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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

ITK suggests Jadon Sancho joining Spurs


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There are snippets of ITK suggesting very highly rated 17-year-old (18 next March) Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho will be joining Tottenham soon and not Arsenal as many have been suggesting, nor RB Leipzig, whom he travelled to meet.


He has a contract until 2020 and Manchester City do not want to lose him, however, they left him out of their USA trip (when they played us) and he has refused to train suggesting he will not return to the club.

He is another youngster who wants his career to progress quicker than his club seem to progress it and it is thought he would immediately be a part of the first team training group. At Manchester City he is stuck in their Under-18 side.

You could see him being played in the early rounds of the League Cup, although being a UEFA Champions League side, we don't have many early rounds.

The right footed inverted left winger would join 18-year-old (19 in December) left footed inverted right winger Marcus Edwards as a youngster to keep an eye on at Spurs.

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Patience pays off for Spurs over Aurier


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I concluded a while ago that Serge Aurier was our first choice right-back option in the transfer market and that we wouldn't sign anyone until we were certain we couldn't sign him and despite plenty of talking and an agreement with Manchester United, no transfer has taken place. Now as the window runs down his option reduce and it seems Tottenham are now head of the queue.

Both Juventus and Inter Milan also want to sign him, although Juventus have no non-EU places available in their squad, Aurier though, wants the Premier League.

French newspaper L'Equipe are reporting that we were in negotiations with PSG last night to try and finalise a price for the 24-year-old (25 in December) Ivorian international (he has 41 full international caps for Ivory Coast, scoring 1 goal).


Plenty of fans have been shouting for signings, many moaning we should have brought someone in before now. It now looks as though by waiting, we may well be able to sign our first choice, if that is the case, is it not right that we have waited on this occasion?

Obviously, it doesn't always work in our favour, but is it a policy we should be adopting? I think it is and have had no problem with the way we have used this window to strengthen ourselves for the long term.

No exact details but a fee with add-ons of around £22.9 million (€25m - AUS$37.19m - US$29.44m) is being talked about and a five-year contract with personal terms already agreed.

He can't get a work permit while he still has a jail sentence hanging over him and his lawyers are awaiting the receipt of a document that conforms he will not have to serve a jail sentence for hitting a Police officer.


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Monday, 21 August 2017

Nuhn, Cancelo, Kondogbia and Sissoko


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Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United sent a scout to watch Ghanaian central defender Kasim Adams Nuhu according to Swiaa newspaper Blick.

Both attended the UEFA Champions League game between Young Boys (Switzerland) and CSKA Moscow (Russia) on August 15. How did Nuhu fare?


The 22-year-old (23 next June) centre-back made his mark, he scored the winner in injury time, unfortunately, for the opposition, CSKA MOscow.

Tottenham target and Portuguese right-back João Cancelo has flown to Italy to undergo a medical and complete his move to Inter Milan. The 23-year-old (24 next May) Valencia man was wanted by Chelsea. 

We were also reported to be interested in 24-year-old (25 next February) French defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, but he is going the other way in the player-plus-cash deal.

Trabzonspor president Muharrem Usta has flown to London again to try to complete the transfer of 28-year-old (29 in August) midfielder Moussa Sissoko. Mauricio Pochettino really needs to complete the signing of Ross Barkley before letting him go and that is waiting on Gylfi Sigurdsson completing his move to Everton.

We still want a permanent deal while the Turkish side want him on loan with an option to buy and have offered a £2.74 million (€3m - AUS$4.45m - US$3.53m) loan fee. That would leave us out of pocket as we would then have to pay Newcastle United another years payment for him.
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King and Martial


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Bournemouth want £40 million for Joshua King and he isn't worth that so we have dropped our interest which means Vincent Janssen won't be going anywhere, despite Borussia Munchengladback interest and indeed interest from Spain, Italy, Holland, France and Turkey.


We anted Anthony Martial before Manchester United bought him in a deal with a vast amount of add-ons, that took the total if they were all payable to £58 million. They are not all payable so his fee would be lower than that. It is no secret that he is another player who does not get along with the abrasive Jose Mourinho and in World Cup year he wants to be playing regular football, understandably.

We are trying for him and have reportedly had a concrete offer rejected. It won't be an easy one to get over the line and I believe we will be making a fresh offer.

