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Jul 312010
 

A few sources are today throwing around the talk of a possible deal to bring Villa wide man Ashley Young to the Lane …..

Great !!! …… I hear you say,

Part Of The Deal ? - Bents and JJ

But what about the cost ?

With Young apparently valued by the Villa board at £30m – yes, you read that right £30m, Harry Redknapp is reportedly preparing to offer 3 players in exchange for the England hopeful’s services.

Jermaine Jenas, Robbie Keane and David Bentley are the players in question, some may be happy to see the back of all 3 at the moment, and we’d be lucky to get £20m  for them individually in the current financial climate, but the question is ……. Is Ashley Young of equivalent value to all 3 put together?

I personally would love to see Young in a Spurs shirt come August 14th, lining up against Man City for the opening Prem fixture, but my opinion is that he’s worth nearer the £15-20m mark ?.?.?

Jenas, Keane and Bentley are all good players in their own rights and to be honest, I’d like to see Bentley given more time at the club. But if Harry were to strike a deal involving Keane and Jenas then I’d be happy ….. both players have probably done their best work in the lilywhite shirt and could probably do with a fresh start elsewhere to prevent their careers from petering out.

If the rumours turn out to have an ounce of truth in them ….. would you welcome this particular deal?

Would you like to see Ashley Young in a Spurs shirt ? Would you be glad to see the back of the 3 Spurs men in question or would you like to see any / all 3 retained?

Let us know in the comments box below …….

Jul 072010
 

2 Serie ‘A’ Goal Machines Linked – Keano Celtic Loan Return Mooted.

Despite reports to the contrary, our chances of signing 2 of Serie ‘A’s finest forward players appear to have improved .

After Klaas-Jan Huntelaar went public, claiming that he was happy in the Italian capital and that he wanted to remain and fight for his place, his club AC Milan appear to be ready to shelve the Dutch hitman in favour of bringing in a ‘great striker.’

According to his agent Fabio Parisi :

“AC Milan is trying to sell him.”

“The player will soon find out that at Milan he will have no chance to play. Also because Milan will take a great striker.”

“Huntelaar needs to realise leaving Milan now will be better for him in the long run.”

Huntelaar ,26, has endured a frustrating time in Italy, similar to the spell he had at Real Madrid, however his goals – minutes played ratio has been very good and with his value to be set at around £10-12m he would seem to be the perfect choice for Harry Redknapp’s side. With reports in Italy suggesting that White Hart Lane will be his destination, I for one would be delighted to see this one come off!

Another player recently linked with the club is Edinson Cavani.

After the Palermo president publicly announced last week that a double deal had been agreed with Spurs involving defender Simon Kjaer, he was forced to quickly backtrack after the lillywhites came out and denied any contact with the Italian club!

Whether the interest in Cavani is real or not remains to be seen but should Redknapp be looking to the Uruguayan for extra firepower next season his cause will have been helped by the reluctance of Palermo to sell any of their better players to another Italian club.

Cavani’s dream of becoming ‘the Wayne Rooney of Inter Milan’ now appears to be off the cards leaving Spurs as the highest profile club currently linked with the players signature,  however I’d personally prefer to see the club looking elsewhere … Huntelaar in particular! The player himself has said that he would not be overly keen on a move to the premiership and heading into our most important season in recent memory I’d like to see a squad of players assembled that want to be at the club and that are prepared to fight for the badge !!!

Meanwhile one player seemingly heading the opposite way through the revolving door out of White Hart Lane is Republic of Ireland international striker Robbie Keane.

Following a successful stint on loan at Parkhead last season, netting 16 goals in 19 games for the the SPL runners up, Celtic appear to be exploring the possibility of a similar arrangement this coming campaign. Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby has confirmed the Hoops are chasing the signature of the Spurs man, but due to the financial situation at the Scottish club a permanent deal was not an option :

“Has Neil been speaking to Robbie? Definitely,” Mjallby told the Daily Record. “I don’t know Tottenham’s thinking when it comes to Robbie.

“He is out of our reach when it comes to buying him. But a loan would be perfect for us. To buy someone at Robbie’s level would be impossible. We don’t have that kind of money.

