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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Fejsa, a fake story to get a wage increase?


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The Portuguese press (Record) have been at it again. They have linked us with a player who doesn't fit our transfer profile and plays in a position you are not urgently looking for a player.

In defensive midfield we have Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier to cover, although Mousa Dembele can equally play the more defensive role as can Harry Winks. We do not need a 28-year-old (29 in August) defensive midfielder.

It is suggested we are interested in Serbian international Ljubomir Fejsa who is under contract until 2019 and is said to have a release clause of £31.23 million (€35m - AUS$51.25m - US$40.79m).

Another Portuguese newspaper O Jogo report that Benfica want him to extend his contract by a year. Sounds very much like his agent using our name to pretend to Benfica that they might lose their man and thus offer higher wages to keep him. You will be familiar with this type of story this summer if you weren't aware of it already.

The Sun can try to make all they want of it, I make nothing of it and would be surprised if it is anything other than a fake news story


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Seri, Sissoko, Barkley, Kane, Georgiou vs Roma video


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HITC suggest we should offer Moussa Sissoko as part of a deal for Jean-Michael Seri, a player they might be unable to resist!

Sissoko guy is on £85,000-a-week and won't take a pay drop to leave, are Nice going to offer him that salary, no. End of story, a typical story that doesn't take into account the financial realities of football.

Everton say Ross Barkley is for sale, other reports say Ross Barkley has asked for a move, neither really matter, everyone knows he is leaving and that he wants to come to Tottenham to play under Mauricio Pochettino. Manchester United can be on alert all they like, personally I'm certain he will be a Spurs player by the end of the transfer window.

The comments of Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho demonstrate the stance Tottenham have clearly taken with the players we want to keep, they are not available at any price. You can be sure both clubs have asked about our players and both have received the same response.

“Tottenham is a really good squad if they are able to keep all the players. For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world. If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane. He is a complete striker. 
“He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he’s strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left. He’s a complete player. He’s one of the top strikers in the world. If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m. At least. For me, if I see this price for a striker I know for sure he’s a big striker.”

Young Anthony Georgiou clearly enjoyed his game against Roma and caught the eye of the commentators and many a spectator.

Happy to have debut last night. Disappointing result but amazing experience ⚽️šŸ‡ŗšŸ‡ø


The club website report the 20-year-old (21 next February) to be a rapid winger who operates down our left flank. The Lewisham born Cypriot youth international is under contract until 2018 and will no doubt be hoping that this tour convinces the club to offer him an extension, if they already haven't. You can see his individual performance in the video below.


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The Spanish View




Once again in the summer transfer market, clubs around Europe are cranking up their efforts to find those perceived missing pieces of their footballing jigsaw puzzles, write Spanish daily sports newspaper AS.

Their Spanish take on a transfer from an English club?

AC Milan are potential rivals to AtlƩtico Madrid for the signing of Chelsea misfit, Diego Costa. It may come down to whether the Brazilian wants six months off or not!

Not exactly complimentary about him are they, especially as the Brazilian is now a Spanish international, changing sides because he had lived in Spain for 5 years, totally wrong, where you live doesn't change your nationality and who you are.

Tottenham being ahead of the game, have a manager who can coach and improve players, most managers are just chequebook men who can't cut the mustard without money. The AS view?

Jordan Henderson seems to be suggesting the crazy idea that top managers can coach players to improve the team rather than just sign a new one. Could that even be a thing???


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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Jean-Michaƫl Seri a lot of talk, nothing happening


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Tottenham are reported to be ready to step up efforts to sign Jean-MichaĆ«l Seri whose versatility appeals to Mauricio Pochettino suggest France Football.

Jean Michaƫl Seri is an Ivorian international (he has 13 full international caps, scoring 1 goal) who generally plays as a central midfielder for OGC Nice in the Ligue 1. Last season he played 29 games as a central midfielder (Mousa Dembele role), 8 games as a defensive midfielder (Victor Wanyama role) and 1 as a substitute.

Transfermarkt value him at £11.9 million (€13.34m - AUS$19.64m - US$15.53m), Swansea bid
£16.95 million (€19m - AUS$27.96m - US$22.13m) say French daily newspaper L'Equipe (which presumably includes add-ons), while Roma refused to pay his £35.7 million (€40m - AUS$58.86m - US$46.59m).

