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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).

David Pleat suspects that it will be some time, if ever, before of the overall transfer market returns to its former buoyancy.

Similar to last close-season trading has been minimal so far - apart from the obvious and happy exception of Helder Postiga - although, according to press reports a number of deals appear to be in the Premiership pipeline.

It is a far cry from the speculation and spending frenzy of previous years and David does not envisage much of a change in the foreseeable future due to uncertainty surrounding the value of the next television rights deal.

"No, not really," pondered our director of football. "A lot of players under contract at clubs that other clubs vet are already on quite good salaries. Therefore, because of the general nervousness in the game, if a player is moving this summer he is not going to better his personal conditions that much.

"Unless you go to the lower leagues - and there are not that many players there now who could take the step up that easily.

"I think it will be a very dull transfer market with some swaps, some loans and what I would call 'creative deals'. I don't think you are going to see clubs buying big, unless they can fund it by transfer dealings themselves."

"I don't see anyone, apart from Manchester United now, going out and spending more than £20m a summer. We are in a reasonable position to take advantage, but we have to be clinical in our judgement."