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Spurs are competing with Fiorentina to sign Dutchman Jordy Clasie

Spurs eye Dutch talent Clasie but Fiorentina first to table offer

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

11:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

Tottenham will have to make their move soon if they want to sign Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie before Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

The 21-year-old, who has been called the Dutch Xavi by some, has been attracting interest from Europe's top clubs, but the Viola appear to have been the first to table on offer, according to the Metro.

Clasie has already played a handful of games in the national side, and could be a perfect fit next to Sandro in the heart of Spurs' midfield.

Wonderkid: Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie is one of Europe's rising stars

Wonderkid: Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie is one of Europe's rising stars

Wanted: Feyenoord are realistic in their attempts to keep him in Holland

Wanted: Feyenoord are realistic in their attempts to keep him in Holland

If a move to White Hart Lane was successful, it could mean the end of Scott Parker's career in North London, with a switch to Fulham, or even QPR if they stay up, on the cards.

Feyenoord's technical directior Martin Van Geel said: 'We do not need to sell him, nor do we
particularly want to, but we have to think of the player’s ambitions and
evaluate the offers from other clubs.

‘There is an offer from Fiorentina, but
we’ll only discuss it at the end of the season. Right now the players
must focus only on Feyenoord.’

Getting on: Scott Parker could be on his way out if Clasie signs for Tottenham

Getting on: Scott Parker could be on his way out if Clasie signs for Tottenham

Sandro injury news: Tottenham fear midfielder out for season

Spurs fear Sandro is out for the season after knee surgery

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

17:06 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:43 GMT, 16 January 2013

Tottenham have confirmed that Sandro has had knee surgery and are worried the midfielder could be out for the season.

The 23-year-old Brazilian only lasted 25 minutes in the 0-0 draw at QPR on Saturday, before landing awkwardly and having to be taken off.

A club statement said: 'Sandro has undergone knee surgery following the injury that forced his substitution against QPR at the weekend.

Sandro reacts badly to the fall which has left him as a doubt for the remainder of the season

In serious pain: Sandro reacts badly to the fall which has left him as a doubt for the remainder of the season

'The midfielder's recovery schedule will be assessed over the next few days.'

Sandro had featured in all 22 of Tottenham's league games so far this season and has been instrumental in them staying in the Champions League positions.

Spurs fans will only be comforted by the fact that Scott Parker appears to be injury free and fit to take his place.

It was thought that Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone may be let out on loan, possibly to join up with former manager Harry Redknapp, but this is now unlikely to happen.

Tottenham have plenty of players to take over from Sandro in his position

Ouch! Tottenham have plenty of players to take over from Sandro in his position

Sandro took to twitter after the incident to tell his followers: 'Hi guys, I'm in some pain at the moment! On my way to the hospital for a scan now so fingers crossed it's good news…thanks for all support.'

He tweeted again today to say: 'Sorry guys, but this one really got me, the beast is hurt.

'My surgery Went well, now its moving forwards with treatment And rest!'

Teammate Gareth Bale also mentioned the midfielder, saying: 'Get well soon @sandroraniere… the beast will be back! '

Emmanuel Adebayor gives Sandro a hand leaving the pitch

Helped off: Emmanuel Adebayor gives Sandro a hand leaving the pitch

Arsenal home tickets for Manchester City priced up to 126

How much Arsenal charge up to 126 for City clash… and the cheapest tickets are still 62

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

11:59 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 9 January 2013

Arsenal fans have had to pay up to 126 for the privilege of watching their team in action against Manchester City this weekend, with away fans and those seeking entry at the cheap end of the scale still asked to stump up 62.

The astonishing prices, by far the most expensive in the Premier League, have sparked a furious reaction up and down the country.

Fans who wanted to attend the match are already voting with their feet after it emerged the opponents had returned almost a third of their allocation.

I wouldn't pay to be here: Man City lost on their last visit to Arsenal

I wouldn't pay to be here: Man City lost on their last visit to Arsenal

City supporters slammed the costs as 'ridiculous' after shunning 900 of the 3,000 away seats.

Kevin Parker of the City Supporters' Group said: 'In 2009 a ticket to Arsenal was 32.50, so in under four years they have gone up by almost 30 and now they're the most expensive in English football. It seems a ridiculous amount of money.