It should be remembered that a release clause is not a transfer value, it is an inflated figure clubs put in contracts to prevent players moving, making them too expensive for other clubs to buy. That is their sole purpose and certainly is Spanish contracts, it is the player who has to pay the release fee, often plus taxes, to get out of his contract. Naturally, although you are not supposed to, clubs find a way of reimbursing the player they want to purchase, they don't usually have to pay the release fee as a transfer fee themselves.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, PSG, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Arsenal have all been credited with an interest as have Spanish giants Barcelona, although that was more he saying he wouldn't turn them down. Arsenal are claimed to be very interested and even favourites in some quarters, but they haven't even made a bid yet.


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Chinese football in financial difficulty, any bargains to be had!


IS THE CHINESE BUBBLE BURSTING


They have been spending silly money on transfer fees and offering stupid money for players wages as agents dealing with a new and inexperienced market have fleeced them quite frankly. There is only one reason a player goes to China and it isn't to play football.

Now, both the Chinese Football Federation and the Asian Football Confederation have admitted that 18 clubs are experiencing difficulty in paying their players. From the top CLS division, 13 clubs are experiencing difficulty paying their players including Shanghai Shenhua, Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai SIPG, Jiangsu Suning and Hebei China Fortune.

Now perhaps we see why Barcelona have been interested in Paulinho, his agent has probably been trying to find him a new club. It may well be he offering Paulinho to Barcelona than Barcelona scouting and deciding he is a man they want.

Players who could soon be available

  • 33-year-old (34 next February) Argentinian Carlos Tevez (Shanghai Shenhua)
  • 29-year-old (30 next July) Brazilian Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande)
  • 30-year-old (31 in October) Colombian Jackson MartĆ­nez (Guangzhou Evergrande)
  • 30-year-old (31 next March) Brazilian Ramires (Jiangsu Suning)
  • 31-year-old (32 next July) Brazilian Hulk (Shanghai SIPG)
  • 25-year-old (26 in September) Brazilian Ɠscar (Shanghai SIPG)
  • 32-year-old (33 next May) Argentinian Ezequiel Lavezzi (Habei China Fortune)


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What was your view on the Spurs 2 Referee 3 game?


SPURS 2 REREREE 3


Were you impressed with the referee last night? Was the Cameron Carter-Vickers handball a penalty? Those decisions can go for or against you, this time it was against, but for me when you make a decision like that you have to be even more consistent in your decision making, if that is possible, to ensure you are not accused of favouritism.

You decide something isn't a penalty, then you go to the half-way line to get the ball so you can award one, even the Roma players didn't know what was going on.

If you haven't seen the game yet, then the firsst-half video, the second-half video and the highlights video links can be found by clicking the link below.
Spurs vs Roma Full Match and Highlights

Having spent almost 5 years living in New Jersey, the most corrupt state in the USA, and, given the size of the Italian population living there that referee’s decisions come as no surprise…’nuff said.

The Kane penalty incident was so blatant it was untrue and the referee was well placed to see it, right behind the action. Kane got there first and ex-Tottenham defender Fazio put his leg across him to stop him. A clear and definite penalty.

Then we had Pochettino sent to the stands, then we didn't, then we did, then we didn't. There seemed to be total confusion as he lost a grip he never had on the game. I think he thought the crowd was there to watch him and he was one of the stars.

I am always concerned when a referee makes dramatic gestures when issuing a free kick. Legs apart, body lent forward, arm outstretched, he held the pose early in the game when issuing a free-kick to Spurs outside the Roma box. It was a statement I'm in charge, a statement to the crowd, a statement of an ego, a statement of trouble to come.

Just like inexperienced players have to learn from their experiences or players playing against better opponents from many divisions above learn, so a referee officiating against two better teams than he is used to and a different level of ability, not least when they want to commit a foul, also has to learn.

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Blinking American referee that probably knows more about baseball than proper football. Joke! Despicable!

I'm not anti , but it won't be able to call itself a 'top' league until it raises refereeing standards. This guy is crap

The ref has his mortgage on Roma winning this friendly



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Spurs scout Bakan and Mourinho impressed with Spurs


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Tottenham Hotspur are taking a keen interest in 16-year-old (17 next January) relegated Gaziantepspor midfielder Serkan Bakan suggests his agent.

