Tottenham head into their fixture with Reading with no new injury concerns after the international break with Younes Kaboul and Scott Parker the only noticeable absentees from proceedings. Hugo Lloris is not even expected to be on the bench according to reports attributed to Andre Villas Boas today as the French stopper has only trained once with his new team-mates; Brad Friedel will continue in between the sticks after a strong performance against Norwich.
Clint Dempsey is expected to make his debut at some point in the game but may have to settle for a place on the bench after a strenuous week playing with the USA.
Miroslav Klose has revealed there was a late opportunity for him to play in the Premier League for the first time this season after Tottenham chased his signature on deadline day. The 34-year-old is a prolific goalscorer for Germany and has long been linked with various moves to the English top flight and it was revealed by him that Spurs had a bid accepted for his services by current club Lazio. However after carefully assessing his options the former Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich striker decided to remain in Serie A for the foreseeable future.
Spurs have been linked with hotly tipped French youngster Raphael Varane who is available for loan from Real Madrid. After the recent link up between the clubs in the light of Luka Modric’s deal they could have the edge over various other suitors to the 19-year-old’s precocious talent. A deal in January could be likely as extra centre back cover whilst Jan Vertonghen is permanently moved to left back in the absence of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, if Cameroon qualifies for the African Nations.
Tottenham were defeated in the NextGen Series last night in front of a large crowd at White Hart Lane. The Young Lilywhites played well throughout matching their Catalan opposition for possession but interestingly enough it was namesake for a current Spurs first teamer that caused their demise, with Sandro clinically taking two chances to send Tottenham to their first defeat of this years edition.
Meanwhile David Bentley feels the turning point in his career was when he infamously tipped a bucket of ice water over Harry Redknapp. He believes after that moment Redknapp no longer picked him on purpose as some sort of punishment over the incident. You can watch the video on the above link.
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