'Some fans are saying, “I'm not paying 62 whether I can afford it or not because I've got to draw a line somewhere”, while others can't afford to pay 62. We play Southampton on February 9 and they are charging 38 a ticket.

'But we go to QPR on January 29 and they are charging 55 a ticket. I think some clubs are losing touch with the ordinary man.'

For home fans, the 126 ticket would get them an upper tier spot near to the halfway line, while lower tier corner tickets – like those in the away section – are marginally under half that figure.

Arsenal are not the only club to have been criticised for expensive tickets but they were revealed to be the hosts of English football's most expensive day out by a BBC survey in October.

Money talks: Home fans have been asked to pay up to 126 for a ticket

Money talks: Home fans have been asked to pay up to 126 for a ticket

FIVE MOST EXPENSIVE AWAY DAYS

Arsenal, Emirates Stadium 62

Chelsea, Stamford Bridge 59

QPR, Loftus Road 55

Tottenham, White Hart Lane 54

Manchester City, Etihad Stadium 51

Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke said: '62 is almost obscene. This is an industry with eye-watering amounts of money coming into the Premier League. It's time fans got more benefits of that.

'You would expect Manchester City against Arsenal to be a guaranteed sell-out but if City are sending 900 tickets back then that speaks volumes.

'They have a reputation for being some of the most loyal fans in the country. In the economic circumstances, straight after Christmas, this is an outrage.'

Mousa Dembele doesn"t fear for his place when Scott Parker is fit again

Great Scot's return is super for Spurs! Dembele doesn't fear for his place when Parker is fit again

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UPDATED:

00:02 GMT, 18 December 2012

GREAT SCOTT! PARKER MAKES GOALSCORING RETURN

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Mousa Dembele does not feel threatened by Scott Parker's return from injury.

And the Tottenham midfielder believes tough competition for places in central midfield will benefit the team.

Parker came on in injury time against Swansea on Sunday, his first action since representing England against Italy at the Euros in June.

Dembele doesn't feel threatened by Parker's return from injury

Dembele doesn't feel threatened by Parker's return from injury

Following that match he had achilles surgery and was out for seven months.

Since then Andre Villas-Boas brought in Dembele who has struck up a partnership with Sandro in the middle.

And with the emergence of youngster Tom Carroll to the first team and Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore also available has meant competition is fierce.

But Dembele said: '(Parker's return is) very important. If you see him in training you can see he can be very important, he’s a very organised guy, very professional.

'He knows what he can do and I think he is an unbelievable player as well so it’s good for the team that there are a lot of rivals (in midfield) because it makes everybody sharp.

'I know if I play one bad game then Jake Livermore, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Tom Carroll, there are a lot of good players who are behind me to come in and who can do well.

'So we have to keep playing and that keeps the level high in this team.'

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.

Matt Parker will learn rugby is not exact science – Chris Foy

New guru Parker will soon learn rugby is not an exact science

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UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 22 November 2012

When England were building towards their 2003 World Cup triumph, Clive Woodward repeatedly talked of the ‘one per centers’ — the focus on minor details which combined to give his side a crucial advantage.

Now the concept is back on the agenda for the national team, but this time they are taking their cue from British Cycling. Matt Parker, the sports scientist who was head of ‘marginal gains’ and played such a part in the glorious exploits in the Olympic Velodrome during London 2012, will soon be working at Twickenham as head of athletic performance.

It was unfortunate that news of the appointment should come on the back of a grim home defeat. This presented a comedic open-goal, and sure enough one wag on Twitter quipped: ‘It isn’t a marginal gain they need, it’s a cavernous gain.’

Different ball game: Matt Parker was head of 'marginal gains' for the cycling team at the Olympics

Different ball game: Matt Parker was head of 'marginal gains' for the cycling team at the Olympics

Yet, what the new recruit represents is an encouraging desire for England to set global standards once again, using any trump card they can muster. Expertise from within the ranks of British Cycling could serve as a major asset in that regard.

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However, what Parker will find is a sport where the appliance of science is, in a sense, a more subtle and complex business than it is in cycling. Rugby presents a less defined challenge for his winning methods. Granted, much comes down to physical preparation and a successful mind-set, which he will recognise, but raw emotion and collective will come into the equation in a way he may not.

Rugby and science have become joined at the hip. Players wear GPS tracking devices to gauge speed and movement, their heart-rate is monitored and analysed. Diets are strictly controlled, gym regimes are meticulously prepared.

