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Tottenham have been linked with signing 30-year-old River Plate midfielder Leonardo Ponzio. The player himself claimed Spurs scouts were watching him in the recent Super Clasico with Boca Juniors, and he said while he is happy in Argentina he would consider any offer. Ponzio has only just returned from Europe where he had a spell with La Liga side Real Zaragoza.

Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker is a major concern for next weekend's North London Derby after being forced off during the Manchester City defeat with a hamstring injury. The defender has pulled out of the England squad for their midweek fixture against Sweden, and Kyle Naughton is expected to fill in for Spurs if Walker does not recover.

Andre Villas-Boas has been talking about his decision to leave Jermain Defoe out of Sunday's match, revealing that he spoke extensively with the striker about his reasons for doing so, claiming that he felt it was in the 'teams best interest.' He added that Defoe is back in contention to start the game with Arsenal at the weekend.

On HITC today we take an extensive look at how Sandro has become the main man at Spurs this season, and five points the club can take from their narrow defeat to City.

Didier Deschamps has hit back at Andre Villas-Boas, after the Spurs boss explained that what the France manager said went in one ear and out the other. Deschamps, who initiated the war of words over Hugo Lloris' lack of playing time, has responded with an equally spiky comeback. 

Tom Huddlestone has spoken of his relief at his return from long-term injury and delight at his England call-up. He says he feels his gradually improving and beginning to impose himself on matches in what he describes as an 'unforgiving league.'

Long-term Spurs target Leandro Damiao has dealt the club a bit of a blow by saying he dreams of playing at Real Madrid. However the 23-year-old did say that Europe as a whole was where he saw himself playing, with him more than open to offers from other sides. However he says 'now is not the time' to be thinking of making a move, commenting that he is very happy in his homeland and with his current contract.

And finally, William Gallas has spoken of his determination to bounce back from yesterday's defeat by winning against Arsenal at the weekend. Gallas used to be the Arsenal captain and knows more than most the animosity between the two clubs, and with just one point separating the two sides, says the perfect way to get their season back on track is with a decisive win.

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