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Jul 162010
 

Come And Get Me - But Is He N17 Bound?

Sevilla’s Brazilian goal machine Luis Fabiano has issued an apparent come and get me plea to White Hart Lane chief Harry Redknapp.

The 29-year old former Sao Paulo and Porto striker, who found the back of the net three times at this summers World Cup in South Africa, has been made available by his Spanish employers and was offered to the North London club earlier this week.

At £150,000 a week, Spurs chief Redknapp was initially wary of doing a deal, fully aware of the stringent White Hart Lane wage structure.

However, Fabiano’s comments suggest that he is interested in a move to move to White Hart Lane, leaving us with the exciting prospect that a compromise could yet be found!

Speaking to reporters, Fabiano said :

“I must admit it’s only in the last few weeks I have understood just how big Spurs’ ambition is,” said the forward, who previously attracted interest from AC Milan and Manchester United.

Fabiano would certainly fit into the ‘marquee’ category that Harry Redknapp has so often spoken about this summer and I would imagine that every Spurs fan would be delighted to welcome the Samba star to the Lane. Whether or not the players comments are only offering us false hope remains to be seen but this is certainly one deal that is worth keeping your fingers crossed for!

Jul 132010
 

Ajax striker Luis Suarez has given a strong indication that he could be interested in joining the club this summer.

Luis Suarez - Could the Ajax man be Lane bound?

The Uruguayan striker, who found the back of the net for fun last season for both club and country, has spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League and Manchester United and Spurs are the two clubs that he specifically mentioned when asked. Manchester United, being the biggest name in the English game, if not the world game, is hardly a surprise, but to mention us as a serious option is surely enough to get us more than a little excited and to ask the question ….. why would he specifically name us?

‘Manchester United are a great side and, along with Real Madrid are the most prestigious club in the world, you know if you join Manchester United and are there for any length of time you will win things.

‘Tottenham hold appeal as well though, they are a team with great ambition and have done well to reach the Champions League, ‘I like team that have shown ambition through the money they spend.

‘If there are multiple offers form the Premier League I will take time to decide – but at the moment they are the two clubs that stand out for me.’

For a player to name drop a club is far from unusual, however, it is all too often the big named Champions League regulars, and Spurs cannot yet be spoken of in that group, so you would have to assume that some form of contact has to have been made between the club and the player?

Suarez, would certainly be that ‘marquee’ signing that Harry spoke of earlier in the summer and even after he darkened his reputation with his hand ball against Ghana, he would certainly be a name to make a statement of intent as well as excite the fans going into our most important season in recent history!

….. The question is, how much can we read into the players comments and could this just be yet more false hope in the transfer market?

….. As usual, we can only wait and hope.

Jul 102010
 

Well, considering our lack of activity so far in the transfer market I’ve decided to take a closer look at one player we have actually signed – labelled by some as ‘The new Dunga’ ….. Sandro Ranieri Guimarães Cordeiro.

Samba Sensation - New Spurs Man Sandro

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It might be a while until we actually see Sandro in the famous Lillywhite shirt so to tide us over until then I’ve pooled together a few facts and put together a short video showcasing the players abilities.

Born on 15th March 1989, Sandro was a graduate of Internacional’s youth academy in Brazil. He signed his first professional contract and began his senior career in 2007 as an 18 year old.

A defensive midfielder by trade, Sandro likes to get forward and involved in attacking play as often as possible, a typical Brazillian trait.

At just shy of 6’2″ Sandro is a real presence on field and should compliment the current crop of midfield players Harry Redknapp currently has at his disposal.

Sandro will join up with his new teammates at the end of Internacional’s Copa Libertadores campaign, however you would imagine he would be in need of a rest at the end of a long season and time to settle in so don’t expect to see him much before christmas ….. if we’re lucky!

When the news of the transfer to England broke Sandro said Spurs are “a great fit for me” and that “a club that is growing every year makes it the ideal club for me”.

At international level he has captained his country at Under – 20 level and led them into the 2009 South American Youth Championships.

He made his full international debut against Chile in a World Cup qualifier on 9th September 2009 and was unlucky to miss out on a squad place in Dunga’s 23 for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, named as 1 of 7 backup players.

