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Showing posts with label Transfer Talk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Transfer Talk. Show all posts

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Friendly vs Napoli and Janssen news

SpursTo Play Napoli And Sevilla Want Janssen

Napoli to play pre-season friendly in Dublin vs Spurs

Spurs To Play Napoli

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport are reporting that Tottenham and Napoli are negotiating to play a pre-season friendly.

At the moment the only official friendly scheduled for Napoli is in Dublin on August 4th against Liverpool, but the club is planning to stay a week in Ireland and on August 7th could also play against Tottenham.

Sevilla Interested In Vincent Janssen

Vincent Janssen of interest to Sevilla

Spurs target Kasper Dolberg is interested in Sevilla. The Spaniards are looking for a new striker and two players are in the picture, of which Dolberg is one, Vincent Janssen is the other.

The highly-rated 20-year-old (21 in October) Ajax striker has been watched by Spurs for a couple of seasons at least now and a former Ajax player, Andy Van Der Meyde, has recently confirmed Mauricio POchettino is interested in Dolberg.

The young Danish international is under contract in Holland until 2021.


Does Weigl Solve A Problem Pochettino Has At Spurs?
Spurs Focus On The Process, Fans Focus On The Outcome


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Is Weigl Pochettino's main central-midfield target?

Does Weigl solve a problem Pochettino has at Spurs?

Is Weigl Pochettino's main central-midfield target?

The latest ITK suggests as one of our central midfield replacements we are looking at a player in Germany. The German market, to me, is narrowed down into two players.

First is 21-year-old (22 next February) Argentinian U-20 international defensive midfielder Santiago Ascacíbar, who plays for VfB Stuttgart and is under contract until 2022. Transfermarkt valuation: £13.5 million (€15.42m).

Second is 22-year-old (23 in September) German international midfielder Julian Weigl, who plays for Borussia Dprtmund and is under contract until 2021. Transfermarkt valuation: £27 million (€30.85m).

The Daily Mail suggest Manchester City are preparing a bid of £40 million (€45.7m) for Weigl, a player who has developed into one of the very best central defensive midfielders in the Bundesliga. My guess is that it is him we are targeting this summer. report that Real Madrid superstar and fellow German midfielder Toni Kroos has tipped Weigl to become "a world-class player". They say given the way the mature-beyond-his-years midfielder has progressed with giant strides so far, there is little to suggest the former Bayern Munich man will not be proven right.

He was named 1860 Munich captain at the age of 18, which suggests he has the right mental approach and his progression also suggests the same, vital in top-level sport and just the type of player Spurs need.

Dortmund signed him in 2015 with Sporting Director Michael Zorc saying at the time; "Weigl is one for the future for central midfield, and in whose enormous potential for development we believe".

He got his chance in a strong midfield and took it with such aplomb that he made 25 starts in 30 appearances in his first season, finishing with the best pass completion rate by a Borussia Dortmund player, 92%, and one of the best in the Bundesliga.

The appointment of Peter Stöger as Dortmund coach has seen Weiglgiven the role linking defence with the attack, the role Mousa Dembele performs for us. Dortmund play a 4-1-4-1 formation so his role in front of the defence is clearly a responsible one.

He is very composed on the ball, used to a high pressing game, an excellent passer of the ball, a playmaker from the back. It is this aspect of his game that I think is crucial to us. Dembele isn't a consistent picker of passes from the back and Wanyama isn't either.

Weigl would possibly solve that problem and it for that reason that I think he is one of Pochettino's main targets this summer.


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Friday, 18 May 2018

Kane signs a new deal

Harry Kane Signs A New Deal

Harry Kane Signs For Hugo Boss

Harry Kane has signed a new deal, not at Tottenham but with top fashion house Hugo Boss in the lead up to the 2018 World Cup.

The Spurs and England striker linked up with Brazil and Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, German and PSG winger Julian Draxler and Spanish and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to launch the Hugo Boss Parfum Soccer Campaign.

Source: The Sun

Spurs Tried To Sign Patrick Kluivert

Justin Kluivert: ”I’m not renewing my contract at Ajax. The decreasing morale, lack of confidence and trying to sell me to Tottenham without me knowing. I heard about that at the last minute.”

Another young striker we tried to sign last summer without success. He decided he didn't want to join Tottenham and as his comments show, it was nothing to do with the package that was offered to him. Spurs asked to include him in the Sanchez deal and Ajax were open to the discussion, but alas, it was not to be.

