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Sep 012010
 

OK so why did Mourinho cut us such a good deal with Rafael Van Der Vaart, on Monday he told Bayern Munich to cough up £18 million if they wanted to sign Van Der Vaart and yet the next day we do a deal for £10million less than the price Bayern were given.

So does Mourinho have a soft spot for Spurs or did he just want the player to be happy and not stand in his way by pricing him out of a move in the final hours or did he just enjoy seeing the top 4 broken last season and seeing Tottenham get stronger? You have to consider that Mourinho loves the Premiership and has only ever said positive things about our beloved team (except for the parking the bus comment) so maybe he does have a soft spot for Spurs.

So if this deal goes through as expected do we owe Mourinho a thank you for being a true gentleman and knowing being realistic in the deal to make it happen. Yes the Real board probably had a big say but nothing would have happend without Jose’s say so, he doesn’t like interfering. Jose could have easily told Tottenham the same price as he gave Bayern but he cut us a realistic deal, a deal that meant the move was on. You could even argue that Van Der Vaart is worth more than the £8million we are likely to pay, personally I would say about £12million would have still been a realistic valuation of the player.

Whatever Mourinho’s reasoning for letting Tottenham have what I would call a bargain we might never know, one thing I do know is that Van Der Vaart is a cracking player on his day and for £8million is a real snip but if you ask me I would say Jose is a Tottenham supporter.

Aug 312010
 

Speaking to Sky Sports Harry has just confirmed that Tottenham are trying to sign Van Der Vaart for £8million. Harry confirmed after reports that Tottenham had made a last minute deal to land the Dutch World Cup star.

Rafael Signs

Harry said that Spurs are just waiting for the FA to confirm the paperwork was all completed before the 6pm deadline and it seems as though Tottenham may just have beat the deadline.

Van Der Vaart will move to White Hart Lane for around £8million which is a snip, after falling out of favour at Real. This could be our marquee signing that we were promised.

Harry said he rated VDV as a top top player and will add strength to our midfield, he is a top passer of the ball, he also added. Spurs will have to wait for the  FA to confirm the transfer before an official announcement is made.

Take a sneak preview at what we can expect.

Without a doubt a quality player and he will be adored by us Spurs fans.

Aug 312010
 

Watching Sky Sports News and the reporters collared Harry and asked if any transfers were on the cards for Tottenham. Harry point blank said no nothing and added he would be very surprised if any deals.

Harry did say except one or two loan deals for the youngsters he could see it being a quiet day for Spurs, he does like to play things down and he does like to toy with the media so don’t be surprised if he has something up his sleeve.

Redknapp denied links with Pienaar of Everton and when asked if there is anyone he would really like to sign he joked that he would like to sign Lionel Messi.

So Harry says no deals for Tottenham today but do we believe him? I am not convinced as we know Harry likes to toy with the media and throw them off the trail.

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Aug 312010
 

No not for me either, but a couple of internet news sites plus newspapers are claiming Tottenham are to make a deadline day move for the Man City striker. My initial thoughts were that I hope someone is having a wind up here.

Emmanuel Adebayor seems to be out of favour at city now and could very well be sold although I doubt City would want to let him move to White Hart Lane. The reports say that Tottenham would only be interested in a loan move and would only pay half of the £170,000 a week Adebayor is currently on.

So could anyone see this happening? I can’t and I don’t think too many would welcome him in a Spurs shirt, the guy killed the spirit of the Arsenal dressing room and his ego would surely do the same to Spurs. If he could just keep a level head and see that he is not the world’s greatest striker then maybe he could spend more time concentrating on scoring goals.

Huntelaar and Fabiano won’t be coming to Spurs this season by the looks of it and I really hope this doesn’t mean we will turn our attentions to Emmanuel Adebayor, surely there is no truth in this. No doubt he is a good player but in my view more trouble than it’s worth, he ain’t no Berbatov. I’d rather keep the four strikers we have than have Adebayor in a Spurs shirt.