The Tutkish Under-16 international (has has 3 caps, scoring 1 goal) attacking midfielder is also a target for Manchester United and is under contract until 2018. He became the youngest ever scorer in the Turkish Super Lig when he scored in a 4-2 defeat to Antalyaspor.

His agent, Ibrahim Polat, confirmed our interest to ESPN.

“Manchester United and Tottenham have been scouting Bakan. Several clubs from Germany have also been keeping tabs. Serkan is a special talent, so it is natural for there to be a lot of interest.”

Jose Mourinho, unlike some of our own fans, feels Tottenham are title contenders next season because we have made some of the best transfer moves of any club in the window, we have kept all the players we want to keep. That tells you how highly other clubs rate our players and clearly feels we are having having a wonderful transfer window.

“I don’t think we are big candidates for the title but we are [candidates]. Everybody speaks about the dimension of the investment at Man City [so far just below £220m] but there is another team that I feel the dimension of their investment is also phenomenal – Tottenham. Until now they spent zero pounds, right? They keep everybody they want to keep. They keep Dele Alli, [Harry]Kane and [Toby]Alderweireld, they keep Eric Dier, they keep everyone they want to keep. 
“They sold Kyle Walker I think because they wanted to sell. And probably because they think Trippier is as good as Walker. And he’s younger than Walker. Chelsea are champions and they buy now. We are halfway through the market and they buy [Antonio]RĆ¼diger, [TiemouĆ©]Bakayoko and [Ɓlvaro]Morata. So every club makes different kinds of investments but all of them are investing a lot to win the title.”

With time to go until it closes at the end of August, we can afford to wait for prices to fall into line, at the moment they are all inflated when we and other Premier League clubs show an interest.


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VIDEO: Spurs vs Roma Highlights and Full Match


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Before we get into some news today, you can see the highlights of last nights game at Highlightsfootball.com, together with the complete first-half and the complete scond-half.

MATCH INFO: Tottenham Hotspur vs Roma Highlights and Full Match


Start date26. Jul 2017, 01:00
RefereeHilario Grajeda, USA
Avg. cards 0.09  3.56
LocationHarrison, USA
VenueRed Bull Arena
Attendance26192

Our pressing looked to have stepped up a notch, however we still had a tendency to have men behind the ball in midfield when we had the ball which didn't give us too many options going forward in the first-half.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, playing as one of three centre-backs, was unlucky to have a penalty awarded against him to put Roma in front and with Dier and Dembele playing deep we didn't create a great deal against a decent looking Roma team.

I let you watch and see what happened in the rest of the game.

There has been plenty of press talk about us being about to sign Hoffenheim full-back Jeremy Toljan, which came from th dodgy Portuguese press. All the Record actually said was that Benfica had pulled out and couldn't compete with Tottenham.

The German Under-21 players agent, Ersin Akan, reveals that Spurs have not made an approach.

“It is always a pleasure to read big clubs like Tottenham are interested in Jeremy,” Akan told Sky Sports News. Spurs are a fantastic club with an excellent progression in the last years, but we didn’t speak to the responsible persons and, for the moment, everything is a rumour.”

Serge Aurier is the full-back we have spoken about and are in unofficial negotiations with with PSG. I say unofficial because we haven't made an official written bid, just discussed his potential transfer verbally.


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Two questions answered


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Daniel Levy was asked about the spending by other clubs in the Premier League that has got some Spurs fans jealous and has seen them panic into thinking Spurs must try and match spending in some way. Identifying targets and trying to get them at the right price is not good enough for a section of our fans, they want anyone bought as long as someone is bought it seems or they want us to pay unsustainable wages without considering the knock on effects on everyone else's wage.

"My view is that it's totally unsustainable. I'm not sure if that's the view of the other Premier League clubs, but certainly the prices that are being paid for other Premier League players I can't see it being sustainable in the long term.

"I think I am a custodian of this football club. This club has been around since 1882 and when I leave it will be somebody else. I think we have a duty to manage the club appropriately. I don't think that long term for any club it's sustainable to spend more than you earn. You can have periods where you do but over the long term you can't.

