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Tottenham Hotspur

Still a Long Way to go

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Although Tottenham bossed possession during Sunday's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, the home side never really looked like they were going to get anything from the match. One shot on target against Liverpool's eight tells the story and a goal from Raheem Sterling after eight minutes quickly killed the feel good factor generated from the win over QPR just seven days previous.

Gareth Bale: ‘I’d have quit Spurs even if they were in the Champions League’

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The most expensive footballer of all-time, Gareth Bale, says he would have left Tottenham for Real Madrid even if his former club had qualified for the Champions League last season. Spurs were pipped to fourth place and Champions League football by north London rivals Arsenal last term. But Bale says he would have still left [.

Real Madrid outflanked Man Utd by offering Gareth Bale £16.9m if they DIDN’T try to sign him

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Real Madrid reportedly put themselves in the box-seat to sign Gareth Bale from Spurs three months ago by offering him a payment of £16.9m if they DIDN'T bid for him. According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, Real wanted to prove how badly they wanted the Wales international. So they promised him the bumper payment if [.

Chelsea beat Tottenham to £30m Willian, subject to work permit

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Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian playmaker Willian for £30m, subject to the player being given a work permit and passing a medical. The 25-year-old has already passed a medical at Spurs, but the Blues have swooped to pip their London rivals to the signing. The BBC reports that Chelsea made their move [.

Liverpool join Tottenham in the race for £35m Willian

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Liverpool will rival Spurs in the battle for Brazil international Willian. The Reds are interested in the £35m-rated Anzhi midfielder, according to reports in The Sun. The 25-year-old has been transfer-listed along with all his team-mates by the Russian club as they start serious cost-cutting measures.

Man Utd to enter race for Spurs’ Gareth Bale

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Manchester United will join Real Madrid in the race for Gareth Bale this week, according to reports in The Independent. With Real and Spurs still unable to agree a fee for the Welsh winger, United will seek to make Bale a marquee signing for the start of David Moyes' reign. The champions are only too [.

Liverpool aim to pip Tottenham to Valencia striker Roberto Soldado

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Tottenham could be set to miss out on yet another striker as Premier League rivals Liverpool attempt to hijack their move for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. Spurs have had a £17m bid for the Spain international rejected. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is now considering a £22m offer to catapult his side to the front of [.

Are we nearly there yet? The ongoing journey of Tottenham Hotspur

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For all the excitement surrounding Tottenham in the last three or four years, in some aspects they've really not made much progress. A go at the title in 2011/12, along with what now seems a souvenir appearance in the Champions League, is little to shout about in the long term. And when they were pipped [.

Tottenham set to keep Gareth Bale for another season

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Spurs star Gareth Bale is set to sign an improved contract and stay at the club for another season on the condition that he is allowed to move at the end of next season. The new deal will see Bale pocket £130,000 and will be announced shortly, according to the Evening Standard. But the [...]

Newcastle owner – and reported Spurs fan – Mike Ashley offers £1million incentive to beat Arsenal

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is offering his non-playing staff a share of a £1million bonus if they beat Arsenal in this afternoon's match. Ashley is reported to be a Spurs fan, and a Newcastle win would secure Champions League football for Andre Villas Boas' side providing they are able to beat Sunderland in today's other [.

Top five conclusions: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham

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1. If you thought there were no winners in a draw, think again: it was Arsenal on this occasion. 2. Emmanuel Adebayor is sure to have some nasty blisters on his feet this morning. He showed finishing and mobility skills unheard of unless he's in need of a new contract. 3. The route to Champions [...]

Top 10 Chelsea vs Tottenham pre-match talking points

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1. Rafa Benitez can relax For once the opposition manager will be disliked nearly as much as him. AVB was never quite the right fit in the Chelsea hot-seat, although he was still a better fit than Benitez. 2. Andre Villas Boas could ponder what might have been... but he doesn't want to John Terry's [.

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny says Tottenham do not have enough quality

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has taunted north London rivals Spurs, claiming they do not have enough quality. The Poland international reckons the Gunners will secure another season of Champions League football by finishing in the top four and he seemed to indicate that they will be joined by Chelsea.

Have the PFA Awards Sealed Gareth Bale’s Exit?

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Gareth Bale achieved an amazing PFA double last night when landing both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards. He becomes only the third player to win both accolades in the same season, and the first since Christiano Ronaldo in 2007. With Spurs' chances of playing Champions League football next season still hanging in the balance, will the Welsh wonder now be on his way out of White Hart Lane?

