Daniel Levy continues to be a busy man in his Tottenham
office. The new training ground is now just a week or two away and based on
pictures and blueprints will be one of the best in the world. As well as this,
lots of players have been moving in and out of the club. Luka Modric is
supposedly on the cusp of becoming a Real Madrid player with a transfer fee
reportedly agreed at £35m as well as personal terms being finalised.
Emmanuel Adebayor, the Togolese striker who had a fantastic season at Spurs last year on loan, is one step closer to joining the club on a permanent basis with a transfer fee in the region of £6m being agreed between ManchesterCity and Tottenham. This should be viewed as another example of transfer genius by Daniel Levy, who has bagged a playerCity paid £25m just 3 years ago for almost a fifth of that. All that now need to be agreed are personal terms between player and club with Adebayor being expected to take a hefty pay cut from his £170,000 per weekCity wages but the blow will reportedly be softened by a sizable signing on fee for ‘Ade’. The fact that he has chosen to give up a significant portion of his wage emphasises how much importance he places on playing regular football at a club that want you as opposed to being a forgotten man and collecting your double the value salary at the end of the week.
Tottenham have today also announced several departures from the club who have not been offered new contracts. Louis Saha, Ben Alnwick, Oscar Jansson, Kudus Oyenuga, Mirko Ranieri and Jesse Waller Lassen have all been released but upcoming hot prospects Cameron Lancaster and Ryan Fredericks have both signed new contracts until 2014. First Year professional contracts have also been awarded to Jack Barthram, Jonathan Miles, Jack Munns and Kevin Stewart.
The first team squad, excluding players involved in internationals, have now begun pre-season training with their first fixture against Stevenage in 5 days on the 18th July before the squad fly out to America for three fixtures against Keane and Beckham’s LA Galaxy as well as Liverpool and New York Red Bulls.