Some agenda driven fans were blaming Levy not offering enough, Kluivert shows these opinions were not based on fact and were flatly wrong.


Tottenham Very Close To Barcelona Signing


Tottenham very close to Barcelona signing

Tottenham are very close to signing Barcelona youth player Riqui Puig

Tottenham are very close to signing Barcelona youth starlet Riqui Puig

Tottenham are very close to Barcelona Signing

Tottenham are very close to a Barcelona signing. Riqui Puig is a star of the renown Masia, the youth Academy of FC Barcelona and has not yet accepted the renewal offer made to him.

Mauricio Pochettino is a huge fan and Spurs have been in contact with his advisers over  move to Spurs. He has multiple offers, including one to play for Barcelona B, but a report in Spain suggests he is tempted by the Tottenham project.

After playing a spectacular Youth League season and debuting with Barça B,18-year-old (19 in August) central midfielder Riqui Puig has captured the attention of the best teams in Europe. Of all of them, the one that has had more advanced talks is Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan

Manager Pochettino, who is said to be 'in love' with the Matadapera boy's game, and Spurs have tried to convince him to join what the Spanish media call a very attractive sports project. Contacts are at an advanced stage, although a final decision has not been made yet.

At Barça they are aware that Riqui has many offers and that he has many doubts about signing his renewal with the Spanish champions. For this reason, his presence in Barça B has been reduced and he only plays with the Juvenile A Copa del Rey. The same goes for most of his colleagues who have not renewed contracts either.

His future will be decided in the next few days. The offers are already on the table and he just needs to make a final decision.

Sport ES suggest Riqui Puig could well be playing in the Premier League next season wearing the Tottenham shirt.



Thursday, 10 May 2018

Spurs Transfer Stories


A few transfer stories, Reo Griffiths staying, Ryan Sessegnon, Matthijs de Ligt, Hakim Ziyech and David Pleat scouting youngsters.



The report suggests that if Fulham get promoted 17-year-old (18 later this month) Ryan Sessegnon will remain at Fulham on a season long loan, however if they don't make it through the play-offs then he would join Tottenham immediately.

Many fees have been mentioned but I'd expect the £30 million figure to be nearest to the mark amid reports suggesting terms with the player have already been agreed.


Apparently the 18-year-old (19 in August) Dutch international centre-back has told Ajax that he wants to leave this summer and there is some ITK suggesting he has agreed to join Spurs.


Some suggestion that Tottenham are showing an interest in 25-year-old (26 next March) attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech and that Ajax are working on a secret deal to sign 29-year-old Serbian international Dusan Tadic as his replacement.




Friday, 13 April 2018

7 Spurs transfer stories in 1 minute

7 Spurs Transfer Stories In 1 Minute

Reported Tottenham Transfer Target Layvin Kerzawa

Newspapers like to come up with stories to sell their newspapers and they love to have an exclusive, thus they throw every name they can think of at a club and claim they were in the know and brought you the story.

It's a comical merry go round as a story just moves from one country to another and one paper to another, sometimes claiming a fake exclusive and others just not mentioning the source to 'pretend' they have found the news.

One paper will quote another paper who quote a third source showing some papers cam#t even be bothered with any of their own research. The same goes for the numerous number of regurgitation website who write everything from a newspaper as if it were fact.

A 1 minute look around Twitter this morning and 7 different Tottenham transfer stories leapt at me, so I decided to spend a further 1 minute looking at each one.

  • Liverpool, Tottenham and three more Premier League clubs are in a transfer chase for Norwich duo James Maddison and Josh Murphy (Source: Daily Mirror). - It is undoubtedly more than the 5 clubs, Norwich fans are joking that Crystal Palace and Burnley are not big enough and that Liverpool or Spurs are the more likely destination. Other reports say Leicester City are leading the race to sign a player rated at £30m, but then some say it's £40m, while Norwich City fans are asking if the 21-year-old (22 in November) has been found out by the opposition. Crystal Palace and Leicester City again are said to be chasing 23-year-old (24 next February) Josh Murphy, seemingly on the back of one goal. Numbers thrown at the story are again £30m.

  • Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa for €25 million this summer (Source RMC). Sports Witmess suggest Manchester United are 'prepared to welcome' the 25-year-old (26 in September) to Old Trafford, that's big of them. RMC report he is prioritizing a move to the Premier League. SFR Sport say Chelsea want to sign him. Radio Monte Carlo say a number of top Premier League clubs are chasing him they have learnt, yeah well so have I reading Twitter about it for a minute. Of course it took a Spurs Twitter account to suggest he 'apparently' would be a replacement for Danny Rose. As Rose is reportedly out injured until after the World Cup, perhaps he may well still be at Spurs next season.

