News, views, and gossip relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.
Tottenham have been linked with a shock move for Wesley Sneijder. The Dutchman is at the centre of a huge dispute with Inter Milan, and is getting ready to leave as soon as January. Manchester United came close to signing the Dutchman in 2010, but Tottenham's interest is fresh and will certainly excite supporters, with the 28-year-old still among the world's best. Spurs Sneijder
Spurs came close to signing Zeki Fryers from Manchester United in the summer, only for the youngster to make a surprise move to sign with Standard Liege. The defender trained with Spurs in July but as the clubs were unable to agree compensation he elected to choose the Belgian club. The defender has given an exclusive interview with FourFourTwo discussing his decision and it makes fascinating reading.
Gareth Bale has again been fluttering his eyelids at clubs in La Liga. He said: "It would be nice to experience other leagues and other cultures, I've always said I'm not afraid to go abroad. If the times comes and a team that's right comes in for me, then I'll look at it seriously. I'll see what happens." However perhaps fans shouldn't get too worried for now given his long-term contract and the statement of manager Andre Villas-Boas last week that it was 'impossible' for him to leave.
On HITC today we take a look at the statistics which compare Bale favourably with Cristiano Ronaldo when he was at the same stage of his career.
Emmanuel Adebayor has given Spurs some positive news, by quitting international football. The striker had been set to abandon his club to play for Togo in next year's African Nations Cup, but after a protracted pay dispute the striker has elected to call it quits and concentrate on Tottenham.
Long term target Loic Remy is reportedly back on Tottenham's radar, with Talksport claiming the club are preparing a £10 million bid for the Marseille attacker. However with l'OM firmly in the Ligue One title race, the forward may feel the time is not right for a switch and choose to stay on until the end of the season.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Aaron Lennon have both been singled out for praise by Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas. Sigurdsson came off the bench to replace the injured Bale on Saturday against Fulham and provided the assist for Defoe's first goal. AVB said the Icelandic star is working to get back to his 'Swansea level' after finding it going tough so far this season but is confident he will now step up and deliver. The full quotes from his interview with the Standard can be read here.
And finally, Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, linked with a move last week, is looking likely to stay in Portugal. The striker is reportedly on the verge of signing a new contract, which would effectively rule out a January switch to North London.
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