Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Parker and Dembele boosts

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News, views, and gossip relating to Tottenham over the last 24 hours.

Tottenham Hotspur's chief irritant of late, Society of Black Lawyers chairman Peter Herbert is to hold talks with police before pressing ahead with a complaint over Spurs fans chanting, namely their use of the word 'Yids'. Herbert had given Spurs a deadline of the end of this week to end chanting he described as anti-Semitic, even though these claims have been strongly refuted by supporters and the club itself. It is hoped by fans that police will talk Herbert out of making the complaint.

Scott Parker is back in light training with Spurs after his Achilles in jury, the club have announced. Manager Andre Villas-Boas described the boost as important, although it is still thought to be at least a fortnight until the midfielder can even be considered for first team action. AVB said the priority is for Parker to build up his fitness.

A second piece of good news for the club on the injury front relates to another midfielder, Moussa Dembele. The Belgian has been out for more than a month, and his physio commented on Twitter that the midfielder had been given the all-clear, a message Dembele confirmed himself by retweeting.

Barcelona are said to be interested in two of Tottenham's youngsters, who destroyed them in the NextGen Series 4-1, Alex Pritchard and Shaquile Coulthirst. The pair have also helped Spurs climb to the top of the under-21 Premier League. Tottenham of course have ex-Barcelona starlet Cristian Ceballos in their ranks. The Metro claim Real Madrid are also interested.

Ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has emerged as a contender to become the national team coach of Ukraine. The Ukraine FA are said to have approached the manager, and are holding talks with him. Redknapp had been hotly tipped to manage England after Fabio Capellos departure.

Former Spurs hero Paul Gascoigne is to attend the match in Rome against Lazio between his two former clubs. The 45-year-old had previously been unsure over whether to accept the invitation due to a prior engagement and a dislike of flying. Ahead of the Europa League clash, Spurs' official website takes a detailed look at the Lazio's form, and Tottenham certainly face a challenge. The club have been beaten at home just once all season.

American attacker Clint Dempsey has been named as the US Soccer Athlete of the Year, for the second year in succession. He is the second player after Landon Donovan to win the award in back-to-back years.

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