Sherwood’s happy dance
Sherwood’s happy dance
Wow, that was hectic! So another January transfer window comes to an end, but no need to worry, only another 364 days to go until the next one. £126 million ($207 million) was spent over January, breaking last year’s record of £120 million. Amazingly, a lot of the top Premier League clubs refrained from breaking the bank over the first month of the new year.
Liverpool missed out on one of their top targets on deadline day. A deal for Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka fell through at the last minute after Dnipro’s president refused to sign the paperwork. Saturday’s newspapers report that Tottenham will look to hijack interest from the Reds when the window reopens in the summer.
For this rumor and the rest of Saturday’s transfer gossip, click here.
Tottenham Hotspur spent over £100 million on signings in the summer transfer window. That summer of love looks to turn into a winter of discontent as the misfits look to engineer a move away. With so many new signings, some of the players have struggled to fit in. Wednesday’s newspapers report that Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue head the queue to depart White Hart Lane.
For this rumor and the rest of Wednesday’s transfer gossip, click here.
There are rivalries in every league across the world, but none that are quite as intense as the one between Arsenal and Tottenham.
They really, really, REALLY hate each other.
Most of the Gunner faithful wouldn’t even think of dating a Spurs supporter. But one Arsenal fan admitted to being in a relationship with a Tottenham fan. His idea of romance? Urinating on her Spurs shirt. What a gentleman. (Skip to about 1:15 in the video and see his confession.)
This may be just a hunch, but that relationship probably won’t last very long unless he buys her a new, urine-free kit.
(H/T Off The Post)
LAUDERHILL, Fla. – Toronto FC spent seven long and painful years trying to get out of its own way. Two big steps taken over the past few days suggest TFC may have finally turned the corner.
Only the most fanciful Reds fan would have expected the week Toronto has had. Michael Bradley agreed to a $10 million move from AS Roma to provide the leadership and the midfield quality required to inspire a turnaround. Dwayne De Rosario returned to the club after a bitter departure under a previous regime that underscores the differences between now and then. And Jermain Defoe sealed a long-expected switch from Tottenham Hotspur in the early hours of Friday morning to conclude a staggering trio of signings.
The incoming stars – including promising Brazilian striker Gilberto – highlight the strength of this reconstituted club. MLSE turned to Tim Leiweke to bolster its sports properties and lead its sprawling organization. Leiweke leaned on his extensive MLS experience from his days with Anschutz Entertainment Group to install league executive Tim Bezbatchenko as his new general manger. And then the two men compiled a plan to steer one of the league’s four biggest clubs in the correct direction.
Tim Leiweke never sets his sights modestly. #mls— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy)
MLSE allotted significant funds to bankroll the search for two high-profile Designated Players. Leiweke established an ambitious set of targets and landed them Bezbatchenko shored up the squad with lower-profile acquisitions – proven MLS players capable of lifting the overall talent level within the shallow ranks like Jackson and Justin Morrow – and watched the pliable, but still relevant, salary budget carefully.
All of the work paid off this week. TFC deployed its considerable resources to present Bradley (rumored to receive a four-fold increase in his salary to start a second spell) and Defoe (handed a four-year contract poised to carry him through to his footballing dotage) with lucrative offers they simply could not refuse given the landscape elsewhere. De Rosario offered a cheaper, but perhaps no less, import designed to link past with present and provide support for a team still in need of alternatives.
The job isn’t done yet. There are players still to acquire to round out a group still lacking balance and squad depth in comparison to the league’s top sides. Ryan Nelsen must prove his acumen extends beyond tempting former Spurs teammate Defoe to cross the Atlantic. This concoction of intriguing players must produce the club’s first playoff berth and subsequently satisfy far loftier expectations.
Even with Bradley, Defoe and De Rosario in the fold now, there is no guarantee of success. But the methods required to bring them to the club instill hope it might finally arrive sooner rather than later.
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Not content with shocking the world of soccer with the supposedly imminent signing of USA’s finest midfielder Michael Bradley, Major League Soccer outfit Toronto FC are closing in on a move for another international, this time England and Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe.
The striker has Premier League, World Cup and European experience, so should rip up the MLS if he joins. Elsewhere, unsettled Chelsea star Juan Mata is now on the radar for a return to Real Madrid, who he left as a youth star years ago. We think he’d fit right in.
You can read more on those two rumors, as well as many, many more, in a packed edition of Paper Chase.
Lille forward Solomon Kalou is reportedly growing tired of life in France and is eyeing up a move to a Premier League giant. Lille currently sit third in Ligue 1, only four points off top side Paris Saint-Germain. Lille have a real chance of winning the title, but Kalou may decide he wants to have another crack at the Premier League.
In Monday’s newspapers, Liverpool and Tottenham are eyeing up the Ivorian who left Stamford Bridge in July 2012.
For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen wanted to make sure this young Arsenal mascot knew what to do with anything Tottenham-related. Hide it.
He’ll have a deep-rooted hate for Spurs in no time.
This tackle by Stoke’s Charlie Adam has Tottenham midfielder Paulinho sidelined for up to a month. It’s not the first time Adam has seemingly gone after Spurs players, including a couple of incidents involving Gareth Bale.
Adam took to Twitter to clear the air:
Just for the record and to the people tweeting me abuse saying so, I don’t and never have had anything against @SpursOfficial— Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam)
Paulinho’s fellow Brazilian teammate, Sandro, had a message for Adam as well, using his own Twitter and Instagram accounts to send a menacing warning:
Charlie Adams - THE BEAST IS WATCHING YOU!!! - @sandroraniere
Adam may be a little more cautious next time he takes on Tottenham.
Tottenham have had a season to forget so far. Having lavished over £100 million on fresh talent after Gareth Bale’s exit, they are languishing outside the Premier League’s top four. Sandro has been one of the bright sparks in a so far disappointing campaign.
Monday’s newspapers say the Brazilian midfielder has rejected interest from Italian clubs including Roma and giants Inter Milan.
For this story and the rest of Monday’s transfer gossip, click here.