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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Spurs confirmed in Pot 3 for Champions League draw tomorrow night


UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW


The UEFA Champions League draw takes place tomorrow evening and many of us will be glued to our TV sets to see who we draw. Sevilla and Napoli went through the qualifying play-off round last night, putting out İstanbul Başakşehir (Turkey) and Nice (France) respectively.

Those results conform us in Pot 3 for the group stage draw and once again here is the link to the draw simulator so you can have your own go.

2017 UEFA Champions League Draw Simulator


The final teams are not decided yet, Liverpool play tonight against Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for a place. Liverpool take a 2-1 lead into the game from the first leg.

The other qualification games tonight are:


  • CSKA Moscow (Russia) vs Young Boys (Switzerland) - We sent a scout to the first leg that CSKA Moscow won 1-0 thanks to an own goal in injury time.
  • Copenhagen (Denmark) vs Qarabag (Azerbaijan) - Qarabag lead 1-0 from the first leg.
  • Steaua Bucureșt (Romania) vs Sporting CP (Portugal) - the first leg finished 0-0.
  • Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) vs APOEL (Cyprus) - The Cypriot team lead 2-0 from the first leg.

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Aurier and Keita Baldé Diao


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PSG initially demanded a £27.51 million (€30m - AUS$44.58m - US$35.26m) transfer fee for 24-year-old (25 in December) right-back Serge Aurier.

After negotiations chairman Daniel Levy brought that figure down by 16.67% and agreed a deal worth £22.9 million (€25m - AUS$37.19m - US$29.44m).

After hitting a policeman, Pochettino is obviously hoping the arrival of Aurier will add some punch to the team. perhaps he could play as an emergency striker.


Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport report that Tottenham have made a £27.51 million (€30m - AUS$44.58m - US$35.26m) offer for 22-year-old (23 next March) dual footed left winger Keita Baldé Diao.

He wants to join Juventus and is boycotting training to try and force through a move, but Juventus have only offered half Lazio's requested £27.51 million. The Senegal international born in Spain has less than a year left on his contract and has turned down lucrative offers from Napoli, AC Milan and West Ham United.

That makes the news of Spurs bid sound out of character for us, double what Juventus value him at in the last year of his contract? Sound to me like we are being used to try and force Juventus to up their valuation.

He regularly started from the bench, yet the flying machine still managed to score 16 goals and had a further 5 assists from 31 Serie A appearances.

Born in Arbùcies, Spain, Baldé is a former Barcelona youth player, moving to Lazio in 2011. He has since played 60 senior games on the left wing (14 goals, 14 assists), 10 as a secondary striker (9 goals, 3 assists), 8 as a centre-forward (4 goals, 2 assists), 5 games on the right wing (1 goal, 0 assists) and 4 games as an attacking midfielder (2 goals, 1 assist).


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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Aurier medical and midfielder Duncan interest


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Serge Aurier has a medical booked in for later this week ahead of finalising a move to Spurs, assuming all the legal paperwork arrives in time. PSG appealed against his prison sentence and a decision has been made that hasn't been made public. The fact that we are finalising a move suggests he won't be going to jail for hitting a policeman, but until the paperwork arrives we can't spend millions on him and his wages.



Italian news outlet TMW are reporting that Tottenham are interested in 24-year-old (25 next March) Ghana international (he has 9 full international caps, scoring 1 goal) central midfielder Alfred Duncan.

The. Sassuolo midfielder is reportedly valued at £13.68 million (€15m - AUS$22.26m - US$17.62m) although a report from Italian journalist and commentator Alfredo Pedullà suggest they are looking for between £16.5 million (€18m - AUS$26.71m - US$21.162m) and £18.39 million (€20m - AUS$29.68m - US$23.52m).

As ever, Inter Milan are said to be following Duncan, who is under contract until 2020, as are Roma, Fiorentina, Torino and AC Milan.
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Sanchez, Burnley, Wanyama, Spurs scouting Crewe youngster


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Davinson Sanchez is having his medical at Tottenham today after which he'll sign a contract and become a Spurs player.


