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Benoit Assou-Ekotto returns to Tottenham training

AVB handed Spurs boost as Assou-Ekotto and Parker eye returns

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12:45 GMT, 12 December 2012

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UPDATED:

13:54 GMT, 12 December 2012


Return: Benoit Assou-Ekotto is close to making a comeback

Return: Benoit Assou-Ekotto is close to making a comeback

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has resumed first-team training after over three months out with a knee injury.

The Cameroon international has been Spurs’ first-choice left-back for the last four seasons, but he has been limited to three appearances so far this term after a niggling injury flared up in September.

He had been expected to be out for four weeks, but the problem was much worse than expected.

The enigmatic 28-year-old raised hopes of a return to action, however, when he tweeted: 'Trainning with the team today !!! I hope as i ll remember the name of every one LOL.'

Boots: Scott Parker has not featured so far this season but is close to a return

Boots: Scott Parker has not featured so far this season but is close to a return

Manager Andre Villas-Boas is expected to confirm whether Assou-Ekotto will be available for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League game against Swansea later this week.

The Portuguese could also have another long-term injury victim – Scott Parker – available for the clash at White Hart Lane.

Parker has not played for the first team this season after suffering an Achilles injury in the summer.

The 32-year-old, who won the club’s player of the year award last season, has played for the reserves and the Under-21’s in the last seven days.

Norwich to sign Tottenham"s Sebastien Bassong

Will that plug the leak Norwich to sign twice relegated Bassong from Spurs

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09:56 GMT, 21 August 2012

Norwich look set to strengthen their leaky defence with the capture of Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong on a three-year deal.

The Cameroon international is out of favour at White Hart Lane and spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolves, where he failed to prevent the club from slipping into the Championship.

Wanted: Tottenham's Sebastien Bassong looks to be on his way to Norwich

Wanted: Tottenham's Sebastien Bassong looks to be on his way to Norwich

Bassong, who was Newcastle's player of the season in 2009, joined Spurs for 8million three years ago but is now behind Jan Vertonghen, William Gallas, Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson and Steven Caulker in the pecking order.

Norwich are desperate to add to the defensive ranks having shipped five goals on the Premier League's opening weekend as they were thashed by Fulham.

New manager Chris Hughton has already bought in Michael Turner from Sunderland for a nominal fee, while Steven Whittaker arrived from stricken Rangers.

Alex Song sold by Arsenal to Barcelona because of lack of effort

Unprofessional and late: Why Arsenal are happy to sell Song to Barcelona

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06:56 GMT, 20 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Arsene Wenger sanctioned the 15million sale of Alex Song to Barcelona after becoming infuriated by the midfielder’s lack of commitment in pre-season.

And it has emerged that the Cameroon midfielder’s exit has been in the offing for months after a breakdown in the relationship between player and club over an improved contract.

As Sportsmail revealed last Thursday, Song will complete a switch to the Nou Camp on Monday — sealing the departure of a second key Arsenal player in less than a week.

Out: Arsene Wenger sanctioned Alex Song's sale

Out: Arsene Wenger sanctioned Alex Song's sale

But unlike the 24million sale of Robin van Persie, who was in the final year of his contract, to Manchester United, the Gunners were under no pressure to offload Song, who had three seasons left on his 55,000-per-week deal.

Club sources claim Song’s levels of professionalism had dropped significantly in recent months and Wenger decided enough was enough earlier this summer.

Sources also say Song regularly
arrived late for training, took a half-hearted approach in sessions and
did not follow instructions from the management staff.

Tardy: Club sources claim Song was late for training

Tardy: Club sources claim Song was late for training

THE SONG SHEET

In seven seasons for Arsenal he made 138 appearances — 121 starts — with 122 in the past four seasons.

Pinpoint passing — Made 7,312 passes and 85.46% found target. PL average last season was 79.65%. In his own half, his rate was 91.25%

Tough tackling — Attempted 402 tackles and won 309 or 77%. In 50-50 battles, won 831 of 1,596.

Creative core — 120 scoring chances and in a more advanced role last season had 11 goal assists.

Having established himself as arguably
the club’s second-most influential player behind Van Persie, Song felt
he was entitled to an improved contract and tried to open talks over a
pay rise.

He will earn around 70,000 a week at Barcelona.

It is understood Song’s advisers tried to initiate contact over a new contract in January.

However, sources close to Song insist Arsenal delayed attempts by the 24-year-old to negotiate, leaving the player disillusioned.

Song is said to have been desperate to commit his long-term future to the club, but felt his salary should have been on a par with other top earners.

Ultimately, Arsenal felt offering Song fresh terms was not a priority.

Manchester City join hunt for Marseille defender Nicolas N"Koulou

Manchester City join Milan and Barcelona in hunt for Marseille defender N'Koulou

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22:03 GMT, 2 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Manchester City are showing interest in Marseille defender Nicolas N'Koulou.

The Cameroon international only joined
Marseille from Monaco last summer but has impressed AC Milan, Arsenal
and Barcelona also.

