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Rivals Spurs And Arsenal To Battle It Out For Not One, But Two Summer Signings

North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are set to battle it out over this summer transfer window in pursuit of two targets. Attacking midfielders Riyad Mahrez and Ross Barkley have both been the subject of interest from both clubs. 

Ross Barkley has been a long-term target of Tottenham, and reports at the weekend suggested that Pochettino and Levy wanted a deal completed by the time the squad set off for their pre-season tour of America. Well, Spurs have now touched down in Orlando and there is no sign of Barkley, who is still very much an Everton player.

Other reports suggested that Barkley demanded wages of £150,000-per-week if he were to join Spurs, making him the highest paid player at the club. However, we later learned that these claims were ‘untrue’. Today, the London Evening Standard report that Arsenal are also interested in making a move for the Englishman.

It has been almost inevitable that Barkley will be sold this summer after not signing a new deal with the Merseyside club. But what is becoming increasingly unlikely is that he will be sold for Everton’s asking price of £50m. It is worth noting that both Spurs are Arsenal are confident that they can get deals over the line for £25-30m.

Barkley is not the only player that Spurs and Arsenal could do battle for over the summer. Riyad Mahrez has been the subject of much interest from Arsenal in particular since last summer, when they came desperately close to signing the Algerian winger. They have registered their interest yet again this summer after Mahrez said that he will be leaving Leicester this summer.

According to the London Evening Standard in a separate report, Spurs have now asked Leicester to keep them informed of the Riyad Mahrez situation if other clubs submit a bid as they are interested in securing his services at some point during this summer transfer window.

Like Barkley, Leicester are asking for around £50m for Mahrez, which at the moment is putting clubs off making a move and the Foxes might have to lower their asking price if they are to cash-in on the want-away winger.

Although I am more than unsure about Barkley and how he would fit in at Spurs and whether he is worth the investment, Mahrez’s talent is there for all to see. He would be a brilliant addition to the squad in terms of attacking options and if Daniel Levy can get a deal over the line for Mahrez it would truly be an excellent signing.

Spurs Made Late January Move For Premier League Star, Would He Have Been A Good Signing?

Reports from The Times have emerged claiming that Tottenham Hotspur made a late move in the January transfer window for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez. 

The Times report that Spurs contacted the Premier League Champions late on in January regarding a potential deal that would see Mahrez move to White Hart Lane. However, the Lilywhites were unsuccessful in their approach as Leicester said that the winger was not for sale at any price.

Following yesterday’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, The Foxes will be nervously looked over their shoulders at the relegation zone, which they are currently just one point adrift of. With Claudio Ranieri’s side set to get involved in a battle at the wrong end of the table, losing Mahrez would have been a huge blow for the Champions.

Mahrez was a key player last season for Leicester, but this term has been a shadow of his usual self in the Premier League. However, the Algerian has seem to have come alive in the Champions League, where he has netted four times in four matches this season.

The 25-year-old was reportedly close to completing a move away to Arsenal over the summer transfer window, as Ranieri looked to hang onto his key players ahead of their Premier League title defence. Despite keeping Jamie Vardy alongside Mahrez, the loss of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea appears to have hurt Leicester the most.

Would Mahrez have been a good signing for Spurs?

Two things that Mahrez would have brought to the Spurs team if he had put pen to paper would have been blistering pace as well as a majestic left foot. Cutting in from the right-wing, Mahrez has caused many full-backs problems both this season and last season.

I think that Mahrez would have been a terrific signing for Spurs if they had managed to pull it off, despite his comments about the Spurs collapse at Chelsea being the funniest thing ever, his footballing ability would have made him an outstanding signing.

The squad competition at Spurs I feel would push Mahrez to the best of his ability, and once returned from injury, he would have had an interesting battle on his hands for first team minutes against Erik Lamela.

Mahrez would have been a terrific signing if Spurs had managed to get a January deal over the line, but of course as we know, nothing materialised. Will Spurs return for Mahrez in the summer if the Foxes fortunes fail to turn around?

‘Gifts From God’ Spurs Fans React To Superb Display From Defender In Draw Against Leicester

Spurs could only manage a draw against Premier League champions Leicester when two title rivals of last season met at White Hart Lane. Vincent Janssen’s strike from twelve yards just before the break was cancelled out by an Ahmed Musa goal just after half-time.

