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Inter Milan fined 38,000 by UEFA after fans racially abuse Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor

Inter fined 38,000 after racial abuse of Spurs' Adebayor during Europa League tie

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16:17 GMT, 26 April 2013

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16:18 GMT, 26 April 2013

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Inter Milan have been fined 45,000 euros (around 37,900) for 'the improper conduct of their fans' during the Europa League tie against Tottenham on March 14 in which striker Emmanuel Adebayor was racially abused.

Adebayor, who scored in the second leg tie in the San Siro as Tottenham progressed on away goals, and his team-mates were the victims of abuse by Inter fans waving an inflatable banana.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas implored UEFA to act after the match, which Spurs lost 4-1, pointing out Inter's black record for such incidents.

Abuse: Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor was the victim of racist chants during the Europa League match with Inter Milan, a game in which he scored the decisive goal (below)

Abuse: Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor was the victim of racist chants during the Europa League match with Inter Milan, a game in which he scored the decisive goal (below)

Emmanuel Adebayor scores for Tottenham against Inter Milan

Inter were fined only 43,000 by Serie A officials after former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was racially abused during February's Milan derby and Villas-Boas pleaded with UEFA to hand out a more severe punishment this time.

Earlier in the season Lazio were also fined for racist chanting in their Group J tie at White Hart Lane in September and were reprimanded again for racist behaviour in November's return game.

More to follow..

Galatasaray 3 Real Madrid 2 (Agg 3-5): Match Report: Didier Drogba gives Jose Mourinho a scare

Galatasaray 3 Real Madrid 2 (Agg 3-5): Drogba and Sneijder give Jose a scare as Spaniards make the semis

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20:42 GMT, 9 April 2013

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21:00 GMT, 9 April 2013

Real Madrid progressed to the last four of the Champions League despite defeat on the night to a Galatasaray side whose second half comeback had Jose Mourinho's side in a panic.

Already three goals up from the first leg at the Bernabeu, the tie was seemingly put to bed by Cristiano Ronaldo's seventh-minute strike.

But an Emmanuel Eboue thunderbolt after 57 minutes brought Gala back level on the night, before Wesley Sneijder put the home side ahead after 70 minutes.

It's a Drogs life: Didier Drogba scored as Galatasaray won the second leg

It's a Drogs life: Didier Drogba scored as Galatasaray won the second leg

MATCH FACTS

Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue (Elmander 80), Zan, Kaya, Riera, Altintop (Amrabat 46), Felipe Melo, Inan, Sneijder, Bulut (Sarioglu 63), Drogba.

Subs Not Used: Iscan, Aydin Yilmaz, Balta, Kurtulus.

Booked: Sneijder, Eboue, Amrabat.

Goals: Eboue 57, Sneijder 71, Drogba 72.

Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Essien (Arbeloa 31), Pepe, Varane, Fabio Coentrao, Khedira, Modric, Di Maria, Ozil (Albiol 81), Ronaldo, Higuain (Benzema 73).

Subs Not Used: Casillas, Marcelo, Callejon, Morata.

Sent Off: Arbeloa (90).

Booked: Arbeloa.

Goals: Ronaldo 8, 90.

Attendnace: 52,000

Referee: Stephane Lannoy (France)

Seconds later Did Drogba reduced the aggregate deficit further and although Real substitute Alvaro Arbeloa saw red late on, Ronaldo notched his second in injury time, as Madrid's quest for a 10th European Cup continued.

The visitors started quickly and just three minutes were on the clock when Fernando Muslera rashly came out to clear, his effort falling to Angel Di Maria, who shot wide.

Four minutes later they were on the scoresheet. Sami Khedira was allowed to cross from the right and in came Ronaldo, who got to the ball before the home defender to shoot past a helpless Muslera from three yards out.

The tie looked finished as a contest and Ronaldo could have doubled his night's tally moments later when the home side backed off, but from 25 yards the Portuguese shot straight at Muslera.

Drogba went close to converting a Sneijder shot after 20 minutes in Gala's first meaningful attack, before Madrid almost went two-up.

A delicious back-heel pass from Ronaldo played in Di Maria, but his angled effort was well tipped over by the Gala stopper.

