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Ajax keen to take Ryan Sessegnon on loan from Tottenham

fre, 07/08/2020 - 16:25
  • José Mourinho deciding whether to let 20-year-old leave
  • Fulham also interested but getting Oliver Skipp more likely

Ajax are interested in signing Ryan Sessegnon on loan if Tottenham make the 20-year-old available.

The Dutch champions are searching for attacking reinforcements and admire Sessegnon, who has found opportunities hard to come by since leaving Fulham for £25m last summer. He has made 12 appearances for Spurs and José Mourinho is considering whether the winger, who can also play at left-back, would benefit from regular football elsewhere.

Related: Chelsea weighing up Rennes offer to take Fikayo Tomori on loan

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Racism in Britain: the time for denial is over | Letters

ons, 05/08/2020 - 18:30

Readers respond to an interview with the footballer Danny Rose in which he recounted the racism he has suffered, and to the Guardian’s Young, British and Black interviews with 50 of those behind the UK’s anti-racism protests in recent months

In the context of Black Lives Matter, I have read little that is more shameful and quietly eloquent than your interview with Danny Rose (Tottenham’s Danny Rose tired of police stopping him to ask if car is stolen, 3 August). Danny is right: nothing will change, because sexism and racism seem so ingrained in some institutions as to be hardly worthy of notice. After all, institutional racism does not exist in the Metropolitan police according to its commissioner, Cressida Dick, nor elsewhere according to some government advisers.

Let us imagine that Harry Kane, say, was stopped, searched and breathalysed, with no proper cause, or questioned on the propriety of his sitting in a first-class carriage – it would be front-page news and the commentariat would be up in arms.

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Tottenham agree £15m fee for Southampton's Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

tir, 04/08/2020 - 21:30
  • Denmark midfielder set to to join Spurs
  • Walker-Peters heading to Southampton

Tottenham have moved closer to completing the signing of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg from Southampton after agreeing to pay £15m for the Denmark international.

Højbjerg, who has one year to run on his Southampton contract, was also the subject of a bid from Everton but it is understood that the former Bayern Munich midfielder has chosen to move to north London to play under José Mourinho. Højbjerg is now expected to agree personal terms and sign a contract with Spurs in the coming days.

Related: Ferran Torres completes move to Manchester City from Valencia

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Tottenham's Danny Rose tired of police stopping him to ask if car is stolen

man, 03/08/2020 - 20:28
  • England player opens up on experiences off the pitch
  • ‘I just give up with hoping that things will change’

Danny Rose has said he is regularly stopped by police in his car and questioned in various scenarios that would not happen if he were a white man as he detailed his anger and exasperation at racism in the UK.

The Doncaster-born Tottenham defender, who has spent the second half of the season on loan at Newcastle, has been racially abused on the field, most recently when playing for England in Montenegro in March 2019. He had suffered similarly on England under-21 duty in Serbia in October 2012 and in the wake of the incident in Montenegro said he could not wait to walk away from the game because he was so disgusted by the racism that blights it – and the authorities’ response to it.

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Milan contact Tottenham over Aurier as Rose admits he would love to stay

man, 03/08/2020 - 18:43
  • Ivory Coast defender could be allowed to leave
  • Rose has been on loan at Newcastle and Spurs open to selling

Tottenham have been contacted by Milan over a potential transfer for Serge Aurier, although Spurs must find a replacement first before they can sell the Ivory Coast international. Aurier has been a regular starter under José Mourinho having been signed by his predecessor, Mauricio Pochettino, from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.

Despite making 33 appearances in the Premier League this season, the 27-year-old who has two years of his contract remaining is likely to be allowed to leave for around £20m.

Related: Tottenham's Danny Rose tired of police stopping him to ask if car is stolen

Related: Premier League 2019-20 fans’ verdicts, part two: Manchester City to Wolves

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Football transfer rumours: Watford captain Troy Deeney to Tottenham?

man, 03/08/2020 - 10:01

Strap in for some speculation as the Rumour Mill returns

Cranking into long overdue activity once again after months of eerie silence, the Rumour Mill resumes business with intriguing speculation that Troy Deeney has piqued interest at White Hart Lane. After Watford’s relegation to the Championship, the long-serving captain hinted that his association with the club might have reached its conclusion and over the weekend it was suggested that he could be brought to White Hart Lane to act as back-up for Harry Kane. With one year left on his contract at Watford, it is reported an initial loan move for the 32-year-old has been discussed, with a view to a more permanent deal depending on how often he gets on the end of long balls booted in his general direction from the back by Toby Alderweireld.

