Tottenham latest: Allardyce on AVB, player hits out at manager's critics

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Some of the stories related to Tottenham Hotspur on this Monday evening.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has called Andre Villas-Boas immature but said he admired the Spurs boss for ‘having a go’ after he was embroiled in row with a journalist after his post-match press conference following their 2-2 draw with Manchester United yesterday.

Allardyce said: ‘You have to use the criticism as a motivational drive to show these people that they are wrong. You’ve got to take it on the chin.

‘You, and your players, have got to do your talking on the field. I think he’s just showed a little bit of immaturity. It can get under your skin, but you can’t let that happen because you’re not going to win.’

He later said: ‘I admire him for having a go but I don’t think it will do you any favours in the end unfortunately.

‘But I’d admire him for sticking up for himself and having a go for what he believes in. In all honesty, he’s probably right.’

Mousa Dembele has hit out at critics of AVB and has said they squad is fully behind him.

He said: ‘The manager is working hard to give everyone confidence.

‘The Man City result was not only embarrassing for the manager, but for us as well. People were laughing at us after that performance.’

Roberto Soldado has been quoted in the Evening Standard ruing an opportunity to score against Manchester United yesterday, and has said he is not happy with his goal return of four in the Premier League so far.

He said: ‘I want to score more goals than I am doing at the moment. That is why they signed me. I have been doing it all of my career. I have not done it so far here but I am convinced I will get there.

‘It is a shame I did not score because there was some great play between Paulinho and I in the build-up. But it is important that we are creating the chances.’

Tottenham are to bid £30m for Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi in January according to reports in the Spanish media.

It is thought that if Rossi were to join it could pave the way for Jermain Defoe to move to the MLS. So far this season, Rossi has scored 12 goals in 15 games for the Serie A side.

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