Impressive: Marseille's Nicolas N'Koulou

Impressive: Marseille's Nicolas N'Koulou

The 22-year-old can play across the back four and as defensive midfielder. City's Vladimir Weiss has completed his move to Pescara.

Barcelona after Arsenal"s Alex Song

Barcelona hit bum note with Arsenal as they plot 12m move for midfielder Song

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14:04 GMT, 31 July 2012

Arsenal are bracing themselves for a fresh transfer tussle after it emerged Barcelona were preparing a bid for Alex Song.

The Cameroon international was one of the Gunners star performers during an indifferent season, striking up a particularly profitable relationship with Robin van Persie.

It is the Dutchman who is at the centre of another saga following the release of a statement on his website which questioned the ambitions of the club.

There is no suggestion Song himself is angling for a move, but the midfielder's contract is up for renewal in two years and he is a strong position to negotiate favourable terms.

Sing up for the Arsenal: Alex Song is being linked with a move to Barcelona

Sing up for the Arsenal: Alex Song is being linked with a move to Barcelona

Barcelona are keen to strengthen the defensive side of their game having let go Seydou Keita during the summer window. They also struggled with the defeat in the heart of their backline last season, often relying on midfielders Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets.

And now Catalan newspaper Sport say new manager Tito Vilanova will move for Song – a decision sanctioned by the players and coaching staff – to the tune of 12.5m.

The report also suggests Song and Cesc Fabregas – who left north London for the Nou Camp a year ago – maintain a strong friendship.

Powell praises Team GB"s history makers after getting Olympic campaign going

Powell praises 'history makers' after GB get Olympic campaign up and running

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19:43 GMT, 25 July 2012

Olympics 2012

Hope Powell hailed her 'history makers' after Great Britain launched their Olympic campaign with a 1-0 win over New Zealand in Cardiff.

Steph Houghton scored the only goal, curling home a superb 65th-minute free-kick which, given the nature of this 12-team competition, is almost enough to secure a quarter-final berth.

However, as the very first match GB have played in women's football, and the first event of the entire Olympics, Powell knows GB have made a statement that can never be erased.

'The girls have made history today,' said Powell. 'It has been mentioned so much we couldn't ignore it. We were the first women's GB team ever and we won. That will never change now.

Magic moment: Steph Houghton wheels away after firing the only goal of the game

Magic moment: Steph Houghton wheels away after firing the only goal of the game

'We wanted to enjoy the experience. We recognised it was the first event and that it was an opportunity for the girls to showcase their talent. I wanted them to embrace it and have a go. As it happens, we did alright.'

Despite the Football Association's pre-match claim that in excess of 31,000 tickets had been sold, the official attendance of 24,549 meant that it wasn't the UK record for a women's international the game had been billed as.

Nevertheless, Powell and her players have been overwhelmed by the entire Olympic experience so far.

'It was a great crowd,' she said. 'It is nice to come to a big stadium. That inspires the girls to do well.'

All good: Hope Powell oversees Ebngland's opening win

All good: Hope Powell oversees Ebngland's opening win

GB will hope to enjoy a similar experience when they take on Cameroon in the same stadium on Thursday.

New Zealand boss Tony Readings saw enough in the hosts' performance to believe they can make a major impact in the competition.

To do that, they will need to become more clinical in their finishing. After a nervous opening, GB blew a succession of chances before Houghton stepped up for her big moment.

It was some kind of redemption for the Durham-born defender, who has twice missed out on major tournaments because of injury.

Winner: Houghton fires in her free-kick

Winner: Houghton fires in her free-kick

'She has been really unlucky,' said Powell.

'She suffered major injuries before the World Cup in 2007 and the Euros in 2009. She has worked really hard to get back into condition and is now one of the fittest players in the squad. Scoring today was a great honour for her.'

Powell claimed Houghton was 'in shock' as the ball went in, an assessment the 24-year-old did not dispute.

'It is almost impossible to put into words,' she said. 'I knew I had struck it well and when I picked my head up it was in the back of the net. I didn't really know what to do with my celebration.

'I was trying to head towards the bench but I got tired and tried to slow down because it was so hot. It was a really special moment for me, the best of my career without a doubt.'

Benoit Assou-Ekotto would rather quit Spurs than play in "useless" Europa League

Assou-Ekotto admits he'd rather quit Spurs than play in 'useless' Europa League

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17:37 GMT, 8 May 2012

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has stunned Tottenham by admitting he could leave White Hart Lane this summer as part of a gentleman's agreement with chairman Daniel Levy.

Assou-Ekotto has been one of Spurs' most consistent performers this season, helping the Londoners climb to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table with one match of the season remaining.

The Cameroon international, who joined the club in 2006, played in every one of the club's league games until he dislocated his shoulder against QPR last month.

Uncertain future: Benoit Assou-Ekotto could face a big decision this summer

Uncertain future: Benoit Assou-Ekotto could face a big decision this summer

Manager Harry Redknapp has constantly sang the full-back's praises, but it seems the 28-year-old could leave the club at the end of the season.