Let’s not get too carried away because the media might have fabricated this story but surely to god it can’t be true and part of me doesn’t even know why I am even bothering to put this into an article. So comments and thoughts in the box below and enjoy transfer deadline day.

Aug 302010
 

Well Fabiano has signed a new contract with Sevilla earlier today and Huntelaar looks set for Schalke, so if we really do need another striker then who is left out there?

Won't be earning his Spurs

Huntelaar would always have been a gamble because he hasn’t been prolific since his days in the Dutch league, but we all know Fabiano is a class act and would have been a decent buy for the right price. I think if we are to push on then we need what all the other top clubs have and that’s an out and out 20 goal a season man.

My gut tells me if we do anything we will end up with a Carlton Cole or Hugo Rodallega but surely we must be aiming higher than that. To me if we ever are to get a proven scorer we will need to look abroad. With only a few hours left of transfer deadline day unless Harry and Levy have something up their sleeves then I can’t see a new forward coming in.

Can someone explain to me why we are flooded with midfielders but yet our main transfer target seems to be Scotty Parker, now he is a good midfielder for a team that needs him but we have just had Sandro arrive and we have yet to sell any of our current midfielders which will mean a lot of unhappy faces on the bench.

So are you excited about deadling day because to be honest I can’t see us doing anything that will really excite us and push us onto the next level. I would like a total surprise signing, someone we haven’t even been linked to this summer and catches us all off guard.

Aug 122010
 

Well …… the time is almost upon us. Events in South Africa have been put firmly to the back of our minds and the serious business of the Premier League can now take centre stage.

On 5th May Peter Crouch headed us to a 1-0 win over Roberto Mancini’s side at Eastlands ….. and a season double over our Manchester rivals.

Same Again Please !!! - Crouch Breaks City Hearts

Now, in just a couple of days time, City visit the Lane equipped with new signings Yaya Toure, David Silva, Jerome Boateng and Aleksandar Kolarov ….. a side with £75m of improvements since our last meeting ….. and counting !

With only Sandro in for us so far and the Brazilian unable to make an appearance for Harry Redknapp’s side until his current commitments have been fulfilled, the Spurs line up should have a familiar look with Gio Dos Santos the only player looking ready to gate crash our first XI.

EARLY TEAM NEWS …..

Gareth Bale should make the line-up for Spurs after shaking off the knock that forced him to miss out Wales’ midweek match with Luxembourg.

Roman Pavlyuchenko is still suffering with a hamstring injury and looks likely to miss out.

Jonathan Woodgate is still nowhere near a first-team return.

THE TRIFFIC PREDICTIONS …..

Well, they may have spent big but, Villareal aside, Harrys boys have had a decent pre-season so the City clash should not be striking fear into our boys on the opening day!

With confidence high following our Champions League qualification last time out … at the expense of City, you’d like to think that we could repeat our opening result against Liverpool from last season.

ALDO PREDICTS : 2-1 Spurs

COXIE PREDICTS : 1-1 Draw

As usual, live coverage of the game can be found in the Triffic Forum so be sure to sign up before the big Kick-Off to catch all the action and to be able to chat with fellow Spurs before, during and after the games !

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Aug 072010
 

Today we host Italian giants Fiorentina in our last friendly match before the start of the Premiership next saturday. It’s a 3pm kick off and I expect nothing less than a win. It looks like Defoe will not feature in today’s match due to claims by Harry he has suffered a groin strain, now whether this is true or whether Harry just wants to convince Capello that Defoe is injured so he doesn’t feature in midweek for England is another matter.

The Team will be pretty much like the Benfica game with a lot of changes made in the second half so most of the boys get a run out. Hopefully Harry gives a few of the youngsters a good run out again, the likes of Walker and Townsend have impressed so far. I would love to see Lennon have a decent game because I don’t think he has been the same player since returning from his injury last season and I would love to see another good performance from Gio, if he comes good this season it will be like a new signing for us.