But this is a game which puts an onus on raw courage and that cannot be drilled, although the work of psychologists helps. And old-school values have not been wholly eradicated. In France, there is still plenty of bread on the table and many players still enjoy a drop of red. Saracens have made a virtue of their ‘bonding’ weekends at Munich’s Oktoberfest and elsewhere.

There was a striking contrast after Argentina’s win in Cardiff this month. While the vanquished trooped off for stints in an ice chamber to aid their recovery, the victors cracked open a crate of cider. So, England are right to embrace progress and a visionary approach but they would be wise to strike a balance between new ways and old.

Quote of the week

England flanker Tom Wood reveals how he manages a persistent foot problem with this unusual alternative to a traditional spa session: ‘I put my foot in ice — I make it hot and cold to flush inflammation out.

‘I also claw with my feet in buckets of sand and rice in order to strengthen the toes. I try to do it three times a day. It’s generally done down in the physio room.

‘It’s quite nice here at Pennyhill Park, we have the massage and physio room downstairs, with the TV on, so I can just head down there and get the various treatments I need. I can get pampered for an afternoon in a bucket of rice!’

Rice is nice: Tom Wood loves to be pampered in a bucket of grain

Rice is nice: Tom Wood loves to be pampered in a bucket of grain

You’re still a hero at Exeter, Tom

Rob Baxter, Exeter’s director of rugby, evidently has a canny grasp of man-management. On Tuesday, he was given the unexpected news that Tom Johnson would be back with the Chiefs this weekend, after being dropped by England. His response was of the arm-round-the-shoulder kind — a strong public statement of faith in his surely despondent player.

‘Tom’s been incredibly unlucky but sometimes players get dropped on the back of a team performance rather than an individual one and that is what has happened with him,’ said Baxter. ‘He’s in that unfortunate position where he hasn’t done anything wrong. Most people have been very complimentary about the way he’s played.

‘I’m a little upset for Tom, but sometimes it’s a case of, “Last man in, first man out”, when they’ve looked to make changes, which I can understand.’

Thus, Baxter tactfully questioned England’s selection and bolstered Johnson’s self-esteem. Expect the flanker to respond with a storming performance against London Irish on Sunday.

The final word

To call this a big weekend for Wales would be something of an under-statement.

With the edifice of Welsh rugby seemingly on the brink of collapse, Lions coach Warren Gatland is back at the helm, with a Midas touch needed to avert a calamity against the All Blacks. Mixed messages are emerging about morale in the ranks.

Blame game: Warren Gatland said the media created a 'rift' in his squad

Blame game: Warren Gatland said the media created a 'rift' in his squad

On the one hand, the Kiwi was relaxed when naming his side and revealed that a quip to his management team at the start of the week that ‘the Messiah is back’ was met by a mocking put-down, which he took to be an encouraging sign.

Yet, on the other hand, Gatland condemned the media for supposedly creating a ‘rift’ between openside rivals Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric, while Jonathan Davies laid bare the hurt over criticism of players on Twitter.

If there is a concerted attempt to circle the wagons and create an us-against-the-world, siege mentality ahead of tomorrow’s clash with New Zealand, that could be an astute move. But if these are indications of a thin-skinned squad feeling the strain, heaven help them when Richie McCaw and Co set about them.

Karren Brady sends Roy Hodgson five DVDs of Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble

Here's your homework, Roy! Hammers chief Brady sends FIVE DVDs of Noble and Nolan to England boss

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UPDATED:

10:49 GMT, 17 November 2012

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has sent England manager Roy Hodgson five DVDs of midfielders Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble.

The pair have been in fine form for the Hammers this season and Brady wants the Three Lions boss to take notice.

Pay attention: Karren Brady has been impressed with the Hammers duo

Pay attention: Karren Brady has been impressed with the Hammers duo

Brady said that although the club lost a
leader when Scott Parker moved to Tottenham when West Ham were
relegated, Nolan had filled in superbly.

'The measure of Sam Allardyce as a manager is he recognised Kevin Nolan from previous connections as the man to replace Parker, 32, in that role,' she wrote in The Sun.

'Spurs are suffering from the long absence of Parker with an Achilles heel injury, while 30-year-old Nolan is thriving with us.

'He scored his fifth goal of the season — from midfield, don’t forget — in our highly satisfying win at Newcastle.