'Everything is possible,' Assou-Ekotto told France Football. 'When I met my chairman last January, he told me that if a club bigger than Tottenham came for me, it (the club) would not necessarily be against a departure.

'With my chairman, there was a gentleman's agreement. As he is a man of his word, I hope it will make things easier if a great club comes in.

'If there is a change at Tottenham – some more money is made available maybe – I wouldn't be against the idea of staying, but otherwise I'll try to move forward, as I did when I left Lens.'

In ordinary circumstances, Tottenham would be guaranteed a place in the Champions League if they ended the season in the fourth position they currently occupy.

But Chelsea's passage through to the Champions League final means Redknapp's team will only qualify for the Europa League if the Blues beat Bayern Munich on May 19 and Spurs fail to move ahead of Arsenal into third this weekend.

Assou-Ekotto, it appears, would not be content at a club who are not playing in Europe's premier competition next term.

'All players want to play this competition,' he said. 'A few months ago, I said I never wanted to participate in the Europa League, because this competition is useless.

Mr Consistent: The Cameroon left-back is a reassuring presence in the side

Mr Consistent: The Cameroon left-back is a reassuring presence in the side

'If I have to leave Tottenham, it will be to join a club that makes the Champions League.

'Spain, Italy, Germany, wherever. The grass is green everywhere!'

Meanwhile, Redknapp has told Spurs he wants them to act 'boldly' in the transfer market this summer.

The 65-year-old looks set to remain at White Hart Lane after missing out on the England job and hopes to sign up to three top-class players as well as hold on to the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, who have been attracting interest from Europe's top clubs.

Redknapp has been linked with highly-rated Lille midfielder Eden Hazard and Ajax's talented centre-half Jan Vertonghen.

Alex Song to be offered new Arsenal deal

Arsenal to reward Song with pay-rise after midfielder prompts Gunners' revival

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22:07 GMT, 26 March 2012

Arsenal will offer influential midfielder Alex Song a bumper pay-rise to commit his long-term future to the club.

And manager Arsene Wenger will look to strengthen his defensive midfield options further with a big-money summer move for Yann M’Vila.

Song, 24, has been in sparkling form in recent months, something that has coincided with Arsenal’s resurgence.

Midfield maestro: Alex Song (left) is set to be rewarded with a new deal

Midfield maestro: Alex Song (left) is set to be rewarded with a new deal

The Cameroon international’s existing deal is worth around 55,000 a week and expires in the summer of 2014. But Wenger has instructed chief executive Ivan Gazidis to begin talks with Song with a view to securing his long-term future before the start of next season.

Song is expected to be offered a five-year deal worth around 75,000 a week — making him one of the club’s highest earners.

Arsenal bound Yann M'Vila is expected to leave Rennes this summer

Arsenal bound Yann M'Vila is expected to leave Rennes this summer

France international M’Vila has emerged as the club’s first-choice target for a holding midfielder.

Rennes are resigned to losing the 21-year-old and will consider offers in excess of 17million.

Arsenal are also expected to announce the signing of Germany striker Lukas Podolski this week.

Blackburn sell Chris Samba to Anzhi Makhachkala

Samba finally gets his wish as wantaway defender completes 12m move to mega-rich Anzhi

Chris Samba: asked for a move in January

Chris Samba: asked for a move in January

Blackburn have confirmed defender Christopher Samba has completed his move to Anzhi Makhachkala.

The transfer window in Russia did not close until Friday and the Russian side, who recently appointed Guus Hiddink as their coach, have taken advantage to add Samba to their growing list of stars.

The 27-year-old made a transfer request
in January but remained at Ewood Park after the winter window closed
when a possible move to QPR or Tottenham failed to materialise.

Anzhi have made a number of notable signings of late, funded by billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov.

Their
squad already boasts Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, Russia
international Yuri Zhirkov and former Brazil defender Roberto Carlos,
while they have also been linked with a number of other high-profile
players.

Blackburn assistant manager Eric Black has backed the rest of the Rovers squad to cope without the towering defensive presence of Samba, starting at Manchester City on Saturday.

The Scot said: 'He hasn't played for a few weeks and our performances have been exceptional.

'Obviously there was a blip at Arsenal, but again, you look at the performances against Newcastle, Fulham and QPR and the guys that have been in there have done exceptionally well.'

Wolves loan Sebastien Bassong from Tottenham

Wolves take bash on Bassong with loan deal for Tottenham defender

Wolves have acquired some useful defensive reinforcement in the form of Tottenham centre-back Sebastien Bassong.

Mick McCarthy has picked up the Cameroon international on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The west Midlands side have not kept a single Premier League clean sheet since a goalless draw against local rivals Aston Villa, in August.

Addition: Sebastien Bassong will bolster Wolves' defence

Addition: Sebastien Bassong will bolster Wolves' defence

McCarthy had been keen to land the 25-year-old, having pursued him throughout January.

Bassong is the third new player to
arrive at Molineux during the transfer window, following another loan
player, Emmanuel Frimpong from Arsenal, and Eggert Jonsson from Hearts.