The numbers behind Tottenham's transfer plans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League once more, Tottenham have a busy summer in the transfer window ahead. Andre Villas-Boas has the core of a side that can challenge consistently for the top four, and more, but needs a quality addition or two to bolster his contingent.
The Express has reported that David Villa has agreed to switch from Barcelona to London this summer. In the report, the disclosed information is based on news coming from Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. It's believed that Spur would pay £15 million (over $23 million) to acquire Villa.
The Daily Mailalso reportedthat Tottenham is keen on 19-year-oldRNK Split striker and Croatia U21 international Ante Rebic for £5 million (almost $7,700,000) and Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, as well.
Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham (Wikimedia Commons)
As Chelsea secured their spot in next seasons Champions League competition, Tottenham must anxiously await to see if they too can book a spot in Europe's coveted competition. Tottenham (20-9-8, 69 points) sit in the fourth and final Champions League spot with one match left in their season however Arsenal are a mere two points behind Spurs with a game in hand.
Emmanuel Adebayor is desperate for Spurs to pip his former club Arsenal to Champions League qualification because he loves the music. The Togo international is a big fan of the UEFA Champions League Anthem, calling it the best music in his life. After scoring the winner in yesterday's win at Stoke, Adebayor said: "It's [.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney (Wikimedia Commons)
SWOL's look at the top Premier League players that could transfer this summer has taken in defenders and midfielders, and now we take a look at five strikers who might be on the move.
From an erratic but outrageously talented African forward who continues to perplex to an England star perhaps in need of a new challenge, here are the top attacking talents who's futures are worth tracking this summer.
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 [...]
Just a note of interest for Spurs fans, I offered Robert lewandowski to Spurs when he was stll playing in Poland, for less than 5m, pity ! Steve Archibald (@SteveArchibald8) April 24, 2013 It's National Regret Not Signing Robert Lewandowski Day today. After Blackburn's contribution comes this effort from Tottenham.
Matthew Lowton of Aston Villa (Image courtesy of AVFC.co.uk)
In the final fixture of the weekend, Manchester United swiftly quashed any ideas that Manchester City might have had to slow the Red Devils' run to the title after dealing Robert Mancini's men a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in their Monday night encounter.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is likely to be sidelined for up to three matches as he has aggravated a muscle injury.
The 30-year-old has been ruled out for the Spurs Europa League quarter-final against Basel on Thursday. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed the unlikelihood that the English national would be in action.
Heading into their Europa League second-leg against Inter Milan with a 3-0 lead, Spurs very nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at the San Siro last night. An extra-time goal from Emmanuel Adebayor was enough to send Spurs through on away goals, but not before William Gallas had levelled the tie at 3-3 [.
Once again, as if piggybacking off this week's Champions League drama, Thursday's evening of Europa League round of 16 action had just about everything.
Carrying a 3-0 lead into the San Siro, Tottenham amazingly surrendered three goals to Inter Milan, including an own goal by William Gallas, before scoring a crucial goal in the first half of extra time to ensure qualification to the quarterfinals on away goals.
This week, your favourite Tottenham website goes head to head with West Ham counterparts to preview tonight's televised match.
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Arsenal target Auxerre and France under-21 striker Yaya Sanogo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Arsenal are one of the sides expected to be busy in the transfer window this summer, with the Gunners looking to strengthen to get back into Premier League title contention. In an early summer move, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the club is in advanced talks with Auxerre regarding the potential transfer of France under-21 striker Yaya Sanogo to the Emirates Stadium.
With the dust about to settle on another Premier League season, OTP looks at the top-flight teams' dodgiest transfer investments. 1. Chris Samba (QPR) QPR's super-heavyweight defender tops our list after his arrival in January. Brought in to bolster the R's brittle defence, he succeeded only in adding an extra dimension of calamity.
1. Old Trafford gave a great goodbye to Sir Alex Ferguson. Prawn sandwiches were pushed aside to create some serious atmosphere. 2. Quitting works. Both Manchester United and Everton got good home wins to say goodbye to departing managers. 3. It was a bittersweet weekend for Wigan. They upset the odds to win the FA [.