'Sam (Allardyce) is also bringing a lot more out of Mark Noble. Are you watching, Roy Hodgson Just to be sure I’ve sent you five DVDs.'

Bang on: Kevin Nolan scored against his old club Newcastle, while Mark Noble (below) has also been playing well

Bang on: Kevin Nolan scored against his old club Newcastle, while Mark Noble (below) has also been playing well

Hard worker: Mark Noble dribbles past Yaya Toure

Many clubs are protective of their
players and do not want them to leave for international duty but that
does not appear to be the case in east London.

Irons
boss Allardyce backed Hodgson's decision to call up Andy Carroll to the
England squad in October even though he had just returned from injury.

The trio have helped West Ham up to sixth in the Barclays Premier League, only two points away from Everton in fourth place.

However the fixture list has been
kind to them thus far and they face a tough run on the horizon after
Saturday's match at home against Stoke.

They will face Tottenham and Manchester United away before Chelsea and Liverpool at Upton Park.

Jan Vertonghen hoping Tottenham hopes are not hampered by injuries

Vertonghen hoping Spurs are not hampered by injuries ahead of Saints trip

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12:50 GMT, 26 October 2012

High hopes: Vertonghen (right) challenges Chelsea's Eden Hazard last weekend

High hopes: Vertonghen (right) challenges Chelsea's Eden Hazard last weekend

Jan Vertonghen hopes injuries do not prevent Tottenham getting back to winning ways at Southampton this weekend.

Spurs have suffered an unfortunate number of blows already this season as they juggle domestic and European commitments.

Scott Parker has yet to feature this term due to an achilles injury, while Younes Kaboul and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have been out since sustaining injuries early in the campaign.

That trio are still a way off returning,
although manager Andre Villas-Boas is likely to be able to welcome back
Mousa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor for Sunday's trip to the south coast.

Gareth Bale is also in line to feature
against his former club after the birth of his first child – a welcome
boost for a Spurs side that suffered a disappointing 4-2 home defeat to
Chelsea in their last Premier League outing.

'I think the Chelsea game was just one incident,' Vertonghen said.

Back in action: Bale is set to start for Spurs

Back in action: Bale is set to start for Spurs

'We missed so many players and I hope a few can come back against Southampton.

'It
has been an unlucky season for us with all those injuries and I am
looking forward to playing with our best team very soon because we can
be so strong.

'The Chelsea game was just unlucky. We made a couple of wrong choices.

'We're very confident for the rest of the Premier League. Southampton are next and they really want to play good football.

'They believe in their own philosophy and I think we have done better in the away games until now so hopefully we can carry that on Sunday.'

Bad day at the office: Chelsea put four past Spurs

Bad day at the office: Chelsea put four past Spurs

If Tottenham are to get a result at
St Mary's, there will need to be a vast improvement from their Europa
League display in Slovenia of Thursday night.

Gylfi
Sigurdsson's second-half goal earned the north Londoners a 1-1 draw at
NK Maribor, who took the lead late in the first half through Robert
Beric.

Tottenham have
drawn all three of their Group J fixtures so far and sit just two points
shy of leaders Lazio and one point off Maribor.

'We
came here for a win so it is frustrating,' Vertonghen said. 'We hoped
to play better but the group is still open so we have hope.

'We have two good home games to come so we're still very confident of making the next round.

Making a point: Sigurdsson (right) netted the equaliser against Maribor

Making a point: Sigurdsson (right) netted the equaliser against Maribor

'I think if we win these next home games we're in pole position to make it to the next round.

'We have played Lazio at home and the best two home games are to come so the group is very confident.'

Tottenham's draw in Slovenia was one of a number of shock results for English sides in Europe this week.

Manchester United had to turn around a two-goal deficit to overcome Braga on the same night that Chelsea lost 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk.

The following day Schalke condemned Arsenal to their first their first home Champions League defeat since 2009, but the biggest shock came in Amsterdam as Ajax beat Manchester City 3-1.

Pointing the way: Spurs boss Villas-Boas

Pointing the way: Spurs boss Villas-Boas

The result was a crushing blow to City's hopes of making the knockout stages but did not surprise Vertonghen, who made more than 200 appearances for the Dutch club before his summer move to White Hart Lane.

'I could not watch as I had no internet in my room so had to watch the highlights,' the defender said.

'It was not really a surprise for me because they always do well against English teams.

