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Spurs Transfers: 5 Deadline Day Signings Andre Villas-Boas Could Make

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It’s finally happened. The move we all expected has come to fruition and, in a deal that will surprise nobody, Real Madrid have at last landed Gareth Bale for a world-transfer-record fee.

Losing their top goalscorer for last season was always going to come as a blow to Spurs and their fans but, just as Manchester United had to in 2009 following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, the Londoners have to move on.

And that they have done, as manager Andre Villas-Boas pushed his summer spending past the 100 million barrier last week by landing seven new stars.

Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, tienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela have all made the move to White Hart Lane so far, as the Lilywhites prepare for life without Bale.

A life which started yesterday afternoon with a 1-0 defeat to north London rivals Arsenal, yet still one that shows plenty of signs of recovery over the next few years.

Soldado was the fifth-highest goal-scorer in La Liga last season. Christian Eriksen is considered one of the brightest young prospects in European football.

There is plenty to smile about even if things do feel a bit glum for Spurs supporters this afternoon, having watched Bale paraded in front of the Spanish press earlier.

And there could be plenty more to smile about, too. With just over 6 hours left of the transfer window, here, we look at 5 more new signings who could arrive on deadline day.

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Spurs: AVB Confirms Gareth Bale To Miss Crystal Palace Opener

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Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale is set to miss the Premier League opener against Crystal Palace amid ongoing speculation about his future, according to Sky Sports News.

The 24-year-old has sat out the majority of Spurs’s pre-season campaign with buttock and foot problems and wasn’t involved in the recent games against Brentford and Swindon.

He also sat out Wales’s 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland yesterday.

Bale will remain with his Welsh teammates this week before returning to Tottenham ahead of the Premier League opener against Palace at the weekend, though according to manager Andre Villas-Boas is not expected to take part.

When asked if the midfielder would play a part in the game against Ian Holloway’s side, Villas-Boas replied:

“No, because he has been out injured most of pre-season.”

Rumours over Bale’s future continue to swirl with the Welshman continuing to be linked with a world-record-transfer move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been making efforts to distance himself from the speculation, saying recently that Bale “is not in his plans”.

But news that Bale could be set for a 100 million move to the Bernabeu continues to intensify and you have to wonder if the double PFA Player of the Year has already played for Tottenham for the final time.

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Fulham vs Spurs – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

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Date: Wednesday, December 4th Venue: Craven Cottage Kick-off: 19:45

Match Preview

Martin Jol was deprived the chance to get things back on track for Fulham against his former club this week, and instead the task falls to Rene Meulensteen – that chap who was sat next to Alex Ferguson for past couple of years. The fact Fergie rated him highly enough to make him his first team couch is credit enough for his coaching skills. Whether he can front a Premiere League club will be put to the test as his Fulham enter into the grueling Christmas fixtures. They have won just four of their last 21 watches and collected just four points from their last ten.

AVB and his goal-shy and leaky Spurs side have equally as many questions to answer, and this may or may not prove to be the best match for them to truly show their credentials. While they are just three points outside of the top four, the fact they received such a drubbing from City ten days ago and the form of their neighbors has brought their early season promise into doubt.

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Spurns trounced Fulham in the corresponding fixture last season 0-3, but Fulham walked away with the three points when they visited the Lane at the end of last season and snatched a hard fought 0-1.

Both teams go into this with much to prove. For Fulham, they’ve lost their last five successive matches, and are quickly in danger of going into Christmas at the root of the table. Meanwhile, Spurs form is nowhere near what the fans expected it would be after a promising if not awe-inspiring start. Despite the point against United, the drubbing received from the other Manchester outfit will still be on the tip of their tongues.

Team News

Don’t expect wholesale changes from Fulham; Meulensteen has been influencing their play since the start of the campaign. They will still be without other former spurs man Dimitar Berbatov, so Darren Bent is likely to continue his loan spell from Villa as a lone striker for the Cottagers.

The big question surrounding the Spurs’ line up will be whether AVB decides to stand by his goal-shy 26-million pound penalty taker Roberto Soldado or go with Jermaine Defoe who has been prolific in the Uefa Cup. Andros Townsend also looks likely to get a start after missing out on the weekend.

Likely Line-Ups

Fulham: Stekelenburg; Hughes, Senderos, Amorebieta, Richardson; Sidwell, Parker, Kasami; Duff, Bent, Ruiz

Spurs: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Vertonghen; Sandro, Paulinho; Townsend, Sigurdsson, Lennon; Soldado

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Spurs Transfer News: Jermain Defoe Could Join Toronto FC?

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Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has been offered a huge 5 million-a-year offer to move to Canadian club Toronto FC in the New Year, according to the Mirror.