One player that stood out for Mauricio Pochettino’s men in the draw was defender Jan Vertonghen, and was one of the few positives Spurs fans could take from the game at White Hart Lane.

Vincent Janssen scored his third goal in a Spurs shirt, but we are still waiting to see the Dutchman’s first goal from open play, with all three of his goals for Tottenham coming from twelve yards out.

The draw with Claudio Ranieri’s side sees Tottenham’s unbeaten record in the Premier League extended, but Spurs have not won a game this side of the international break. We have witnessed draws with West Brom, Bayer Leverkusen Bournemouth and Leicester for Spurs in addition to being beaten in the EFL Cup by Liverpool. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now in desperate need for a win heading into November, having not won since 2nd October in all competitions.

Despite not receiving a positive result, Jan Vertonghen had a brilliant game in the Spurs back line, and came close to snatching all three points, hitting the crossbar with three minutes to go. Here is how fans reacted to his performance on Twitter.

Jan Vertonghen has been without familiar centre-back Toby Alderweireld over the last couple of weeks, and we questioned how the Spurs defence would hold up without the Belgian. Vertonghen has really stepped up in Alderweireld’s absence, with Spurs conceding just one goal when he has been playing alongside Eric Dier in the heart of the defence.

Spurs have the best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding just five league goals all season, and it is no wonder why when they have quality defenders such as Vertonghen and Alderweireld in the squad.

8 Key Dates Tottenham Fans Cannot Miss, Here’s Why

Today the Premier League fixtures for the 2016/17 were released by the Premier League, and Spurs will begin their season on the road again, this time with a trip up to Everton, and end the season again away from home against newly-promoted Hull City. We take a look at eight fixtures that could prove to be key in Tottenham’s season. All dates are subject to change. 

1) Tottenham v Liverpool- Saturday 27th August

Looking at the fixture list, this is the first real test that our Spurs side will face, three weeks into the Premier League season after a trip to Everton and a home test against Crystal Palace.

We will of course be without Mousa Demebele, who will miss the start of next season through a ban, and the game against Jurgen Klopp’s will be a good test for our stand-in midfield partnership, whoever that may be. This game will be a good indicator of how well we have actually started the new campaign.

2) Arsenal v Tottenham- Saturday 5th November

This is the big one for Spurs, the first of our two league clashes with Arsenal is at the Emirates, where we drew 1-1 last season, and perhaps should have taken all three points.

There is always a special atmosphere at North London derbies, and there is no reason why this would be any different. Spurs will be desperate to get one back on Arsenal after the Reds pipped Spurs to second place last season

3) Chelsea v Tottenham- Saturday 26th November

Spurs got the better of Chelsea last season in terms of league finishing position, but Chelsea will feel that they had the last laugh in the infamous ‘Battle Of The Bridge’, where we lost the league before our capitulation in the last two games of the season.

It is fair to say that Chelsea underperformed last season, and under new manager Antonio Conte, the Blues will be aiming high this season, providing another tough away test for Spurs in November.

4) Manchester City v Tottenham- Saturday 21st January

We have good memories of a visit to the Etihad Stadium last season with Christian Eriksen striking late to hand Spurs all three points after Harry Kane dispatched a spot-kick earlier on in the game.

City will also have a new manager at the helm next season, who has been labelled the best in the business by some. The Manchester club could prove an extremely tough team to best next season, and three points for visiting teams at the Etihad are likely to be hard to come by.

5) Leicester v Tottenham- Saturday 22nd April

Spurs and Leicester battled it out for the title last season, and this fixture next season may not have as serious implications as it would have done last term, but we could be wrong yet again.

This fixture signals the start of an extremely tough run-in where we face three very big rivals in the last four weeks, so three points here if Leicester are not as strong as last year might become a must if we are challenging for Champions League or maybe even the title.

6) Tottenham v Arsenal- Saturday 29th April

This will be the last ever North London derby at White Hart Lane before it is knocked down, and it is likely to be a very emotional affair.

Not only will the occasion be special, but being the fourth from last fixture of the season, the two rivals could be battling it out for top four spots, and could prove to be a six-pointer.

7) West Ham v Tottenham- Saturday 6th May

This will be the first fixture between the London rivals since West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium, and it seems that West Ham are always up for a game against Spurs, and this could prove to be a very tough game.

It was a 1-0 loss at Upton Park that seriously dented out Premier League title hopes, and hopefully it will not be a similar result away at West Ham that costs us dear come the end of the season.