  • Tottenham and West Ham want Barcelona's 24-year-old Portugal midfielder André Gomes. (Source: Daily Mirror). AS and Mundo Deportivo claim that the 24-year-old (25 in July) midfielder has told Barcelona he wants to leave and that he is a target of Manchester United. A Tweet suggests Barcelona have placed a £26m price tag on him, while a Daily Mirror journalist claims Gomes wants a move to Spurs. Other Tweets suggest he has denied he has asked to leave and said he is happy at Barcelona, no sources though. Reposrts suggest Barcelona have saved paying Valencia 10m Euros  after being knocked out of the Champions League again. Most Tweets are simply slagging him off, nobody who supports Barcelona seems to rate him at all.

  • Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Everton and Newcastle United are interested in signing Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand. (Source: Sun Sport). They claim he wants out at Southampton which will spark a £25m scramble for him. Presumably they have guessed teams who might, just might, be interested in him. Every Tweet seems to stem from The Sun story, which is an assumption anyway, an accurate one though probably. At 28 (29 in August) I would suggest he is too old for us to be interested in, given the demands we place on wing-backs.

  • Tottenham are being linked with West Ham left-back Arthur Masuaku (Source: The Sun). The 24-year-old (25 in November) is an alternative to Ryan Sessegnon apparently, although the same paper suggests Ryan Bertrand so it seems they are taking guesses as to who might replace the injured Danny Rose. Various other Tweets suggest he is valued at £20m and wanted by Chelsea and Monaco. A Tweet from a West Ham source suggests Masuaku will not be leaving the club in the summer.

  • Fulham will refuse to sell 17-year-old (18 in May) Tottenham target Ryan Sessegnon in the summer should they gain promotion to the Premier League. (Source: Evening Standard). The Sun suggest he is valued at £25m, I have seen £40m and £50m quoted. Further Tweets suggest Manchester United, Liverpool, PSG and Manchester City are all interested.

  • Tottenham and Inter Milan are keen on signing Manchester United forward Anthony Martial if he becomes available this summer. (Source: Daily Telegraph). Juventus are said to be tracking the 22-year-old (23 in December) Frenchman say the Independent. RMC report he is unhappy with his playing time, has rejected a new contract and his agent is looking at other options. It is quite usual for young talent not to get much playing time under Mourinho, he doesn't trust youth. The Times report contract talks have restarted but that Martial wants assurances about playing time.


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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Spurs Ask About French Under-21 Centre-back Mukiele

Spurs Have Asked About The Availability Of French Under-21 Right-back/Centre-back Nordi Mukiele

Spurs-Ask-About-French-Under-21 Centre-back-Mukiele
Pochettino is regularly having Nordi Mukiele watched

Tottenham Hotspur are regularly scouting 20-year-old (21 in November) Montpellier centre-back Nordi Mukiele, a rising star in Ligue 1 and are reported by Le 10 Sport to have made initial enquiries about his situation.

First the basics, he is 1.86m tall (6ft 1in in proper money) and under contract until 2022,he moved to Montpellier from second-division side Stade Laval for £1.35 million in January 2017

He is a French Under-21 international (capped twice) who is also qualified to play for DR Congo.

This season he has played at centre-back 21 times and at right-back 12 times, with 1 game at right midfield. That suggests he has the adaptability that Mauricio Pochettino likes. Transfermarkt place his current valuation at £7.2 million.

Pochettino likes adaptable players because they cover several positions, but also because it keeps the individual involved and a part of the group. The more active the member of a squad the better generally, without over working of course.

Olympique Marseille are also keeping an eye on him and are said to be wanting to make a move in the summer. He played against them in a 0-0 draw last Sunday and by all accounts had an excellent game. Right-footed, he played left sided centrally in a back five.

Reports in France suggest players and coaches are tipping big things for Mukiele and suggestions over here say Manchester City and Chelsea are taking an interest. He is powerful and quick, is making waves having never played in the system he is playing in today.

Montpellier boss Michel Der Zakarian, a former defender praises him.

"He's got a lot of potential. He's an intelligent player, he's good in the air, reads the game well and is comfortable with the ball."

The defender admits he isn't the finished article and that he has lapses in concentration that he is working on with the help of his 40-year-old captain, Vitorino Hilton, beside him. He is strong in the air, comfortable with the ball at his feet and has all the attributes of a modern day full-back/wing-back.