Keeping the dream alive: Drogba celebrates after making it 3-1 on the night

Keeping the dream alive: Drogba celebrates after making it 3-1 on the night

All going wrong: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain react after conceding their third goal

All going wrong: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain react after conceding their third goal

Mourinho was forced into his first change after 31 minutes when Michael Essien had to be replaced by Arbeloa due to a leg injury.

Sneijder forced Diego Lopez into his first save after 38 minutes in what was a lacklustre first-half display from the hosts.
Madrid missed another chance to go two up 11 minutes after the restart when Ronaldo somehow missed from eight yards out – scuffing his effort with the ball trapped under his feet.Moments later and the home side were level thanks to a tremendous goal, albeit from an unlikely source. Sneijder's hopeful cutback found a sprinting Eboue who from the edge of the box powered an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

And just three minutes later they should have gone ahead. Drogba's strength caused all sorts of problems for the Real defence with the ball falling to Sneijder.

However with just Lopez to beat and from 12 yards out he screwed his shot wide of the far post.
Eboue's goal had, however, galvanised the home side and with the Ataturk Stadium firmly behind their side Gala took a deserved lead.

Sneijder showed a turn of pace more associated with his best days at Inter, nutmegged Rafael Varane before side-footing into the corner.

And moments later it was 3-1 when Drogba got in front of his defender to flick a cross into the corner of the net.

Raul Albiol replaced Mesut Ozil as Mourinho looked to arrest his team's slide, but they had to play out the final moments with 10 men after Arbeloa saw red after receiving a second yellow card for dissent.

There was still time for a fifth goal on the night when Ronaldo scored in injury time.

Mirko Vucinic scores and takes off his shots as Juventus close in on title after 2-1 win over Pescara

That's pants! Vucinic takes his shorts off in celebration as Juve close in on the title

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22:47 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:54 GMT, 6 April 2013

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Juventus continued their march towards back-to-back Serie A titles with a 2-1 win over Pescara in Turin.

The Bianconeri were made to wait for their latest success, which moves them 12 points clear of second-placed Napoli, with Mirko Vucinic firing in a 72nd-minute penalty after Giuseppe Rizzo saw red.

Vucinic added the second moments later and was promptly substituted by boss Antonio Conte ahead of the midweek Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

Unique celebration: Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic waves his shorts as he celebrates after scoring against Pescara

Unique celebration: Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic waves his shorts as he celebrates after scoring against Pescara

Mirko Vucinic

Mirko Vucinic

Off they come: Vucinic takes his shorts off after scoring and waves them over his head

Spot on: Vucinic scores his penalty

Spot on: Vucinic scores his penalty

But Juve were made to sweat as Emmanuel Cascione curled in a stunning effort – Pescara's first shot on target – with seven minutes left.

Rolando Bianchi's stoppage-time equaliser grabbed a 2-2 draw for Torino at Bologna.

Nearly there: Juventus' players celebrate winning against Pescara and closing in on the title

Nearly there: Juventus' players celebrate winning against Pescara and closing in on the title

Paulo Vitor Barreto sent Torino ahead on 25 minutes but Bologna looked like they had grabbed the game away after the break.

Panagiotis Kone levelled on 65 minutes before substitute Tiberio Guarente seemingly won it with four minutes left. But Bianchi popped up late to share the points.

Gareth Bale has banana thrown at him – police to investigate

Police hunt for supporter who threw banana at Bale during Tottenham's win over Arsenal

By
Laurie Whitwell

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12:07 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:03 GMT, 4 March 2013

Police have launched an investigation after a banana was thrown at Gareth Bale during the north London derby.

Officers are working with Tottenham staff and reviewing CCTV to establish the identity of the supporter who launched the fruit at Bale from the Arsenal section as the forward attempted to take a corner in the 27th minute.

Assistant referee Darren Cann picked up the banana and removed it from the pitch but no further action appeared to be taken at the time.

Incident: The assistant referee holds the banana thrown at Gareth Bale as he went to take the corner

Incident: The assistant referee holds the banana thrown at Gareth Bale as he went to take the corner

Bale and the banana incident

Bale and the banana incident

Targeted: Ex-Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor (right) was also a target for abuse from Gunners fans

Targeted: Ex-Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor (right) was also a target for abuse from Gunners fans

The Metropolitan Police will prosecute the person responsible if located, given it is an offence to throw an object on to a football pitch.

