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23 Dec 2015 13:05:36
With January fast approaching, and Spurs looking to push on to seal a Champions League spot, could you tell us who they are looking at please Ed002?


{Ed002's Note - A good question Ed001. It is difficult to answer anything and pin it on January as clubs are not keen to sell – but I have tried to give a hint (my view). Lots of players are looked at over the course of a season and I will try and capture as many of the ones where there has been more than a glance or two:

Right Back:

Very unlikely: Roma's Alessandro Florenzi is seen by Barcelona as a player they would like to bring in during the summer of 2016. They may be pushed in to making an offer in January with a number of sides having had the player watched, including Spurs and Bayern Munich.

Centre Back:

I have no idea, but: A youngster from the lower leagues, Ilkeston’s Jordan Wheatley, has attracted serious interest from Leicester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Spurs, Nottingham Forest and Brighton.

Left Back:

Unlikely but possible: Leceister's Ben Chilwell has been attracting the attention of a number of sides with Arsenal, Brighton & Hove Albion, Liverpool and Norwich all attending a Huddersfield Town game to watch the loanee after he impressed in the academy next season. Spurs and Newcastle have also been keeping a watchful eye. As far as I know, nobody has any decalred interest in him at this time.

Defensive Midfield:

North London is likely, Spurs is not: Inter's Marcelo Brozovic has been made available to raise funds with the club offering him to Spurs, Arsenal (who previously tried to sign him from Dinamo Zagreb) and Chelsea. Villarael and Barcelona have been watching him as well. Inter were looking to replace him with Grujic but have lost out there.

Possible still but tough to call: Interest of Chelsea in Wanyama is probably speculative as they have been looking for a defensive midfield player with no luck so far. Donsah and Allan were both at one time close to a move whilst it became clear quite quickly that both Dendoncker and Kondogbia were not going to happen. With interest from elsewhere in Romeu - and the club unable to assure him first team football - they agreed to move to Southampton. Spurs do remain keen on Wanyama and may return in January with another offer. Whilst Southampton don't want to sell they may be tempted as the player is not keen on agreeing a new contract. Unless Southampton consider they have sufficient cover, they will likely resist a move in January. From the perspective of the player, it would be better to hold on for the summer when his value would be less and he may well have better choices available to him as he seeks Champions League football. Right now he would be priced out of a move to anywhere other than an English side or an elite and financial well off European side. Previous interest of Arsenal and both of the Manchester clubs has gone for now.

Very unlikely: Bologna's Amadou Diawara will not be moving to Chelsea in January but Chelsea do, like Juventus and Manchester City, maintain an interest in the player. Spurs, Marseille, PSG and Fiorentina have also had the player watched this season.


Possible: Although Sofiane Boufal only moved to Lille in January 2015, a bid from Spurs is expected in 2016. PSG and Monaco have both had the player watched regularly and PSG has spoken with Lille to see if some sort of deal may be possible. Roma, Mancheser City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Lyon have also had the player watched this season.

Possible if price is not an issue: Axel Witsel was looking for a new challenge; Juventus, Milan or Olympiakos thought they may be able to provide it in the summer. Juventus put an offer on the table and it has got as far as talks taking place - but it was not enough for a deal to happen. Milan stepped back in the summer due to cost - as Olympiakos have already done. Chelsea has been approached again but the requested deal is a little unusual and not suited to the club. PSG were also approached and they may look at Witsel again. Spurs has maintained a position that they "may" be interested in a deal. In the interim, Milan has been approached and offered a deal that they may find acceptable in January.

