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Aug 292010

I have heard a few words in the last few minutes and some Inter Milan sites are reporting that they have sold Sulley Muntari to us, keep an eye on this space I will update this page with more throughout the evening as and when I find out.

There are a few Italian sites saying that Tottenham and Inter have agreed a deal to do business for Sulley Muntari, they claim the news of this will break out within the next few hours.

Redknapp who managed Muntari at Portsmouth has always been an admirer of the player and has made no secret of his desire to bring some of his former players to Spurs.

It could be that due to Liverpool being linked with the midfielder after the sale of Javier Mascherano that Redknapp has decided to make his move fast for the 26 year old.

This Article will be updated over the next hour or two while I dig in for more research so keep checking back…..

I quote one Italian site here although they are all reporting the same thing:

“Sulley Muntari is a new player of Tottenham. The Ghanaian midfielder after nearly six months of hesitation decided to accept the offer of the British club and will move immediately to England to get employed by the technical Harry Redknapp.

The two had been together at the time of Portsmouth and is therefore a return to basics. Happiness for the player who, having realized that he had more space in the Inter team, she decided to run in London that training will also attend the Champions League.

The deal has already ended but because everything will have to wait until we formalize the classical specifications related to bureaucracy. The transfer from Italy to England will in fact some slowdown. Muntari should be available to his new team from the next round of the championship.”

So lets wait and see if this is true or not, no English tabloids have picked up on this yet, you heard it here first at Triffic.


More Italians are picking up this story now here is another quote:

International markets – the adventure ends after two seasons at Inter’s 26 year old Ghanaian Sulley Muntari, according to what is reported in these minutes of the on-line Tuttosport, was transferred from Inter to Tottenham. The Spurs player had at least one season, Muntari, where the negotiations would end favorably, soon found himself against the old fellow in the double challenge of the Champions League between Inter Milan and Tottenham.

So it is gathering pace in Italy but not so much in England yet , one site is even reporting that it is Inter who are trying to sign Bale and have thrown in Muntari + cash for the deal. I can’t see that Harry would ever let Bale go.

*Update 2*

More Italian sites still reporting this story

“Considered absolutely transferable by Inter manager Rafa Benitez, the Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari (26) after two seasons spent in neroazzurro could be about to leave the club champion of Europe in order to land back in the Premier League season in which he already collected a season with Portsmouth in 2007/08. According to the indiscretions gathered from Tuttosport and highlighted by FCInterNews, former Udinese, currently tied to Inter until 2012, was close to Tottenham Harry Redknapp, engaged in running for cover after the disastrous early stage of the season.”

Aug 182010

First of all, i know we had about 55% possession vs Young Boys. However we kept giving it away cheaply and didnt keep it for long enough to dictate tempo and rhythm. We never settled till we were 3-0 down!

Think about Spain and England at the WC – both had lots of possession but who were the better team? Why? because England kept going straight up field and losing it whereas Spain passed and probed and pulled defences out of position. (Spain also had a much better team but you see my point)

There’s been a lot of criticism flying around and the usual players are getting stick; you know, the likes of Bassong, BAE, Palacios, Gio, Pav whereas other players played shocking and didn’t get mentioned. For me the whole team needs to put their hand up.

Now i actually didn’t think BAE was that bad so i watched the game again to have another look and yeah ok i changed my mind. He was poor without a doubt. But as for Palacios, he’s been accussed of hardly putting a pass together last night and i have to say thats absolute crap!

Two biggest problems for Spurs were defensive mistakes and losing possession so here’s some facts from the game;

1st half mistakes; Bassong 2, BAE 2, Dawson 1, Corluka 1
1st half Losing possession; Pav 5, Corluka 4, Modric 4, BAE 3, Dawson 2, Gio 1, Defoe 1, Palacios 1

2nd half mistakes; Dawson 1, Palacios 1
2nd half losing possession; Palacios 5, Hudd 5, Krancjar 4, Pav 4, Dawson 4, Bale 2, Corluka 2, Gio1, Bassong 1, Keane 1

Sometimes i feel that as fans we don’t like certain players and so we look for negatives and of course find them. The reverse is true of other players of course. Let’s not just abuse players out of habit – Modric Dawson Krancjar Corluka all had poor games as well. Even Gomes didn’t play well.