Usually such action carries racist overtones, as when Mario Balotelli was taunted with inflatable bananas during the recent Milan derby, but in this case the yob supporter seemed to be mocking Bale’s appearance.

Those with Arsenal allegiances flocked to Twitter to give misguided congratulations to the culprit.

User ‏@jackAFCmartin posted: ‘The best moment of the match. When an Arsenal fan threw the banana skin at Gareth Bale #Chimp’

Happy days: Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor as Tottenham beat Arsenal at White Hart Lane

Happy days: Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor as Tottenham beat Arsenal at White Hart Lane

Danny O’Reagan wrote: ‘Whoever threw that banana at Gareth Bale is a legend.’

But Robin Bylund provided a reasoned voice when he replied sarcastically: ‘Arsenal “fans” throwing a banana towards Gareth Bale. How classy…’

The FA say they are awaiting a report from their crowd control adviser, who is likely to have noted down the incident, and will make every effort to identify the person responsible.

The act somewhat marred a thrilling game, which Spurs won 2-1, with striker Emmanuel Adebayor also taunted over the horrific shootings in Angola while on international duty with Togo in 2010.

Kevin Nolan broken foot: West Ham captain faces to months out

Hammer blow! Crocked skipper Nolan faces eight weeks out with broken toe

By
Andy James

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08:40 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:14 GMT, 28 February 2013

West Ham have been dealt a huge blow with the news that captain Kevin Nolan faces two months on the sidelines after suffering a broken toe.

The midfielder, 30, limped off after just 35 minutes during Monday night's 3-2 London derby defeat by Tottenham at Upton Park following a clash with Mousa Dembele.

Nolan now faces an agonising wait to discover his fate after Hammers assistant boss Neil McDonald confirmed this morning that the club have not yet learned the results of his scan.

Tough luck: Kevin Nolan (left) tackles Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham before going off injured

Tough luck: Kevin Nolan (left) tackles Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham before going off injured

The former Bolton and Newcastle star will definitely miss this
weekend's Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke and it is reported, by
The Sun, that he may have to wait for two weeks to find out if he can
make it through the rest of the campaign with
pain-killing injections.

McDonald said: 'We're still waiting for the results to come back, his toe is very, very sore.

'He's had problems in the past with it, all season really. And he got a real good kick on it.

'So I'd imagine he won't be available for Saturday and then we'll see how the results come back and see where he's at.

'As I said, he has had problems with his foot all season, and he has been playing through the pain barrier. It's probably worse than it has been with him having the kick right on it.'

Despite a fine start to the season,
the east London club's form has suffered an alarming slump with just one
win in their last seven league games.

Sam Allardyce's side, who promotion
from the Championship at the first time of asking last season, have
slipped to 14th in the table and are just six points clear from the drop
zone.

But defender James Collins insists relegation has not been mentioned.

We are looking up and onwards,' the Wales centre half told the club's official website.

'There are more tough matches coming
up, but we have a great squad and great team spirit. We have to go to
Stoke and give it a good go and I feel we have more than enough in the
team to do that.

'The way we started the season showed
what we are capable of. We are training hard, we want to win every game
and that is no different against Stoke, who we know will be tough on
their own ground.

'But I strongly believe if we keep playing the way we are playing, the results will come.'

Getting involved: Nolan is an important player for the Hammers and now faces missing many of their remaining fixtures

Getting involved: Nolan is an important player for the Hammers and now faces missing many of their remaining fixtures

Gareth Bale is like watching Barcelona – Martin Keown

Martin Keown's Premier League bootroom: Bale It's just like watching Barcelona…

By
Martin Keown

PUBLISHED:

22:59 GMT, 22 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:25 GMT, 23 February 2013

Gareth Bale is an incredible talent. I watched Barcelona play this week and I thought how nicely he would fit into that team.

If he were playing for Arsenal there would be a lot of talk about: 'Can they keep him'

But it doesn't apply in the same way at Spurs, where he's on a long-term deal.

The real deal: Gareth Bale has been in world-beating form at Tottenham of late

The real deal: Gareth Bale has been in world-beating form at Tottenham of late

Class act: The Spurs winger fires in a freekick against Lyon in the Europa League

Class act: The Spurs winger fires in a freekick against Lyon in the Europa League

Last season Robin van Persie was the best player in the Premier League, so Manchester City tried to buy him.