Hard to call but I rather doubt it: Juventus, Arsenal and Chelsea enquired about Rabiot in 2013 and PSG were not keen to sell. Chelsea, Roma and Arsenal enquired in the summer of 2014 but all would see him as one for the future - and neither would commit to the guarantee of first team football that was being requested by the player. Roma tried for a deal in January 2015 but to no avail. For more than a year Rabiot has been bleating about not being in the first team at PSG and a move to any of the interested sides would not have resolve that in the short term. However, Arsenal, Spurs, Newcastle and Manchester City had him watched over during last season on a regular basis, and Spurs were keen on taking him on a loan to buy deal. Although previously backing away due to the request for a guarantee of playing time, talks did again happen with Juventus in July 2015. Roma, Spurs and Arsenal may rekindle their interest if PSG were to look to let him go in January. I am pretty sure if that is the case then Wenger will want to talk to the player (and his mother) to ensure that his head is in the right place. His preference for Roma is getting weaker as they think more seriously about a move. Chelsea simply saw him as too much grief in the end.

Can’t see it: The constantly fishing agent of Rubin Kazan's Magomed Ozdoev has said Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen, Liverpool and Spurs have watched the player this season. Previously he said that Dortmund, Lyon, Basel and Spartak Moscow are interested in the player. Tough to see a move to England happening.

If pushed I would say perhaps a summer move to Real Madrid – too expensive for most others: Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester City both remain keen on the signing of Miralem Pjanic and although both may need to sell before buying it is less likely they will now be put off by the price. PSG would be willing to include Verratti as part of the deal but Verratti is set on a move elsewhere and with his recent injury may not be available in January. Roma's owners have said they don't want to sell but the player is probably looking for a way out - and I suspect Manchester City will be pushing for a January deal. Liverpool and Spurs enquired in the summer and were made aware that he could be available at the right price - but that would be very high (€50M) and the player has said he has no interest in either club - whether or not that would change if the asking price and wages were matched I don't know. But I very much expect he is beyond the means of both sides. Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Zenit St Petersburg seem to have dropped their interest. The player is looking for €250k per week in wages and would probably not be interested in moving to a non-Champions League club.

Attacking Midfield/Wing:

Unlikely: PSG may well be willing to let Moura move on as he has not settled that well in France - but whether they would be willing to do so in January is not clear. An attempt was made to strike a deal for Lucas Moura to make a return to Sao Paulo on loan in January 2015, but PSG pulled the plug as discussions dragged on. Juventus had declared interest if he becomes available but baulked at the €40M asking price they were given. Spurs and Liverpool did manage to scout him recently, although he has been starting from the bench a lot this season. His agent has spoken to Arsenal about him but I don't know if they would be interested.

Very unlikely: Milan have enquired about the availability of Palermo's Franco Vazquez and were told that he would be allowed to leave in the summer if an offer of more than €30M were made. That would be enough to scare off Inter. Chelsea and Spurs have scouted the player this season.

Perhaps a summer battle but not January: Schalke rejected bids from Spurs and Stoke for Leroy Sane in the summer. A number of clubs from across Europe have had the player watched in the first and reserve sides towards the end of last season and at the start of this - including Manchester United, Sunderland, Arsenal, Liverpool, Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham and RBL.

Maybe but the kid needs to think about his career: Bournemouth has been trying to buy Birmingham's Demarai Gray since January 2015 and have several bids rejected. They will return before January to try again. Leicester, Arsenal and Liverpool have also enquired after the player with Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool watching him on several occasions.

Not going to happen: Partizan Belgrade's Andrija Zivkovic has been of sustained interest to Atletico Madrid and Chelsea with Valencia, Manchester City, Arsenal, Spurs, Benfica and Cagliari all watching the player. Chelsea were looking to sign Zivkovic in the summer and send him on loan, but it is Atletico who will probably complete a January deal.

Not going to happen: Shakhtar's Alex Teixeira has accepted an offer to join Chelsea in January, but the move remains subject to the clubs agreeing a fee and terms - but they have been negotiating. Juventus and and PSG have a declared interest and Spurs have watched him recently but it is unlikely a move to Chelsea can be disrupted.

