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Posted on 1 July 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 links and Tottenham talk from the Sunday tabloid press...

Sunday July 1

MAIL ON SUNDAY
Sol keeping Inter on hold

Oh no, the Mail suggests that Sol has still not made up his mind on his chosen club for next season and says he is stalling on a move to Inter Milan and will return to England to assess offers from Liverpool and Arsenal. It is now thought an announcement will be made later in the week.

The Mail also say that Darren Anderton will end months of speculation today by signing a new contract.

NEWS OF THE WORLD
Spurs back in hunt for Ziege

Schalke have back out of a move for Christian Ziege, prompting speculation that Spurs are back in pole position for his signature. A few of the papers carry snippets reporting the German club's withdrawal from the race, manager Rudi Assauer saying: "We turned down Christian Ziege on Friday in a friendly way." It is suggested that Ziege's wage demands counted Schalke out of the race.

Meanwhile, the NOTW reports that Barcelona have labelled Sol the world's most awkward footballer following protracted negotiations with the defender. An insider is quoted as saying: "Barca were prepared to pay him an awsome six-figure salary and would have allowed him flights back to London. But always there were fresh demands and Barca are not used to being messed around like that. Rivaldo didn't even give them that sort of hassle and Campbell is hardly in his league."

Walker off to Foxes
The NOTW adds that Ian Walker looks set to sign for Leicester this week in a £3m deal. Spurs are said to have agreed a fee for the 29-year-old to continue his career in the east midlands. Walks is said to be talking personal terms.

SUNDAY MIRROR
Anderton to sign new Spurs deal

Darren Anderton will fly to pre-season training camp in La Manga with the squad and sign a new deal to remain at the club, according to the Mirror. But Ian Walker is unlikely to start the season as a Spurs player as Leicester and Celtic are on his trail.

SUNDAY EXPRESS
Head start for Iversen

Steffen Iversen has been given the all-clear to resume playing again following his head injuries. He said: "My head is okay. Everything seems fine. I have been training on my own for a week. I am hopeful that I can play for Norway against Turkey in Oslo on August 15."

*Here's us keeping tabs on the tabloids, and the Guardian of all papers comes up with a Saturday splash linking us with Andriy Shevchenko! Whatever next? Page three girls in the Telegraph...

Saturday 30 June

THE MIRROR
Goran's promise

Goran Bunjevcevic assures Spurs fans that Sol will not be missed next season, our Yugoslav recruit from Red Star Belgrade said: "Of course Campbell's decision to leave was a blow, but the club have made some good signings and can really start to progress."

THE SUN
I couldn't bear to join Spurs

Chelsea signing Emmanuel Petit says he could not have joined Spurs, despite our interest, because of the rivalry between the clubs.

"Tottenham contacted me," he said. "Glenn Hoddle - who I like very much - came to see me. I called him back to tell him that I could not decently sign for Spurs, who are the sworn enemy of Arsenal. I couldn't allow myself to do that."

Friday 29 June

DAILY MAIL
Campbell U-Turn

The Mail says Liverpool have jumped back to the head of the race to sign Sol and his agent will hold talks with the Anfield outfit today. Sol is said to have set himself a Sunday deadline for making his announcement - the day his contract ends at the Lane.

THE SUN
KOP'S LATE BID FOR SOL

The Sun agrees with the Mail and says Sol's agent is travelling to the north west today, but states the other contenders have not given up hope.

DAILY EXPRESS
Arsenal losing hope on Sol

The Express report that Arsenal fear they will lose out to Barcelona or Inter Milan when Sol decides on his future destination. An insider is quoted as saying: "From the outset we have always felt we were the underdogs in the chase for Campbell. Money talks."

THE MIRROR
We've got Sol

Harry Harris gives his angle, reporting that Inter president Massimo Moratti has claimed victory in the quest for Sol's signature. Moratti claimed: "We will get Campbell. He is well liked by Cuper (new coach from Valencia) and he is ours."

The report adds that Sol is a regular shopper in Milan - and even buys his furniture in the City!

DAILY STAR
Sol will pick new club in 72 hours

The Star hedges its bets and states that a decision will be made this weekend...



Thursday 28 June

THE SUN
Spurs no to Ziege

The Sun say Spurs are ready to pull out of the chase for Christian Ziege as the Liverpool player is demanding a weekly wage of £60,000. The reports says we are not prepared to make the 29-year-old our highest paid player. German side Schalke are thought to be preparing a £4m bid.

DAILY TELEGRAPH
Arsenal put shirt on Campbell

Arsenal are said to have allocated Sol the number 23 shirt for next season. It is the shirt vacated by Nelson Vivas and the move demonstrates Arsenal's growing confidence that Sol will remain in London and sign for them.

Wednesday June 27

THE SUN
Spurs snap up Iraqi teen ace

We are reported to have signed the Premiership's first Iraqi player as Glenn is said to have swooped for teenage goalkeeper Shwan Jalai on a free from non-League Hastings Town.

Jalai, 18, born in Iraq and raised in England, impressed on a week's trial at Spurs Lodge.

THE MIRROR
Gambler Wenger raising Sol stakes

Most of the morning papers report that Arsenal are preparing a last-ditch bid to lure Sol to Highbury. It is suggested that the capture of Sol would soften the blow of the likely departure of talisman Patrick Vieira.

Tuesday June 26

DAILY STAR
Walker walks

THE MIRROR
Walker: I want out

Both papers carry quotes from Walks explaining that he would like to leave before the start of the new season.

Ian said: "Realistically I am looking to move on before the start of the season if I can, but it takes a while for things to come together sometimes. When it comes down to it I want to play - that is the main thing, and there comes a time when you have to say it's time to move on.

"I feel it is that time now, but it depends on whether a club comes in for me before I can go."

DAILY EXPRESS
Darren's sent to doc's for sicknote

The Express say Darren Anderton will undergo a medical today at a private London hospital to determine the length of new deal he will sign at the Lane. The reports says Darren is set to sign for at least another season and maybe more depending on the outcome of the medical.

A footnote on the report says that Christian Ziege will have further talks with Glenn after being told he can leave Li verpool.

Monday June 25

DAILY MAIL
Soccer snapshots

German side Schalke are said to be on the trail of Christian Ziege, a reported last-ditch attempt to snatch the Liverpool player from Glenn's clutches.

Glenn is said to be convinced that he's seen off the challenge of Celta Vigo and Valencia for the services of the German international, but Schalke, preparing for a first season in the Champions League, are thought to have topped Spurs' offer with a £4m bid.

The Mail also reports that Barcelona and Inter Milan are losing patience with Sol Campbell and his agent Sky Andrew. The two clubs have apparently now set a 24 hour deadline for him to make a decision or forget about a deal.