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WTPS: Sunday rumours

Posted on 30 December 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).

Birmingham City are the latest club to be linked with a move for midfielder Tim Sherwood.

The News Of The World's Planet Football pages say Tim is a target of new boss Steve Bruce and suggest we would look for a £2m fee. He has been linked with Southampton, West Ham, Norwich City, Wolves and Watford so far this season.

The NOTW also suggest that Fulham are ready to splash out £10m on Sergei Rebrov.

The People's Hotline gossip pages link us with Tranmere's Shaun Thornton a 'wonder kid' from Ireland who apparently wears white boots and bleaches his hair.

The same pages suggest Millwall are set to make a £1.2m move for winger Matty Etherington, who has just returned to the club after a two-month loan stint at First Division outfit Bradford City.

The Mirror link us with Jamie Redknapp while in its Chat Zone column, say we're interested in Millwall midfielder Tim Cahill. It is suggested he will cost £5m.

As far as the Sunday reports on the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa are concerned, most newsmen would have no doubt had to change the angle of their copy thanks to Juan Pablo Angel's late, late penalty equaliser.

Andrew Warshaw's report in the Sunday Telegraph reads as follows:

JUAN PABLO Angel netted a penalty with virtually the last kick of the game as Aston Villa rescued a point to prevent a third successive defeat for John Gregory's under-fire team.

Tottenham were heading for their first Premiership win at Villa Park, thanks to Les Ferdinand's first-half goal, when Darren Anderton handled Steve Stone's cross in the fourth minute of stoppage time and Angel blasted the spot-kick beyond Kasey Keller.

It was tough on the American international who had kept his team in the game with several fine saves after being given his Tottenham league debut by Glenn Hoddle in place of Neil Sullivan.

Villa and Spurs needed a confidence boost to take into the new year, having lost their previous two games either side of Christmas.

Despite being in freefall since topping the table in October, with only one win from nine outings, Villa manager John Gregory resisted the temptation to tinker with his line-up, naming the same team and substitutes who started against Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Not so Hoddle, who sprang a major surprise by omitting Sullivan. It was the first time the Scottish international had been dropped since his arrival from Wimbledon, paving the way for Keller.

The American literally grabbed his chance with both hands, saving well in the first half from Paul Merson and the dangerous Darius Vassell, who was also twice thwarted by the excellent Dean Richards as he bore down on goal.

But Villa did not have things all their own way as the visitors sprayed passes around with imagination whenever they countered. On 25 minutes, Les Ferdinand saw his header come back off a post and into the arms of Peter Schmeichel.

But 12 minutes later the Spurs striker was celebrating his 150th career goal. Anderton's pass split the Villa defence, Teddy Sheringham cleverly helped the ball on and Ferdinand's shot had just enough strength to trickle over the line off Schmeichel's outstretched body.

Sheringham's feints and flicks were a delight to watch - how Spurs will miss him when his suspension takes effect - but when the teams came out for the second half, Villa looked a far more potent force.

Richards, beaten for pace, was booked for hacking down Hassan Kachloul and when Spurs failed to clear the resultant free-kick, only a fingertip save from Keller prevented Lee Hendrie, passed fit just before kick-off, from equalising.

At last, Villa began to gain some decent possession and put together a sustained period of attacking, forcing Tottenham's back three to clear their lines repeatedly and concede a succession of corners.

Christian Ziege and Ferdinand followed Richards into the referee's notebook as Spurs strove manfully to protect their lead and Keller was forced into another fine save, this time from Steve Staunton. As Villa began to run out of ideas, another defeat loomed, only for Anderton's last-gasp lapse of con centration.