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What The Papers Say: Aug 26-Sep 1

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 daily tabloid press.

Sunday September 1

No transfer rumours for the first time in ages! The arrival of Robbie Keane, pictured in most papers with his Spurs shirt before Saturday's win, dominates the Spurs headlines alongside match reports from the win against Southampton that took us to the top of the Premiership.

Nevertheless, the People say that we tried to but Fernando Morientes over seven years with Real Madrid's sporting director quoted: "We are not talking about them buying a washine machine -we are talking about a world class footballer."

The majority of papers run David Pleat hitting back at criticism from Real, Bolton and Chelsea - you can read that response from our director of football by clicking here.

Meanwhile, the Independet on Sunday runs a feature praising Simon Davies ahead of Wales' opening Euro 2004 qualifier in Finland.

Saturday August 30

Robbie Keane all the way with various angles from all the newspapers including the Express digging up the so-called spat over the striker between Glenn Hoddle and David Pleat and both the Star and Daily Telegraph suggesting we paid less than Leeds wanted, the Times and Independent say we knocked the Yorkshire outfit down £2m.

Friday August 29

Both the Guardian and Independent report that Glenn Hoddle could make a double swoop as the transfer window reaches closing point. Both papers says deals for Fernando Morientes and Robbie Keane are on with Derby's Malcolm Christie also waiting in the wings.

Meanwhile, Ken Bates has a go at the club for reported £8m bids for Eidur Gudjonsen, as reported in the Sun and Express.

Thursday August 28

Steve Curry reasons in the Mail that Tottenham potential transfer business has been stalled by events at Lazio. The Italians have had all transactions suspended by FIFA which has, in turn, affected Glenn's bid to sign Fernando Morientes, suggests Curry.

The apparent key to Real Madrid releasing Morientes was their desire to land Ronaldo from Inter Milan, which was not realised. Real's attentions then turned to Hernan Crespo and the report says this would have increased the chances of Morientes arriving at WHL. The transfer freeze on Lazio reportedly reduces the chances of this.

Curry also says that Spurs should land Robbie Keane from Leeds today in a deal that would see Darren Anderton heading in the opposite direction plus a cash adjustment. He adds that Leeds might reduce their demands if Mauricio Taricco is thrown into the mix.

The Mirror suggests that Glenn can sign a new striker, but a deal must be financed by instalments, while the papers carry the news that Qu Bo has been refused a work permit to join Spurs.

Meanwhile, Chris Armstrong has joined Bolton but it is expected to be two months before the striker is match sharp.

Wednesday August 27

All the papers report on our fine win over Charlton at the Valley on Tuesday evening and most tie their reports up with the fact that transfer deadline day is looming.

The Mail says Robbie Keane is on his way to Spurs after Terry Venables reportedly said he could leave Elland Road. The Mirror claims Glenn is osing his battle to recruit a striker before the weekend deadline, while the Star claims Manchester United are set to hijack a supposed Spurs bid for Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen with a bid of their own.

Tuesday August 27

This morning sees another round of rumours on the striker front as Glenn seeks to recruit a forward before the transfer deadline comes into place on Saturday.

The Mail says that Leeds' Robbie Keane is back in the reckoning after 'sources in Madrid and Rome' indicate that Spurs are backing away from deals involving Fernando Morientes and Hernan Crespo of Real Madrid and Lazio respectively.

The report adds that Glenn remains keen on the Spaniard and will make one final attempt to persuade the board to sanction a bid.

The Mirror suggests that Glenn is trying to salvage his bid for Morientes and claims that the player's agent Gimes Carvagal was in London yesterday for talks with Daniel Levy. The Mirror also makes a link with Keane.

A back page 'exclusive' in the Star says Spurs last night launched a dramatic bid to sign Crespo on a one-year loan deal.

All the papers carry the news that Neil Sullivan has suffered a broken thumb.

Monday August 26

The Sun and Star go big on the latest striker to be linked with a move to the Lane. This time it's Chelsea's Eidur Gudjohnsen with a deal that appears dependent on Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink's rumoured move to Barcelona going ahead. Both papers lead on the back page with the story, valueing the Iceland star at £7-8m.

Elsewhere it's match reports all the way with match winner Jamie Redknapp headlining and quoted in most papers.

Jamie talks about the debt he owes USA surgeon Richard Steadman.

Here are his quotes as reported by the Mirror's John Cross: "He did a great job. I thank him for everything he's done for me because without him I wouldn't be playing any more.

"I think Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and a few others would say the same, although all of my injuries seemed to be big ones so he's probably done more for me than most. I owe him so much.

"I had some really low times but it makes you enjoy these times even more. I don't have to go back to see Dr Steadman again, but maybe I will in ten years' time so he can give me a new knee!

"I've had injuries which have not been anything like straightforward for me. I've had knee problems and ankle problems and they have all seemed to be long-term.

"But when you play in front of 35,000 you can't go out thinking: 'How's my knee today?' You have to still throw yourself into tackles, get stuck in and be the player you want to be. You can't hold back at all."