News, views and gossip relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.
Spurs have posted a financial loss, figures show, with missing out on Champions League football the deciding factor. The figures show the club were £4.3 million down for the 2011-12 year compared the the previous season when they went on a run reaching the quarter-finals. For the full story click here.
Nevertheless transfers remain the name of the game this January, with the club seemingly determined not to lose out on qualification this time around.
Tottenham are said to be eyeing Celtic striker Gary Hooper, according to The Metro. The forward has impressed in the Champions League this term, and has been linked with Norwich, but Spurs would have to persuade him to turn his back on a glamour knockout tie against Juventus, and convince Celtic to sell a key man. Norwich have seen a £5 million bid rejected, with his asking price closer to £10 million. The Mirror also run the story, detailing how Spurs rejected the goalscorer when he was just 14.
Reports from Italy claim Spurs are interested in Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin, hailed as 'Sneijder's successor' at Inter Milan. The former Porto midfielder is a creative player with a powerful shot on him, but is contracted until 2016. Any deal is unlikely to take place this transfer window though and it would be costly, with the player currently a fan favourite at the San Siro, so this is just one to bear in mind for the future.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto says he is confident of holding down a regular first team place at Spurs after his recovery from injury, despite the new competition from Kyle Naughton. He says that Naughton is not a natural left-back, having learned his trade on the right, and does not plan to spend much time on the bench.
He said: "He's not a real left-back and I don't think he has the same left foot as me, so I'm not worried about that. I'm not worried because obviously I can do stuff with my left foot that he can't do."
Emmanuel Adebayor's Togo side went down 2-1 in their first African Nations Cup clash to favourites the Ivory Coast, with Arsenal forward Gervinho netting the winner. It is good news for Tottenham as another defeat in one of their two remaining games will almost certainly see the striker make an early return to White Hart Lane.
Today on HITC Sport we take a look at former Spurs midfielder Steed Malbranque, who has quietly been making a comeback with PSG at the age of 33, and is in terrific form. Nick Harris asks whether Ivory Coast youngster Wilfried Bony should be the next name of the club's striker shopping list.
We also have a voting poll up for early player of the season contenders, selecting seven of the best performers so far. Tottenham are represented through Jan Vertonghen, and you can vote for him here.
And finally, former Spurs midfielder Gus Poyet has detailed his future ambition, and it won't make him a happy man among Tottenham fans... he wants to manage Arsenal. Poyet also says he would manage Chelsea, but makes no mention of Spurs.
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