Mourinho is happy to see him lave despite all his PR in the press, that is all it is. It is the usual tactic to try and push a players price up, claim he is valuable, we don't want to lose him while all the time behind the scenes you are happy to negotiate a sale. Standard negotiating tactics. If we can agree a decent price this one could happen.

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Sigurdsson arrival to release Barkley


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Ross Barkley is injured so there is no rush to sign him and Everton are still trying to sign ex-Tottenham man Gylfi Sigurdsson, we are not by the way. They won't release Barkley until Sigurdsson signs or they sign another replacement. That is quite common and it is the same policy we often use, see Davinson Sanchez and Kevin Wimmer for instance.

Barkley wants Tottenham, he doesn't want to go elsewhere so it doesn't matter if Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal make moves, he wants to work with Pochettino. The stories of wages being an issue, is, as I have said before, complete press invention. As reported previously, he agreed personal terms with us ages ago.

Barkley has seen what Pochettino has done for other England internationals and he wants to improve his game, he feels Pochettino can do that for him. That is a powerful force so other stories the press come up with are of no concern as far as I am concerned.


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Lyon website suggest only £9.12m bid for Spurs target Pape Diop


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An article needed on former Spanish Under-19 international, 20-year-old (21 in August) Pape Cheikh Diop Gueye who plays for Celta de Vigo as a central midfielder


Born in Dakar, he won the European Under-19 Championships with Spain in 2015. On 11 August 2015 Diop signed a new five-year deal with the club, running until 2020

The Daily Mail are suggesting we will consider abandoning a bid for Ross barkley if we sign Pape Cheikh Diop, that is complete nonsense. Barkley is wanted at Spurs, this signing would make no difference. Signing Barkley would perhaps allow us to move on Moussa Sissoko, who we can't let go yet with little experienced cover.



Celta Vigo (Vigo, Galicia, Spain) boss Juan Carlos Unzue has been frank to the press after their 3-2 defeat to Real Sociedad.

“It’s true about Pape, it’s there and we can’t silence it. The situation of Pape is what it is. No-one from the club has told me that I can’t count on him, but another thing is that I have to decide if [the speculation] can influence his performance and mental state.”

He has a reported £27.23 million (€30m - AUS$44.53m - US$35.23m) release clause and French Ligue 1 side Lyon are reported to have offered £13.68 million (€15m - AUS$22.26m - US$17.62m) for him by our media.

The Olympique Lyonnais website report that Diop travelled to Lyon last Wednesday for talks and that Lyon would likely make an offer around £9.12 million (€10m - AUS$14.83m - US$11.74m), with other reports suggesting Celta Vigo might accept and offer of £13.68 million .

Which report do you want to believe and thus are the reports that we have been outbid true? They don't look to be when you consider our press can'tbe bothered to convert euros to pounds and thus invariably have prices wrong.

Our initial offer has been speculated at by our press as £10 million (€10.97m - AUS$16.27m - US$12.88m). Catalina based news outlet Per Cadena SER report talks between Spurs and Celta Vigo have also taken place.

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Gazzaniga an essential back up keeper


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Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga is set to sign and many are asking why we need a third choice goalkeeper, as if signing him stops us signing the stars they want. If Hugo Lloris picked up a 7-week muscle injury or hurt his ankle the way Rose has, he has been out for 6 months, then Vorm would be in goal.

With no third choice goalkeeper we would have to have 18-year-old (19 in October) Alfie Whiteman (England Under-19 international) on the bench or 18-year-old (19 in January) Brandon Austin (recently called up by USA Under-18's - born in Hemel Hempstead UK). They are not ready to play in the Premier League.

Now, in that situation, if you were an opposition player, would you accidentally clatter into Vorm?

Cynical? well that is the world we live in. Look at Shelvey trying to provoke Dele Alli, deliberately stood on his ankle and was sent off. Indeed Dele has been targetted by both sides we have played so far and not had the protection from the referee really. David Luiz was committing foul after fouls and certainly should have been in the book before he was.

A third choice keeper is a must and you are not going to get a top keeper as a third choice. As emergency cover 25-year-old (26 next January) Gazzaniga is simply a sensible and required purchase.

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Sanchez, Foyth and Wimmer


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The signing of 21-year-old (22 next June) Davinson Sanchez rather shows that the press haven't a clue who Spurs are targetting and who our top priorities are.

