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Jan 312011
 

What has happened to Corluka and how has Hutton regained his place?

This I am sure will cause some debate as both are good players but for me one is stand out different class, Corluka.  What he lacks in pace he makes up with clean intelligent play.  He is strong, strong in the air, reads play and shows players down the line, attacking he links up great with Lennon. Overlapping or threading weighted passes through for Lennon to run onto.  He gets the ball down and rarely gets caught on it and passes out of trouble more often than not.

Hutton lacks intelligence but does give enthusiasm.  But enthusiasm is not class.  He makes it so easy for players to cut back in and shoot its ridiculous.  He is rarely capable of showing an attacker down the line away from danger its predictable and frightening especially as I sit right in front of his patch of grass, to watch them cut in and shoot or put a dangerous in swinging cross in is infuriating.  He is clumsy and often gets so out of shape or position that he looks panicked and is forced into errors.  His challenges are rash (highlighted against Fulham, he could have forced him wide instead of a random hack challenge that was never going to work)  He is very similar to Ekotto in the mistakes front but there are games where Ekotto is switched on and strong and defends superbly combined with some great attacking, he is prone to errors often catastrophic but at least he throws in some solid games.  Hutton has had couple of stand out games this season but still I never feel assured with him at the back.

Hutton was out the side for a reason and out on loan for a reason how he is back and holding down the role is beyond me.  I saw him limp off and Corluka who hadn’t played for a while came on and was superb immediately linking play with Lennon and relaxed at the back.  They said Hutton was a doubt for the next game and I thought perfect chance for Corluka to get a foot in but somehow Hutton was deemed fit or risked and the charade continues.

Please put Corluka back.

Jan 312011
 

With just minutes to go Sky Sports News have reported that Tottenham have made a late bid for Charlie Adam of Blackpool.

The Blackpool captain was looking likely to join Liverpool but a fee couldn’t be agreed and now Sky sources say that it is Tottenham who are trying to bring in the Blackpool playmaker. Like the last deadline in the summer a deal could be announced after 11pm so stay tuned for updates.

Liverpool supposedly bid around £6m but Blackpool wanted double that to land their star player and even Manchester United said they will match any bid Liverpool make for Adam as they see him as a possible replacement for Paul Scholes.

**Update**

Sky have confirmed we were too late in our bid for Adam and he will remain at Blackpool. It’s unclear as of yet whether the bid was rejected or whether we ran out of time.

 Posted by at 22:54
Jan 312011
 

With half an hour to go I am still sitting here with my fingers crossed that Harry and Levy have been quiet because they are up to something but when a deal is on the cards it’s very rare for reporters to not pick up on it.

We have now confirmed we have loaned Giovani dos Santos to Racing Santander. That now means we have loaned out Keane, Gio, O’Hara and Bentley this month and when you add that to our youngsters out on loan it’s criminal that we look unlikely to sign anyone tonight.

Our first time in the Champions League and our real chance to push on. I wouldn’t want the board to over do it and bankrupt the club until we were an established top four side. However it was clear for everyone to see in the summer we needed a striker but we didn’t get one, it became even clearer after the first half of the season that it was a big mistake not getting a striker at all costs. The same thing is now looking ever more likely to happen again and to top it all off we have now loaned half of our team out, our subs bench will not be half as strong as it was when you take in to consideration our injury problems.

Sure we are still a top team and we have come a long way, as for another top four finish, I would say forget it, the top teams all have good strikers, we don’t! and that will prove to be the difference.

Just hoping for a last minute surprise, we can only hope.

 Posted by at 22:29
Jan 312011
 

You can watch the remainder of transfer deadline day live in the forum HERE, just create an account quickly or log in and you’re away.

Just heard more reports that Giovani dos Santos is set to join Racing Santander on loan until the end of the season. Still waiting for some confirmation on this one but it does seem likely. Gio has always failed to impress Harry and Spurs wouldn’t stand in the way of any move for the Mexican.

Harry Redknapp has confirmed on Sky Sports News that Tottenham have bid for Phil Neville but it’s up to Everton if they accept the bid or not. Redknapp said Tottenham won’t worry about it if Everton don’t want to sell their captain. Harry also stated that there was no chance that Peter Crouch would be going anywhere tonight.