The Times are reporting that Spurs have currently sold over 70,000 tickets for the next match against Burnley on Sunday.

Victor Wanyama has asked the Football Kenya Federation for a rest when they play a friendly on Saturday 2 September away against Mozambique. They have agreed to his request and he will not play in the match.

Tottenham have been linked with Crewe Alexander youngster George Nunn. We have been scouting the highly-rated 15-year-old and some reports suggest we have asked Crewe to name their price.

The League Two clubs manager David Artell denied Spurs had made contact with the club to the Crewe Chronicle.

"George is a good player, a good prospect and I'm sure his mum and his dad, who are good people, and he will see his future here. Tottenham haven't picked up the phone to any of us so I'm not sure where it's come from. 
"It's not come from us so if any of the fans are thinking we're speculating to sell our young prospects – we are definitely not. 
"I don't think it's come from George or his family either, so I'm sure it's an over-zealous reporter. George has a bright future ahead of him and I'm sure it'll be at Crewe Alexandra."

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N'Koudou, Foyth, Spurs scouting at Valencia


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Sky Sports Italia are suggesting that Italian Serie A side Hellas Verona are in talks to sign 22-year-old (23 next February) winger Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, who like Clinton N'jie hasn't set the world alight at Tottenham.


He admitted last season that he wasn't putting in the work on the training ground and that his attitude was wrong. The suggestion is that they want him on loan, deals which we don't normally do, but some players perhaps need regular football to develop faster, is he one?


The latest from El Dia is that documents from Tottenham arrived at Argentinan club Estudiantes yesterday. Argentinian newspaper El Dia ( a Spanish language newspaper in La Plata) say the documents have to be certified and documents exchanged so all the legal formalities are completed, then 19-year-old (20 next January) Juan Foyth can sign.


Tottenham have been busy scouting as the new seasons have started across Europe and Spanish special-interest newspaper Super Deporte, based in Valencia and the 5th highest sports circulation newspaper, report that Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Juventus and Benfica were at Valencia on Fruday.

They were playing Las Palmas, who they beat 1-0 and the paper suggests scouts were there to watch 30-year-old (31 in October) Argentinian international centre-back Ezequiel Garay.

That looks unlikely on our part given his age and the fact Valencia want £18.32 million (€20m - AUS$29.73m - US$23.5m) for him. Presumably we were there to watch someone else, but who?

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ITK suggests Jadon Sancho joining Spurs


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There are snippets of ITK suggesting very highly rated 17-year-old (18 next March) Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho will be joining Tottenham soon and not Arsenal as many have been suggesting, nor RB Leipzig, whom he travelled to meet.


He has a contract until 2020 and Manchester City do not want to lose him, however, they left him out of their USA trip (when they played us) and he has refused to train suggesting he will not return to the club.

He is another youngster who wants his career to progress quicker than his club seem to progress it and it is thought he would immediately be a part of the first team training group. At Manchester City he is stuck in their Under-18 side.

You could see him being played in the early rounds of the League Cup, although being a UEFA Champions League side, we don't have many early rounds.

The right footed inverted left winger would join 18-year-old (19 in December) left footed inverted right winger Marcus Edwards as a youngster to keep an eye on at Spurs.

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Patience pays off for Spurs over Aurier


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I concluded a while ago that Serge Aurier was our first choice right-back option in the transfer market and that we wouldn't sign anyone until we were certain we couldn't sign him and despite plenty of talking and an agreement with Manchester United, no transfer has taken place. Now as the window runs down his option reduce and it seems Tottenham are now head of the queue.

Both Juventus and Inter Milan also want to sign him, although Juventus have no non-EU places available in their squad, Aurier though, wants the Premier League.

French newspaper L'Equipe are reporting that we were in negotiations with PSG last night to try and finalise a price for the 24-year-old (25 in December) Ivorian international (he has 41 full international caps for Ivory Coast, scoring 1 goal).


