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Aug 032010
 

Not sure how much truth there is in this one, but it’s interesting, so I thought I’d bring you it anyway and see what you think …..

According to a few different sources today AC Milan are attempting to broker a deal with Daniel Levy, which would see Giovani Dos Santos move to the San Siro and Klaas Jan Huntelaar make the opposite switch.

Destination Milan ?

Milan have now accepted that the £14m which they paid for the dutch striker is no longer a reflection of his current market value and are prepared to offload the former Ajax and Real Madrid man for a reduced fee.

Huntelaar has struggled for form since leaving Holland, scoring only seven goals in 21 appearances since his most recent switch to Milan and AC chief executive Adriano Galliani himself said that Huntelaar is set to leave, probably for the Premier League.

The Italians are hopeful of signing Dos Santos after the Mexican forward impressed during his country’s World Cup campaign.

Harry Target ? Huntelaar

Despite his exploits during the tournament, the exciting forward is not in Redknapp’s plans at White Hart Lane and he is keen to offload the player who has struggled to make the first team squad on a regular basis since his arrival from Barcelona.

If these reports do turn out to contain any element of truth, I think I’d have mixed feelings on this one. Sure, Huntelaar would be good business at a fee lower than the £14m Milan paid for him and I’m sure he’d be able to do a job for us, especially with his Champions League experience. Dos Santos however, is a player I would love to see given a real crack at the Premier League next season. After a great World Cup for Mexico his confidence must be sky high and his performance against Villareal the other night in our friendly (bags of energy, drive and enthusiasm when he came on!) suggests he’s ready to knuckle down and fight for his place.

Given a choice I’d like both, but if I had to choose between the 2 …….

I’d rather keep Gio !!!

What do you think ???

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Double Swoop For Huntelaar and Pienaar + Keane to Villa?

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Jun 052010
 

Just read this in the Daily Mail….

Harry Redknapp has identified Holland striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar as a player to boost Tottenham’s scoring in the Champions League next season.

The Spurs manager will also keep an eye on Everton’s South Africa midfielder Steven Pienaar while a BBC World Cup pundit.

Target: Klaas Jan Huntelaar

It spells the start of a clear-out at White Hart Lane, with club captain Robbie Keane set to join Aston Villa and Jermaine Jenas offered as bait to lure Pienaar.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is ready to loosen the purse strings after the club finished fourth last season.

Pienaar, who has a year left on his contract, is keen to move to a Champions League club.AC Milan have made it clear Huntelaar, 26, could be surplus to requirements if they can sign Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano.

The much-travelled Huntelaar cost just under £15million from Real Madrid a year ago. But despite being considered one of Holland’s finest front men the Italians feel he had an indifferent first season with seven goals in 21 appearances.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1284323/Tottenham-Huntelaar-Pienaar-Keane-set-join-Aston-Villa.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0q166kYie

Now I like both players and lets face it we might aswell cash in on Keane and look into the future. Both are great players, Pienaar is still young and Huntelaar still has many years left. Huntelaar needs a new home, he hasnt settled in at Ac Milan or at Real Madrid so I would welcome him to the lane with open arms. We never broke into the top 4 with Keane so I don’t feel we need him, let Villa have him. Keane lost the hearts of most Tottenham fans the day he left us for Liverpool and he has never managed to win back our affection.

I hope it isn’t just paper talk as I like the idea of this happening and feel it would only make us stronger for a season which involves a Champions League campaign.

COYS!!

Jun 012010
 

Right for all you guys unsure exactly how this Champions Lgeaue qualifying round works, I will try to explain it for you all to the best of my ability to give you a better idea of our chances.

Basically the qualifying rounds are split into 2 groups, the champions side and the non champions side of the qualifying rounds. Obviously Tottenham will be in the non champions side of the draw, but the teams in the half with the other champions of their domestic leagues are usually filled with teams from the smaller leagues which are usually entitled to only 1 Champions League place for their country anyway. The 15 teams who would be in the NON Champions Qualifying Round
based on current League position
4th Place in ENG, ESP, ITA
3rd Place in GER, FRA, RUS
2nd Place in UKR, NED, ROM , POR , TUR, GRE , SCO , BEL , SUI

There will be seedings and this will work in our favour, because we have had 2 Uefa Cup (Europa League) runs in the past few seasons we have ranked up points, Spurs are currently ranked 30th in Europe with a coefficient of 56.199. Anyway the seedings works based on the points, and how well other clubs from the same domestic leagues have performed in european competitions in recent seasons. With both of these taken into account we rank in the top 5 clubs in the qualifying round and will be seeded straight into the final qualifying round. The likes of Celtic will have to play in the 3rd qualifying round because they don’t get seeded. So the 3rd qualifying round will be made up of 10 teams in the non champions section, these are 5 teams which have gone through previous rounds and 5 more teams including celtic which have been seeded to come in at this stage. Whoever overcomes the 3rd qualifying round will then come through to the 4th and final qualifying round to face the top seeds (of which 1 will be us). The draw will see the top 5 seeds take on the teams from the 3rd qualifying round in a 2 leg match which will see the winners enter the Champions League proper. To clarify this in simple terms, we go straight into the 4th and final round of qualifying because English teams have a good record in Europe, and then we will be seeded in that round because we have ranked up our own points by our previous couple of seasons in the Uefa Cup.

15 Clubs who will be in the Non Champions Section of Qualifying
Spurs
Sevilla
Sampdoria
Werder Bremen
Auxerre

Zenit St Petesburg
Dinamo Kiev
Ajax
Unirea Urziceni (Still four teams could qualify in Romania)
Sporting Braga
Fenerbahce
PAOK Thessaloniki
Celtic
Gent
Young Boys

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The Five teams listed first will get a Bye to the 4th Qualifying Round
which will have 10 clubs

The 5 Teams Seeded for Round 3 Will be
Zenit St Petesburg
Ajax
Fenerbahce
Dinamo Kiev
Sporting Braga

The 5 Teams Seeded for Round 4 Should be
Sevilla
Werder Bremen
Zenit St Petesburg
Tottenham
Ajax

It’s funny because if Manchester City Or Aston Villa finished 4th this season they would have not been seeded because of their Uefa coefficient points would have not been enough. When the final qualifying round draw takes place we can expect to avoid Sevilla, Ajax, Weder Bremen, Zenit. We will face 1 of the teams who overcomes the 3rd qualifying round.

I hope this helps you all better understand how it works because it can be very confusing.

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