Tottenham star Gareth Bale’s nasty looking ankle injury

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Spurs' battle for Champions League football appeared to take a blow last night after their talisman, Gareth Bale, was stretchered off during the Europa League clash with Basel. Bale's ankle twisted to right angles, forcing him off the pitch late in last night's match. But manager Andre Villas Boas has since delivered some optimistic news.

George Graham Should Stick to the Horses

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Former Tottenham and Arsenal boss George Graham is apparently a huge horse racing fan and perhaps he should stick to trying to predict the finishing order of the 2013 Kentucky Derby horses rather than voicing his unwanted opinion on Spurs in the press as he has been recently. Graham believes that both Chelsea and Arsenal will finish above Tottenham this season, meaning that we will once again miss out on Champions League football by the narrowest of margins.

Spurs may need top four finish to keep Bale

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Gareth Bale has been grabbing the headlines again over the last few days with three goals in his last three matches including the first in Wales' 2-1 win over Austria last night. Unfortunately, a run of form like this will always bring more stories about a possible move abroad and Spurs' head coach Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that the club may need Champions League Football to keep Gareth at the Lane.

Spurs to miss out on long term target

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Some reports suggest that Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho remains as Spurs' number one priority in January but could the failure to secure the player's signature in August see the club miss out?

Tottenham had reportedly made a £22 million pound bid which was accepted by Porto but time simply ran out on the transfer as the clock ticked past the window.

Spurs complete late swoop for duo

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Tottenham Hotspur have wrapped up the signings of France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon and U.S. international Clint Dempsey from Fulham.

Lloris had been in London the entire afternoon to complete a medical and finalize terms, but negotiations had stalled between the involved parties for a few hours.

Liverpool

Atletico Madrid target Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho

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Liverpool face a battle to keep hold of playmaker Philippe Coutinho amid interest from Atletico Madrid. If they are still in Champions League contention come the January transfer window, the Spanish side will reportedly bid for the little Brazilian. Brendan Rodgers side's lack of European football means Coutinho would be eligible to play in the [.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright advises Liverpool’s Luis Suarez not to join the club

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Ian Wright says he cannot understand why Luis Suarez would leave Liverpool for Arsenal. The 26-year-old Uruguayan striker wants Champions League football this season, but ex-England international Wright has echoed the comments of others who think that leaving Anfield for the Emirates is a sideways move.

Brendan Rodgers to Luis Suarez: Swapping Liverpool for Arsenal ‘doesn’t add up’

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned striker Luis Suarez that a move to Arsenal is a step backwards to a smaller club. The Reds boss says quitting Anfield for the Emirates would be a mistake on the Uruguay international's part. He said: "Would it be a mistake for Luis to leave Liverpool? Yes, 100 per [.

Video: Xabi Alonso backs Brendan Rodgers to succeed at Liverpool

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Former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso has backed manager Brendan Rodgers to bring Champions League football back to Anfield. The Real Madrid midfielder thinks the former Swansea boss can ensure the Reds return to compete among Europe's elite. He said: "Well, I think, especially at the end of the season, we could see the fruits of [.

Is Simon Mignolet really the difference between Liverpool qualifying for the Champions League or not?

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Liverpool completed the £9 million signing of Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet earlier this week. A decent signing, we can probably all agree. The Belgian has acquitted himself very well in his time at the Stadium of Light. The 25-year-old has gone from Black Cats benchwarmer to one of the best keepers in the Premier League [.

Liverpool want Barcelona’s Cristian Tello in Pepe Reina deal

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Liverpool will attempt to bring talented Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello to Anfield as part of any deal that takes goalkeeper Pepe Reina to the Spanish champions. Barca want to bring 30-year-old Reina to Camp Nou to replace Victor Valdes, who is expected to leave the club this summer. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to [.

Liverpool Announce £40.5m Loss As Debt Climbs

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Not pretty numbers coming out of Anfield today. For the ten months ending 31 May 2012, Liverpool announced a loss of £40.5m and an increase in the club's debt to £87m. That compares with £49.3m in the previous twelve month period with the club changing its accounting dates to coincide with the football season.

Liverpool Keeping Tabs On Emmanuel Emenike

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According to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Liverpool are tracking Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike as a future replacement for Luis Suarez.
Liverpool face the very real possibility of losing star striker Suarez in the summer if the Reds fail to secure European football, and as a precaution, have earmarked Emenike as a possible replacement.

