Tottenham Hotspur latest: Mixed injury news and striker transfer targets

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All the latest Tottenham Hotspur news and views.

Tottenham have been handed a boost ahead of Sunday's North London Derby by the news Arsenal will be without regular right-back Bacary Sagna. Sagna is injured and Arsene Wenger has confirmed the Frenchman has been ruled out. Carl Jenkinson will step in and facing Gareth Bale could well be the toughest challenge of the young Englishman's career.

An extra boost for Spurs is the news that Arsenal may too be without Abou Diaby, who is rated at 50-50 for the clash, and will undergo a late test.

However Tottenham have been dealt a blow with the news Clint Dempsey will be out of the North London Derby, with Andre Villas-Boas confirming the American will miss one to two weeks of action with a calf injury.

We have also examined Rio Ferdinand's comments over Gareth Bale and assertion that people comparing the Welshman to Ronaldo 'don't know football' - looking at who falls foul of his outburst. Tottenham manager AVB and former boss Harry Redknapp both feature

Gareth Bale has himself spoken out on such comparisons, stating: "I don’t model my game on his, because I have my own way of playing and it’s not exactly the same, I think anybody would love to be mentioned alongside the best in the world. It’s flattering, but I don’t really look too much into it."

In transfer news Tottenham have been linked with Sochaux right-back Sebastien Corchia. The 22-year-old is keen on a move, but Spurs are well stocked in the position and so we are sceptical the Express' report is in fact accurate.

The Independent report Spurs are looking towards two strikers to replace Emmanuel Adebayor, and one name is certainly familiar; Leandro Damiao of Internacional, with the Standard also reporting the link. The second is Braga forward Eder, who has been a consistent goalscorer for the club in recent seasons, in the Champions League and Europa League.

We have taken a look at former Spurs attacker Giovani dos Santos' mixed time at his new club Real Mallorca. He has scored and created goals, but the club are odds on for relegation, meaning the Mexican could yet be looking at another move in the summer, and also considered how Tottenham might get on in the Champions League next season should they get there.

 

And finally, Tottenham loanee Andros Townsend is still believing QPR can stay up and he intends to do everything he can to help them.

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