Tottenham latest: Club reportedly caught up in transfer scam; Holtby linked with swap deal

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Some of the key stories surrounding Tottenham Hotspur this Wednesday.

Spurs have reportedly ended up in the middle of a transfer scam, which involved a forged signature after a Croatian middle-man tried to sell them FC Twente striker Luc Castaignos.

The document supposedly contained the signature of Twente chairman Joop Munsterman, and after Spurs contacted the Dutch club, Twente reported the matter to the Dutch FA – while UEFA and FIFA could potentially get involved.

Twente released a statement saying: ‘There has been an attempted fraud when a forged mandate, giving a person the authority to act on our behalf, surfaced. Unbeknown to FC Twente, a player has been offered with this forged document to an English club.’

Midfielder Lewis Holtby has been linked with a move back to the Bundesliga – but one German club who will he will not be signing for, according to reports, is Borussia Dortmund.

Reports indicate that Dortmund were put off the wage demands from Holtby, with Spurs after a £5.5m fee.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that Holtby could be on his way to Fulham, with forward Dimitar Berbatov coming the other way. Berbatov has been linked with a move back to Spurs for much of this transfer window with chairman Daniel Levy said to be keen on the Bulgarian. The Telegraph report indicates the striker is open to a return to White Hart Lane.

Ahead of tonight’s clash with Manchester City, Andros Townsend has told the Premier League website that Spurs do have the form to beat City and can be inspired by Emmanuel Adebayor.

Townsend said: ‘We were at the wrong end of a result against City but we’re a good side at home. We’re no pushovers. At the moment we’ve won five out of six, so we’re the form team going into the match. Our confidence is high and we’re hoping to get a good result.

‘Ade is fantastic. He’s showing everyone the calibre of player he is and what he can do, we’ve just got to keep him focused and scoring goals. We need to keep putting balls into the box and he’ll get a lot more goals for this club.’

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