But he went to Manchester United instead and now they are benefiting from that switch in power.

Bale is in the same bracket: the sort
of player who makes things happen. It will be Bale who decides if
Tottenham can finish in the top four.

They need to make sure he stays fit
and it will be a delicate balancing act with the Europa League. I think
he is one of the best players in Europe right now.

Running with the ball in full flight,
there are not many better sights in football. He looks like he could
take off. I also like the defiance in his game.

Villa chiller at Arsenal

When his team are losing he is
providing the answers. He's also been working hard at his free kicks,
which means he's thinking hard about his game and trying to improve in
certain areas.

Tottenham have other good players:
Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe and Mousa Dembele, who has added power
to the Spurs midfield, but they are all playing cameo roles compared to
Bale.

Their manager, Andre Villas-Boas,
said this week that he has yet to unlock Adebayor's potential and I
agree. Maybe he just needs to understand him a bit better.

You have got to keep Adebayor hungry
without showering him with too much praise. He improved more than any
other player who has worked under Arsene Wenger.

What's the score

When he came to Arsenal he was an
incredible athlete but his finishing was wayward, his touch wasn't clean
and he struggled to get that big frame around the pitch.

When he left he looked like a world beater. I think Adebayor needs to benefit from this period of stability at Tottenham now.

The manager needs to get behind him but the Togolese striker also needs to push himself, just like Bale has done.

ABOUT TIME

FIFA have finally agreed to use
goalline technology at the 2014 World Cup. Isn't it ridiculous it has
taken them this long It won't be the end of the debate, though.

Instead of analysing TV replays, we will argue about the accuracy of the technology.

We also need to educate people that the whole of the ball has to be over the white line for it to count as a goal.

Keep your hair on, Fellaini

Marouane Fellai ni thinks he gets booked so often because of his flamboyant hairstyle.

Sorry Marouane, but it's nothing to do with your hair: it's your reaction that counts against you.

He is seldom the first offender when
the cards come out. I felt sorry for him in his spat with Ryan Shawcross
but he has to learn not to react.

Keep your hair on: Marouane Fellaini

Keep your hair on: Marouane Fellaini

You have to be able to look after yourself but you just can't rise to it – although I was sometimes guilty of that, I admit.

P.S. Arsene Wenger has accused his
critics of 'superficial analysis', but I would love to know his thinking
behind the triple substitution he made against Bayern Munich.

I've never seen him do that before.

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Jermain Defoe injury leaves Tottenham in striking crisis

Defoe ankle injury leaves Spurs facing firepower crisis with Adebayor away

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

16:20 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:26 GMT, 3 February 2013

Jermain Defoe has picked up an ankle injury which could keep him out for up to three weeks.

The Tottenham forward sustained it in a 50-50 challenge with West Brom's Shane Long on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said Defoe will be sent for a scan to determine the extent of the damage and said he will be withdrawn from Roy Hodgson's England squad for the Brazil friendly.

Blow: Jermain Defoe could be out for up to three weeks after suffering an ankle injury

Blow: Jermain Defoe could be out for up to three weeks after suffering an ankle injury

Villas Boas said: 'I am extremely happy with the win – apart from the injury to Jermain Defoe.
'He rolled his ankle. He will have to have a scan to reveal the extent of the injury.

'Hopefully there is not a lot of ligament damage. If there is, he could be out for two to three weeks.

'Has he been withdrawn from the England squad Yes he has.'

The Tottenham manager tried to secure a new striker on deadline day but failed to negotiate a deal with Internacional for Brazil forward Leandro Damiao.

With Defoe out and Emmanuel Adebayor in Togo on Africa Cup of Nations duty, there are no strikers left at the club, bar youngster Harry Kane.

Clint Dempsey can play as a striker if necessary, although he prefers to feature in a supporting role.

Cut short: Defoe was subbed

Cut short: Defoe is helped off

Cut short: Defoe's afternoon was ended by the injury and he was helped off the pitch in great pain

Watching on: Roy Hodgson was at The Hawthorns to see the incident

Watching on: Roy Hodgson was at The Hawthorns to see the incident

Forward push: Clint Dempsey will likely have to fill in up front for Defoe

Forward push: Clint Dempsey will likely have to fill in up front for Defoe

Defoe's team-mate Gareth Bale secured a
precious away victory that boosts Spurs in the hunt for a Champions
League place – Andre Villas-Boas' side are now fourth.