The Old Lady Back In For Luis Suarez

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Liverpool is going to have to pull out all the stops to keep hold of Uruguayan ace Luis Suarez as Juventus set to launch a bid for him in January.
Suarez has been in inspirational form this season scoring nine Premier League goals and Liverpool will no want to think where they could be had they not had him.

Arsenal

Hey Big Spender! Be careful what you wish for, Arsenal fans

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It was the only finish to the season Arsenal fans could hope for. Having been told that Arsene Wenger had money to spend, but with the January transfer window not offering up the right players, the Gunners snaffled fourth place, the key to the promised land of the top bracket player. The club could offer [.

Arsenal v Olympiacos preview, predicted line-up, score prediction and live stream

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Arsenal vs Olympiacos preview, predicted line-up and score prediction. KJ

We're finally back to mid-week Champions League football. There's always something special about the tournament; the theatre, the atmosphere, everything. Arsenal have a tricky home tie against Greek champions, Olympiacos.

Transfer deadline not frustrating considering Arsenal's reality

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Having made a cursory tour of the blogosphere and the attendant media the common emotion one picks up after Arsenal's no show at yesterday's transfer deadline is that of frustration, of disbelief, and a sense of resignation that once again what seems so obvious to us is lost on the manager and the boardroom.

Gunners aim to loan out Chelsea ace

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been tight-lipped about the prospect of signing another midfielder to replace Alex Song but it seems that he can steal a massive bargain in the form of Chelsea star Michael Essien.

Essien, who was once considered one of the Premier League's strongest defensive midfielders, has struggled for a consistent place in the Blues' startling line-up since returning from a serious injury last season and finds himself significantly down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge in this campaign.

Thoughts on Theo

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Morning all,

and the madness has begun. It's all based around Theo Walcott and his apparent refusal to sign a new contract with the club. As I mentioned on yesterday's blog, he was one of the players I felt could leave the club this week because of his contract issue. The situation is he has less than 12 months left on his deal, Arsenal face the prospect of losing him on a free and for that reason alone his departure would not be a surprise.

English Premier League

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 20-21 April

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1. Before you demonstrate a complete lack of cultural awareness, consider that biting is actually a very common gesture to signify good defending in Uruguay. 2. He might have a taste for human flesh, but Luis Suarez made the race for Champions League football very interesting with his late, late equaliser against Chelsea.

Dempsey Talks About His Transfer Saga

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Clint Dempsey is training with his American team-mates ahead of the U.S. Men's national team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica.

Getting back on a soccer field has to be a relief for Dempsey, who was embroiled in one of the longest running transfer saga's of the summer as he pushed to leave Fulham for a bigger club.

Champions League

Now THAT was Champions League Football! (Real Madrid 3 - Manchester City 2)

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It all worked out for Mourinho tonight. Essien and Varane played well, he outcoached Mancini, his players gave him the performance he wanted and of course: he won.
Now THAT was Real Madrid football!

The Pot 4 Club returns! – Dinamo Zagreb

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The Pot 4 Club returns! Dinamo Zagreb is a post from: Just Football

The Pot 4 Club is back for another year on Just Football, reloaded with new teams, new competitors and inspired by Pot 4 alumni and last season's Champions League quarter finalists APOEL FC new ambitions.

The Rest

Video: Roberto Martinez has promised Champions League football to Everton

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Roberto Martinez talked himself into the Everton job by promising Champions League football, chairman Bill Kenwright has revealed. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Kenwright said: "Roberto, almost his first words to me were 'I'll get you in the Champions League', and that is extraordinary for a man who doesn't know much about the football [.

N.B-52 Set To Complete Move To Serie A Giants Juventus + *Video*

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Featured player Nicklas Bendtner's club future looks to be sorted, after weeks of rumours flying around about the Danish attackers future it looks to have been decided yesterday with Bianconeri director Beppe Marrota confirming N.B-52 is 'already in Italy and will undergo a medical tomrrow'.

Numbers And Satisfaction On The Opening Day Of The Season

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Perusing acres of statistics that can be found in newspapers on the opening weekend of the football season can be a most enlightening way to pass the couple of hours, even if focusing on the attendance figures rather than the results themselves does require a certain degree of furtiveness. At the top end of the game, there are few surprises to be found.