Tony Cottee gives his verdict on Tottenham's plans to build new stadium

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Tony Cottee believes big Premier League clubs' moving to new stadiums is great for English football.

Tony Cottee has told Kicca that Tottenham's planned move to a new stadium in 2018 is a sign of progress in the Premier League.

Spurs have been playing at White Hart Lane since 1899, but their time at their famous stadium is coming to an end in the near future.

Chairman Daniel Levy told the club's official website that Tottenham plan to build a new stadium close to White Hart Lane, bringing a huge increase in capacity.

White Hart Lane currently holds just over 36,000, whilst the plans for a new stadium would see Spurs move in to a 56,000 all-seater stadium, with the possibility of that increasing to over 60,000.

Tottenham aren't the only club moving on to a bigger and better stadium in London, with West Ham set to leave Upton Park for the Olympic Stadium next summer.

With the Premier League growing by the year, clubs are expanding their stadiums to meet the demand for top flight action - and Tony Cottee believes that can only be a good thing.

Speaking on Kicca, Cottee says that Tottenham - as well as Chelsea - are taking the necessary steps to become even bigger clubs by looking towards new stadiums, which is 'great for English football'.

"Spurs are going to knock down White Hart Lane which is a great, traditional stadium and you’ve got Chelsea looking to demolish Stamford Bridge to build a brand new stadium there, so it’s a sign of the times, it is progression and what all clubs have got to do," said Cottee.

"The Premier League is so popular now that you need to get as many fans as possible into the stadiums because of the worldwide appeal, which is great for English football," he added.

Tottenham may find that they have less money to spend in the transfer market whilst the new stadium is being constructed, as their North London rivals Arsenal found before their move to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.

Now though, the Gunners have the ability to splash out, as seen with the recent arrivals of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez - and if Spurs can lure players of that calibre once they move into their new stadium, they could well take the steps that fans are desperate to see them make, and challenge for the top four in the process.

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