"I think that some of the activity that's going on at the moment is just impossible to be sustainable. You know if somebody is spending £200m more than they're earning then eventually it catches up with you. You can't keep doing it.

"We've managed the club, we think, in a very appropriate way. We've invested a lot of money in physical facilities for long-term growth. So we've got one of the world's best training facilities. We've invested over £100m in that facility.

"We're now investing in the stadium. The stadium is fundamental because with that we get more fans and more income and that's the way to clearly have a more sustainable business.

"At the same time the academy is important because we can produce our own players. We don't have to go and spend £20, £30m, £40m on a player and obviously that homegrown player has an affinity with the club that a player we buy doesn't. That's what the fans want to see. They want to have that passion. That's what you get with a homegrown player and that's why people love Harry Kane and sing that he's one of our own."

That is all logical and make sense, a sensible way to approach things and thr next question again shows the influence of Pochettino on our transfer dealings, which a section of our fans again choose to ignore as it doesn't fit in with an anti-Levy agenda, yet we who see and understand it are apparently rose tinted.

Does the new stadium impact the club's activity in the transfer market?

"I'd answer that in two ways. Regardless of the stadium project, today our position on transfers is that we have a coach that very much believes in the academy.

"Unless we can find a player who would make a difference he would rather give one of our academy players a chance so that's regardless of the financing of the stadium.
"Obviously when you're building a stadium of this magnitude in a UK context it all has to be privately financed. There's no state help whatsoever.

"It is a challenge and we have to find the right balance but it's not impacting us at the moment on transfer activity because we're not yet in a place where we've found the player who we definitely want to buy but can't afford to buy."

Not wanting to pay the prices quoted and not being able to afford to buy a player are two different things, paying an extra £3.64 million for a player is a years wages at £70,000-a-week, overpaying by £7.28 million is 2 years wages.

If you can save a year or more wages on a transfer fee then it is common sense to do so. On right-back Serge Aurier we are £8.93 million apart with PSG on what we want to pay and what they want to receive. That's nearly two and a half years wages.

If we simply paid their price we would then have to find additional money to pay two and a half years wages so we would actually be paying out £17.86 million more than we want to, if we were offering him a £70,000-a-week wage packet.


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Spurs supposed inactivity is our activity


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Benfica are said to be interested in potential Tottenham target Jeremy Toljan, the versatile German Under-21 defender who can play as a full-back on either side.

The 22-year-old (23 in August) Hoffenheim man is said to prefer a move to the Premier League and is out of contract at the end of the season, thus will be available at a bargain price, just the sort of deal we keep our eyes open for.

Hoffenheim director of football Alex Rosen spoke to German newspaper Bild and mentioned that they couldn't compete with the wages that could be offered in the Premier League.

“If Tottenham come in and offer to treble Toljan’s salary, you cannot say: ‘London is an unattractive city or Tottenham are a bad club.’ This is all very positive, and then young people think about it.”
It is the German paper who suggest his transfer value is £3.13 million (€3.5m - AUS$5.14m - US$4.08m) which seems low, even taking into account his contract situation. He has also been linked with Chelsea, Napoli and Roma.

He fits the profile of the players we are looking for to constantly build our squad over the long term. He is highly thought of in Germany and at 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) has the height to operate in a back-three. he is also qualifies to play for the USA and Croatia but has chosen to stick with Germany where there is a vacancy at right-back waiting to be filled ahead of the World Cup next summer.

Serge Aurier is still an option although a meeting when we met PSG the other night saw a difference in transfer fees. We refuse to go above £17.87 million (€20m - AUS$29.36m - US$23.35m) including add-ons while PSG are demanding £26.8 million (€30m - AUS$44.05m - US$35.03m).

Once again that price we feel isn't right for us and we will wait while the window runs down to apply pressure to them to accept a lower fee. Our supposed inactivity, is our activity. all standard negotiating tactics. Just as a season is viewed over a season and not in the first week, so this transfer window is viewed over the whole summer.

We have the same situation with Ross Barkley, although he is now injured which adds to bargaining power, as does his desire to play under Pochettino. If we know he is adamant on coming to Spurs, and we will know, then forcing his price down is sensible. The same applies to other players, but not being a party to those discussions we don't have all the facts, we don't know what players and agents have told Spurs.

The window closes at the end of August, there is no rush and no need to panic.


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