Montpellier sit 6th in the French table with the second best defensive record in the division. They have conceded only 26 goals in 32 games, PSG (1st) have conceded 22 goals, while Monaco (2nd) and Amiens SC (13th) have conceded 34 goals.


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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Tottenham Transfer Talk Mathias Jensen


Tottenham transfer talk - Mathias Jensen 

Tottenham Transfer Talk today beings news that Spurs have been watching 22-year-old (23 next January) Mathias Jensen.

He is a Danish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Danish Superliga-side FC Nordsjælland, for whom he is having an excellent season.

Nike sponsored Jensen is 5ft 8in and has 8 Danish Under-21 caps scoring 1 goal, so Christian Eriksen should know all about him with his contacts in the Danish game. He played 6 games at Under-20 level, scoring 1 goal,  8 games at Under-19 level and 1 game at Under-18 level.

Tottenham Transfer Talk - Mathias Jensen

In all competitions he has played 29 games, scoring 9 goals with 7 assists. That equates to a goal every 287 minutes and a direct hand in a goal every 161 minutes.

The report on our interest and that of Ajax, who are said to be preparing a bid, can be found here: Mathias Jensen

There is plenty of interest in him, Sevilla, Villarreal and Celta Vigo from Spain, FC North Zealand, Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen and also Southampton from the Premier League are all scouting him.



Friday, 6 April 2018

Ryan Sessegnon and Joshua King

Ryan Sessegnon and Joshua King

Two players are once again in the news as our summer transfer targets. One we want but will the other be too expensive for the limited time he can give us?

Ryan Sessegnon

Tottenham transfer target Ryan Sessegnon

The Sun are telling us that Fulham value Tottenham target 17-year-old (18 in May) Ryan Sessegnon at £25m which is half of what other clubs quote. He is a Championship player so the lower valuation makes sense given his performances.

The left midfielder, who can operate as a left-back, would seem to fit our advanced full-back position perfectly and we have been chasing him heavily since January, although we have been chasing him for a couple of years and tried to sign him last summer.

Since then his value has shot up, with the Nike sponsored England Under-21 international (he has 1 cap) scoring 14 goals and having 5 further assists. He is under contract until 2020 and will surely move on this summer. Reports have for a long time suggested that he wants to join Spurs so let's hope they are right.

Joshua King

Tottenham transfer target Joshua King

Striker Joshua King is once again being linked with a summer move to us to back up Harry Kane. It is a difficult position to fill given Kane is always going to be first choice. The problem with an out and out striker is he'll sit on the bench a lot, which makes it difficult for him to perform when he does get to play. He has to be a mentally strong player who accepts his role at the club.

The other option is a secondary striker who can play the number 10 role, another Dele Alli, Son type, who can take over as a central striker if and when required. Given we have that, do we need another? Also given the success of winger Mo Salah at Liverpool playing centrally could someone like Erik Lamela play as a central striker?

Bournemouth striker King is a 26-year-old (27 in January) so we have to remember his age when coming to a transfer fee. We have to look at how long he has left until he is 30 and factor that in. The fact that his contract runs until 2021 would make him an expensive option in my eyes and there will be better targets out there, who are also a cheaper price.


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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Should Spurs Rescue Isco This Summer

Should Spurs Rescue Isco

Should Spurs rescue Isco this summer

Tottenham target Isco is no longer flavour of the month at Real Madrid. All the talk in Spainis about his performances not being good enough and questions are being asked whether his time at the club is up.

The 25-year-old (26 in April) Spanish international midfielder could be ideal for our young, but now experienced and developing squad. The Real Madrid team was changed to accommodate him last season but he can not play in his favoured role behind a striker in their current system.

He is back to being a bench player and was given a start in the defeat to Espanyol, but he didn't impress. Isco wasn't happy with his substitution and he took 45 seconds to leave the pitch. Sergio Ramos didn't like Isco's attitude and told told him that 'at Madrid, you have to leave the pitch by running. You have to show a good attitude.'

So should Spurs try and rescue Isco this summer?

We play the possession football he excels in, Real Madrid's direct style doesn't. A problem though is that, as he signed a new contract his transfer value might be prohibitive, his contract runs until 2022.

Finally a quote from him yesterday after Spain defeated Argentina heavily:

"Here in the national team I have the confidence of the coach, not like in Real Madrid".


