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Kyle Walker set to become world’s most expensive defender

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London (AFP) – Kyle Walker is set to become the world’s most expensive defender on Friday with Manchester City prepared to spend up to £54 million ($70mn, 61mn euros) for the out of favour Tottenham player.

The 27-year-old England international, who joined Spurs alongside Kyle Naughton in 2009 for £9mn from Sheffield United, will cost an initial £45mn with another £5mn due in a year’s time and £4mn due in add-ons, according to The Times.

Kyle Walker set to become world’s most expensive defender

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London (AFP) – Kyle Walker is set to become the world’s most expensive defender on Friday with Manchester City prepared to spend up to £54 million ($70mn, 61mn euros) for the out of favour Tottenham player.

The 27-year-old England international, who joined Spurs alongside Kyle Naughton in 2009 for £9mn from Sheffield United, will cost an initial £45mn with another £5mn due in a year’s time and £4mn due in add-ons, according to The Times.

Swansea sink Sunderland to boost survival bid

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Swansea struck a crucial blow in the fight for Premier League survival as goals from Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton clinched a 2-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday.

Spanish striker Llorente put Swansea ahead early on before Kyle Naughton blasted his first goal for six years on the stroke of half-time.

Sanchez rounds off Arsenal romp over limp Swansea

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) Alexis Sanchez's 14th goal of the season added the finishing touch to Arsenal's convincing 4-0 Premier League victory over relegation battlers Swansea on Saturday elevating them to third.

The in-form France striker Olivier Giroud gave the visitors a first half lead before own goals from Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton and an opportunist strike from Chilean star Sanchez completed the job.

Sanchez rounds off Arsenal romp over limp Swansea

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) Alexis Sanchez's 14th goal of the season added the finishing touch to Arsenal's convincing 4-0 Premier League victory over relegation battlers Swansea on Saturday elevating them to third.

The in-form France striker Olivier Giroud gave the visitors a first half lead before own goals from Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton and an opportunist strike from Chilean star Sanchez completed the job.

Aguero double keeps Man City perfect under Guardiola

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City made it 10 wins in as many games this season with a 3-1 victory away to Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday.

Aguero marked his return to action with two well-taken goals for Pep Guardiola's league leaders after serving a three-game ban for throwing an elbow in last month's victory over West Ham.

Aguero double keeps Man City perfect under Guardiola

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City made it 10 wins in as many games this season with a 3-1 victory away to Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday.

Aguero marked his return to action with two well-taken goals for Pep Guardiola's league leaders after serving a three-game ban for throwing an elbow in last month's victory over West Ham.

Tottenham Hotspur

Done Deal: Tottenham confirms defender transfer

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Naughton has completed his move to Swansea City for an undisclosed fee on Thursday.

"We have reached agreement with Swansea City for the transfer of Kyle Naughton," Tottenham released a statement on their official website.

Spurs Defender Kyle Naughton Nears £5 Million Move to Swansea

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Kyle Naughton is set to miss Tottenham's Capital One Cup semi-final against boyhood club Sheffield United as a move to Swansea edges closer.

The 26-year-old full-back came through the ranks at Bramall Lane, making 50 appearances for the Blades before moving to north London in 2009.

Naughton arrived at White Hart Lane at the same time as Kyle Walker, although has struggled to make the same impact as the England right-back.

Spurs Defender Kyle Naughton Nears £5 Million Move to Swansea

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Kyle Naughton is set to miss Tottenham's Capital One Cup semi-final against boyhood club Sheffield United as a move to Swansea edges closer.

The 26-year-old full-back came through the ranks at Bramall Lane, making 50 appearances for the Blades before moving to north London in 2009.

Naughton arrived at White Hart Lane at the same time as Kyle Walker, although has struggled to make the same impact as the England right-back.

Tottenham Hotspur January transfer window preview: Why Pochettino must prune his squad

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Whatever the situation at White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur are always reckoned on being one of the busier Premier League clubs in any given transfer window.

Spurs fear defensive crisis with Kyle Naughton possibly out for three months

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Our team to face West Ham – what’s yours?

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There's no official confirmation from the club but it seems that there are no fresh injuries from the clash with Lyon last Thursday. However, it also means that Jermain Defoe, Sandro and Younes Kaboul will continue to sit this one out.

The side should see at least two changes from the second leg in France with Hugo Lloris coming back in goal and William Gallas making way for Jan Vertonghen.

Tottenham Hotspur Left-Back Benoît Assou-Ekotto is the Kind of Footballer Everyone Loves to Hate

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Yesterday, the Cameroon international once again put his foot in his mouth or so many would say after reading the player's comments about teammate Kyle Naughton.