“The only way we could get that kind of player would be to ride our luck and maybe find someone on loan and make sure it’s a quality player who is going to give us goals.

“But we have the lure of European football at Celtic. From my own memories it’s very important as a player. It’s a great opportunity to play against the best and develop.”

Well, Robbie’s been a great player for us since he signed at the start of the 2002/3 season but after the Liverpool move and subsequent hit-and-miss form since his return, you can’t help but feel that the time is right for both Keano and the club to move on. If he does go , we’ll wish him well!

Jun 072010
 

Well the week is coming to an end and like all Tottenham fans, I am loving this summer far more than any other. That’s because nearly every player we are linked with is a realistic target this season and it’s nice to finally see Spurs linked with some of the more decent Premiership players instead of the likes of Emile Heskey all the time.

Todays newspapers are reporting all sorts such as, Scott Parker to Tottenham in a deal involving O’hara going to the Hammers. Also, Gary Cahill may be in a deal where Alan Hutton would be included. These are good potential deals because not only will we be able to reduce the price by including a player swap, but it will help get rid of some of the players surplus to requirements at the lane. Looks like Villa and Stoke want Jenas (the sooner he goes, the better in my view),we also know that Villa are keen on Bentley and Keane so let’s see how that pans out.

Everton’s Steven Pienaar and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to Tottenham reports started surfacing once again on Saturday night and are in the Sunday papers. Now don’t get me wrong; I know it might just be paper speculation but my whole point here is that it’s nice to see us linked with some decent players and not rumours that we might re-sign Pascal Chimbonda again. My point is finishing 4th has already changed our club far more than we could ever have imagined.

Reports are also surfacing that Liverpool want Harry Redknapp as their next manager, well to me it’s laughable, I would put my house on Redknapp turning that offer down. Liverpool are on the way down and not up, so why Harry would even be interested in entertaining that idea is beyond belief. On a brighter note it looks like Ledley King will now be John Terrys partner in the heart of Englands World Cup defence and has even started training with the team. Personally I would drop Terry for Dawson but then again I’m biased.

I don’t think Tottenham can still sign the major big names in football but we are going in the right direction and for once I am more excited than ever to see who joins us this summer. I also have a sneaky feeling and although Harry dismisses it, that Joe Cole will be wearing a Tottenham shirt next season.

COYS!!

Can We Push On Next Season?

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May 312010
 

Next season will see spurs enter into the unknown, not only will we have to compete in 3 domestic competitions but will also have to juggle a Champions League campaign too. If we are being realistic, what can we hope to achieve next season?

Firstly the aim will no doubt be to finish in the top 4 again to keep the fans and players happy and to also balance the books. With the plans of a new stadium this is essential. Another aim will be to have a good run in the Champions League as this is our first time in Europe’s elite cup since its rebranding to the CL. I don’t think we will do a Leeds and reach the semi finals but I would consider it a good pop at it if we managed to get through the groups. But before all this we have the little matter of a qualifying game to overcome. If our league form is going well again next season I would suggest the Carling cup will be used for some of the youngsters to get a game, and why not? evey other top 4 club does it. As for the FA cup i’m sure Harry will do his best to win that.

Now our chances of having a good season next campaign will probably depends a lot on how we push on in the summer transfer window, who will come and who will go?. Well it’s nice for a change to be linked with some real big names and know there is a real possiblity of attracting these players now. One name that keeps popping up is Joe Cole on a Bosman and this would be a great addition. Harry should have sufficient funds to spend and can raise even more with the expected sales of Keane,O’hara,Dos Santos and Jenas which could raise over £20mil extra to add to the fund. So for all us Tottenham fans it promises to be an exciting summer. However we have already made the most significant signing of the transfer window by Modric extending his stay for a further 6 years.
So who knows what the 2010/11 season will hold, let’s just hope for once we can deliver and push on and finally live up the the expectations that we have never lived up to. Is this just a flash in the pan or are the sleeping giants finally awakening? I know one thing for certain, Arsenal are definately looking over their shoulder now.