Very unlikely: Manchester City, Atletico, Spurs and Valencia have all previously declared an interest in Gokhan Tore with Atletico having made two offers to take him as a replacement for Arda Turan in the summer. I would think any Manchester City bid is dependent on David Silva moving on and that has gone for now. Valencia will probably not now follow up on their interest. Spurs interest remains. Additionally, Besiktas has said that Arsenal has again watched the player. However, they have said that they are not looking to sell him over the winter window but are open to further discussions over making an agreement for a summer move to Atletico Madrid - and further discussions are scheduled. Besiktas have not been approached by West Ham United with any offer to take Tore back to London.

Maybe the shock move of the winter but I am still convinced he wants Italy: A meeting between Inter and PSG on December 30, 2014 concluded that the transfer of Lavezzi could take place but first PSG need to talk with the player about reduced wage demands - but he has returned to South America without permission and Inter dropped their interest as they were not interested in being screwed around. However, PSG again approached Inter whilst the the player is keen they don't have the money. Interest from Juventus, Napoli and Valencia has gone for now but PSG are looking for the Inter deal to bring in much needed transfer revenue. The only interest seemingly remaining at this time is from Spurs and Barcelona.

Not going to happen: Braga's Rafa Silva has been of interested to Benfica, Everton, Southampton, Wolfsburg and Schalke for a number of months. West Ham, Real Betis, Bayer Leverkusen, Marseille and Spurs have had him watched but to the best of my knowledge not enquired further at this time. Notably, Manchester United have watched in several recent games.

Very unlikely: Barcelona need to raise some funds through sales as they are still looking to strengthen in several areas and will also be bringing players through that have been getting experience in the B team. Like Deulofeu who moved to Everton, Roberto has been of interest to English sides including Spurs and, in particular, Chelsea. There is also sustained interest from Inter Milan but his price would likely deter them. Chelsea have recently discussed the player with Barcelona again.

One to watch but cannot see a move to Spurs: Mainz will have no interest in selling Yunus Malli in January but are aware that Bayern Munich, Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and Galatasaray have all looked at the player. For the summer, Malli is the sort of player who Klopp may have Liverpool scouts look at, particularly given that he knows the player well. An ex-German international tells me he is getting better and better and would suit the English game. He is also the sort of player that a club like Arsenal may look to if they are planning Central or Attacking Midfield changes in the summer.


I think something can be done: Spurs may again push for a deal with Berahino this January and may face competition from Newcastle.}

Maybe a surprise but I think something can be done if Spurs want: Barcelona's Sando Ramirez is surplus to requirements and will be sold in January to raise funds. Marseille, Spurs and Roma have a declared interest although with Marseille seemingly having struck a deal with another target they are likely out of the market for Sandro.

Possible but might be a real battle: Arsenal have a sustained interest in Marseille's Michy Batshuayi - but Marseille may price him out of a move in January. Atletico, Juventus, Newcastle, Spurs, Manchester United, Valencia, PSG and Chelsea have had the player watched this season and Marseille has spoken to Valencia and Chelsea about the player. Interest of Porto, Milan, Monaco and Benfica has seemingly moved on for now. Interest of Lyon has gone due to the price. Atletico may be hedging their bets over a move by Griezmann. (A side note that others have not seen yet: Marseille would like to price Batshuayi out of a move but have the opportunity to grab his replacement in January – cash strapped, and with the interest there is in him they are getting in to talk with all of the clubs who are interested to see whether they wish to pursue their interest. They have a representative coming in to England today (Wednesday) and she will be staying for about a week.)

Makes no sense in the mid to long term – back up option at best: Besiktas would like to keep hold of Mario Gomez and make his loan permanent - but they are aware that the right offer from England or Spain would tempt both the player and Fiorentina. Manchester United and Spurs have both taken a look at him recently.

