Tottenham latest: £31m former hero linked with return; Arsenal in the FA Cup

All the news and gossip from the past couple of days at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham have picked up three points this weekend after beating Sunderland 2-1 at The Stadium of Light.

They went 1-0 down after a mistake from Hugo Lloris gifted the ball at the feet of Adam Johnson who fired home a half-volley for 1-0.

However goals from Paulinho and an own goal from John O’Shea gave Spurs a deserved win.

Andre Villas-Boas said of the victory:

“Our group has been immense in the situation we have faced. We got ourselves back on track, into a position where we can challenge for the top. This is a credit to them, it is their sweat on the pitch and they’ve been fantastic in the way they’ve approached this game in wanting to play for the badge.”

Spurs have also been handed a tasty FA Cup draw this weekend. They will get going in the third round with an away tie against their bitter rivals Arsenal.

It is also not the only apparent battle between the two clubs this weekend. The clubs will reportedly battle for Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian, who rolled back the years for Fulham v Aston Villa this afternoon, is apparently unhappy at Craven Cottage and Spurs apparently want to bring him back to White Hart Lane.

His contract expires at the end of the season and Arsenal are said to be interested.

Spurs sold him for £31 million to Manchester United in 2008.

AVB has also been defending record signing Erik Lamela. The Argentine has struggled to adapt to life in North London since his move from Roma this summer.

But AVB simply thinks a ‘culture shock’ is to blame but states that he will come good:

“He has all the technical abilities that we see of a great player so we have great belief in him. Now, he is together with his family and Christmas time is going to be a totally different experience for him as well. This will be a key moment to his life. We have been very careful with him and given him full support. It is a heavy price tag but one he deserved for what he did in Rome. I think we can nurture his full potential."

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