The MLS outfit have put a stunning package – including a 90,000-a-week salary – on the table for the England international in a bid to pry him away from White Hart Lane.

They face competition from Queens Park Rangers, however, whose boss Harry Redknapp wants to be reunited with the 31-year-old following their time together at Spurs and Portsmouth.

Redknapp sees Defoe as the ideal player to spearhead his side’s Championship promotion push back into the Premier League following relegation from the topflight last season.

The forward has scored eight goals from his 13 appearances so far this term but is behind Roberto Soldado in the pecking order.

Defoe is also set to fall out of contention for first team places further still with news that Emmanuel Adebayor is set to be reintegrated into the starting XI.

The reintroduction of the 29-year-old to the first-team set-up is set to further limit Defoe’s opportunities, and he will seriously consider a move away to gain more regular playing time in a World Cup Year.

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Spurs 1-1 Chelsea: 5 Things We Learned

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Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea played out an entertaining and feisty affair at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon, as old friends Andre Villas-Boas’ and Jose Mourinho’s sides shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

It was Spurs who took the lead in the 19th minute, when Christian Eriksen broke free and found Roberto Soldado who, in turn, found Gylfi Sigurdsson – the Icelandic midfielder battled his way through to score his third Premier League goal of the season.

Chelsea equalised in the second half when, in the 65th minute, Juan Mata – on as a substitute – curled a free kick in to the box, which John Terry met with a glancing header which left Hugo Lloris standing.

Fernando Torres was sent off in the 81st minute for a second bookable offence, but Chelsea held out for the draw which, in the end, was a fair reflection of the match.

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5 Reasons Spurs Fans Should Put Their Trust in AVB

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The jury is still out on Andr Villas-Boas for Spurs fans and the football media alike. While some think he is undoubtedly the man to push the club forward, others are less convinced.

In some of the more malevolent cases (i.e. that of the majority of the tabloid press), there has been a witch hunt targeting AVB ever since his appointment as Tottenham manager, as there is with every manager who has any highlightable or exploitable characteristic – in this case it’s AVB’s age.

A lot has been made of the fact that a striker wasn’t brought in during the recent transfer window. To be brutally honest, as a Spurs fan, I would have preferred it if we had purchased a world class target man, but it’s not the end of the world. We still have Emmanuel Adebayor (whose return from the African Nations Cup is imminent), Clint Dempsey and several youngster who are capable of doing a job, and the likes of Gareth Bale playing as emergency striker would hardly be the end of the world. Jermain Defoe’s injury isn’t exactly long-term either. And it’s not as if Tottenham didn’t sign anyone in the summer. Vertonghen, Dembele, Adebayor, Lloris, Dempsey et al – these were only brought in a matter of months ago. You would think we’d never spent a penny on anyone the way some fans talk about us.

In a nutshell, I am one of those who thinks AVB is the man for the job and here are five reasons why:

5. His Age

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A bit contradictory, considering what I said in the opening paragraphs, right? But hear me out.

I feel that that AVB’s relatively young age of 35 is purely and simply testament to his fantastic ability as a football manager, and not something that should be seen as a disadvantage.

The man’s CV boasts a list of fantastic achievements that many managers would give their right arm to have accomplished, and to have achieved them at such a young age (and in such a short period of time at Porto) is nothing short of extraordinary.

When AVB took the reins at FC Porto, he was 32 years old. Just over a year later, he had won the Portuguese Supercup, the Primeira Liga title (completing the season unbeaten, nonetheless), the Portuguese Cup and the UEFA Cup (becoming the youngest manager to do so at the age of 33 years and 213 days). How many managers can lay claim to having won such a prestigious list of titles at all, let alone in one season, and let alone at such a young age. The answer is that you’ll be hard-pressed to find any, because there aren’t any.

Ferguson? No. Mourinho? No. Guardiola? No. Dalglish? No. None of those men were as young as 33 when they started their management careers, let alone when they won their first major trophy although Dalglish comes pretty close). The fact is, AVB is ahead of the game and if he goes on to emulating 50% of what any of those guys achieved in his time at Spurs, he’ll be a success.

People will say that his time at Chelsea tarnished his past achievements, but the fact is he wasn’t given a chance.

Roman Abramovich is an impatient whip-cracker who saw it fit to sack Roberto Di Matteo just months after winning the Champions League and to let Jos Mourinho leave despite bringing the kind of success to Chelsea that had, frankly, never been seen before. So to judge AVB on the short amount of time he was given at Stamford Bridge would be categorically wrong.

Bearing in mind what AVB has already achieved at such a young age, the potential he has is unquestionable and unrivalled. Tottenham should thank their lucky stars that they have one of the brightest young prospects in world football management at the helm, because he can only improve and that means big things could be on the way.

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