Basel's Breel Embolo remains a target of Borussia Moenchengladbach, Spurs, Inter, Juventus, Red Bull Leipzig and West Ham with Basel aware of interest from all of these clubs in addition to Wolfsburg who have discussed a transfer with the club. Barcelona, Everton, Southampton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester have also had the player watched.

Makes no sense in the mid to long term – back up option at best: There is a chance that Spurs may look to Negredo again as an alternative to other striking targets if January proves difficult to get extra forces in. Napoli may also look to him as a short term solution if they lose Higuain during 2016.

Makes no sense in the mid to long term – back up option at best: Barcelona has approached Celta Vigo about taking Nolito in January - but Nolito says he will not move anywhere just as cover for others and wants a commitment of game time. Both Spurs and Arsenal have had Nolito watched by scouts recently. They may be an option. A Spanish club could force move (if the player agrees) by paying a release clause that he has, but even though he has been playing well recently, Barcelona are the only club to have shown an interest at this time.

I cannot see any English side taking him on, the answer for him is somewhere in Italy - Pato has not had a good time this past couple of years and Corinthians loaned him to Sao Paulo until the end of the year - but it hasn't worked out that well. He has been in mixed form and unfit and I would think far from able to perform at the premier league level. Corinthians would be really pleased if someone were to buy him =- actually they are pretty desparate to sell and have now taken a pretty extreme measure through a third party to seek a new own. Although the Liverpool supporters are convinced he will be one of the many players joining in January, I am not aware of any deal with Liverpool for him - and I can't see where he would fit in given Benteke, Origi, Firmino and Sturridge not to mention Ings returning at the end of the season. Spurs might just look to him to solve their striker issue. The Arsenal manager has spoken with an ex-player about Pato but I think it unlikely any move to the Emirates will happen. Spurs is, according to someone very close to the situation, one of his two preferred destinations - Barcelona being the other (although I get vthe feeling that if the question was posed again today he would say two other clubs). Clubs will have noted his wages are very high, he has some ownership issues that would need to be resolved before a return to Europe, and (importantly) he has multiple agents and representatives that would need to be paid as part of any transfer.

Very, very unlikely: Lacazette remains of interest to Chelsea and Inter (who would struggle to fund a move) whilst Juventus and Spurs have also recently had him watched. As ever, the price might be an issue.

Very, very unlikely: Levante gave a new deal to Ruben Garcia after being approached by both Porto and Dortmund about the player 18 months ago. Now PSG, Marseille, Spurs and Wolfsburg have taken a recent look at the player. At this time, none of these clubs has declared any interest with his club.

Very, very unlikely for January but don’t rule out getting involved in a deal in the summer: Manchester United and Bayern Munich have both been aware of Moussa Dembele since his time at PSG and were both interested in signing him when he opted for Fulham as a 16 year old. Newcastle, Lille, Napoli, Everton and Spurs have also been looking at Dembele since the start of the season. A move in January seems unlikely and the player will need to be advised that he doesn't end up moving only be sat on the bench or playing in the reserves.

Very unlikely: Newcastle's Ayoze Perez has been watched by both Spurs and Sevilla but any move in January seems to be out of the question.

Won’t happen: Palermo, Chelsea, Inter, Arsenal, Valencia, Stoke, Roma and Villarreal are all known to be interested in Boca's Jonathan Calleri. Spurs have also had the player watched. Chelsea and Inter have discussed a possible move with Boca who will look for a premium for a winter sale - and that puts Inter on a difficult footing and they will look for an initial loan or assistance from a third party. Chelsea would be looking to send him straight out on loan and that probably won't suit the player. Nothing has been finalised at this time but my expectation remains that he will stay at Boca until at least the summer.

Very, very unlikely: Sporting Lisbon are open to selling Islam Slimani at the right price and the prior interest of West Ham and Crystal Palace has been revived. Previous interest from Fiorentina, Napoli, Fenerbahce, Leicester, Aston Villa, Spurs, Norwich and Bordeaux appears to have gone.