Jul 072010
 

Been following this the past couple of days and it looks as thought maybe we were wrong about Mr Redknapp not giving Giovani Dos Santos a chance. We could all see the boy was talented,we all knew he could play a part in next seasons campaign by filling in just behind the striker of on the left. What we didn’t know was why oh why Harry couldn’t see what the rest of us could see, especially after Gio had a fine World Cup with Mexico

The press also noticed the way Gio came to life in the World Cup and also asked the same questions us Spurs faithful have been asking since day one. We know he has bags of talent, for crying out loud he played for Barcelona and you don’t play for a team like that if you are no good.

The media asked Redknapp about Dos Santos and here’s what he said:

“If he could pass a nightclub as well as he can pass a ball, he would be all right,” the Spurs boss told the Daily Star.

“His mum and dad came over to see me last year and he apologised because they realised he wasn’t dedicated.

“He’s got bags of ability and ­fantastic skill. Suddenly he was late on Monday mornings … upset stomach. He’d probably been in ­Barcelona partying somewhere.”

Well if this is the case then you have to say that Harry is right, you can’t blame Harry for not playing the boy if he is not putting in the effort when all the other players are. However as his manager I do think Harry should try to do more to make this kid see sense and see what a great future he could have in football if he would just spend the next 10 years working hard.

It looks as though Harry does see what the rest of us do afterall but how can he help him if he won’t help himself? Gio is still only 21 so has time on his side, it looks as though the Mexico team rely on him to create the chances and inspire the team, if he can be that important to his national team at his age then he must be worth trying to keep. It’s down to the management team to sit him down and explain the situation to him rather than turn their back on him and ignore him. Gio needs a loving home and Spurs can provide that for him. You might have guessed by now I really like the kid, I just have this horrible feeling of Dos Santos being a world class player in 3 or 4 years and us Spurs fans looking on in admiration and thinking “he should be ours”.

No doubt about it that Redknapp has tried to extend the olive branch but the question is will Gio accept it and knuckle down and show us he really is the type of player we know he can be at Tottenham?

Jun 282010
 

Harry Redknapp, that’s why. No not in appointing him but by stalling his contract talks, as soon as we finished 4th they should have tied him down to a new contract as soon as possible but they didn’t and now it could turn out to be a huge mistake.

England’s awful display at the World Cup has cast doubt over the future of Fabio Capello. Now we have heard the rumors that Redknapp and Hodgson are the front runners for the job. Both managers have stated that they would not be able to turn down the chance to manage their country and with both managers heading towards the back end of their careers can you really blame them?.

Spurs failed to sit down with Harry and offer him a deal to keep him at the the club, so when you consider how much compensation would be due to Capello if he was sacked, how appealing does getting Redknapp in on the cheap look for the FA. With only 1 year left on his contract the FA could take Harry and pay us peanuts, however if we had been sensible and tied him down to a 4 year contract and the worse was to happen then we could expect some big compensation.

Now Harry knows there is possibly a chance to manage England just around the corner do you really think he will want to start talks over a new contract now? because I don’t. I can’t for the life of me figure out why the man was not offered a new contract, he has performed a miracle at the club and we have the audacity to mess him about by making him wait for a new contract when he has stated he loves it at Spurs and wants to stay.

I for one will be praying that Capello keeps his job for the sake of us Spurs fans or we could face losing our “Arry” on the cheap and then having to find the cash to buy out the contract of our next manager. Now don’t panic just yet, this is just speculation but if the FA make their move then Harry would take the job and get only pennies in return. The Football Association must be rubbing their hands together at the mouthwatering prospect at getting a highly respected English manager for what might as well be a free transfer. Levy hasn’t done much wrong recently but this could prove to be his biggest blunder to date, what were they thinking, what more does Harry have to do to be made to feel wanted by the club? So take note people, before you start shouting “Capello out” be careful what you wish for.

Dream Over For Palacios?

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Jun 052010
 

Well just as Michael Dawson was handed a World Cup reprieval another Spurs star suffers World Cup heartache. Wilson Palacios was earlier tonight stretchered off in Honduras friendly with Romania. Although nobody has been able to confirm how severe the injury is the early signs didn’t look good for Palacious. If ruled out after the scan to his shin it will be a major blow for Honduras, Palacios does the same job in the heart of the midfield for his country as he does for club and will be sorely missed.

It’s still early days so maybe he can recover in time to play some part, however it hangs in the balance and if he fails to recover it could be his one and only chance of playing in a World Cup. For only the second time in their history have the Hondurans qualified for the finals which shows that chances like this are few and far between. Wilson is a man of steel, he is tough and i’m sure it will take a hell of a lot to stop him playing in the World Cup. We should know more tomorrow

Dawson Handed Second Chance!!!