8) Tottenham v Manchester United- Saturday 13th May

This will be the last game ever to be played at White Hart Lane, and what a great send-off it would be if we could beat Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in our final game at the Lane.

It will be a special occasion, but the players must not get distracted as crucial points will be up for grabs, and these could be precious points for either side on the day.

Spurs Set To Face Competition For Premier League Striker

Tottenham are interested in signing Watford striker Troy Deeney reports from The Sun last week claimed, but The Telegraph suggest that they will have to fight off competition from the Premier League champions Leicester City if they are to sign their summer target.

The Telegraph claim that Leicester are lining up a bid for the Tottenham target in order to bolster their attacking options ahead of their Premier League title defence, which begins in August.

Leicester could be about to lose their star man Jamie Vardy to Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal, who reportedly have offered the Englishman a contract that will see him earn in excess of £100,000 per week. However, The Telegraph suggest that Leicester will make a move for Deeney, regardless of whether Vardy moves to Arsenal or not.

Mauricio Pochettino on the other hand will be looking to strengthen his options this summer to provide support for Harry Kane up front, with Clinton N’Jie far from providing anywhere near enough goals in an injury-hit season for the Cameroon international.

Spurs of course will be looking to improve squad depth as they be playing in the Champions League after a third placed finish last term.

It is thought that it will take a bid of £15m upwards to tempt Watford into accepting an offer for the striker who struck thirteen times last season for the Hornets.

The striker, standing at six-feet tall, would be a big asset for Spurs, should they be successful in their pursuit for the 27-year-old. Not only does he having a good goal scoring record at Watford and at Walsall, his previous club, but he also has experience of the Premier League on his side. This means that splashing out £15m upwards on the striker would not be as bigger risk as it would be splashing the cash on somebody from overseas, who is not going to be a guaranteed hit in the Premier League, which previous signings have suggested.

Spurs will be looking to challenge once again for the Premier League title, after falling short last season, and Troy Deeney would give Mauricio Pochettino a much needed alternative to Harry Kane if the Golden Boot winner was to come off the boil or be hit with injury.

Player Ratings: Leicester 1-1 Tottenham

Sunday, Tottenham and Leicester faced off at the King Power Stadium, and played out a 1-1 draw, with Dele Alli opening his account for, before immediately conceding to an in form Riyhad Mahrez. Some may say that it was a typical “spursy” performance, but some may see the positives. Nevertheless, many agree that Spurs need new signings, and fast.
In the 3rd game of the season, the team looks to be taking shape, and now is where we as fans start to look at, and essentially judge, the squad. This week, Joe Whitehead takes a look at the squad, and sees where we did well, and not so well this weekend against Leicester.
Lloris (3.5/5)- Had next to nothing to do in a dour first half. Pulled off a great stop to deny Morgan in the second half but could do nothing to deny Mahrez’s well struck equaliser.
Walker (3/5)- A familiar story to many of his performances in recent times, as he got forward to good effect and offered an outlet, but struggled to cope defensively with the threat of Shlupp and Albrighton a constant thorn in his side.
Alderwiereld (3.5/5)- Probably our most convincing defender. Strong in the air and as ever calm on the ball,dealt relatively easily with the threat of Okazaki.
Vertonghen (2.5/5)- Not his day. Looked a tad of the pace from the beginning as he sliced a routine clearance towards his own goal, giving Lloris an unexpected problem. Was beaten with far to much ease by Mahrez straight for Leicester’s immediate leveller.
Davies (3/5)- Mahrez caused him a problem with his direct and tricky style in the first half, but Davies grew as the game went on. A solid performance but he isn’t the outlet that Spurs fans are used to seeing flying down the wing in Rose.
Dier (2.5/5)- Still doesn’t look entirely convincing in the DM position. Effective at breaking up Leicester attacks as you may expect but poor in possession, struggling when surrounded and under pressure. By no means a bad performance but doesn’t seem to posses the cool head his position often requires.
Mason (3/5)- Energetic as usual, picking out Kane on several occasions and putting in his usual hardworking midfield performance.
Lamela (2/5)- A poor display from the Argentine. Didn’t offer a threat going forward and despite some decent corner deliveries his passing was inaccurate and he couldn’t find a way past Leicester’s defence. Needs a performance and soon to give Spurs fans hope he can still come good.
Dembele (3.5/5)- Our best player in the first half, getting in some shots on goal and keeping hold of the ball well. As the game went on he faded however and was replaced by Carroll. Seems to be very much in Pochettino’s plans however.
Chadli (2.5/5)- Was having quite a poor day until our opening goal. Created very little and sliced a guilt edged chance wide soon after half time. However his excellent chipped pass that found its way to Alli meant he left a mark on proceedings.
Kane (3/5)- Couldent get into the game in the first half as he was extremely isolated up top on his own. Hardly easy away from home and when we were missing our main creator Christian Eriksen. Played a part in our goal but will still feel frustrated at his inability to have a real impact on the game.
Alli (4/5)- Massively impressive after coming on to replace the ineffective Lamela. It was great to see him get his first Tottenham goal and he may have given Pochettino something to think about in regards to his starting line up next week.
Carrol (3/5)- An average performance with no real time to make an impact.
Bentaleb (NA)- Came on with a few minutes to go.