I can see a couple getting done in January – perhaps three at most.}

1.) 24 Dec 2015 18:00:34
Another name I would throw in is Laurent Depoiture of Gent, although I don't really want him.

Embolo would be my preference but I think Berahino is going to end up with us. I really don't know what to make of him, is he that good?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any interest from Spurs in Laurent Depoitre but Spurs have a sustained intered in Gent's Moses Simon and they have returned repeatedly to watch him - but it never goes anywhere. However, Aston Villa and Heerenveen have both shown interest in Gent's Laurent Depoitre but have been put off by what is considered to be an outrageous asking price.}



28 May 2015 15:00:47
Just to let you know there is a post on our Derby site from someone claiming Will Hughes told him he is joining Spurs. No idea how true it is but thought I would pass it on, as it is possible with Spurs having been one of the clubs that have chased him for years.


1.) 29 May 2015 00:47:56
We were scouting him years ago but don't know if we have recently. I would be amazed if we went for him, isn't Tom Carroll quite similar and probably better? Plus the lad on the Derby site says 15mil, really? From the limited times I have seen him he looks good but 15m is ridiculous surely, maybe he is a lot better than I tbought. Liverpool were looking at him for a while, Inglethorpe told me that years ago.

2.) 29 May 2015 09:17:26
This has got to be a load of rubbish. Where would he even fit in?. Just no.

3.) 31 May 2015 12:02:05
I'm a Chelsea fan but I'm from Derby and was a Derby season ticket for the last 5 seasons (apart from this season because of uni) but I've got to say Will Hughes is top class. He is similar to Tom Carroll but much better in my opinion. The only problem with Will Hughes is he's very lightweight and to be honest with you he's an idiot (met him a few times on a night out). He's got a horrible attitude and sometimes it shows on the pitch as he can be a little inconsistent. As I said before though, he's a very good player



02 May 2015 10:34:30
I have been given an overview ahead of the summer from the same person who told me about AVB, so I am hoping it is as accurate. A lot of this is likely to be merely confirming a lot of what you will know I am sure, but hopefully some of this is new stuff, though I am a bit out of touch with what has been happening at Spurs this season so I am not sure.
Firstly the outs:
Lloris is believed to be seen as the back up plan if Real Madrid fail to get De Gea, but the club have no intention of selling if possible.
Friedel is expected to retire.
Poch would like to keep Rose, but is unimpressed with Davies so far, if a replacement can be brought in, he will be moved on.
Chiriches and Kaboul are surplus to requirements.
Capoue, Dembele and Paulinho will be allowed to leave if the right offer arrives, none have convinced Poch.
Question marks persist over Chadli, Townsend and Lamela, though none are likely to be moved on this summer as Lennon is the one set to move on.
Adebayor and Soldado are both available and the club are actively looking to move them on.

Keepers - I am told Zieler is the likeliest option if Lloris does go, though options include Handanovic. Neto is under consideration either way as a free signing to replace Friedel, though I would think it unlikely Levy would meet his demands.
Defenders are seen as the main priority, Poch wants to raid his old team Southampton for Fonte in particular. He would also like Clyne. Fonte being 31 has meant he is likely to be overruled. Cresswell from West Ham has been priced out of reach, especially as there is interest in him from Chelsea. Trippier is a major target for right back, though again he might end up priced out of a move. Outside of English footie, Bruno Martins Indi is being watched at Porto, Bruma, Rekik and Willems of PSV are all targets too. Celtic's Van Dijk is the most likely signing as things stand.
Midfielders are an area that is still undecided, the club don't want to interfere with Mason and Bentaleb's development, so are looking mainly at a bit of cheap experience to provide cover, such as Nigel De Jong.
Forwards are the bit that surprised me, Bale was asked if he would be interested in returning if Madrid do let him go. I am quite sure the club didn't expect a yes, but they would have to be mad not to ask with the possibility of Lloris going the other way. Incidentally Bale wanted Champions League football. Spurs did show an interest in Depay but that was rebuffed initially, I can't see them looking at him again, but that is just my opinion. Both Batshuayi and Ayew of Marseille are under consideration, though you would need to ask Ed002 the likelihood of either of those joining. There is also Aubameyang that the club are hoping will be unsettled with Klopp leaving, so Spurs will take a look at him. There has been interest registered in Ayoze Perez of Newcastle as well.