The dismissal of Goran Popov in the 47th minute changed the game in
Tottenham's favour, though, and Bale duly secured all three points with a
spectacular solo goal.

Bale told Sky Sports 1: 'It's massive. We spoke before the game because
other results went our way yesterday and that gave us a big chance to
capitalise. Thankfully we did.

'I think all the lads worked very hard and they deserved the victory.'

No reinforcement: With Emmanuel Adebayor away, Andre Villas-Boas will regret not signing a striker

No reinforcement: With Emmanuel Adebayor away, Andre Villas-Boas will regret not signing a striker

Meanwhile, Germany international Lewis Holtby made his second Spurs appearance from the bench and revealed he is settling in well.

He said: 'The lads are all making it easy for me to play. It's a fantastic club and I enjoy coming in every day.

'It's a massive boost to get the three points away (from home). It's unbelievable.

'If we have games like today and get the three points then it's a massive relief. I'm just happy to be at the club.'

Bedding in nicely: Lewis Holtby is pleased with how things have gone so far for him at Tottenham

Bedding in nicely: Lewis Holtby is pleased with how things have gone so far for him at Tottenham

No need for pain in Newcaste"s French revolution – Martin Keown"s Premier League bootroom

Premier League bootroom: No need for pain in French revolution

By
Martin Keown

PUBLISHED:

23:41 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:51 GMT, 1 February 2013

Seeing so many French players arrive at Newcastle reminds me of when Arsene Wenger turned up at Arsenal in 1996.

Newcastle have added Mathieu Debuchy,
Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran and Massadio Haidara
to their squad and we did a similar thing during our most successful
period.

Wenger brought in Emmanuel Petit,
Gilles Grimandi, Remi Garde, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Nicolas
Anelka, Sylvain Wiltord and Thierry Henry (below).

thierry henry

You could see they were all coming in ready to win something. It was impressive and a challenge to the rest of us.

Some things changed straight away. I used to go to the gym after training but suddenly I couldn’t get a machine because the French were all in there tuning up different parts of their bodies. They were generally very quiet at first off the pitch — because of the language barriers they couldn’t join in the dressing-room banter straight away.

Wenger made a point of conducting everything in English, which helped them learn the language but he occasionally had a quiet word in French with some of the new boys. But they learned English fast — I’m sure Henry couldn’t speak English one week and the next he was better than me.

In Toon: Newcastle fans embrace the influx of French players while Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit (below) celebrate Arsenal's triumph in 1998

In Toon: Newcastle fans embrace the influx of French players while Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit (below) celebrate Arsenal's triumph in 1998

Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit

There was of course some resistance to the influx of players. Some of the Brits felt the French lads were more quickly praised and indulged in training on occasions. If we talked during the warm-up we’d get a ticking off, while if they did the same it wouldn’t be mentioned. But any wariness soon disappeared as we started winning things. It will be the same at Newcastle. If they win games, the fans and rest of the dressing room will love them.

Some of our values rubbed off on the French players too, particularly our will to win. We trained at 100 per cent in every session while the French peaked for matches.

Main man: Theo Walcott has become a central figure for Arsene Wenger's side this season

Main man: Theo Walcott has become a central figure for Arsene Wenger's side this season

It was important to retain that Britishness and Wenger is still doing that by having Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and others in the team.

We gave our French team-mates important information too, warning them that a trip to Ipswich or West Ham was going to be tougher than they thought. No doubt the new boys at Newcastle will be guided by their team-mates too.

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Play the game

Our top managers were wheeled out to
say nice things on the FA’s 150th anniversary. Now they have to follow
up and help Roy Hodgson. He has World Cup qualifiers coming up and needs
to see his squad together, against Brazil on Wednesday. We can’t have
tactical withdrawals just to give players a rest.

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Becks misses a trick

It’s a shame that David Beckham has
joined Paris Saint-Germain. I would have liked to have see n him in the
Premier League one last time to see what he had to offer. He’s from the
same stable as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, who are doing meaningful
jobs at Manchester United. I think playing again in England would have helped cement his place as one of the greats.