Saturday, 10 March 2018

Pro/anti-Levy stance dictates your view on wages and transfers

Pro/anti-Levy Stance Dictates Your View On Transfers

Your Pro/ant Daniel Levy stance, dictates your view on wages and transfers

Does your Pro/anti-Levy stance dictates your view on Spurs transfers?

Last summer Gary Mabbutt said he felt Spurs didn't need to spend big money to improve the Tottenham squad.

Panic driven or agenda driven fans took a different view and saw rivals buying, thus believed Spurs should be matching them, rather than waiting for the right targets at the right price.

No doubt we will get more of the same this summer.

Transfers have to come from revenue generated by the club and the wage bill is restricted by how much it can rise over a season, thus our structure can't just be blown apart as some would irresponsibly wish.

During that time we are left standing while others are moving forward. What's the point of being at the top table if we're not eating.

This almost smacks of wanting Spurs to return to a mid-table broke club with no hope of European football and no hope of winning anything. The 7th richest club in the country has been Newcastle United and look how they are run. Aston Villa, who were finishing above us when Daniel Levy took over, aren't even in the same division.

Chelsea are struggling, Arsenal are struggling, West Ham are struggling, while Tottenham are growing. To maintain a place at the top table you need the infrastructure to generate the income that enables a sustainable presence at the top, which is hat we all want. Wages can't take a jump until income jumps consistently, not just one season. Player contracts are 4 or 5 seasons, the income must be there to afford that, not on the never never.

We now have to start winning trophies as we have grown, but, we are not the finished article yet, we are still growing as a club and still yet to see the income from the new stadium and new commercial opportunities.

Building Spurs is a long-term project, it may not be fast enough for some, but the sensible business approach Daniel Levy has taken has clearly been in our best interests.

Pochettino only recently explained the stadium and the team are growing together. They are linked, one impacts upon the other and the balance he talks about is how much is available for the team and how much for infrastructure to grow income to invest in the team.

“It’s an exciting project but we cannot get ahead of ourselves on one side or another. The balance is so important. The club will be in a very good position in the next few years to start to compete in the last level."

I find it amazing some fans can't understand those simple facts of life. How many times have they told their children money doesn't grow on trees or refused to buy them every toy they want? Why, because the money isn't there. Spurs are no different.

Th income has to be built before you can take a major hike in wages, it has to be coming in, not potentially coming in. This is no time to gamble with a successful future by being impatient now. Spend and don't qualify for the UEFA Champions League and our income goes down, prize money goes down, commercial revenue is more difficult to obtain and that all impacts the wages budget.

Christian Eriksen told the US media last summer that it is only the British who equate spending to success. Therein we see part the problem. If an individual can't see past that, then they limit their thinking and limit the number of solutions they can accept.

Build a young side, play a set system and keep them together so they grow together and improve. Regular readers know where they heard that all outlined years ago. Poch has been talking winning mentality recently too, glad to see him getting on board. LOL.

So far, so good.

We have clearly improved under ENIC and Levy, our league positions show that.

The pro-anti-Levy debate shows why some people need to be employed and told exactly what to do, yet expect the same wages as the guy who builds a business, devises a growth plan and implements it. One has no risk, one has all the risk, yet to some, shouldn't be allowed to reap the rewards.

The words of Hugo Llrois last season.

"A winning mentality is already in this team -- we just need some chances and opportunities, and we have a few before the end of the season. When you have a chance, you have to take it. 
"It's true that at some other clubs, in England, France, Spain, Italy or Germany, they are used to winning a lot of trophies. It was the case 50 years ago, it was the case 20 years ago and it will be the case in a few years. Because they are big institutions and all the players respect those institutions. 
"That's the way to follow, but you cannot arrive one day and say, 'I want to change everything', and then win. You need to take time, build up something strong step-by-step, and you need to live through experiences like last season. 
"Even like this season -- in the Champions League it was a failure but we need to go through this kind of moment to improve. It's a process."

Sustainable success is built and we continue to build towards it. Will the anti-Levy crowd celebrate when we lift a trophy under him? I bet they will.


The author took two coaching course 10 years apart, has studies and seen the impact psychology and mentality has on lives, not just sportsmen and teams.

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Salah, not Kane for Real Madrid and Marcus Edwards attitude improvement

Mohamed Salah, not Kane for Real Madrid and Marcus Edwards attitude is improving

Mohamed Salah and not Harry Kane a Real Madrid target this summer

The Norwich Evening News have an update on 19-year-old (20 in December) Tottenham loanee Marcus Edwards.