The ITK, which has largely dried up from the club (was a major clampdown with the threat of dismissal for staff caught leaking it), was that we were still after the same targets as we were at the beginning of the window, which suggests they have been waiting on other offers or their prices are currently too high.

Here are a few bits and pieces.


The papers seem to be reporting that we have gone back in for Ryan Sessegnon but we won't be signing him this summer, we are looking at him for next summer though and he knows that. A further year playing regularly for Fulham in the Championship will do him the power of good.

Juan Foyth, it is reported in Argentina (El Dia), is flying to London on Tuesday to finalise the details of a deal and sign for us. El Dia seem to have had this story correct all the way through and reported earlier he didn't want to go to PSG after the two clubs had agreed a fee and all and sundry assumed that meant Spurs had missed out.

Why do so many journalists and fans not take into account a players wishes? The fans, obviously, because they believe what they read in the papers, despite claiming to the contrary.

El Dia suggest, there have been several clubs after 19-year-old (20 next January) Foyth and that the total fee including all the performance related add-ons totals is £11.86 million (13m - AUS$

Kevin Wimmer wants to play football, he has made no secret of that and he is the one wanting to lave rather than the club pushing him out. Pochettino likes him and has stated he would be a regular in a couple of years, Wimmer wants to be a regular somewhere now. It is World Cup year and that only encourages him to seek regular football elsewhere.

The deal with WBA seems close and the profit on him handsome. Like it or not, that is part and parcel of football and that goes into the equation when we are seeking players. You can't keep them all and he isn't going to displace Vertonghen and Alderweireld, or Dier as we look to be a side playing with a back three regularly now.

He has to ask himself would he be behind Davinson Sanchez now or is Sanchez his replacement. That would seem likely, we have a player in to replace him so need not prevent his release any more.

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Wrong result, encouraging signs


SPURS 1 Chelsea 2


Spurs showed enough to show that Wembley isn't going to be a problem. We lost to a free kick where Hugo Lloris was a pace to far to one side of the goal. If you look at his eye line for the free kick he could, and perhaps should, have been a pace to his left.

From where he was he had no chance of getting across the goal as was proven. A left footer is eight times out of ten going to play the ball over the wall and the ball was not even in the corner but still Lloris got nowhere near it.

One up, they soaked up the pressure, we were helped by an own goal and then Wanyama, who kept giving the ball away in midfield, did so again and they scored after another Lloris error. Clearly Wanyama is not up to full fitness yet, which showed, mentally he wasn't sharp enough. Game time will give him that, but was it an error taking Dier off instead of Wanyama, the result suggests it was.

The French skipper should easily have kept out Alonso's shot, had it been Pat Jennings he would simply have stuck out a foot. It doesn't matter how you stop them, as long as you stop them, bottom line is Lloris didn't and the picture of him just before the game ended showed it clearly all over his face.


The wrong result but plenty of encouraging signs.


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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Spurs look set to play with a back three this season


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Argentinian new outlet Toda Pasion and newspaper El Dia are both reporting that Tottenham have agreed a fee for Juan Foyth, who steadfastly rejected a move to PSG to force a move through to Spurs.

His Argentinian Primera División club, Estudiantes, need to raise £9.17 million and it seems we have agreed a £9.63 million (€10.5m - AUS$15.58m - US$12.35m) deal, which includes the add-ons previously rejected. They report the 19-year-old (20 next January) has been offered a 5-year contract.

It once again shows that money is everything and that a player will go where he wants to go, it isn't always a clubs fault if a player doesn't sign! The assumption he was going to PSG by the press and other websites has been way off, all the reports from Argentina was that he was insisting on a deal being done with Spurs.

It seems clear to me that we are going to play with a back three and a pair of wing backs. Foyth will be the second central defensive signing and we have Cameron Carter-Vickers coming through as well. Toby Alderweireld is happy at Spurs but wants to retain his release clause which we do not and thus he hasn't yet signed a new contract.

As it is at the moment, with the arrival of Sanchez, we have Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez and Dier to play at the back with Foyth (when he arrives) and Carter-Vickers providing further cover. We wouldn't have six centre-backs at the club in the first team squad if we were not going to play with a back three, even if we were developing two of them for the future.


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