Today’s transfer rumours continue to link Tottenham with Lewis Holtby, the Schalke midfield player. The Independent suggests that the German Under-21 international will make a decision between Tottenham and Arsenal although Liverpool are also reported to be interested. He favours the London clubs as they would appear to be the better option for guaranteeing Champions League football. Inter Milan, Valencia and Bayern Munich are reported to be interested but the player has expressed a desire to play in the Premier League in England.
It is thought that he might sign a pre-contract agreement with Tottenham and then sign in the summer as he wants regular football as he prepares to go to the European Under-21 Finals in Israel in June.
As I suggested yesterday, the presence of Steffen Freund at White Hart Lane might help in the completion of negotiations.
It has even been suggested on one Spurs’ message-board that a deal had been completed. ??
Renewed Interest in Fryers
During the summer Ezekiel Fryers trained with Tottenham, having refused to sign a new contract with Manchester United. The clubs failed to reach agreement on a fee as United could have asked for a fee of £6 million as Fryers was under 24 years of age. Fryers signed for Standard Liege and has made 7 appearances for the Belgium club and earlier in the season talked of enjoying playing regularly in Belgium. There was a suggestion that Spurs might make another approach for the player who they saw as possible cover at left back for Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
The Daily Mail is now reporting that Tottenham have renewed their interest in the 20 year-old and could make a bid of £3 million.
The Tottenham web-site has just confirmed that they have completed the signing of Fryers from Standard Liege and that he will link up with the Development squad.
No we’re not trying to bring Paul Miller, our 1980s central defender, out of retirement. Miller was interviewed on Talksport yesterday and he was certain that Tottenham would not be signing any new players and that Andre Villas-Boas was happy with the players in his squad.
If that were to be the case, it would be a big disappointment for Tottenham fans who are hoping that Daniel Levy will do what he failed to do twelve months ago and sign players who will strengthen the team and their fight for the Champions League.