While fans were calling for his inclusion at Spurs, when clearly he wasn't ready and all the problems of getting him to sign a new contract, presumably because he felt he should be playing at a higher level immediately, Tottenham sent him out on loan to Norwich City in January.

It was hoped that his attitude would improve at the Championship side where he would have to fight for a first team starting berth.

However, his attitude wasn't good and then another injury, he seems to get a few, has meant he hasn't even made his debut yet. In January, Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke told Edwards to grow up and the suggestion now is that he has started to heed that advice.

Just as Mousa Dembele had to change his attitude when Mauricio Pochettino left him on the bench for a season, so Edwards has had to change his.

Farke told his local paper:

“Our squad is not too big and at the moment without [German defensive midfielder] Tom Trbyull we have 21 outfield players available. So he is an option. 
“In general, he has improved a lot, in terms of his attitude, but he can still grow up a bit more and also we have to work on strengthening his body to help his endurance and power. 
“The last two weeks he was able to do proper training with us. He is not far away, not an option for this next game [today vs. Nottingham Forest], because it is a bit too early and he has to improve a bit in some topics. 
“At the latest, after the next international break but he might be involved before then.”

If he is starting to change his attitude and appreciate he doesn't have a god given right to a first team spot,then his career will start taking an upward step.

His size has undoubtedly hindered him as he could easily be eased off the ball by a more physical player the last time I saw him. He can't be judged playing against his own age group and that football is basically free from tackling, a bit like a Manchester City Chelsea game!

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Spanish publication Dario Gol report that Real Madrid are showing serious interest in signing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah as part of their summer overhaul.

Philippe Coutinho showed that if one of the major clubs come calling a player wants to leave. We have seen it with Modric and Bale, now it is Liverpool's turn again it seems.

The Spanish rate Salah at £71.59m, which is somewhat cheaper than the £200m that it would cost for Harry Kane. Salah is having a great season, Kane is having his third consecutive great season.

When will the unsettling process start for Liverpool?


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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Alderweireld and Martial swap deal?

Would Spurs Fans Be Happy With An Alderweireld Martial Swap Deal?

Spurs target the top young talent around the world


Anthony Martial

French outlet RMC Sport report that  Anthony Martial has not received a formal contract extension offer from Manchester United. They go on to say that talks have reached breaking point.

The 22-year-old (23 in December) player has even held off on buying the house he was looking at in Manchester, so uncertain he feels his future is right now.

The French international left winger (he has 17 full international caps scoring 1 goal) won the Golden Boy Award for the best under-21 player in Europe in 2015 and interested us before his big money move to Manchester United.

On 1 September 2015, Martial completed a move to Manchester United for £36 million, potentially rising to £58 million, on a four-year contract with the option of another year.

It was the highest transfer fee paid for a teenager, breaking the previous record of £27 million United paid for left-back Luke Shaw from Southampton a year earlier, and that PSG had paid for Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos in 2013.

United paid £36 million up front for Martial, but his contract contains three bonus clauses worth £7.2 million each, taking the potential fee to £57.6 million. The clauses each relate to certain accomplishments being achieved during hist four year contract, including if Martial scores 25 goals during that time, racks up 25 caps for France or wins the Ballon d'Or before June 2019.

Wikipedia list him as having scored 24 goals thus far so that would take his fee to £43.2 million and he is only 8 caps off another £7.2 million payment.

We have continued to track him and now the papers are suggesting that he could make the 'shock' switch to Tottenham. He fee would surely be well in excess of £50 million and moving into a new stadium that may well have to be funded by a player sale.

Is this in our minds with regard to Toby Alderweireld? Could we suggest some sort of swap deal in the summer. A football club has to continually monitor the age of players and Alderweireld is 29 in March. However, if wages are a problem for Alderweireld, would they not be a problem for Martial?

Martial is a player most Tottenham fans would welcome,young and talented, but he is under contract until 2019 and Manchester United do have a one year extension option. He has started 25 games in the Premier League this season so he isn't being frozen out, although they have just signed Alexis Sanchez to play in his position.

A big play is being made in the media about this and too me, at this stage, it has been blown out of all proportion. There is no rush for United to send him a contract renewal, they are obviously seeing how Sanchez settles in and will review their options in the summer.

It is a reminder of where we are though. We have continually been linked with the top prospects around the world, which didn't happen a few years ago.

We are now trying to attract the best youngsters and having some of the best training facilities in the world is a part of that sales package. We can't sign everyone and we can't pay top wages yet, but we can give the chances to players that other clubs can't.