Not one to ever shy away from an honest response, Assou-Ekotto told interviewers that despite only returning from injury this month, he is confident that his place in the Tottenham Hotspur starting eleven is assured as his closest rival, Naughton, is "not a real left-back.

Tottenham vs Manchester United: 5 Reasons Spurs can upset Red Devils again

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On Sunday, Tottenham will look to complete a miraculous double over English Premier League leaders Manchester United. Back in September, Spurs traveled to Old Trafford and came out of Manchester with a 3-2 victory, aided by goals from Jan Verthongen, Clint Dempsey and Gareth Bale.

Spurs Best Reading

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Tottenham Hotspur continued their impressive form on Tuesday, defeating Reading 3-1 at White Hart Lane for their third straight win. Michael Dawson, Emanuel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey all scored for Spurs who came from behind to grab the impressive victory.

Tottenham stars enjoy FIFA 13 battle

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The EA SPORTS FIFA 13 tour visited the new Tottenham Hotspur training ground recently and saw Tom Huddlestone win a video gaming tournament that also involved fellow veteran Michael Dawson as well as youngsters Kyle Naughton and Tom Carroll.

Midfielder Huddlestone eased his way to victory over England international Dawson with an emphatic 5-0 win.

Match Preview: Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur, Sunday 11th November, Eithad Stadium, 1.30pm kick off SS1, HD & Sky 3D

So after a moral boasting and much needed victory Thursday night against Slovenian champions Maribor in the Europa League, we turn our attention back to the domestic league with a hard trip to current Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City.

Mixed Night For English Clubs In Europa League

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It was a very mixed night for Premier League clubs on Thursday in the Europa LEague, with Spurs beating Maribor, Newcastle drawing at Club Bruges while Liverpool lost at Anzhi.

At White Hart Lane, responded to not being included in the latest England squad by scoring a brilliant hat-trick as Tottenham got its Europa League campaign back on track after drawing their first three group games.

Smith heads for a temporary life with the Lions

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Tottenham's Adam Smith may have been in contention for a place in Tottenham's squad at Carrow Road last night but instead, the promising right back has sealed a loan deal with Millwall for the nest three months.

Adam is highly rated but at 21, he's just a year younger than Kyle Walker while Kyle Naughton is currently providing the cover in his favoured position.

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Musings on Arsenal 1-1 Spurs

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A quiet triumph for our glorious leader, this one. Coming on the back of the wretched Sunderland draw, and wretcheder West Brom defeat, the polite coughs around Pochettino had been increasing in volume all week, but credit to the man. The air around Finsbury Park presumably still resounds to the irate warbling of Wenger, who took a deep breath at the full-time whistle yesterday and has not stopped grumbling since, but this was a dashed hard-earned point for our lot.

West Ham 0-1 Spurs: The Draconian World of Chris Foy

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Regular frequenters of this corner of the interweb will be well aware that here dwells no particular fan of Kyle Naughton, primarily for the crime of simply not being Top Four/Five/Six standard (although in addition to this he also spent most of last season convincing me that he was still a whippersnapper with plenty of time to improve, rather than being 25 years of age – 25!

Spurs 3-0 Villa: Final Thoughts on a Forgettable Season

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Where was this lickety-split brand of football when we needed it earlier in the season? Throughout the first half, and even at 0-0, the one-touch interplay was slicker than a young bounder rolling into the office in braces and a shiny pair of cufflinks. Admittedly it was against a Villa side that looked suspiciously like it had been plucked from their mob of (rather mischievously entertaining) supporters, but nevertheless.

West Ham 2-0 Spurs: Two More Entries for the Comedy Catalogue

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Credit to our heroes for their ingenuity. In a season in which sacrificial slaughters seem to have taken place on a monthly basis, as well as half a dozen transfer failures and an off-the-pitch approach to running a club that would leave a team of monkeys red-faced, it did not seem possible to reach a new low in a game against a West Ham team hated by their own and at a point in the season in which there was next to nothing at stake.

Norwich 1-0 Spurs: Midfield Anonymity, Defensive Comedy & Soldado

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Confusing I know, and I realise that if the attention wanders for a day or two one loses track completely, but just so everyone is clear – this week the dial is being flicked over to "CRISIS".

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Not that that seemed to register with our heroes. Bless them, they had to play twice this week don't you know, and chug through passport control and squat into their Easyjet seats and whatnot, so it was unsurprising that a few of them looked like they were just biding time until they received a leg massage.

Spurs 0-5 Liverpool: Thoughts On This Month’s Thrashing

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Heavens above. To ship six goals away at Man City could be explained away with some embarrassed looks, statistics and mumbled interviews – but five goals at home, to a Liverpool side who have some way to go to emulate the European champs of yesteryear, rather makes one pause for thought and sip the evening bourbon with a little more concern than normal.

