers, Harry Kane Jordan Archer and Tom Carroll for next season.

There is a growing chorus among Spurs fans to ditch Dawson and Rose, which would only leave the minimum eight.

Personally I'm surprised he has not left before now with no chance of claiming a regular spot. He and Danny Rose may do well at poor clubs but being the best player in relegation sides does not make you a top four player. It seems he hasn't grasped that yet.

Steven Caulker left White Hart Lane for Cardiff City for the same reason, he wanted first team football and was not prepared just to be part of a squad. Had he stayed then he would likely have been a first choice centre-back next season alongside a fit again Younes Kaboul.

Micah Richards wanted by Spurs
Micah Richards wanted by Spurs
However one option could be Manchester City defender Micah Richards. The 25 year-old can play at right-back or centre-back and has only paid 9 Premier League games in the last 2 years. With Vertonghen likely to leave as well he would be a welcome signing for many Spurs fans and would add to the homegrown contingent.

He would certainly be an upgrade on Naughton and has pace so would probably move above Dawson in the pecking order for a centre-back spot. A pairing of Micah Richards and Younes Kaboul certainly looks strong on paper. Manchester City have confirmed that Spurs are interested in him and that the player has all but given up hope of breaking into the first team there.

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Is the writing on the wall for Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid?

9:30 am
In Spurs Scouting Report we introduced a further six players we have been watching in addition to the two Portuguese men, 31 year-old goalkeeper Eduardo Cavalho and 20 year-old striker Rafael Ferreira Silva from Braga.

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They were two Englishmen, 20 year-old centre-back Jamaal Lascellas and 23 year-old goalkeeper Karl Darlow both from Nottingham Forest, 21 year-old German winger Andre Hoffman from Hannover, 21 year-old French right winger Florian Thauvin from Marseilles, 19 year-old Romanian left winger Gabriel Iancu from Steaua Bucharest and 20 year-old Honduran right winger Andy Najar Rodriguez from Anderlecht.

Another player we have been courting for a while and haven't given up hope on is Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria.

The 26 year-old the has fallen out of favour with the Bernabeu faithful after making an apparent obscene gesture towards them earlier this season. Against Celta Vigo he was having an off night. The fans whistled and booed him every time he touched the ball. He was subbed in the second half and cameras appeared to catch him making what has been interpreted as a rude gesture towards them.

Angel Di Maria to Spurs?
Could Angel Di Matia end up at Spurs?

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said in his post-match press conference that he didn’t see any gesture, but that if Di Maria did make a rude gesture it was an error in judgement. The Argentine has moved to defuse the row after Real Madrid announced they would investigate the matter but Di Maria ia said to be growing increasingly frustrated that his every move is under close scrutiny.

"It wasn’t for anyone. I adjusted myself and kept running. I’ve never had problems with the fans. I could feel that half were applauding and half booing.

"I went out totally naturally. They always expect me to do something. I always have to clarify what I do. With everyone else nothing happens and with me it’s always a complete mess.

"I fight every day for a place at Real Madrid and it makes me angry that things are always being invented about me. But I am calm because I know it was nothing."

The summer signings of Gareth Bale and Isco has sent him down the pecking order despite some impressive performances. Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that when Bale is fit he plays, hardly surprising considering he is scoring goals but at €101 million is part of their worldwide marketing strategy.

On his 18 starts this season he has been substituted 13 times so despite saying he wants to fight for his place the writing looks on the wall. Di Maria overall record is 34 goals and 61 assists from 171 games for Real Madrid.

Champions League qualification would probably be essential to secure his services, a player of his undoubted quality would have a choice of clubs and he would want to remain playing at the highest level.

A firing Erik Lamela and Di Maria would certainly raise the standard at White Hart Lane and help Spurs make that leap to the next level that Daniel levy is aiming for.

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