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Frank review

Posted on 1 February 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Sporting director Frank Arnesen gives us his review of the January transfer window.


Last night’s capture of highly-rated Republic of Ireland winger Andy Reid and England Under-21 defender and skipper Michael Dawson from Nottingham Forest made it seven arrivals in January with another player, Finnish midfielder Teemo Tainio, set for the Lane in the summer after signing a pre-contract.


Joining Michael and Andy are Mido, Mounir El Hamdaoui and Radek Cerny.


Egyptian international forward Mido arrived on an 18-month loan from Roma.


Mounir, capped at Under-21 level for Holland before recently pledging his future to Morocco, joined us from Excelsior Rotterdam.


Czech international goalkeeper Radek jetted in from Slavia Prague as cover for Paul Robinson.


Meanwhile, Iceland Under-21 international Emil Hallfredsson and Czech youngster David Limbersky’s registrations were completed at the start of the month.


With six signings secured in the last week, it’s been a hectic time for Sporting Director Frank. “It has been very lively in the last 72 hours! I will still say that 80 per cent of transfers will take place in the summer although there have been a few big transfers in this transfer window — including players coming to us here are Tottenham.


“I honestly believe that we are stronger coming out of the transfer window than we were going into it. That is the main thing, not coming out weaker but stronger.


“I have to say that we are very satisfied with how it has gone. We haven’t lost any key players and that’s important. You have to be aware of that because clubs can come in for them but our big players are happy at Tottenham. You see their comments that they want to stay and believe something is happening here, so we are delighted with that.


“We turned down a bid for Simon Davies. We always had in the back of our minds that even if nothing really happened in the transfer window, it would be like two new signings with Simon and Sean Davis both coming back. It was great to see Simon back at West Brom, he’s been out for a long time, Martin showed trust to play him straight away and he knows we care about him here.”


The only departures in January were Kasey Keller and young striker Eddie Siva Sousa.


“Eddie Silva Sousa has gone to Den Haag. He wants to play and we had an agreement where we said he could come here for a year and see how it went. He’s taken the decision, he’s happy to go and I think Tottenham has helped him as well. He’s played for our second team here and now he’s going to the highest level in Holland. He did as well as he could do here but the competition is tough.


“In summary, I’m very pleased where we are after the transfer window. I believe the club is going forward.”


FRANK ON THE NEW RECRUITS:


Mido: "Everybody knows we were looking for a young striker to fit into our plans and fortunately he has agreed to come to Tottenham for 18 months. Many clubs like him and this is normal, he is a big lad, left footed and has a lot of experience even though he is only 21.”


Mounir El Hamdaoui: “He is young but he’s already played at the highest level in Holland with Excelsior. He is one for the future, in the category of the likes of Ifil, Ziegler, Defendi and some develop quicker than others. It’s a challenge but he already has senior football under his belt.”


Radek Cerny: "With Kasey leaving we were looking for a very good keeper, who has the ambition to play, but also knows Paul Robinson is in front of him. Cerny, who we know because of the relationship with Slavia Prague, is an international player for the Czech Republic behind Petr Cech. He is 31 in February and it is the ideal situation for him and us - and he will stay here for 18 months."


Teemu Tainio (signed a pre-contract now, arrives in summer from Auxerre): “We are delighted that we have been able to secure Teemu now and do not have to wait until the summer to make the signing. We know many other top clubs were keen on him. He is a versatile midfielder who can play anywhere across the middle."


Andy Reid: "Andy is a well-known Irish international. He's a very good player and the type of player we don't have in the squad. He can play as a left winger, down the right side or just behind the striker so his arrival complements the squad. He's a good footballer with a useful left foot and a technical player who can read the game well.”


Michael Dawson: "Michael is a great prospect, has captained England Under-21s and outside his obvious playing talents, has a leadership quality in his personality.”