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Posted on 22 June 2001  - 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).

Transfer teasers, tittle-tattle and all things Tottenham from the morning tabloid press...


Southgate and Ziege poised to join Hoddle revolution

The Mail says Glenn is closing in on a £11m double swoop for Aston Villa's Gareth Southgate and Liverpool's Christian Ziege.

The paper claims a £6m deal for Southgate could be completed within the next few days, while Glenn hopes to reach a compromise over the £5m asking price for Ziege when Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier returns from holiday.

The Mail also reports that Arsenal are convinced Sol Campbell will not be joining them and that the big defender is heading to Barcelona on a £200,000-a-week deal.


You're Juan Hod wants

Glenn is reported to be stepping up his interest in Spanish full-back Juanfran.

He is said to have sent a high-level scout to watch the Celta Vigo player against Barcelona in a Spanish Cup clash today. The Sun sugests that Juanfran, 24, is now a target as the Christian Ziege move is stalling and Spurs consider £5m too much for a near 30-year-old.

David Dein has given Sol a July 5 deadline to reach a decision on joining Arsenal. The Highbury vice-chairman says they will look elsewhere if Sol does not make up his mind. Reports say joining the Highbury out fit would cost Sol £25m in wages by not taking the foreign club option.

Dein said: We'd like his decision to have been made by July, when we start training, because otherwise, we'll have other fish to fry. But we're still hoping he will stay this side of the Channel and that it can be Dover Sol!"


Spurs will net Ziege

Hoddle ready to grab Ziege with £5m bid

Snippets in both papers say Glenn will land the unsettled Liverpool defender for £5m when the German returns from holiday next week. The boss is said to have beaten off competition from both Valencia and Celta Vigo.

Meanwhile, the Sol saga drags on, although only one paper makes reference to it - The Mail stating that Sol will net a £50m five-year contract from Barcelona if he agrees to sign within the next 48 hours.


Hoddle eyes up swoop for Litos

Glenn is again linked with a £3m bid for Portuguese defender Carlos Manuel Litos. The Boavista centre-half is said to have impressed our scouts during his recent international debut against the Republic of Ireland.

Sol set for rough ride

George Graham warns Sol that he'll face flak from both Spurs and Arsenal fans if he takes his services across to Highbury.

George said: "I knew when I came to Spurs that I had to be successful - that was the only way that the fans, the hardcore, were going to support me. I think Sol would find it difficult. I think he'd get a lot of criticism from both sets of fans if he went to Highbury.

"I can assure you thqat Spurs, when I was there, tried to get Sol round the table on numerous occasions, but he just wasn't interested."

Meanwhile, other papers carry reports on which club will be Sol's final destination and they are divided between Barcelona and Inter Milan.


Now Barca target Carr

'Exclusive' say the Express! Stephen Carr is reported to have been in Barcelona with Sol Campbell last night to watch the Catalans clinch a Champions League place.

He is said to have met Steve Archibald, who apparently is acting as a link between the clubs for the transfer of Sol (who is a free agent, so why would he need a link?) and the report says Barca might also fancy Carr. The plot thickens, as the story also says Chris Hughton was at the meeting. Of course, Chris could well have been watching Pepe Guardiola - available on a free - or simply having a busman's holiday.

Spurs in new fight for Ziege

Spanish sides Valencia and Celta Vigo are ready to join the race for Christian Ziege. The German's departure from Liverpool seems inevitable, with Gerard Houllier closing in on Norwegian John Arne Riise from Monaco, and the Merseysiders are said to be waiting for a club to match their £5m valuation.