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May 312011

Tottenham and Fulham have been told they must pay £17m for Espanyol striker Pablo Osvaldo if they stand any chance of signing him.

Osvaldo has a buy out clause of €20m but Fulham have only offered £10m and all interested clubs have been told to meet the buy out clause to sign the 25 year old Argentine.

Harry Redknapp is looking for a major shake up with his strike force next season and Osvaldo is one of the many strikers he has been watching but he will face competition not only from Fulham but from other Spanish clubs in La Liga including Sevilla and Villarreal.

Osvaldo’s agent Dario Dacoud said: “I have been called by many people from Spain and England. Lots of English clubs have called me.

“He is very happy at Espanyol, but this is a job, and sometimes there are things to which you cannot say yes or no because it’s your future.

“We will see. There is plenty of time.”

 Posted by at 23:34
May 312011

I stopped caring about the rumours but when they guy comes and admits that he could actually leave, it makes you wonder what surprize we will have this summer… good? bad? or both?

Here are the words from the midfield magician:

Everybody wants to know what will happen with me. I’m trying to stay calm as my national team has a really important match coming. So I will tell you the same as always – my club status is the same as it was before.

‘But of course, if there will be an offer which will be good for Tottenham and for me also, then a transfer is of course possible.

‘That doesn’t mean that I’m bothered with leaving Tottenham – I’m not thinking about that every hour and every minute. I’m happy at White Hart Lane – my status is great, the fans like me and I do have everything I need.

‘But then again – when you experience playing in Champions League, you want to keep playing in this tournament.’

Harry and Levy have both stated that big players are not for sale but he have seen it before. I have heard a lot of times in football “he is not for sale” and then whoop after a big bid, he’s gone (Carroll in january is just one example).
When the most important player of the team says that if the right offer for him and the club comes, he might leave, what will the others think? I am sure Bale and VDV will miss Champions League aswell so could you really see them reject an offer that triples their salary? I know Levy wants to keep them, but if they will eventually want to leave, you can’t force them to stay. It is their right to play in Champions League, it is their right earn 150M or 200M /week because they deserve it. The reality is that as long as we can’t afford paying big wages like the other top teams in Europe, we can’t keep hoping to keep big players, especially without Champions League action. Even more, the truth is that they have more chances to win trophies at the big clubs.
I think it is going to be a shaky summer. I am prepared for anything, as long as we improve with the proper new players. COYS
 Posted by at 18:22
May 302011

Ok fair enough Modric has been heavily linked with Manchester United and why not, he’s our best player and a true talent so you would expect him to be link with clubs like this.

What really bothers me is that a lot of reports say United are looking at £20m, yes I know they are only reports but even the dumbest reporter surely must have been having a laugh when the fee was said to be around £20m. You can pretty much double that before you get Modric’s true valuation.

If Fergie only wants to spend £20m that’s fine, we’ll sell him Jermaine Jenas instead with Robbie Keane but £20m wouldn’t even buy him Modric’s turd he left down the toilet.

Seriously I don’t know who makes these figures up, I am not going to blame Man Utd because I know it wasn’t them but the people who report this stuff, do they even watch football? If Modric wants to leave it will be difficult to hold on to him and so we have to rely on the fact that when he says Spurs are on the way to greatness that he really believes it and wants to stay. There’s no doubt in my mind that United will try to sign him, I guess we will find out if he is loyal and if not…… They can expect to pay a hell of a lot more than £20m. Levy is shrude and would hold them to ransom before he ever sold Modders.

 Posted by at 19:31
May 302011

Be interesting to get people’s perspectives on this one.

We all know how desperate we are for new strikers and how much it probably cost us again this season. The question is this, we have Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko and let’s say for argument’s sake that we have to sell 2 and only one can stay, who would it be?

Defoe is probably on his day one of the most dangerous strikers around but this season was probably his worst season in his career. He did suffer a long-term injury but do we think he has lost it or was it a one-off bad season? There is no doubt that Defoe is a greedy little bastard but sometimes that is needed and he probably our only striker capable of creating his own chances in front of goal.

Roman Pavlyuchenko has been our most prolific striker in front of goal over the past 2-3 years with the ratio of goals to minutes on the pitch. Pav seems to be most dangerous when he comes off the bench and even if it’s only the last 10 mins will usually bag himself a goal but when he get’s 90 mins he rarely scores.

Peter Crouch is a good aerial threat but does this change the way the team plays in a negative way? Crouch had a poor season in regards to goal scoring but is a real team player and we owe a lot to him in regards to the Champions League. His red card was his lowest point this season but I think we all remember the goals he scored to get us to where we were and so forgiveness was easy for his mistake against Madrid.

There is cause to point the finger at the new formation with the introduction of Rafael Van der Vaart which seemed to affect all of our strikers goal ratios. Do 3 strikers really become that bad overnight or was the new style of play partly to blame? Having said all this I still think it’s clear we need some new firepower but if we keep one of our existing 3 strikers who would you most like to stay, Crouchy, Defoe or Pav?

I’ll let you guys pick first………

 Posted by at 12:07
May 302011

More rumours flying about on this bank holiday weekend, some of them are rather worrying.