The match is live in the Triffic Tottenham forum as always so if you haven’t signed up yet then do so >>HERE<<. Hopefully it will be a solid team performance and a good win at the end of it. Make no mistake about it, Fiorentina are no mugs and if we are not up for it then they could easily snatch a win. Not sure if this is live on the Bet365 site, some have been so if you want a better quality stream it might be worth clicking the Bet365 banner to the left and checking it out.

Last friendly and then it’s down to serious business with an opening day match agaisnt Manchester City and then the small matter of a Champions League qualifier to contend with, it should prove to be an interesting couple of weeks for us all.

Aug 032010
 
Apologies for the laboured headline. I try too hard to be clever sometimes. My parodies would prove that to you.
Following the South American Copa Libertadores, Sandro [Ranieri Guimares Cordeiro] will be jetting off to lovely, sunny North London to join Spurs after SC Internacional agreed a deal with them. The two clubs are affiliated with each other so that Spurs get first pick on all Internacional Youth Academy players.
Sandro is a solid defensive midfielder with purported ability to get forward and may be tipped as the other 50% of what could be one of the most formidable midfield partnerships in the League. Honduran hard-man Wilson Palacios is the other 50%. However, I have to be a Doubting-Thomas and voice my concern.
Whilst I’m excited about Sandro donning the pure lilywhite strip in just a few weeks, by joining Palacios in central-midfield, a Chopper-Harris style midfield would be formed (non-Chelsea fans, Google for more info). Palacios’ cards record hasn’t presented him in the best light possible. A shining example lies in last season’s away match against Manchester United. The Honduran had a very bad day at the office. He bundled Nani over in the penalty area and was generally uneasy in defence that day.
There is no point in doubling the chances of losing a player during such an important era in Spurs history [e.g. Champions’ League qualifiers]. There is now no scope for silly tackles and both Sandro and Palacios carry a risk of doing so.
Additionally, I have a ‘no sh*t Sherlock’ reason for it not working out; and that is – Having two defensive midfielders is too defensive. Spurs may have one of the best defences and goalkeepers in the League on a good day, but are comparably light in attacking prowess and need the stylish playmaking of Modric to maintain a wider range of attacking options than simply wing-play from Lennon and Bale.
Goalscoring ability upfront is also scarce at times. Spurs need more weight upfront (goalscoring ability, NOT Tom Huddlestone). Therefore, I’m much more excited about Yannick Djalo; the Guinean-born, Portuguese youngster who has been impressing Sporting Clube de Portugal (Sporting Lisbon to you and me) with his winger skills and his eye for goal.
Djalo has shown interest in moving to England and his agent cited Tottenham as Djalo’s next destination, possibly during this transfer window, if not pretty soon. He could be Spurs’ ‘Signing of the Season’.
Additional Info: The award for ‘Signing of the Season’ 2009/2010 went to Niko ‘Ginola v2.0’ Kranjcar.
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 262010
 

Writing’s on the wall as Woody fails to make cut of 25 …..

End Of The Line - Woodgate Set To Retire ?

The knee injury which has sidelined Jonathon Woodgate since November last year looks set to result in the end of the former England man’s career.

After Harry Redknapp said last week that July was a “make or break” month for his injury prone centre half, he now appears set to omit Woody from his squad of 25 players to be handed to the Premier League by 1st September.

Once that deadline has passed, Woodgate would not be eligible for squad registration for league matches again until the transfer window reopens in January.

He was back running again at the start of pre season training and there looked to be hope, but he has spent most sessions working away from the rest of the squad and Redknapp said last night: “Jonathan will not be fit for the start of the season. “He’s in a position where he can’t train or kick a ball.”

With Champions League football on the way, Redknapp will want a squad of players who he considers fit and reliable and unfortunately he will not see Woodgate in that bracket.

Won't Happen - Milner & Young

With no sign of a return in the near future, you would expect an announcement from the club or player in the coming weeks.

Whatever he decides, I’m sure all supporters will wish him well.

Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp has distanced himself from reports linking the club with a bid for Manchester City target James Milner.

Redknapp was thought to be monitoring City’s progress with the player but when asked by Sky Sports News, he said :

“No, we wouldn’t be able to.

