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Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Willian battle and Sandro

News, views, and gossip relating to Tottenham for the past 24 hours.

A report in the Star claims Sandro has emerged as a target for Manchester United, amid a collective groan from Spurs supporters. United signed Carrick and Berbatov from Spurs and tried to sign Modric, and their interest would be most unwelcome. 

Tottenham's under-21 side continued their table-topping form last night with a 4-0 win against Southampton. Iago Falque, sensational in recent weeks, continued his excellent form with a brace. Jon Obika scored once again, before Souleymane Coulibaly got in on the act netting an superb fourth, which you can see here.

Amid criticism of Clint Dempsey as he looks to adjust at the Lane, here is our take on why the American should be given time to settle and show his best form. We are also asking if it is time for Hugo Lloris to be handed a permanent spell in goal, and if not, when is the time?

Aaron Lennon has pulled out of the England squad with a hamstring injury. It is a precaution and he hopes to play in the North London Derby on Saturday, but nothing can be taken for granted at this stage. Jermain Defoe has also suffered a hamstring problem which is being assessed, while Kyle Walker is also a big doubt.

Assistant coach Steffen Freund says Spurs are closing in on overtaking Arsenal, and says he can't wait for the weekend match-up. Also referring back to his time as a player at the club, he said: "It would be great to finish above Arsenal. It would be a great experience for me too because it has never happened for me in the past. I can't wait for that game. It's a special game. There are only two of these games every season."

Spurs target, Willian, who impressed in the Champions League for Shakhtar Donetsk against Chelsea, is also wanted by Inter Milan, it has emerged. Andre Villas-Boas is a long term admirer of the Brazilian, who could spark a bidding war in January.

Tottenham are also interested in Brazilian playmaker Anderson Felipe, a target of AC Milan. The 19-year-old attacker is starring for Sao Paolo, where he has replaced Ganso, a previous Spurs target.

Bongani Khumalo, loaned out to Greek side PAOK is impressing in the country. The defender has been praised for his performances of late, which will give hope that if nothing else, Spurs are able to fetch a decent fee for the South African when his loan spell comes to an end.




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