Plenty of fans have been shouting for signings, many moaning we should have brought someone in before now. It now looks as though by waiting, we may well be able to sign our first choice, if that is the case, is it not right that we have waited on this occasion?

Obviously, it doesn't always work in our favour, but is it a policy we should be adopting? I think it is and have had no problem with the way we have used this window to strengthen ourselves for the long term.

No exact details but a fee with add-ons of around £22.9 million (€25m - AUS$37.19m - US$29.44m) is being talked about and a five-year contract with personal terms already agreed.

He can't get a work permit while he still has a jail sentence hanging over him and his lawyers are awaiting the receipt of a document that conforms he will not have to serve a jail sentence for hitting a Police officer.


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Monday, 21 August 2017

Nuhn, Cancelo, Kondogbia and Sissoko


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Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United sent a scout to watch Ghanaian central defender Kasim Adams Nuhu according to Swiaa newspaper Blick.

Both attended the UEFA Champions League game between Young Boys (Switzerland) and CSKA Moscow (Russia) on August 15. How did Nuhu fare?


The 22-year-old (23 next June) centre-back made his mark, he scored the winner in injury time, unfortunately, for the opposition, CSKA MOscow.

Tottenham target and Portuguese right-back João Cancelo has flown to Italy to undergo a medical and complete his move to Inter Milan. The 23-year-old (24 next May) Valencia man was wanted by Chelsea. 

We were also reported to be interested in 24-year-old (25 next February) French defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, but he is going the other way in the player-plus-cash deal.

Trabzonspor president Muharrem Usta has flown to London again to try to complete the transfer of 28-year-old (29 in August) midfielder Moussa Sissoko. Mauricio Pochettino really needs to complete the signing of Ross Barkley before letting him go and that is waiting on Gylfi Sigurdsson completing his move to Everton.

We still want a permanent deal while the Turkish side want him on loan with an option to buy and have offered a £2.74 million (€3m - AUS$4.45m - US$3.53m) loan fee. That would leave us out of pocket as we would then have to pay Newcastle United another years payment for him.
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King and Martial


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Bournemouth want £40 million for Joshua King and he isn't worth that so we have dropped our interest which means Vincent Janssen won't be going anywhere, despite Borussia Munchengladback interest and indeed interest from Spain, Italy, Holland, France and Turkey.


We anted Anthony Martial before Manchester United bought him in a deal with a vast amount of add-ons, that took the total if they were all payable to £58 million. They are not all payable so his fee would be lower than that. It is no secret that he is another player who does not get along with the abrasive Jose Mourinho and in World Cup year he wants to be playing regular football, understandably.

We are trying for him and have reportedly had a concrete offer rejected. It won't be an easy one to get over the line and I believe we will be making a fresh offer.

Mourinho is happy to see him lave despite all his PR in the press, that is all it is. It is the usual tactic to try and push a players price up, claim he is valuable, we don't want to lose him while all the time behind the scenes you are happy to negotiate a sale. Standard negotiating tactics. If we can agree a decent price this one could happen.

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Sigurdsson arrival to release Barkley


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Ross Barkley is injured so there is no rush to sign him and Everton are still trying to sign ex-Tottenham man Gylfi Sigurdsson, we are not by the way. They won't release Barkley until Sigurdsson signs or they sign another replacement. That is quite common and it is the same policy we often use, see Davinson Sanchez and Kevin Wimmer for instance.

Barkley wants Tottenham, he doesn't want to go elsewhere so it doesn't matter if Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal make moves, he wants to work with Pochettino. The stories of wages being an issue, is, as I have said before, complete press invention. As reported previously, he agreed personal terms with us ages ago.

Barkley has seen what Pochettino has done for other England internationals and he wants to improve his game, he feels Pochettino can do that for him. That is a powerful force so other stories the press come up with are of no concern as far as I am concerned.


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