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Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Lloris 'mistakes' and Keane return

News, views, and speculation concerning Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.

Tottenham have today been linked with Palermo star Josip Ilicic by The Mail. The Slovenian attacking midfielder has scored five goals this season in Italy. Nick Harris takes a look at what Ilicic would bring to the side.

The Independent follow up on Shakhtar Donetsk's troubles with Willian, reporting that the Ukrainian club are willing to sell the attacker to either Tottenham or Chelsea if their £20 million asking price is met.

Andre Villas-Boas has been speaking about how he is using the lessons learned with Chelsea, not to repeat them with Tottenham, saying he and his coaching staff are working 'in reaction' to their previous experience. He also has been discussing the tricky balancing act between Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel at the start of the season, saying he wanted Lloris to earn his spot on merit and not on reputation.

"It was difficult for Hugo. He is a famous and well respected player. He is the best of the French keepers. It was difficult for him to accept and I admit that it may have made him impatient at times."

With Tottenham dallying over signing a new striker, we have asked whether it is worth the club promoting freescoring Jon Obika into the first team squad. He netted two in the under-21 victory yesterday and has four goals in his last two games. Have your say here.

Former striker Robbie Keane is back training with Tottenham Hotspur while the MLS off-season continues. The former Spurs captain is still an LA Galaxy player, winning the title over there this season. He is just at Spurs to keep fit over the next fortnight, and Sky Sports state Andre Villas-Boas does not see him as a temporary striking solution.

Zeki Fryers says he is enjoying life at Tottenham after joining up earlier in the transfer window. "I'm very happy to be here," he is quoted as saying. Fryers played in Spurs' under-21 side's 5-1 victory over Wolves yesterday.

Polish wonderkid Arkadiusz Milk is set to secure a deal with Bayer Leverkusen it is being reported. The news should be of interest to Spurs fans as one to watch as Milk had an unsuccessful trial with the club.

Spurs have been given a boost for the weekend with the news Ashley Young is out of the clash with Manchester United on Sunday. Young played a vital role, scoring in United's win at White Hart Lane last season, but Nemanja Vidic is expected to recover.

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