Related: Chelsea deserve delayed start to new season, claims Frank Lampard

Related: Silk and steel: how Thomas Frank gave Brentford reason to dream big | Ben Fisher

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Premier League 2019-20 fans’ verdicts, part two: Manchester City to Wolves

søn, 02/08/2020 - 09:00

Fans review the season, and set out their transfer wishlists
Part one: Arsenal to Liverpool

A strange season. Whether it’s judged as a success or not will depend on the Champions League. Winning the Carabao Cup again was great, but nine league losses is unforgivable for this City team, and the less said about the FA Cup semi the better. The decision not to sign a replacement for Kompany last summer was a huge error: the club needs to get the squad composition right for next season. Pep didn’t get much wrong, but could have blooded García and Foden earlier in the season.

Related: Premier League 2019-20 fans’ verdicts, part one: Arsenal to Liverpool

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Tottenham open talks with Inter over Tanguy Ndombele sale for reduced fee

fre, 31/07/2020 - 00:09
  • Spurs want £45m for France midfielder
  • Tottenham monitoring Ivan Perisic’s situation

Tottenham are in talks with Internazionale over a deal to sell Tanguy Ndombele for a reduced fee less than 13 months after he became the club’s record signing for £55m.

Related: Newcastle have had a narrow escape and may realise that in the fullness of time | Jonathan Liew

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The 1985 English Super Cup – podcast

ons, 29/07/2020 - 06:00

The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet.

In this episode: after English clubs were banned from Europe in 1985, the Football League created a consolation competition for them.

Read the text version here.

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Premier League 2019-20 season review: our writers’ best and worst

tir, 28/07/2020 - 13:00

The best players, greatest games and notable signings – plus those that didn’t work out, and what needs to change

Ed Aarons: The performances of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mané and Jordan Henderson were crucial for a brilliant Liverpool team that left Manchester City floundering in their wake but Virgil van Dijk held it all together. An inspirational leader in a team inspired by their manager’s vision.

Related: Premier League 2019-20 review: goals of the season

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Jan Vertonghen heads for Tottenham exit, Ledley King joins backroom team

man, 27/07/2020 - 01:21
  • Defender has not been offered new deal by José Mourinho
  • Roy Hodgson pessimistic over hopes of keeping Wilfried Zaha

Jan Vertonghen is set to leave Tottenham after his teammates paid emotional tributes following the final game of the season at Crystal Palace.

The Belgium defender has not been offered a new deal and will leave after eight years service during which he made more than 300 appearances and was one of the most reliable centre-backs in the Premier League. The goalkeeper Michel Vorm is also departing with the club set to confirm their exits on Monday.

Related: Tottenham secure Europa League qualification with draw at Crystal Palace

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Tottenham secure Europa League qualification with draw at Crystal Palace

søn, 26/07/2020 - 19:12

It was time for one of those special José moments, where the glowering disappears for just a second and he pays himself a compliment: “Arriving 14th and finishing sixth is not bad at all,” he said. “I’m quite happy to be in the Europa League.”

Tottenham Hotspur took a point from Crystal Palace and secured European football for next season by the narrowest of margins, edging out Wolves on goal difference. It may not quite be finishing second with the 20-times champions, but in terms of achieving success without actually winning something, this was a moment worth noting for Mourinho.

Related: Manchester United reach Champions League after Fernandes sinks Leicester

Related: Mount and Giroud sink Wolves and seal fourth place for Chelsea

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Eric Dier says abuse from supporters must be taken more seriously

lør, 25/07/2020 - 23:30
  • Spurs defender was banned after confronting fan in crowd
  • ‘It’s a massive problem – there needs to be more repercussions’

Eric Dier has described the abuse footballers must endure from fans as a “massive problem” and he wants the authorities to treat it more seriously and hand out greater punishments to offenders.

The Tottenham player put himself at the centre of a storm in March when he went into the crowd after his club’s FA Cup penalty shootout loss at home to Norwich to confront a supporter who had hurled obscenities at him. The 26-year-old’s youngest brother, Patrick, had become embroiled in an altercation with the fan, which prompted Dier to take action.

Related: After Eric Dier snapped, let's turn the spotlight on the abusers too

Related: José Mourinho defends record with Tottenham 'going in right direction'

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The fight for the Europa League: What Wolves, Tottenham and Arsenal need

lør, 25/07/2020 - 17:00

Two clubs go into the final day vying for Europe via the league, while the other can spoil the party by winning the FA Cup

Sunday’s fixture Chelsea (A) What they need A win if Spurs win or draw

Related: The Premier League's overachievers, underachievers and those on par | Paul Wilson

Related: Relegation zone: What Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth need to do

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The Premier League's overachievers, underachievers and those on par | Paul Wilson

lør, 25/07/2020 - 13:00

Liverpool’s ruthless consistency and Sheffield United’s ability to adapt exceeded expectations, but Arsenal and Spurs slumped, while Manchester City and United have been satisfactory

League tables may never lie, though everyone knows they can be economical with the truth. By Sunday evening we will have our final Premier League table, after an extraordinarily difficult season is played out to a compromised but fair conclusion. Yet what the record books and finishing positions never quite reveal is what was expected of teams beforehand.