Luka Modric is being heavily linked with Manchester United following reports that Modric was furious to find out he earns less than Robbie Keane. Sir Alex may offer Dimitar Berbatov is any potential deal.

Barcelona looked to have beaten Spurs in the race to sign Giuseppi Rossi. Spurs tried to sign the striker in January for around £32m but now looks as though they may fall short again as Barcelona look to complete a deal for the Italian.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are looking to make a move for Colombian forward, Falcao. The Porto man has had an impressive season and both North London clubs are still hot on the trail.

Tottenham and Everton are both fighting it out for the signature of Bayern Munich’s Miroslav Klose but will also face stiff competetion from a host of other clubs including Juventus.

Brad Friedel will soon sign a 2 year deal with Spurs as their new number one.

Lazio are chasing Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

 Posted by at 09:37
May 302011

Following Dimitar Berbatov’s dramatic Wembley storm out on Saturday night after being axed for the Champions League final team Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to sell the Bulgarian.

As Fergie has been targeting Luka Modric for some time he will include Berbatov in his bid for Tottenham’s star player. In a dramatic twist, it’s said Modric was furious to find out he earned less than Robbie Keane and now Spurs will need to take action to hold on to the Croatian.

Berbatov left White Hart Lane for Old Trafford for £30.75m and became Manchester United’s record signing but is now valued at around £10m. Fergie values Modric at around £30m and will try to include Berbatov into any deal as he knows Spurs desperately seek a striker.

With some Manchester United’s squad like Giggs and Scholes coming to the end of their careers the Man Utd boss has made it his summer goal to rebuild a new midfield and Modric is number one on the list of targets. There seems no way back for Berbatov at United now and speculation has been growing on a possible return to the Lane but Tottenham won’t want it to be at the expense of Luka Modric.

 Posted by at 09:07
May 292011

The latest reports are that Tottenham will soon be announcing the signing of Brad Friedel on a free transfer.

The 40 year-old American who is out of contract with Aston Villa has reportedly agreed a 2 year deal to become Tottenham’s number one, spelling the end for Heurelho Gomes who Harry Redknapp lost faith in after a string of costly blunders towards the end of the season.

Friedel was brought to England by Liverpool before moving on to Blackburn Rovers and then Aston Villa and now Tottenham look set to have pipped West Brom and Liverpool with the promise of first team action. Friedel has been one of the top keepers in the Premiership over the last 10 years but questions will be asked due to his age which will mean he will be 42 when he leaves White Hart Lane.

Gomes had an impressive season for Tottenham when they secured Champions League qualification and looked as though he had put his calamity days behind him. This season however they returned on too frequent basis for Harry Redknapp’s liking and the Tottenham boss lost patience with the Brazilian and let Carlo Cudicini play the remainder of Premiership games. With Carlo signing a new contract and the arrival of Friedel set to be announced it certainly looks like curtains for Gomes.

 Posted by at 23:29
May 292011

Bearing in mind that we desperately need a striker, how many of you would take this guy back? In all honest can you blame anyone who wants to make the best of a short career? Would you turn down a better job with more money that would support your family and make you happier?

berbsI was as furious as the next guy when Berbs dumped on us but if I was a footballer I’d probably have wanted the move as well if the offer was there. It goes to show that he didn’t just sulk at Spurs, it’s part of his character because he has been on of only a few who dare do it to Sir Alex.

Bearing in mind we need a striker badly and in Berbatov he is a striker who can play the lone role as well, I would take him back. I wouldn’t pay more than £10m for someone who is now 30 but we know he’s got what it takes. He knows the club well, he is quality and more importantly he scores goals.

Before you say you’d never take him back, don’t forget Klinsmann came back and made amends, Sheringham came back and it felt like he’d come back home. Berbatov will sulk wherever he plays, it’s part of his character and if he could help bring Champions League football back to White Hart Lane then why not. He would have a following of boo boys and he should expect that but that would be down to him to turn them boo’s into cheers.

United won’t want him anymore, I personally say bring Berbatov back home and maybe this time he will be happier because he will be playing with better players than before, the pressure won’t be on him as much. He’s got everything we need and so let’s use him the way he used us.

The guy oozes class!

 Posted by at 18:42
May 292011

In a bit of a rush so I will round it up in a rather blunt way this morning. For those of you who love the paper talk then you must look forward to Sunday.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp would cost Chelsea £15m if they wanted the Tottenham boss to take over at Stamford Bridge.

Redknapp will be offered Dimitar Berbatov following the Bulgarian’s latest sulk by walking out of the Champions League final last night. Redknapp will be made aware of his availability.

Luka Modric may be tempted to leave White Hart Lane in search of a huge pay rise with Manchester United and Chelsea both waiting in the wings.

Tottenham are set to launch an £18m bid for Porto striker Falcao, he has a £26m release clause but Spurs are to open the bidding at £15m.

Jonathan Woodgate is to only be offered a pay as you play deal to keep him at White Hart Lane.

Sunderland are targeting a move for Peter Crouch and Newcastle are to offer a whopping £15m for Jermain Defoe.

 Posted by at 08:58