It should also be remembered that youngsters abroad do not get top wages and moving to us is a career advancement, it is an opportunity to improve and get chances to play while still increasing their wages.

Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth are two such youngsters that we are expecting to develop into top centre-backs,while also having Cameron Carter-Vickers, so the future looks bright in that position, especially if their development is assisted by one of the best centre-backs in Europe now, Jan Vertonghen.


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Monday, 19 February 2018

Foyth, Real Madrid, Diawara and Spurs scouting trip

Spurs Scout at Europa League Tie

I see website Hotspurhq are asking if Jan Foyth did enough against Rochdale to warrant a Premier League start and the answer is obviously no. People seem to forget what a player does wrong. He was out of position many times, was asleep when Henderson got in twice in the first half and kept giving the ball away or played players into trouble. He has a way to go yet and he will only learn by playing games like this where his concentration is tested by players who are up for the game.

Real Madrid are expected to part company with Zinidine Zidane after a disastrous season so far and are tracking Mauricio Pochettino, German national manager Joachim Low and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp suggest Spanish newspaper AS.

Tottenham are particularly interested in Guinean 20-year-old (21 in July) defensive midfielder Amadou Diawara currently plying his trade with Napoli report the Italian press. The Serie A side are planning to bring in Uruguayan 22-year old (23 in February) Lucas Torreira in from Sampdoria, although he is also being tracked by Juventus, Inter Milan, and Atletico Madrid. He holds a Spanish passport so there are no work permit problems.

Spurs sent a scout to watch the Europa League tie between Nice and Lokomotiv Moscow last Thursday. We were not alone, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea, Juventus, PSG, Lyon and Marseille all had scouts present according to French radio station RMC.

French Under-21 Nice centre-back Malang Sarr (19 years old - 20 next January) and 26-year-old (27 in July) Ivory Coast and Nice defensive midfielder Jean-Michaël Seri have both been the subject of our interest.

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Tierney and youngster who scored 89 goals last season scouted


Tottenham have been following the progress of 20-year-old (21 next June) Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and Jose Mourinho is doing the same thing.

Manchester United have a scout at most of his games it seems so must be seriously considering him, which places Luke Shaw's future in doubt. The Scotland international is gaining UEFA Champions League experience this season and was a part of the Celtic side thrashed by PSG in game week 1. He played in the competition last season too.

The Scottish press rate him as a £25 million (€28.23m - AUS$42.36m - US$33.77m)) player and think FIFA not nominating him for the Puskás 2017 (Golden Boy) award is an injustice.

Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Southampton, Juventus, Turin and Chelsea are all watching 14-year-old Caen striker Elye Wahi. Last season he scored 89 goals for the Under-14 and Under-15 sides and this summer his stepfather engaged a mental coach and a physical trainer to work with him.

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Tottenham have been watching 26-year-old (27 next August)  Hoffenheim striker Mark Uth for a while now and according to talkSPORT, that means we are showing real interest.

That suggests something more and I'm not so sure that is the case, despite a report from German magazine Kicker that the former German Under-20 international striker is running down his existing contract so he can move as a free agent next summer.

Simply because a player will be available for free, although they will want a signing on fee, doesn't mean we are simply going to be in the market for them because they are a bargain. I say that because we have fans who will believe the opposite.

Is Pochettino the huge fan that it is claimed? If so we will certainly be in for him and he would already know that. His season has started well with 6 goals in 8 appearances (a goal every 75 minutes), 4 in 5 games in the Bundesliga (a goal every 88 minutes). We have signed Fernando Llorente on a two-year deal so have a couple of years to find a long term back up striker for Harry Kane.

We have looked at many strikers who are short, Sergio Aguero size, Uth is 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) and scored 2 goals against Bayern Munich earlier this month to beat the perennial champions. We have been linked with him for the last two windows and some are even suggesting we will move for him in January, which if we did, would only be on a pre-contract basis for the summer.


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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Taking a competition by storm, 2 goals in 11 games!


How can you be taking the UEFA Champions League by storm when you have only played one game?

That is the idiotic claim made by talkSPORT, whose commentators on Saturday were telling us they were at White Hart Lane, hate to tell them we were playing at Wembley!

The Daily Mail suggest Tottenham have sent a scout to watch 26-year-old (27 next June) Beşiktaş striker Cenk Tosun, although that is in fact a guess, we may well have gone to watch other players. Tosun has 6 goals in 21 full internationals for Turkey and scored one goal in his one UEFA Champions League game to somehow take the competition by storm, Harry Kane has 2 goals, is he taking the competition by a hurri-Kane then!

