A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.
After losing the match with Chelsea at the weekend Spurs look set to battle the Blues over the signing of Shakhtar forward Willian come January. Both clubs had bids turned down for the Brazilian in the summer and the player admits he would find it difficult to choose between the clubs if given such a choice.
One thing that may help Spurs is the player’s “friendship” with Andre Villas-Boas. The Portuguese manager has tried to sign Willian for both Chelsea and Spurs now, and the player has discussed how he has kept in contact with Villas-Boas.
Following the loss on Saturday William Gallas has said that he hopes Spurs can move on quickly from the disappointment. Speaking about the match, Gallas, who was captain on Saturday, said:
“We have to put this behind us,” said William, skipper on Saturday. “It’s difficult to accept it, especially when it’s against Chelsea, a big derby, because you always want to win."
Spurs now have a run of three away games in a week, with the trip to Slovenia to face Maribor on Thursday followed by a trip to Southampton on Sunday, before visiting Norwich in the Capital One Cup next Wednesday.
Michael Dawson has reportedly been targeted by Southampton as someone who can shore up their leaky back line. The Saints currently have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, and the former England man has yet to make an impression for Spurs under Andre Villas-Boas, having fallen behind Steven Caulker in the pecking order.
David Bentley is not on his way back to North London having made only five appearances for his loan club FC Rostov, despite some reports indicating an early return was imminent. The midfielder, who is Spurs’ record signing, has picked up an ankle injury but it is now believed to not be that serious and he could be in contention for Rostov’s next fixture.
There have been further reports about Hugo Lloris getting impatient at his lack of starts for Spurs, with French journalist Julien Laurens telling Talksport the French number one was shocked not to start against Chelsea on Saturday.
David Ginola has tipped Gareth Bale to become one of the best players in the world, and said that Spurs may struggle to keep him in the long run.
Finally, Scott Parker has been keeping busy as he recovers from injury by starting his UEFA coaching badges, perhaps with an eye on management once his playing days are over.
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