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Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Villa and Holtby

All the latest news, views and rumour connected to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.

The transfer window is now open, which means speculation is at fever pitch already. Here is a round-up of who could be on their way in, along with more general Spurs news.

The first is Barcelona striker David Villa, who has fallen out of favour at the Camp Nou of late and has been linked with a variety of clubs, even though the Barcelona hierarchy are thought to only be willing to sell if an 'amazing' offer comes in. Spanish news outlet El Confidential has claimed that Spurs have today tabled a bid for the player who is Spain's record goalscorer. The amount Spurs have bid is unconfirmed, but it is also claimed Barcelona would prefer to sell in the summer, if at all.

Tottenham have been strongly linked with Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, who is a free agent in the summer and club and player are said to be nearing a pre-contract agreement. The Metro this evening state that Spurs are nearing completion of the deal and are frontrunners for his signature. Nick Harris takes a look at what Holtby's signing could mean for the club in relation to signings to be brought in this transfer window.

Scott Parker has hailed Aaron Lennon's form, arguing he is every bit as talented and important as fellow winger Gareth Bale. Lennon hit the winner against Sunderland two games ago and Parker says he has never seen his teammate playing better than at present.

Spanish newspaper Marca has claimed Gareth Bale has even requested to leave Spurs in the summer. We take a look at what's behind the rumour and whether it could be true.

Andre Villas-Boas yesterday reiterated his interest in Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao, and South American football expert Tim Vickery has been having his say on the possibility. Vickery told TalkSport that any deal would not be straightforward, due to complicated part-ownership of the striker, and the hoops the club have to jump through will make a deal difficult to conclude this January. You can listen to the interview here.

And finally, Hugo Lloris has spoken of his enjoyment at breaking into the Spurs first team. The goalkeeper says he is enjoying the atmosphere of English football and is embracing the festive period, describing his experience as 'fun'. Which is of course easy to say when Spurs have picked up 10 points from four games.

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