In total he has played 7 games in total in his career in the UEFA Champions League proper ad scored 2 goals, he has played 4 UEFA Champions League qualifier games without troubling the scorers either. So that is 2 goals in 11 games to take a competition by storm.

Football Fancast speculate we might be interested in buying him in January, why? We have just bought Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen returns to our books next summer. We are not going to pay the wages of 4 strikers, probably not even 3, we would sell before we buy and that isn't going to happen until next summer. That's just common sense.


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Monday, 18 September 2017

Another playmaker being watched


Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and UEFA Europa League side Arsenal are all following the progress of Adrien Rabiot at PSG. There is also talk that Barcelona will want him to replace 33-year-old (34 next May) Andrés Iniesta.

The French side bought Neymar for £199.08 million (€222m - AUS$330.72m - US$285.18m) and Kylian Mbappe on loan for a season before his £166.4 million (€180m - AUS$268.25m - US$215.01m) purchase next summer.

Under Financial Fair Play rules they have to keep their transfer expenditure within set limits in relation to their income over a three-year period. They either have to generate more commercial revenue, entirely possible and or sell some players to generate incoming transfer fees. They sold Serge Aurier to us and replaced him with a free transfer in Dani Alves for instance.

More players may well have to go and 22-year-old (23 next April)  central midfielder Adrien Rabiot has long been a player we have watched and indeed tried to sign. The French international's existing contract runs out in 2019.

Like 24-year-old (25 next July) Portuguese international André Gomes, rabiot offers a range of passing that may well help us break down stubborn packed defences. A player has to see a creative pass before he can play it, many can't see the pass to play it.


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The goalless draw at Wembley against Swansea City on Saturday once again highlighted the need for creative midfielders who can make that final pass into the box to fashion a shooting chance.

People are looking to the exclusion of Mousa Dembélé, who would have actually made no difference. Swansea parked the bus, Dembélé doesn't pass through players in the final third, he dribbles past men deeper and passes. With the Swansea defence not coming out there was nobody for him to beat, his strength wouldn't have been needed.

He has played against packed defences, ask yourself how many chances he has created against them? It is OK looking good, but as I say, how many chances has he created or how many gaps has he created for someone else to create a chance as a result of him dribbling past someone on the edge of the area.

Those shouting that it was a wrong team selection are wrong and take no account of the fact that players are not robots. We already know Dembélé will never be 100% fit again, we already know his game time is managed, he is taken off most games to be replaced. He is a superb player, but that doesn't make him suited to every game.

What we need is additional creative options. Barcelona midfielder André Gomes provides that option. As I wrote previously, he is looking to leave the Spanish club to get more game time and they are open to selling him. The press I now see are starting to speculate again suggesting we are preparing an offer. We have already made an offer, he has been offered to us.

It isn't so much a case of preparing an offer as simply having further discussions are reaching a mutually agreeable arrangement. other clubs will want him though so it isn't cut and dried that he'll come to Spurs.

One player who won't is Isco who has duly signed a new contract at Real madrid after getting more game time. That was always his preferred option so wasn't unexpected.


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Friday, 8 September 2017

Unprofessional Rooney, Spurs target Aleñá and Janssen joins Soldado


Ronal Koeman is not happy with new Everton signing Wayne Rooney. His drink driving charge shows why he should have been dumped by England years ago and why he has always failed at major tournaments. A professional sportsman should look after his body, it is the tool of his trade and drinking is not healthy for it. It is totally unprofessional and not an example to youngsters, yet he was the England captain! Says a lot about the appointment and management of Roy Hodgson.

As Pochettino said in his press conference when discussing the Dele Alli finger gesture and Serge Aurier, players have a duty of

Spanish newspaper AS are reporting that Tottenham Hotspur targeted 19-year-old (20 next January) central midfielder Carles Aleñá has now signed a new three-year contract with Barcelona. The Spaniards have inserted a £68.97 million (€75m - AUS$111.65m - US$90.63m) release clause in his contract that now runs until 2020 with a further 2-year extension option.

He had to go somewhere as he simply wasn't going to play, being fourth choice striker. It seems 23-year-old (24 next June) Vincent Janssen is on his way to Turkish side Fenerbahçe on a season-long loan. He'll join former Spurs striker Roberto Soldado, who also struggled while with us.


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