Lamela Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Leicester

Spurs were deeply disappointing last week as we were humbled by Manchster United at Old Trafford. Now, a week on, Spurs need to be ready to react against a rock bottom Leicester side. Nigel Pearson’s team have not on a match in any competition since they shocked Tottenham in the FA cup at White Hart Lane with two late goals in January. Now, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to stop them repeating the trick and guide us to all three points in a game we really should be winning if we intend to finish the league season on a positive note. Below is the team news and my predicted line up. Come on you Spurs!

Team News:

Mauricio Pochettino has reported that Roberto Soldado is likely to be the only absentee for Spurs.

Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1):

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Our captain, our saviour on many occasions, Hugo will obviously be starting and will hope to keep a first clean sheet since our 3-0 win over West Brom in January.

Defenders: Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose

Kyle Walker- Lucky he doesn’t have stiffer competition at this moment in time with Deandre Yedlin still adjusting to life in England, otherwise he may have found himself out of the team. Walker was all over the place at Old Trafford and will be hoping to put in a performance to convince Pochettino he is the permenant solution at RB.

Eric Dier- Like most of our defence, Eric also struggled to contain Manchster United’s attacking play last week and will be one of the many looking to react. He is still young and clearly very talented and I expect him to continue ahead of Federico Fazio at CB.

Jan Vertonghen- Probably our best CB, Jan will be hoping for a much more comfortable afternoon than last week. He will have to keep an eye on Ulloa, who scored in our last Premier League outing against Leicester.

Danny Rose- Tottenham fans can consider themselves lucky that our best defender on current form will be facing then most dangerous player Leicester have to offer in Mahrez. Rose gave the best account of himself out of anyone in a Spurs shirt at Old Trafford and will be disappointed not to have earnt an England call up in midweek.

Midfielders: Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb

Ryan Mason- Another player who may feel he did enough to earn an England call up midweek , Mason will be hoping to drive Spurs forward against Leicester, as when he is on his game Spurs are a much more positive and pressurising force going forward.

Nabil Bentaleb- After a rare error that gifted United their third goal last week, it should not be forgotten how much Nabil has improved and contributed this season. He will surely start and look to shake off last weeks dip with a composed and assured midfield performance.

Attackers- Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli

Erik Lamela- He’s been out of the team for the last few weeks but after Townsend was hauled off after only half an hour last week i see this as a good opportunity for Erik to step back into the team and try and nail down a place with a good performance.

Christian Eriksen- Seems to be taking his time getting going in games lately after subdued first half performances against Swansea and QPR only to improve as the games went on. However he certainly has been a lot quieter recently and will be looking to rectify that this weekend, after he proved to be the matdh winner last time out against these opponents.

Nacer Chadli- I have said a fair few times already but Nacer is another player who will be looking to bounce back after a difficult outing at Old Trafford. He has massively improved this season with 10 goals to his name, a goal return he will be confident off adding to this weekend.

Striker- Harry Kane

Harry’s rise has been monumental and this was recognised midweek with a first ever England call up. All Kane can do now is continue to perform as he looks to close out a remarkable breakthrough season by passing the 30 goal Mark. Leicester will not be looking forward to seeing him running at them.

Spurs v Leicester: Match Preview

This Saturday, Spurs will go head to head with bottom club Leicester City at White Hart Lane, with both teams looking for three vital points. Tottenham are looking to bounce back from the embarrassing 3-0 away loss last Sunday at Manchester United, whilst Leicester are looking to bounce back from 2 points out of their last 6 Premier League games, which shows just how deep into the relegation dogfight Leicester find themselves in alongside QPR, who Spurs beat 2 weeks ago, Burnley, Sunderland, and Aston Villa, led by “Mr. 59% win ratio” himself, Tim Sherwood.

