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After yesterday's news Sevilla's president had been in London to negotiate with Spurs over the sale of Alvaro Negredo, there have been no fresh developments to report surrounding the player; which in the rumour mill of football means other targets have started being linked instead:
Tottenham have today been linked with signing South Korean striker Heung-Min Son from Bundesliga side Hamburg, who is valued at around £8 million. The forward is just 20 and has scored six goals in the league for his side this season.
Another player linked with Spurs today is Brazilian forward Willian. The Shakhtar Donetsk attacker is a long-term target of Andre Villas-Boas, who tried to sign him for Chelsea last season. The Metro suggest that with the Ukrainian side today clinching the transfer of Taison, it paves the way for Willian to move on, but the Brazilian is thought to want to see out this Champions League campaign, and a high price tag of around £25 million is likely to complicate any deal.
However the biggest development regarding Alvaro Negredo's transfer is that when quizzed on the issue, Andre Villas-Boas simply said 'no' in reference to if he would be signing.
Andre Villas-Boas has had to deal with comments from former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp that a 'dope' could manage Chelsea. AVB refused to rise to the barbs, simply saying about Redknapp 'I've never spoken to him', but Redknapp tonight says 'he has no problem' with his replacement.
The two go head to head in the Premier League tomorrow in the lunchtime kick-off, and Spurs will be keen to cement their status in third position in the league, and Villas-Boas is celebrating being named Premier League manager of the month for December. Hugo Lloris was nominated but did not win the player award, which was won by Robin van Persie.
Fit again Benoit Assou-Ekotto is expected to start at left-back, and there will be competition for places across the defence. There is a question over whether Dawson or Caulker will partner Vertonghen in the centre, with Gallas injured. On the righ with Walker is expected to edge out Naughton.
Emmanuel Adebayor is also expected to feature - even if just from the bench, this is his last game before he departs for the African Nations Cup so expect Spurs to utilise him in some capacity as he signs off for up to a month, but Clint Dempsey is also expected to get game time as he looks to show he can fill the void in attack alongside Jermain Defoe. Gareth Bale returns from his one-game suspension which kept him out of the last Premier League game, with Aaron Lennon also fully fit.
How would your Tottenham XI line-up tomorrow?
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