Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Tracker: Week of June 24 News and Rumors

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Tracker: Week of June 24 News and Rumors

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    Tottenham Hotspur's appointment last week of Franco Baldini as technical director was their first major "signing" of the summer.

    Given his role is—as chairman Daniel Levy described it—in the "field of recruitment, working closely with Andre Villas-Boas," it is the move that is expected to herald Tottenham's first proper foray into the transfer market.

    Weeks of transfer speculation has amounted to nothing so far. Expect that to change soon enough.

    With clubs throughout England now returning for preseason, the preparation game is truly about to get under way.

    Spurs will be part of that. We now wait to see how quickly Villas-Boas, aided by the newly hired Baldini, is able to make the changes he wants to his squad.

    Check back here throughout the week for the latest Spurs transfer rumors, as well as any news of arrivals and/or departures at the North London club.


Spurs to Hijack Liverpool Bid for Shakhtar's Mkhitaryan

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    Saturday 29 June

    The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel believes Liverpool's interest in Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, could be contested by Tottenham.

    Valued at around £20-25 million, Liverpool were thought to be leading the charge for Mkhitaryan's signature.

    Now the Armenian international's advisers have supposedly held talks with Spurs about the client moving to North London.

Spurs to Hold Villa Talks? Real Ready to Bid for Bale?

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    Saturday 29 June

    The Guardian's Dominic Fifield reportedly confirms that talks between Tottenham and David Villa will take place following the conclusion of the Confederations Cup on Sunday.

    Fifield does note however, that Spurs are balking at Barcelona's asking price of £12 million. The Premier League outfit believe it should be lower considering Villa has only one year left on his contract.

    Thursday 27 June

    Tottenham's newly appointed technical director Franco Baldini, is set to hold talks with Barcelona's David Villa "before the end of the week"—according to the Daily Mail's Simon Jones.

    The story does not indicate whether this is dependent on the status of Spain's Confederations Cup campaign. Villa's team take on Italy in the competition's second semifinal on Thursday night.

    Jones also reports that Spurs are interested in 17-year-old Dinamo Zagreb defender Tin Jedvaj.

    Following Carlo Ancelotti's appointment as Real Madrid manager earlier this week, The Mirror's Darren Lewis says the Spanish club could be about to make an "official bid" for Gareth Bale.

    Lewis believes that Real's likely offer of cash plus playersincluding Angel Di Maria—will be rejected by Spurs.

Sunderland Want Huddlestone?

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    Saturday 29 June

    The Sun's Paul Jiggins follows up on the link of Tom Huddlestone with a move to Sunderland, by reporting his sale could prompt the departure of others at Tottenham.

    Jiggins cites Emmanuel Adebayor, Scott Parker and Benoit Assou Ekotto as potentially following Huddlestone out of White Hart Lane this summer.

    Friday 28 June

    In an exclusive in the Sunderland Echo, Graeme Anderson reports that Sunderland are in talks with Tottenham about signing their midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

    The 26-year-old, whose first-team opportunities were already limited, may be surplus to requirements in North London if they buy Paulinho (see next page).

    Huddlestone's five-year contract expires in 2015, and Anderson suggests he would cost in the region of £4-5 million.

    Interestingly, he also notes of potential interest in the player from Hull City. If that is accurate, Spurs may look to drive Huddlestone's price up by seeing who wants him more.

Paulinho Confirms Spurs Move Is a Go?

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    Friday 28 June

    The Daily Mail, this time in a story by Sami Mokbel, is again carrying quotes from Paulinho that seemingly confirm his intention to join Tottenham.

    "To play in England for a great team like Tottenham is a dream," the Brazilian reportedly said. "What I respect about Tottenham is the ambition they have shown."

    According to Paulinho, that "ambition" may be in the form of confirmation that Gareth Bale will be staying at White Hart Lane.

    "This summer there has been interest in their coach and their best player (we assume, Bale)—and they have been clear they both are not going anywhere."

    Should this be true, it will be disappointing to the Welshman's suitors.

    According to the Daily Star's David Woods, one of these could be Manchester United, that is if they fail to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club.

    Tuesday 25 June

    The Daily Mail is among several media outlets carrying quotes from Paulinho, that has the Brazil midfielder all but confirming his desire to move to Tottenham.

    David Kent writes that the 24-year-old will complete a medical following the conclusion of his participation in the Confederations Cup.

    Paulinho has reportedly stated "the opportunity to play in England is a dream" and believes he is ready for the challenge.

    "It’s a great pleasure to be linked to such a great club like Tottenham," he added. "They have a reputation as one of the great clubs in England who play exciting, attacking football which suits my style.

    "I couldn't turn them down if they made it made me an offer. It would be a great pleasure to play for Tottenham."

    As yet there is not any official word on the Tottenham Hotspur website, though the player's enthusiasm suggests a deal is not far from completion.

    Elsewhere, in quotes from Brazil's O Jogo doing the rounds, Andre Villas-Boas has once again declared Gareth Bale's future is at Tottenham.

    Here, via the London Evening Standard, the Spurs boss said he had been told by his chairman, Daniel Levy, "that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay."

Real Madrid Also After Paulinho Too?

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    Thursday 27 June

    Regardless of who may, or may not be interested in Paulinho, his club Corinthians seem to have made their peace with losing the midfielder.

    A story by Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke is carrying quotes from a statement released by the club's president Mario Gobbi Filho in which he refers to "the imminent departure of Paulinho."

    Wednesday 26 June

    The Times' Matt Hughes and Gary Jacob believe new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is attempting to scupper Tottenham's interest in Paulinho.

    Despite seemingly being intent on a move to North London (see next page), should Real's interest prove genuine, the Brazilian's head may yet be turned.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Mail's Simon Jones says that Spurs and Liverpool are both interested in taking Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu on loan.

    The 19-year-old is currently representing Spain at the Under 20 World Cup.

    Monday 24 June

    Tottenham's interest in Brazil midfielder Paulinho could be contested by a Premier League rival.

    The Mirror's Darren Lewis reports that Chelsea might also be after the powerful midfielder, this after the same newspaper's Ed Malyon was among the media outlets suggesting Spurs had agreed a deal with Corinthians for the player.

    It should be noted that Lewis only refers to "talk" of the Blues being interested.

    Both Paulinho and his club have already confirmed Spurs are genuinely in the hunt for his signature—as the quotes in the Mirror story show—though, not that an actual deal has been agreed between the involved parties.