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Jun 042010
 

Well I thought Tottenham centre half Michael Dawson was probably the most unluckiest player to miss out on Capello’s final 23 for the World Cup. He had a solid season and lost out on his place for the likes of Upson and Carragher who got in on reputation alone. However today justice has been served but fate played a cruel trick on England captain Rio Ferdinand as he was today ruled out through injury. This is terrible news for England but for me as a Tottenham fan I was delighted to learn that Dawson had now been called back into the England team. Now I personally would hope it was any other defender except Ferdinand but to see Dawson get what he should have righfully had in the first place is great.

Fabio Capello now has a major headache, surely if he has any sense he will put Ledley at the heart of the defense now Rio is out, but I have that sickening feeling he will pick Carragher. If England don’t opt for King and Terry,King and Dawson or at the very least King and Carragher as partnerships, they have no chance. At all costs I would keep Upson out of the team, I think he is a good defender but not better than any of the others and certainly is no world cup winner. Lets hope Capello knows his stuff and earns his Spurs by putting his faith in Dawson if Ledley has to miss one or two of the games through his knee injury. I know that dawson wouldn’t let our nation down because I see him week in week out and know that he is just as good as John Terry based on this season. It’s time for the England team to stop being picked on reputation and to be picked on form alone, players have to stop living off their past reputations and earn all their caps.

Michael Dawson and Ledley King , all us Spurs fans know you can do it, lets just hope for the sake of our nation you are given the chance.

Gomes Could Be Brazil No1

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Jun 022010
 


Brazillian first choice goalkeeper Julio Cesar picked up an injury during his side’s warm-up match against Zimbabwe , handing coach Dunga a scare just over a week before the World Cup kicks off.
The Inter Milan star, considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the world, complained of a back injury and had to be replaced by Spurs star Heurelho Gomes after just 26 minutes in Harare.
He was inspected by team doctor Jose Luis Runco after being floored by an incident in the 19th minute and deciding that he could not continue.

Dunga’s second-choice is generally Roma’s inconsistent and out of favour keeper Doni. However, Tottenham Hotspur keeper Gomes was sent on and impressed with a series of excellent saves against a Zimbabwe side that boasted Manchester City striker Benjani.
Brazil’s first match at the tournament is not until June 15, when they face North Korea in Johannesburg. The five-time champions also face Ivory Coast and Portugal in the tricky Group G and should  Julio Cesar not fully recover the in form Spurs stopper could get his chance between the posts.

Harry Joines BBC For World Cup

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Jun 022010
 

Source: BBC Website

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and Fulham boss Roy Hodgson will be part of BBC Sport’s studio line-up during the 2010 World Cup with summer.

Redknapp was named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season this year, with Hodgson taking the League Managers Association award.

They join previously announced pundits Clarence Seedorf, Jurgen Klinsmann and Emmanuel Adebayor on the BBC sofas.

“We are delighted,” said Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport.

“(We will) have on board two of the most respected English managers to add to an already great line-up.”

I am looking forward to watching the World Cup even more now, Harry and Roy both 2 top managers and will always tell it how it is. It’s good to see they both had a great season and are now getting offers to be pundits.

Modric Staying Put!

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May 312010
 

Well it seems that Luka Modric will not be leaving, we know the big clubs want him but they can only offer him the same as us now which is champions league football.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has quashed talk that he will sell playmaker Luka Modric, stressing that the Croatian is not for sale.

Modric has been linked with a £25 million move to Manchester United following a successful campaign with Spurs, helping them qualify for the Champions League.

Redknapp is looking to challenge at the top of the Premier league and in Europe next term, and is therefore not interested in allowing one of his most influential players to depart White Hart Lane this summer.

He said in The Sun: “There’s no chance of it happening at all. Luka’s key to everything that’s happening at this place.

“Everybody knows what I think of him. And if you want to move on to higher levels you don’t start flogging off your best players – to anyone.

“I have an excellent squad and – I stress – Luka Modric is going to remain a part of it.”

Redknapp is determined not to lose another of his stars to United following the departures of Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov to the Red Devils in recent seasons.

It has been suggested that Spurs are also interested in Manchester City’s Stephen Ireland and Bolton defender Gary Cahill, but Redknapp denied the reports.

The club has also been linked with a move for Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies after Martin O’Neill claimed he is open to talks over the 25-year-olds future.