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Leandro Damiao set to join Tottenham Hotspur for 18m

Big-spending Tottenham move to seal 18m signing of Brazil striker Damiao

By
Laura Williamson

PUBLISHED:

15:13 GMT, 31 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:13 GMT, 31 January 2013

Tottenham face a race against time to secure the signature of Internacional striker Leandro Damiao today.

Spurs have long been linked with the Brazil striker, 23, but are understood to have made a bid of around 18million after a potential loan move for Lyon’s Lisandro Lopez fell through.

Reports from Brazil are suggesting that Internacional are holding out for an extra 2m and a deal could be made for the player to move in the summer.

Lyon value Lopez at around 7m and had already turned down Juventus’ bid to sign the striker on an initial short-term deal with an option to sign the Argentine permanently in the summer.

Prolific: Damiao's goals could secure a top-four place for Tottenham

Prolific: Damiao's goals could secure a top-four place for Tottenham

Spurs are used to leaving it late on
transfer deadline day but any deal for Damiao would be particularly
complicated because around 30 per cent of the player's economic rights are
held by third-party investments.

The protracted nature of negotiations
had led Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to favour a summer bid for the
striker but the north London club have decided to act today.

Boss Andre Villas-Boas has long
insisted he is happy with his current strike force but Jermain Defoe
missed Sunday’s FA Cup defeat by Leeds United with a niggling pelvic
injury and Emmanuel Adebayor will be at the Africa Cup of Nations for
longer than expected after Togo qualified for the quarter-finals.

Concerns: Jermain Defoe

Absent: Adebayor

Limited options: Without Defoe and Adebayor Spurs look very short up front

Internacional sporting director Luis
Cesar Souto de Moura told Brazilian media: ‘Leandro Damiao will only
leave if there is a very quick negotiation.

‘The news involving interest for Leandro Damiao, especially from Tottenham, will always happen, they come and go.

‘Damiao has a lot of quality, is a goalscorer, was the top scorer in the
Olympics and he is a very important player. Internacional understand
that it’s extremely difficult, very difficult, for Leandro Damiao to
leave now.’

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe may need surgery on a pelvis injury

Striker light: Spurs concern as crocked Defoe faces operation leaving AVB short up front

By
Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

22:30 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:10 GMT, 28 January 2013

Jermain Defoe has been nursing a pelvic injury and was left out of the squad for yesterday’s trip to Leeds amid fears he may yet need surgery.

Defoe has been playing in discomfort for some time and after a blistering start to the season his form has suffered with only one goal in his last
eight games.

In pain: Spurs striker Jermain Defoe, grimacing during the game against Manchester United, may need surgery on a pelvic injury

In pain: Spurs striker Jermain Defoe, grimacing during the game against Manchester United, may need surgery on a pelvic injury

The Spurs and England striker was not expected to be fit for the Barclays Premier League game against Manchester United last week but was patched up and played 90 minutes, his 34th appearance of the season, because Emmanuel Adebayor was at the Africa Cup of Nations with Togo.

Defoe was able to train last week and the club were at pains to insist there was nothing wrong with him ahead of the FA Cup tie at Elland Road but there is clearly concern behind the scenes.

The striker has had an injection in the hope of being fit for Wednesday’s fixture at Norwich but the fear at Tottenham is that it nags away or worsens and requires an operation.

Top form: Defoe has scored 14 goals so far this season

Top form: Defoe has scored 14 goals so far this season

Andre Villas-Boas has tried to manage the issue carefully, hoping Adebayor might return quickly or that a striker can be signed in the transfer window but it has exposed a desperate lack of cover in a key area.

Spurs went into the season with only two specialist centre forwards, youngster Harry Kane on loan at Norwich and Clint Dempsey, an attacking midfielder who can operate up front, as he did at Leeds.

Tottenham have long been in pursuit of a striker. They are keen on Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo but have yet to strike a deal and they are interested in Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke although this is not something they can complete this month as he has already played for two clubs this season.

In need: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas (pictured) was forced to play Clint Dempsey up front in the loss at Leeds and has been searching for another striker

In need: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas (pictured) was forced to play Clint Dempsey up front in the loss at Leeds and has been searching for another striker