The news of the striker is nothing as of yet. Harry said that he is no expecting anything to happen although he and Levy are still working late at Spurs lodge and Redknapp said he will be staying there overnight for training in the morning. We have been linked with late bids for Forlan and Rossi so don’t be surprised if something happens in the final hours, although don’t be surprised if nothing happens either.

 Posted by at 20:59
Jan 312011
 

You can watch the remainder of transfer deadline day live in the forum HERE, just create an account quickly or log in and you’re away.

Sky Sports have reported that Harry and Levy are still working late at Spurs lodge.

It’s almost 8pm and Harry in an earlier interview said he expected a quiet day and would be going straight home after training but he and Levy are both still there. This looks as though something is going on and Spurs could be working on a deal to seal that all important striker.

Tottenham have today been linked with last minute moves for Diego Forlan and Giuseppe Rossi but as of yet there is still no official word. The deadline will pass at 11pm and just like in the summer the Spurs fans will all be hoping for some last minute excitement with an official announcement later on. We all remember how the Rafael Van der Vaart deal came to light about 10 mins before the last deadline so don’t be surprised if the same thing happens again.

 Posted by at 19:45
Jan 312011
 

Reports are coming in Tottenham are homing on on a deal worth £30m For Villarreal striker Guiseppe Rossi.

The former Manchester United striker has been in decent form for Villarreal and is regareded as one of Europe’s top strikers these days. He is one of the strikers that Spurs have been cosistently linked with since the summer.

It is thought Levy and Redknapp are still working behind the gates at the Spurs lodge in a bid to bring in astriker for Tottenham after letting Robbie Keane join West Ham on loan. After being frustrated with bids for other targets inclusing Diego Forlan and Andy Carroll it now seems that Tottenham’s best bet is a move for Rossi.

No official word yet but rumours are really taking off, watch this space….

 Posted by at 18:44
Jan 312011
 

Ok as we are all sitting at the comp, tv or smart phone, hitting refresh, waiting for some good transfer news, I understand that this could be a stressful time. I know I am. Wondering where do we go from here, how Liverpool is able steal all of our reported targets, if we as a club are going to be able to keep moving forward, and other thoughts that may slowly make you mad.

So that’s why we should have a bit of fun….

What do you think the line is on how many players we are linked to today? I’m going for 23 as there has already been the 4 strikers from La Liga, Carroll, Neville and Brown. So that’s the line…23 and I’m def taking the over.

Drinking fun…how about taking a drink every time someone texts about seeing this player or that, at an airport/ training ground?  Or maybe every time that handshake icon comes up, you take a drink? If you follow the bbc deadline day news feed, it should be fun!

Finally, how about a little prediction fun? Like if you and your mates, who are following todays fun, pick one player who has been rumored to move and his likely destination, and if you win, your mates take you, buy you dinner (or whatever else you may fancy). If I was a gambling man, I would go with Charlie Adam going to Man United…I mean I could talk about Tottenham but I don’t want to jinx anything.

Anyway, just a little something to take everyone’s mind off of this craziness. I am going to be writing another article after the window closes to assess what may or may not have happened today. Hopefully, something really big will be there for us to chat about. Thanks everyone!

Jan 312011
 

Just heard on a few sites that West Ham and Tottenham are to try to secure the services of Manchester United defender Wes Brown.

According to ITV football United are believed to be prepared to sell the 31-year-old should they receive an offer before tonight’s transfer deadline

West Ham are keen to secure another central defender but injuries and suspensions to Tottenhams back line now means that Harry Redknapp wants to land the former England man. Brown would like the chance of more first team football which would mean West Ham would be his better option as Brown would be a short term fix for Tottenham with a run of tough games coming up.

 Posted by at 13:29
Jan 312011
 

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has now confirmed that Jonathan Woodgate will not being going out on loan after all.

Woodgate has been out of action for 15 months with a serious groin injury but a recent operation has seen the defender on the road to recovery and now Harry Redknapp is seriously considering putting him back in the first team in the coming weeks.

Injuries to Ledley King and Younes Kaboul were bad news for Tottenham but yesterday saw Michael Dawson pick up a straight red card which now leaves Harry with just Gallas and Bassong. Woodgate has come through 45 mins of a match against QPR behind closed doors recently and Redknapp had initially stated he would let Woodgate go out on loan but his hand has now been forced, meaning you can expect to see Woodgate back in action sooner rather than later.

 Posted by at 13:22