Some teams in the top half of the table will be disappointed with their place in the order of things, whereas some teams in the bottom half will be relieved. What follows is an attempt to break up the table into three groups: those who have done better than anticipated, those who have done worse and those who have simply completed the course with an acceptable but unspectacular score.

Related: Three into two will not go as race for Champions League enters final sprint

Related: Relegation zone: What Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth need to do

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'I am champion of the last five matches': Mourinho defends Tottenham record

fre, 24/07/2020 - 23:30
  • Club have fourth-best record since manager took over
  • Spurs still in contention for Europa League qualification

José Mourinho has issued a not so subtle reminder that he remains a “Special One” by emphasising that Tottenham’s Premier League record since he succeeded Mauricio Pochettino last November is the fourth-best in the top tier.

Spurs are destined to finish sixth or seventh following their trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday, with their Europa League qualification hopes hinging on results elsewhere, but the manager maintains the league table obscures the quality of his work.

Related: Tottenham tracking promising Roma midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo

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Liverpool's planning prevails in Premier League season like no other | Jonathan Liew

fre, 24/07/2020 - 22:00

Premier League soap opera began on a warm, noisy night at Anfield and will end in the cold dystopia of fake crowd noise

It all began with Divock Origi, on a balmy Friday evening at a packed Anfield. He danced down the left wing, squeezed in a cross, Grant Hanley sliced the ball into his own net, and we were away. As Liverpool’s players celebrated, their fans spilled out into the aisles, filling the night with song. Meanwhile, as Norwich regrouped, their fans in the Anfield Road end roared them on, demanding a reaction. It was early August, the 2019-20 Premier League season was six minutes old and the months ahead heaved with sheer possibility.

Every new season begins like this, with fresh promise and fresh faces and fresh grass and fresh hope. New kits are launched, new players unveiled. Predictions are made and swiftly shredded. Yet has there ever been a season of English football that has so violently confounded the expectations vested in it? At the end of a campaign that in its attritional length, toxic temper and human toll has occasionally felt more like war than sport, the dominant sensation is one not of relief, but exhaustion. Well played, everyone. Great effort. Now let’s all meet back here in six weeks for more of the same.

Related: Premier League to start on 12 September but break for players remains an issue

Related: Relegation zone: What Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth need to do

Related: Liverpool's Jordan Henderson named football writers' player of the year

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Tottenham tracking promising Roma midfielder Nicolò Zaniolo

tor, 23/07/2020 - 17:28
  • Juventus and Internazionale also linked with the 21-year-old
  • Tottenham confident they will sign Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Tottenham are understood to be tracking Roma’s Nicolò Zaniolo but view the 21-year-old midfielder as a potential signing for the future despite his impressive performances this season.

Related: Happiness and sadness abound as Genoa edge out Sampdoria in derby | Nicky Bandini

Juventus were made to wait for what should still be a ninth consecutive Serie A title as Seko Fofana's wonder goal in stoppage time condemned them to a 2-1 defeat at Udinese, who came from behind to claim a win that moves them a huge step closer to safety.

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Tottenham confident of signing Pierre-Emile Højbjerg from Southampton

ons, 22/07/2020 - 17:10
  • Danish midfielder determined to join Spurs
  • Saints have accepted £25m bid from Everton

Tottenham are confident that they will close a deal for Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, even though Everton have had a bid of £25m accepted for the midfielder.

Højbjerg, who has one year to run on his Southampton contract, is determined to move to Spurs, where José Mourinho wants to play him in front of the back four, and he has made that desire plain.

Related: Monaco look to a former Spurs and Southampton scout for stability

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Monaco look to a former Spurs and Southampton scout for stability

ons, 22/07/2020 - 16:56

Paul Mitchell and Niko Kovac are the latest characters to step into Monaco’s casino. Will they provide success?

By Eric Devin for Get French Football News

And so the tumult continues at AS Monaco. Robert Moreno was replaced by Niko Kovac over the weekend, having been in charge for just seven months and 13 matches. Kovac’s track record is unconvincing. He won the DFB Pokal with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2018, but stumbled badly with Croatia and had a mixed experience at Bayern Munich. The bigger question, though, is how have Monaco ended up appointing a fourth manager in less than two years – and will it work?

A few years ago Monaco achieved the seemingly perfect balance of remaining competitive on the pitch while also bossing the transfer market. Having enjoyed success under Leonardo Jardim with a side built around young players such as Anthony Martial, Bernardo Silva, Thomas Lemar and Fabinho, the club changed their transfer strategy and, subsequently, the team’s results.

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