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What the Papers Say - Aug 19-25

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).

Comment, transfer tittle-tattle and news on all things Spurs from the tabloid press.

Sunday August 24

The News of the World's Planet Football pages have four Spurs stories. The first says Manchester United are checking out midfielder Simon Davies, the second is United-based again, this time that the Old Trafford side are looking at Neil Sullivan as cover for Fabien Barthez, the third suggests Middlesbrough are trying to lure Malcolm Christie to Teeside because Alen Boksic is our latest target and the fourth reports that Christian Ziege has pledged to hand out thousands of pounds to help after Germany was hit by floods last week.

The People suggest we're looking at Christie.

The Mirror's Chat Zone column has a transfer deadline special and lists Fernando Morientes and Michael Ricketts as our possible targets and Steffen Iversen, Tim Sherwood and Sergei Rebrov as possible departures.

Joe Melling's column in the Mail on Sunday suggests Portsmouth have pulled out of a possible move for Tim Sherwood.

Saturday August 23

The Sun, Mirror and Express report Glenn Hoddle's thoughts on Jamie Redknapp and the Star run the manager's view on Graham Taylor from Thursday's press conference.

Former Arsenal striker and now Daily Telegraph columnist Alan Smith writes a piece on the crop of youngsters at the club.

Friday August 22

More speculation as the Express, Star and Guardian all suggest that Lazio's Argentinian international striker Hernan Crespo is a transfer target.

Meanwhile, the Sun and Mirror give an update on Fernando Morientes from Glenn Hoddle's press conference on Thursday.

Thursday August 21

Fernando Morientes still dominates the Spurs headlines as the Express says we are 'closing in' on the Spanish striker and the Mirror suggests we've made our four and final bid for him.

The Star runs s piece quoting summer capture Jonathan Blondel stating that he turned down Manchester United to come to the Lane.

Wednesday August 21

The Mail and Star go big on Spurs today, with the Mail linking us with a loan move for South African striker Benni McCarthy.

The Celta Vigo player, who spent last season on loan at Porto, is said to be keen to leave the Spanish outfit and the report suggests that a 12-month loan with a view to a £5.5m transfer could be on the cards.

The report adds that Enrico Chiesa remains on Glenn's wanted list and that, as reported here on Tuesday, Diego Bortolozzo has signed for the club.

Meanwhile, it is reported that Steffen Iversen has withdrawn from the Norway squad and returned home to Trondheim after his younger brother was seriously injured in a car crash.

The Star leads with our news that Gus Poyet could return in 4-6 weeks and add that the club are in negotiations with Real Madrid over a renewed attempt to land Fernando Morientes.

It is suggested that Morientes has had a change of heart over the move.

Finally, the Star says Tim Sherwood is heading to Portsmouth with Harry Redknapp lining up a £1m move for the midfielder.

Redknapp is quoted as saying: "I like Tim Sherwood a lot. He is a class player and he'd do a great job. Tottenham want to sell him so I think he would come down here."

Tuesday August 20

Some of the morning tabloids report that Stockport County's Rob Clare has snubbed a switch to the Lane.

The reports suggest that the 19-year-old would rather remain in County's first team than attempt to emerge from our reserve ranks. Manager Carlton Palmer is said to have rejected a £500,000 bid.

"I'd rather play games for Stockport than turn out for the youth team at some Premiership club,"Clare is quoted as saying.

Palmer added: "The chairman has told me I don't need to sell any of my young players. I am under no pressure to sell Rob."

The Star suggests Spurs have turned down bids of around £1m from Southampton and Charlton for the signature of Matthew Etherington.