Extra time couldn't separate Basel and Spurs after two legs of their Europa League quarterfinal, so it had to be decided with a penalty shootout. With Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe all unavailable for Spurs, Clint Dempsey stepped up with two goals to get them to that point. But in the shootout, it was Emmanuel Adebayor who proved manager Andre Villas-Boas' pre-match comments to be prophetic.
Inter Milan have had to dwell on their misfortune during the international break. The last game they played saw them win 4-1 over Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro, but go out of the Europa League on away goals after losing the first leg 3-0.
The scoreline in Milan was also overshadowed by another example of racist taunts in the European game, this time directed at Spurs' Emmanuel Adebayor, who scored the vital away goal to send Tottenham through.
When the two sides met at White Hart Lane at the start of last season, Spurs triumphed over Arsenal by two goals to one but since then, we have suffered back to back embarrassments at the Emirates by identical, 5-2 scorelines.
Gareth Bale scored in the most recent reverse and felt that the sending off of Emmanuel Adebayor was pivotal in that match.
It will be interesting to see if Spurs can ever get two fit strikers ahead of a game between now and the rest of the season. For now, our lack of cover up front has been exposed once again with reports that Emmanuel Adebayor is set to miss tomorrow night's Europa League tie with Inter Milan.
Ade was taken off at White Hart Lane on Sunday but after the match, head coach Andre Villas-Boas felt that the injury wasn't serious.
Earlier this week we were discussing the probability of Harry Kane spending the rest of the season on the substitutes' bench as cover for the senior strikers at the club. With Jermain Defoe injured, Emmanuel Adebayor became the sole, experienced centre forward and it seemed logical that Kane would shadow him for a while.
Emmanuel Adebayor's performances in a Spurs shirt have come under great scrutiny this season and there is even talk that the club will look to sell the Togolese in the summer after a disappointing campaign. It's certainly been a struggle for Ade with just three goals from twenty games and while many of those appearances have been as a substitute, the stats don't make for good reading.
Jermain Defoe is out as we know but it seems that the club have managed to rush Emmanuel Adebayor back from AFCON in time to take JD's place.
Ade's inclusion would seem to tie up 10/11ths of the side but the big question once again will be over Lewis Holtby. The German has looked impressive in his two substitute appearances so far and AVB must be tempted to include our new signing in the starting XI.
Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas has been updating the media with regards to Tottenham's injury issues and as expected, striker Jermain Defoe has been ruled out for up to three weeks. However, AVB felt that there was some good news behind this outcome.
"Defoe has had a small ligament damage on his ankle.
Gareth Bale's recent form in the Premiership has left the Welsh national manager Chris Coleman with an interesting dilemma this week. Wales play Austria in an international friendly on Wednesday night and although Coleman is unlikely to make a positional change for this match, the former Fulham boss is considering playing Bale as an out and out striker in the future.
Emmanuel Adbeyor's name is in the headlines again and a story emerging from the Evening Standard suggests that head coach Andre Villas-Boas is ready to offload the Togolese when the summer transfer window arrives.
After some impressive displays while on loan last season, Ade has struggled in this campaign and prior to Sunday's North London Derby he has found the net just three times in 22 games.
Frank Lampard breaks Bobby Tambling's goal record: Frank Lampard (8.4) is easy to mock. He's English and therefore lacks the sparkle of players like Mata (10.2), Oscar (8.0) and Hazard (9.6); he's pathologically incapable of playing alongside Steven Gerrard (9.2), though Gerrard's tactical indiscipline hasn't helped matters; and he once yelled at a radio host who had gotten a little too interested in Mrs.
Stoke City's chief scout recently said that the club had a chance to sign Emmanuel Adebayor for £3 million.
"I remember one of the first names I gave to Tony [Pulis] at Stoke was a lightning-quick, 6ft 4in striker called Adebayor. But we were in the Championship and we were told the fee of £3m was too much," said Stoke City's Chief ScoutLindsay Parsons.
SINGAPORE — French stars Robert Pires and Louis Saha, former Cameroon captain Rigobert Song and Togo forward Emmanuel Adebayor are some of the famous names who have featured at FC Metz's 26,700-seat Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien after coming through its famous youth academy. And the French third division side sees similar potential in Singapore's Adam Swandi.