Leicester will need to pick up maximum points this Saturday to stand any chance of a survival push, with winnable games with West Ham and West Brom coming up. Spurs, on the other hand, are looking to edge themselves back into the race for the top four after suffering a setback with the loss to Manchester United, as well as rivals Southampton, Liverpool and Arsenal all picking up points in the last round of games. With key games against many of the relegation threatened teams, and an away trip to Southampton coupled with a vital home tie against Manchester City, this weekend is one of the most vital for both teams, as the season could potentially be settled for the team who misses out on the three points.

The significance of this match cannot be understated. Tottenham need to pick up three points in order to retain any hopes of Champions League football next season, whilst Leicester need the three points to have a chance against their rivals if they want  second season of Premier League. The remaining games of season will really show whether this has been an improvement on last season, where the club finished 6th in the league, and whether the fans will question in their mind if the quality of the squad is actually improving compared to recent years. Leicester, on the other hand, may want to repeat their FA Cup victory and nick a win to catapult the confidence of the squad in time for the most crucial game of their season against Burnley.

In terms of team news for Tottenham, the only absentee is striker Roberto Soldado, and with all respect to Bobby, he was never going to start ahead of the new England striker Harry Kane. The squad is more or less the same for Spurs, as with Pochettino’s new fitness regime keeping the players fitter and healthier probably for the first time since the old days of Juande Ramos, the players rarely seem to tire in game or even get muscle injuries, which has been the common enemy for Spurs players for as long as I can remember.

Hopefully for the Spurs fans, this game can spark a resurgence for the top four, as everyone knows how much the fans want to bring back the “glory glory nights” we all experienced a few years ago. It mean so much for the club to return to the competition, as Tottenham are the last team from North London to reach the Quarter-Finals of the Champions League in 2011 (yes, every Gooner I know has been reminded of that this week, makes me proud.) Those days would bring so much to the club and with victory this week against one of the teams that are rather unlucky to be in the relegation fight, as Leicester haven’t been poor, but more unlucky in front of goal, despite Leonardo Ulloa grabbing 9 goals for himself this season, and possibly providing the shock of the season by beating Manchester United 5-3 early on in the season. Both teams would benefit from victory this Saturday, but lest just hope its for the mighty lilywhites!!

Tottenham Winger Set To Leave The Club This January

Tottenham midfielder Aaron Lennon is set to leave Tottenham this summer, with Stoke leading the race for the 27 year-old.

Lennon could be one of the first to leave White Hart Lane this January as Mauricio Pochettino plans a major winter sale, and he could have a few additions in mind too.

Stoke are looking to sign the winger, and could make a bid of £6m in the near future, with talks already reportedly started between the two clubs.

Mark Hughes’ side are one of the many clubs interested in Tottenham’s longest-serving player, with West Ham and West Brom monitoring the England international.

QPR did try to sign Lennon in the summer, and could return with a bid in the January transfer window. Leicester could also attempt to beat Stoke to the Englishman’s signature.

Lennon has been limited to first team minutes, with other players occupying the right wing spot, Erik Lamela, and more recently Andros Townsend.

The winger has been limited to just 276 minutes of Premier League football this season and is deemed surplus to requirements in the eyes of head coach Mauricio Pochettino.


Levy Demanding Too Much Could Keep Defender At Spurs

Tottenham right-back Kyle Naughton could still be at Spurs by the end of the month, if Swansea think that the price Daniel Levy suggests to clubs interested in the Englishman is too much.

Swansea are believed to be one of the clubs interested in the right-back and Garry Monk is reportedly very keen to sign the Tottenham player.

Daniel Levy has asked for around £5m for the 26 year-old and this could potentially be too much for the clubs that are looking at dipping into the transfer market in order to sign Naughton.

QPR and Leicester have recently joined the race for Naughton, but neither would pay anywhere near what Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is asking for.

First team minutes could be few and far between for Naughton after January. The return of Kyle Walker has dropped Naughton down the pecking order, and the arrival of DeAndre Yedlin will drop him even further down the pecking order. The club could be prepared to cash-in, and will settle with Eric Dier as the third choice right-back.