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Giovanni Dos Santos could be swapped for Julio Cesar by Tottenham

Dos Santos could be offered Spurs escape route with swap deal for Inter keeper Cesar

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UPDATED:

07:32 GMT, 10 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tottenham may use Mexico's London 2012 Olympics star Giovanni Dos Santos as a bargaining chip as they try to procure Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Slovenian stopper Samir Handanovic has arrived at the San Siro and it has bumped the Brazilian Cesar down the pecking order.

Escape route: Giovanni Dos Santos could move to Inter

Escape route: Giovanni Dos Santos could move to Inter

Despite impressing for his country, Dos Santos has not been able to force his way in to Tottenham's side.

Cesar is a target for the north London side, according to talkSPORT, to put pressure on current first-choice Brad Friedel.

Reports in Italy say that Inter are happy for Spurs to take Cesar, as long as they can get a player in return.

Option: Julio Cesar could move to Spurs to challenge Brad Friedel

Option: Julio Cesar could move to Spurs to challenge Brad Friedel

Andre Villas-Boas' team lost 2-0 to Valencia on Thursday night in their first pre-season friendly defeat.

Jonas and Sofiane Feghouli did the damage for the Spanish side, but Friedel made a good sae from the latter just before half-time.

Valencia 2 Tottenham 0: Spurs" unbeaten pre-season ends with defeat in Spain

Valencia 2 Tottenham 0: Spurs' unbeaten pre-season ends with defeat in Spain

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UPDATED:

23:16 GMT, 9 August 2012

A strong Tottenham side lost 2-0 against Primera Division outfit Valencia at the Mestalla on Thursday evening.

Andre Villas-Boas' team had their chances but went down to goals either side of half-time from Jonas and Sofiane Feghouli.

Spurs had the first chance after 10 minutes but Gylfi Sigurdsson saw his shot blocked and four minutes later Aaron Lennon was denied twice when Diego Alves saved his shot and then got up to block the winger's second attempt.

Bale out: The Spurs winger couldn't prevent his side from losing for the first time in their pre-season

Bale out: The Spurs winger couldn't prevent his side from losing for the first time in their pre-season

Team line-ups

Valencia: Diego Alves; Joao Pereira, Victor Ruiz, Ricardo Costa, Jeremy Mathieu, Tino Costa; Fernando Gago, Sofiane Feghouli, Jonas; Jose Andres Guardado, Paco Alcacer.

Tottenham: Brad Friedel; Kyle Walker, Willim Gallas, Jan Vertonghen, Benoit Assou-Ekotto; Jermaine Jenas, Jake Livermore; Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Gareth Bale; Jermain Defoe.

Lennon had another effort blocked
before the visitors were punished for not taking their chances when
Jonas fired into the top corner from 25 yards with 18 minutes gone.

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel kept his side
in the game three minutes before half-time when he saved at the feet of
Feghouli before clearing the loose ball.

Valencia increased their lead with 14 minutes remaining, though, when Feghouli shot across Friedel and into the far corner.

Jake the lad: Livermore was in action for the north London club

Jake the lad: Livermore was in action for the north London club

Rafael van der Vaart saw a shot
deflected wide before Alves saved his free-kick as Tottenham pressed in
the closing stages before Jermain Defoe shot straight at the Valencia
goalkeeper.

Andros Townsend had a stoppage-time shot saved by Alves as Spurs tried in vain to grab a consolation.

Plenty to ponder: Spurs boss Villas-Boas has just a few days now to prepare before the season starts

Plenty to ponder: Spurs boss Villas-Boas has just a few days now to prepare before the season starts

Pulis proud of Stoke but laments what could have been after poor decisions against Valencia

Pulis proud of Stoke but laments what could have been after poor decisions

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was proud of his side's efforts in the 1-0 defeat by Valencia that has left the Potters with an uphill battle to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.

Mehmet Topal's brilliant long-range strike nine minutes before the break settled the first leg in favour of the Spaniards at the Britannia Stadium.

Valencia, who sit third in the Primera Division, were already hot favourites to win the tie and Stoke must now claim victory in the Mestalla next week to extend their European adventure.

Special: Mehmet Topal lets fly to score the only goal of the game

Special: Mehmet Topal lets fly to score the only goal of the game

Pulis said: 'We needed a break, we needed to score first and that would have given everybody a lift and kept us going. We had some good opportunities in the first quarter of an hour and it just didn't break for us then they scored a wonder goal.

'It's disappointing because Rory (Delap) or (Marc) Wilson could have got out to the ball a bit quicker but it's a fantastic strike, a goal worthy of winning any game.

Earning his corn: Asmir Begovic repels Sofiane Feghouli's shot

Earning his corn: Asmir Begovic repels Sofiane Feghouli's shot

'They've got some great quality, they're a Champions League side so for us to give them the game we have, I think we've done smashing.'

Stoke began well and Jon Walters screwed a shot wide inside the first minute, which turned out to be probably their best opportunity all night.

Tough night: Tony Pulis

Impassioned: Tony Pulis and Unai Emery

Tough night: Stoke boss Tony Pulis shows the strain

Valencia took a while to find their passing game but when they did it proved difficult for the Potters to deal with and Asmir Begovic produced a great save to deny Jonas after a jinking run.

The Spaniards seemed determined to walk the ball into the net so there was a certain irony that their goal came from a thundering 30-yard shot from Topal that left Begovic pawing at thin air.

What could have been: Peter Crouch reflects on his wasted opportunity

What could have been: Peter Crouch reflects on his wasted opportunity

Peter Crouch fired a volley just over
the bar towards the end of the first half but chances were few and far
between in the second 45 minutes and it was Valencia who came closest
when Sofiane Feghouli's shot hit the post and then Begovic but somehow
stayed out.

The match became increasingly niggly
towards the end, with Stoke frustrated by perceived time-wasting from
their opponents and also furious at two challenges by Tino Costa on Dean
Whitehead.

Gamesmanship: Jon Walters and Tino Costa go head to head

Gamesmanship: Jon Walters and Tino Costa go head to head

The second in particular angered the midfielder, who was left writhing in agony clutching his leg. Referee Peter Rasmussen did not even award a free-kick and Whitehead, who took out his shinpad to show the damage to the official, was booked for his protests.

He said: 'It was studs-up and he could have broken my leg. If I hadn't had my shinpad on it would have broken my leg.'

In vain: dean Whitehead (floored) and Jon Walters appeal after a challenge by Tino Costa

In vain: dean Whitehead (floored) and Jon Walters appeal after a challenge by Tino Costa

Pulis believes his club have been harshly dealt with by referees in their last three games, with Robert Huth shown a red card against Sunderland but Fulham's Pavel Pobgrebnyak and Costa tonight escaping without punishment.

The Potters boss said: 'Deano's got a hell of a gash on his leg from two challenges by Costa, very poor challenges, and again we're on the wrong end of decisions. They could easily have been red cards.

'The disappointing thing is, a bit like Saturday at Fulham, the referee's ever so close and sees both incidents. For all what they say about us, our lads work hard and have a go, they're very honest lads and those were poor challenges. The lads were upset.'