1.) 02 May 2015 23:38:40
Our scouts have been watching these players in the last month, Kamil Glik, Florent Thauvin, Memphis Depay, Andre Ayew, Mo Salah, Johannes Geis, Luka Jovic, Fernando Llorente, Kevin Wimmer, Islam Slimani, Rafa Silva, Yacine Brahimi, Eduardio Salvio, Anderson Talisca. Apparently there are quite a few more that we have watched.

Would be surprised to see Auybameyang join us, he hates us!

2.) 03 May 2015 03:38:25
Cheers for the update ed, you know we appreciate the info you can pass on
Also just for your opinion what do you think of Mason and Bentaleb this season and Eriksens development, like to hear your opinion in a comparison with Coutinho also?

Also if you're still up, may or pacman?

{Ed001's Note - I think both Mason and Bentaleb have grown impressively this season, just shows what can happen when players are given a chance. Both look capable of filling the midfield roles for years to come, if the club can keep hold of them, which isn't certain as Man City like Mason.

Eriksen has become far better than I expected, some players wither when they step up to a tougher league, he has stood up and taken responsibility. That is what has impressed me most, his willingness to stand up and be counted. He shows great character to go with the ability and that will take him far.

I really hope Pacman knocks the disrespectful wife beating prcik out cold and ends his career tonight, but I expect Mayweather to grind out a win on points. Sadly.}



28 Nov 2014 08:32:57
Just wanted to let you all know about a few improvements (well hopefully you will think they are improvements!) we have made on the sites. The first batch of profile badges have been launched, which you can get by playing our new free to play game, Flat Out Horse Racing.

At the moment they only show up next to your name when you post on the sites, but Ed033 is busy working to set up a visual award when you achieve the requirements to get one. Plus there will be a section on your profile to see all the profile badges you have picked up, which he will be working on creating next.

Speaking of your profiles, we have improved the my recent posts section of your profile, to make it more usable for us all to get to know each other better. You can upload a profile picture to the page, in a similar way to the avatar picture I am sure you have all got used to having now.

There is also a section on there to show how you are getting on in our games and comps, so you can't hide at the bottom of the table any longer and hope no one scrolls down that far! That is only the start of the improvements we are aiming to add to the profiles, to make them more user friendly and more personal to you.

If you want to check out other people's profiles, that is simply a matter of clicking on their name under a post and you will be taken to it. Oh and we have a whole load more free games and competitions in the pipeline for you all to play and win prizes, such as the prize draw we are going to set up on Flat Out Horse Racing that you will be able to enter simply by buying tickets using the game money you win playing the game.

I hope you all like the changes and feel free to send us your feedback or suggestions for improvements, as many of the changes to the sites in the past, and in the pipeline, come from suggestions made by you. We are trying to listen to what it is you want to get from the sites and make it more entertaining for you all.





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just had a quick discussion, van Dijk is looking for a move for personal reasons, so it is pretty much certain he is leaving Celtic.
Poch has watched him a few times while Southampton boss Ed007 was telling me. So the chances are good he will still want him and he is identifying his targets, so I will now await any info from your end.
By the way, I did just speak to someone from Spurs, who tells me they believe that Spurs have missed out on Origi as he has joined Liverpool or is set to join them I should say. Though I get the impression he has yet to agree personal terms and undertake a medical, so it is not done and dusted yet.





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I found that really interesting too. Not sure why that was inserted, but it suggest there was an issue before he left. The question is with who?