'I am really not surprised about the result. I told the guys not to bet on City.

'I'm joking but they are just a very good team and can play very good football. I was happy with the result.'

Nike offloads Umbro brand to Iconix in 140m deal

Nike offloads Umbro brand to Iconix in 140m deal… and will it be passed on to Mike Ashley

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UPDATED:

14:39 GMT, 24 October 2012

Nike has confirmed it will offload Umbro to Iconix Brand Group in a $220m (137m) deal designed at slimming down its assets.

As revealed by Sportsmail two weeks ago, the once-proud kit supplier to England and a host of leading clubs will be sold off after four years under Nike's banner.

Nike announced five months ago that Umbro would be sold, but Iconix was confirmed as the buyer only on Wednesday.

Iconix could lease the Umbro name to Mike Ashley's Sports Direct.

Proud: Umbro supplied the England team for more than 50 years

Proud: Umbro supplied the England team for more than 50 years

Umbro has already been stripped of its biggest sponsorship agreements, including England and Manchester City, whose kit will be supplied by Nike from next year.

Umbro now supplies kit for just three English clubs – Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers.

Mark Parker, Nike's chief executive, said in a statement: 'It is a difficult decision to divest any business, but this action will enable us to focus on our highest-potential opportunities.

'Umbro has a great heritage, but ultimately, as our category strategy has evolved, we believe Nike Football can serve the needs of footballers on and off the pitch.'

Takeover: England will be supplied by Nike from next year, ending a long association with Umbro

Takeover: England will be supplied by Nike from next year, ending a long association with Umbro

Nike announced the purchase of Umbro in October 2007 and completed it the following year for $582m (363m).

However, Umbro's revenue declined by 19 per cent after being swallowed by the competition between Nike and Adidas to supply the world's leading club.

Neal Cole, chief executive of Iconix, said: 'Umbro is a true, authentic football brand with a global loyal consumer fan base and we are thrilled to be adding it to our portfolio of iconic brands.

'Umbro is an exciting acquisition with more than 30 licensees in over 100 countries with a devout following.

'We look forward to working with our international partners to maintain and expand upon the rich heritage of Umbro.'

Jack Wilshere will bring flair back for England – Jamie Redknapp

The flair will return for England when Jack's back in the team

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22:26 GMT, 18 October 2012

Having Jack Wilshere back in the England team will make a big difference but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking one player can turn us into world-beaters.

Roy Hodgson’s side aren’t creating many chances at the moment and although they are doing well not to lose matches, there is not much imagination in the team.

Key player: Wilshere in action for England against Wales in Cardiff last year

Key player: Wilshere in action for England against Wales in Cardiff last year

Our best chances come when Steven Gerrard drives forward but we can’t expect him to be Roy of the Rovers all the time. We need creativity out wide, as well as the inevitable flair Wilshere will bring through the middle.

What Wilshere excels at is one-twos around the box and they are the
most difficult thing in football to defend against because your natural
reaction is to follow the ball rather than the man. It is something Andres
Iniesta and Xavi have made a living out of.

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere

Flair: England will receive a boost when Wilshere retires

THE STATS SAY…

PASS COMPLETION

Wilshere has an 87 per cent pass
completion rate in an England shirt — the third best from the current crop of central midfielders. Tom Cleverley is top with 92 per cent and Scott Parker is second with 89 per cent.

ATTACKING PENETRATION

In 2010-11, his last full season playing Premier League football, Wilshere had the third highest pass average in the attacking third — 43.7 per 90 minutes — only behind Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas (57.3) and Chelsea’s Michael Essien (44.6).

Wilshere, like all very good players, has an image in his head of where the next pass is going — that means he is a step ahead and rarely loses possession. It’s as if he has wing mirrors.

So he will give England a lift, although he shouldn’t be surprised if he picks up a few more niggles. It’s perfectly normal when returning from a big spell out to pick up secondary injuries.

England have two ways they can use Wilshere. He could sit in front of the back four and be England’s Andrea Pirlo, having more than 100 touches per match and dictating the game.

He is a good tackler so that would work well, though I wonder if he’s a little too young for that role.

Alternatively, you can use him higher up the pitch, linking with Wayne Rooney. As long as we get him on the ball lots, England will benefit.

In the thick of it: Steven Gerrard in action for England in Poland on Wednesday

In the thick of it: Steven Gerrard in action for England in Poland on Wednesday