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The Departures Lounge: Spurs get the roundabout moving

Meanwhile, Aiden McGeady could be given a route home from Moscow.

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PRE-SEASON TRAINING is in full swing, so naturally it’s time for many players to get itchy feet.

As a consequence the money is starting to spill and the roundabout begins turning. Nowhere more so, it appears, than Spurs.

With the arrival of Jan Vertonghen, Andre Villas Boas seems ready to concede defeat and allow Luka Modric to move on bigger (if not better) things. There is also some crazy talk that Madrid’s desperation to off-load Kaka could land the Brazilian at the Lane. We’re not sure about that one, but Porto’s assertion that Spurs’ target Joao Moutinho has a £31m release clause sounds like typically inflated Portuguese prices.


Reports are circulating that Sunderland, having been snubbed by Junior Hoilett, could settle upon a move for Spartak Moscow and Ireland’s Aiden McGeady. It’ll be good to have him on our screens again. Hoilett looks set to join the growing queue to get into the QPR changing room.

Liverpool are also getting down and dirty in the transfer market. Brendan Rodgers feels that Swansea lad, Joe Allen is just the man to knit the Reds’ midfield together. Allen could be a diminutive replacement for Maxi Rodriguez. Argentinean side, Newell’s Old boys, insist they are i ongoing talks with the 31-year-old.


Apparently, Manchester City had a striker called John Guidetti. Three Italian clubs are chasing his signature after he netted 20 times for Feyenoord last season. It’s one of a whole host of Anglo-Italian swapsies City are engaged in. Foremost amongst them is talk the Zlatan Ibrahimovic may pass on an offer from PSG to join the Premier league Champions. Milan fancy taking Carlos Tevez as part of the deal. However, at this stage it seems Paris is more alluring for Zlatan – so long as they give him the extra €2m he craves.


Aside from Jan Vertonghen passing his Tottenham medical? Steve Cotterill has been sacked by, new Nottingham forest owners, the Al-Hasawi family. They’ll be after a recognisable coach to attract some big names to the sleeping giant. Will RK’s CV be in the post?

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