Sunderland 1-2 Spurs: Post-Match Verdicts On Dawson & Defoe

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Six points in four days – but perhaps more importantly, a performance that in parts had us clearing our throats and purring. For around 25 glorious minutes we were treated to a glimpse of how the world might look if the wolf really does lie down with the lamb, famine and disease are shoved under the carpet and Spurs get their act together.

Sunderland-Spurs Preview: The Daws-Out-Defoe-In Campaign

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It seems you can't sneeze these days without another Spurs fixture hurtling towards you. This presumably gives Messrs Levy, Baldini and Villas-Boas a degree of smug satisfaction, because even if the XI on the pitch each game can do no more than trundle the ball sideways and backwards, on paper at least we do have a squad eminently capable of coping with two games per week.

Spurs 3-1 Reading: How All New Years Should Begin

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All in all that amounts to a jolly productive spot of yuletide pilfering. One may certainly clear the throat and reel off the usual quibbles – 30-plus shots ought to translate into more than 3 goals; we could conceivably have been pegged back to 2-2, or worse – but all things considered we can safely say that our heroes crushed Reading, saw them driven before us, and heard the lamentation of their women.

Sunderland - Spurs Preview: Harmless Fluff No More

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Now this is not really cricket, is it? All season Sunderland have hummed around with such innocuous, harmless fluff that we all rather forgot they existed, and a gentle away point (or three) beckoned. Until now. Two days before they entertain our lot they go and beat the blinking champions, and what had not so long ago seemed about as harmless as a neutered kitten is now likely to require cunning and nous and graft and quite possibly He-Man's Sword of Omens.

Villa 0-4 Spurs: Blessed Relief, Following the World Record First Half

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I suspect few other teams could labour quite so much en route to a 4-0 win as our lot did in what will go down in history as The First Half of A Thousand Corners, but by the end it was a certified cakewalk, and for eventually carpeing the diem with such aplomb our heroes deserve all sorts of credit and an extra yuletide tipple.

Arsenal 5-2 Spurs: AVB Emerges With Some Credit, Oddly Enough

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Life just seems jolly unfair sometimes. We might I suppose have lost 6-2 if Adebayor had stayed on the pitch, but the first 15 minutes at least suggested that our heroes had bounced out on the right side of bed this morning and sneakily indulged in an extra Weetabix at the breakfast table to boot.

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Pochettino - The Pros and Cons

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A hearty "What ho!" and pat on the back to our newest glorious leader. Primarily for the sake of idling away the hours until the World Cup begins, AANP has cobbled together some thoughts on this Pochettino blighter, some communicating the general line of ‘yay', others the less salubrious conclusion of ‘nay'.

Spurs - Inter Preview: Oozing Glamour From Every Pore

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‘Tis a sign of the lucre-riddled times that a home fixture against Inter is only the third most important match of our week, but thus it fairly well transpires, if you give a nudge here and take a hop there. Finishing in the top four (three? Two?) still feels like the priority – but as distractions go this is right up there with kittens, cats, sacks and wives.

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Leeds - Spurs Preview: Look After Lennon

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Naturally enough, murmurs will be murmured and chins stroked about the various merits or otherwise of our heroes going hell for leather at the FA Cup. The opinion that matters most is that of our shrill-voiced leader AVB, and in a far-from-straightforward gambol such as this, team selection will say much of his priorities.

Benny the latest to return – does he slot straight back in?

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It's not yet clear whether Benoit Assou-Ekotto's return to first team training means that he is available for Sunday's game with Swansea but AVB may be tempted to rush the 28 year old back into the side as soon as he possibly can.

Unlike the case of Scott Parker, where impressive performances from Sandro are blocking Scott's progress back into the starting XI, Benny's absence has exposed a lack of cover in the left back position.

Our team to face Everton – what’s yours?

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With no further news of injuries, the main question is over formation ahead of Sunday's game at Goodison Park. Emmanuel Adebayor is available again after suspension so will Andre Villas-Boas pair Ade with Jermain Defoe up front or will the coach choose a more defensive 4-2-3-1 away from home?

In defence, injuries mean that it's likely to be either Gallas and Caulker in the centre with Vertonghen switching to the left or alternatively, Kyle Naughton may fill in at left back with Jan moving back to the centre.

Our team to face Panathinaikos – what’s yours?

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A number of players have been ruled out of this match and Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson are the latest names to join long term victims Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker and Younes Kaboul.

"Michael is making good progress, although it's early days," said Andre Villas-Boas. "Ideally, he will be in contention for the Swansea game.

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Our team to face Newcastle – what’s yours?

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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.