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What the Papers Say - Aug 5-11

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).

Speculation, comment and transfer tittle-tattle from the daily tabloid press.

Saturday August 10

Lane legend Steve Archibald claims in today's Daily Star that our bid for Spanish star Fernando Morientes was not dead.

The Spurs striking star of the early 1980s is now a transfer advisor in Spain reckons Ronaldo coul still go to Real Madrid, opening the door for Morientes' exit.

Archibald hit back at the critics by claiming: "We know that Spurs have been in Madrid talking about Morientes and we know the price Real wants for him, which is about £15m.

"Spurs didn't just come out here for nothing, just to waste their time.

"They have made an offer and I don't believe the quotes attributed to Morientes, saying there was no way he'd leave a big club like Madrid for a small one like Tottenham, are accurate.

"Spanish players, partcularly ones like Morientes, are educated to be respectful and wouldn't come out with comments like that."

Thursday August 8

As well as reporting details from last night's lively friendly against Celtic, most of the papers carry stories about Fernando Morientes appearing to distance himself from a move to Spurs.

The Spanish striker is quoted as saying: "I am playing at Europe's greatest club so I just want to continue enjoying my football and winning trophies here.

"I am very happy playing for Madrid. I am settled in this great team and don't feel that I have anything to prove by moving away. I have no wish to go and play for Tottenham or play in London."

Glenn insists negotiations are still ongoing, read what he said last night by clicking HERE

Wednesday August 7

There are conflicting reports around today regarding the Spurs link with Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes.

The Mail says sources at Real confirm that Daniel Levy has entered into talks with Sport Director Jorge Valdano, but claims negotiations were inconclusive and that the 26-year-old striker was unimpressed.

The Star reports that talks have opened and Spurs are hoping to recruit the 'typical English centre-forward' for £10m.

Meanwhile, the Mirror says the move in 'in the balance'.

Tuesday August 6

Most of the papers run with Teddy Sheringham saying Darren Anderton should not be sacrificed in order to secure a new striker. Reports have suggested that Leeds boss Terry Venables wants to link up again with Anderton and is prepared to release striker Robbie Keane to realise that aim.

Teddy is quoted as saying this would not be a good move: "Darren could play for any of the top teams in the country. But I wouldn't let him go.

"I have a great understanding with him and love playing with him. Selling Darren to make way for a striker is the wrong move. He is probably our best player.

"There is a lot of hype about the strikers we need but we have four very capable ones. Sergei Rebrov is a very capable player. If he gets the chance and a little bit of confidence then he can come in and do a great job as well."

The Mail takes a slightly different line and says Glenn is determined to hang on to Darren when Venables comes calling this week.

A snippet in the Star says Spurs and Aston Villa are locked in a battle for South Korea striker Lee Dong Gook and both are suggested to have put their interest in writing to his club Pohang Steelers. It is written that both clubs want to sign the 23-year-old on a one-year loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Monday August 5

Not much about this morning as the papers centre on the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games and a glut of pre-season friendly reports.

Our hard-fought draw against UEFA Cup holders Feyenoord is covered, with the Mirror concentrating on the 'running battle' between Stephen Carr and Brazilian star Leonardo, which saw Carr requiring a new shirt.

The Mail and Star mention the injury suffered by Ben Thatcher at Watford on Saturday.