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Posted on 1 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).

All the reports, tales and transfer teasers from the national popular prints.


Come play with me

Rebrov: I'm with Spurs

Rebrov not off

Spurs had Sol on the cheap

Keown: Come and join us

Rebrov's promise

Houllier ready to pounce for Poyet

Sugar shaker

Martin Keown suggests that Sol Campbell should consider a north London switch and transfer his services from Tottenham to Arsenal. The England veteran acknowledges that himself and Tony Adams will have to be replaced and claims a neighbourhood swap would not be such a big issue.

"It's been done before," said Keown. "Willie Young and Pat Jennings came across to us and did exceptionally well, so I don't see any reason why not." Regarding Sol's financial demands, Keown added: "The club would not put up more money than they could afford."

Rumoured Spurs target Gustavo Poyet is reported to be a shock addition to Gerard Houllier's Liverpool shopping list. A report in the Mirror suggest that Houllier sees the free-scoring midfielder do a similar inspirational job to Gary McAllister.

Most of the papers pick up on our article on Sergei Rebrov from Thursday, in which the pocket dynamo tells us from the Ukraine how much he is looking forward to next season and playing with Teddy Sheringham.

The back page splash in the Daily Mail is former chairman Sir Alan Sugar letting Darren Anderton know, in no uncertain terms, that he should stop trying to 'join the bandwagon of the Sol Campbell saga' and show loyalty to the club.


Hod's 2.5m Poyet swoop

Hoddle puts ENIC on spot over Poyet
Spurs have been strongly linked with a 2.5m move for Chelsea's transfer-listed Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet. Glenn is reported to have sought the green light from the board to bid for the 33-year-old attacking midfielder and both papers suggest he will get the go-ahead. The player has also been linked with a switch to Watford, where he would team up with his former manager Gianluca Vialli.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star claims that Ramon Vega will quit Celtic to return south and join Vialli at Vicarage Road. Ramon enjoyed a tremendously successful time at Parkhead, playing a big part in securing the treble. Celtic took over his contract from Spurs and the Swiss international is a free agent this summer.


Wenger: We can't afford you, Sol

Wenger pay rap for Sol

One out all out

Tigana bid to nab Ziege

Anderton warns he could follow Sol out of Spurs door

Hoddle ups the stakes for Jeffers

Sol Campbell has apparently priced himself out of a controversial switch to Arsenal. The neighbours were linked with a move for the out-of-contract skipper, but manager Arsene Wenger has now distanced himself from the bidding, while warning of the dangers of huge wage demands.

"I want to sign big players," said Wenger. "But that does not necessarily mean they have to be big names. You have to be sensible in buying players and respect the structure of the club."

Meanwhile, Darren Anderton has had his say on Sol's departure. He told his personal website: "I'm bitterly disappointed by Sol's decision. He is one of the top defenders in the world and the club are just letting him walk away.

"I am also out-of-contract and it makes me question my future. The club knew his contract was up and they should have sorted it out much earlier, maybe even a year or two before now."

The Sun describes Sol's leaving as 'Crisis at Spurs' and goes even further by predicting a an exodus, naming Darren and Sergei Rebrov as the next to leave. The bulk of the story is made up of Darren's website quotes, but the soaraway Sun throws Sergei in for good measure.

They claim the Ukrainian bitterly regrets not joining countryman Andriy Shevchanko at AC Milan and hopes the club will let him go if they recoup the £11m invested in the striker. There is no quotes from Sergei and a big wooden spoon could be at work here...

The Sun also reports that Jean Tigana is ready to move for supposed Spurs target Christian Ziege. Glenn is said to have had a £3.5m bid rejected by Liverpool for the German wing-back and Tigana is tipped to swoop with a higher offer for the unsettled star who made just 11 appearances for the Anfield treble winners last term.

The Express link us with a move for Everton's left-sided defender Michael Ball should the Ziege quest come to nothing, and also to Francis Jeffers, who is being made available after rejecting the offer of a new contract. Both players have many admirers.


Sol Campbell is a greedy Mr Average, Spurs are better off without him
Ex-Spurs favourite Jimmy Greaves give his take on the Sol Campbell saga, saying he was at a 1961 reunion last week and looked around and pondered what that side would have achieved today. "Another double".

Jimmy added that he feels Sol would not have even made it onto the bench with that side and that the departing skipper has stood still as a player since France 98.

"He is not a match winner," said Jimmy. "He is a defender and not the best at that. Yet Tottenham were prepared to make him the highest-paid player in their history.

"They were going to give Sol Campbell £80,000-a-week but, according to the club, he wanted £130,000. Can you believe it? Who on earth does he think he is?

Agent slams £20m claim
Sol's agent Sky Andrew says the departing skipper did not make huge wage claims, saying: "We will not reveal details but Sol did not make those demands."

A True Freund
Steffen Freund supports Sol's decision to leave, understanding his desireto test himself in Europe. "I can understand Sol's decision - I had a feeling he was leaving," said Steffen.

For the last three or four years he has been our best player, but I can see why he would like to play for a club who are in Europe. Tottenham are not strong enough. We are in the middle of the table and he has had a lot of offers from big clubs."

UEFA: Stop wage madness
Sol Campbell's wage row with the club has put wage-capping back on the agenda. UEFA fear that the fast-approaching £100,000-a-week wage packet will bankrupt football.

UEFA spokesman Mike Lee said: "It can take various forms, but some sort of squad salary cap may be the most sensible option. We recognise that spiralling wages are making life difficult for many clubs, so football may benefit from a debate about the issue of salry capping.

"Unless we are alive to these issues then inevitably, in due course, the bubble will burst. The consequences of that for a large number of professional clubs could be severe."

Liverpool move in for moneybags Campbell

Houl to Kop Sol 'n Kirk
The two papers make Liverpool favourites to capture Sol's signature, the Star claiming that a £7m signing-on fee would enable the Anfield outfit to keep Sol's package within their financial structure.



Real plan Sol snatch

Spurs in £5m bid for Southgate

A solly saga

The Sun's back page screams that Real Madrid are ready to snatch Sol Campbell from Arsenal and Barcelona and that we are lining up a £5m bid for Villa's England defender Gareth Southgate. It takes a look at the club and Sol's thoughts on his departure inside.


Spurs head south

Campbell wanted £7m a year

The Express also claim that we're after Gareth Southgate.


Spurs fury at Sol demands

Now single Sol is spoilt for choice


Sol down the river


Wage demands infuriate Spurs

Most wanted footballer in the world

All three papers look at what the club had to say on Sol's exit while the Mail and Mirror look at where he goes from here.