A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.
Mousa Dembele is available for Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to face Stoke City on Sunday, with the Belgian returning to the squad after missing out against Chelsea midweek. Gylfi Sigurdsson could be line for a start after his late equaliser at Stamford Bridge.
Stoke trio Glenn Whelan, Andy Wilkinson and Marc Wilson will all face late fitness tests to see if they are available for Tony Pulis’ side, who’s place in next season’s Premier League was more or less assured by Wigan’s loss to Swansea on Tuesday.
Spurs now need Arsenal or Chelsea to drop points if they are to claim a Champions League place, but Andre Villas-Boas has stressed the importance of winning their last two games to keep the pressure on:
"We have to do our job in the two remaining fixtures and it's time for somebody to slip up. At the moment, we can only focus on ourselves, try to get the maximum points possible and wait for something to happen.”
Villas-Boas also revealed his hope that Gareth Bale will sign a new deal at Spurs to put to bed any speculation about his future at the club. Bale’s current deal runs until 2016, but he could be in line for a pay rise to ward off any interest.
Bale himself has suggested he is happy to stay at Spurs for the time being. Speaking at a ceremony where he was awarded his FWA Footballer of the Year Bale suggested that the club was moving in the right direction, and he wanted to continue to improve with them.
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly entered the race to sign Barcelona striker David Villa this summer, and could meet the striker’s £12million valuation this summer. Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool are also rumoured to be interested in Villa.
Paolo Di Canio has suggested that Sunderland will attempt to sign Danny Rose on a permanent deal this summer, after the left back impressed on loan at the Stadium of Light this season.
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