Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Vertonghen fitness and Llorente decision

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Tottenham are in buoyant mood today after avoiding defeat to Manchester United in the league for the first time in 23 years, courtesy of Clint Dempsey's late leveller at White Hart Lane yesterday.

One player who missed the match was Jan Vertonghen who was ill and only placed on the bench for case of emergency, with Michael Dawson taking his place. Manager Andre Villas-Boas has today said he is confident Vertonghen will resume training by the end of the week and be back for the FA Cup fixture with Leeds this weekend.

Praising the strength of his squad, AVB said: "We have had great partnerships this season at the back and we are fortunate enough to be able to rotate and still have performances like we did so I am extremely happy."

Notorious bad loser Sir Alex Ferguson is heading for a touchline ban after being asked to clarify his comments on the linesman in yesterday's match. Ferguson was insistent Wayne Rooney should have had a penalty, but even replays showed the claimed 'foul' on the striker to be inconclusive. Ferguson launched a post-match tirade and has now been asked by the FA to explain himself.

24 hours after it was confirmed one-time target Wesley Sneijder would be signing for Galatasaray rather than coming to the Premier League, it appears certain Fernando Llorente will not be either. The sporting director of Juventus has stated the striker is on his way to Turin, in the summer transfer window. 

'I'm optimistic about his contract. He will play for Juventus from July 1," said Giuseppe Marotta. It appears to end any now faint hopes Tottenham had of luring the Spaniard on board either this month or in the summer.

Another reported Spurs target, Younes Belhanda is in talks with Fenerbahce over a move, despite the Montpellier president publicly criticising the Turkish club's bid last week. The player has agreed personal terms and it is now down to the two clubs to agree a fee.

In an interview the always outspoken defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has claimed he wants to play on until he is 45. In an interview with CNN he has been talking about his love for the game, turning round a commonly conceived myth, perhaps of his own creating, that football was just a job to him.

Earlier today we took a look at what Spurs fans were saying about midfielder Scott Parker on Twitter after his first Premier League start back; and the good news for the Englishman is that the 'reviews' were largely positive. Also on HITC Sport today we have taken a look at Spurs target Willian, and where his future will lie once the transfer window has closed.

We have also taken a look at Schalke's negotiations with Spurs for the transfer of Lewis Holtby this month ahead of his summer switch, and why the Germans are well within their rights to play hardball and hang onto the midfielder for as long as they can.

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