“Anybody would like James Milner, he’s an outstanding young player, but he’d be way out of our depth.”

Redknapp was also linked with Milner’s Villa teammate Ashley Young at the weekend but quashed that speculation  aswell by saying :

“Again, I wouldn’t think they’d want to sell Ashley Young.

“He is a good player but he belongs to Villa. We’ve not made any enquiries for him at all.”

Jul 212010
 

Harry has finally spoken out to the media, he told the Sky Sports reporters that he feels we do need a few additions to the current squad. Speaking earlier Harry was quoted as saying:

“We need two or three players who can make the difference,” said Redknapp.

“We’ve got a big squad, but I do feel we need just that little bit of quality in one or two areas if we’re going to move on from where we were last year.”

“We did great last year, but we just need to push on and maintain that,” he added. “We want to win the championship. It’s not impossible.

“Fourth place last year was marvellous, but I think this is the best chance Tottenham have had in how many years to really push on and maintain that, and become a regular top four team and maybe push for a championship.

“We’re never going to get a better chance so now’s the time to have a go at doing that. So I still feel with two or three players it would make the difference and give us the squad we need. And if we get them in I think the sky’s the limit for us.”

I agree with Harry, our squad is there or there abouts, but I feel with 2 or 3 players of quality brought in and a few of the deadwood players shipped out that we would be a much better outfit next season. The only trouble is that time is running out, I think “Arry” put all of his eggs in one basket early on with Joe Cole, one thing he must not do is panic buy. When it comes to signings then we have the best man in the business, so we must remain positive and confident, Harry has only ever done us proud and to start doubting him not would be criminal.

2 weeks time we will find out who we play in the Champions League qualifying round, it would be nice if we could get 1 or 2 new faces in and settled for that fixture. Failure to qualify would turn us back into a laughing stock and the Gooner scum would never let us live it down. Harry must know the importance of this to our club and to the fans, I wouldn’t be surprised to see us sign someone within the next week.

It’s good to see Harry is aiming high, he wants to turn us into championship contenders, and why not, now is as good time as any. You have to admire the man for thinking so highly when you consider just over a year ago his aim was to keep us in the league, how times have changed. Can we ever be anything other than supportive towards Harry after what he has done for us, up untill now I would say no. I have said in previous blogs that this is our best chance ever to really push on and compete and I am glad Harry shares m opinion. Come 14th August come rain or shine, Aldo and myself will be at the Lane supporting our team and whatever the season brings. That is what makes being a Spurs fan the best in the world.

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Jul 212010
 

Now don’t go getting excited we haven’t signed anyone yet. What I want to talk about is something different, something that is always a great feeling. What I would like to see from this summer is one “surprise signing”. When I say this I mean what I want is for Spurs to go out and sign someone and totally suprise us all, someone we haven’t been linked with time and time again in the papers.

Remember when we signed Modric and Klinsmann plus i’m sure there were some others but you guys can tell me who on the comments below, but Modric and Klinsmann for example suprised most of us, we hadn’t been constantly linked to them in the papers everyday, it came out of the blue and caught us all off guard. I love that feeling.

All summer long we have been linked with Joe Cole, Micah Richards,Forlan,Bellamy and a few other names, so if we go and sign any of these players it doesn’t have the same feeling of that of a surprise signing. Still a good feeling when we sign any player but not the same. It makes it all the more special if we don’t even know an awful lot about the player we sign, a real sense of anticipation and eagerness to see them put on the Spurs shirt. So hopefully Harry has something up his sleeve and didn’t put all his eggs in one basket with Joe Cole. A nice surprise signing of a player we have yet to be linked with or don’t know much about is a feeling I love. Of course I can only speak for myself but I am sure I can’t be alone on this.

http://www.vimeo.com/11993840

I don’t think we need to do too much in the transfer window but one or two tweaks to make the squad stronger wouldn’t hurt. Ship out some of the players that will be eating up the wage budget by sitting on the bench and replace them with players that are happy to be part of a squad on the verge of Champions League qualification, players that know that in this day and age to be a big team you need to be squad players.