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Lo Celso and Lamela set Spurs on their way to victory over Middlesbrough

Guardian - ons, 15/01/2020 - 01:39

Tottenham’s FA Cup history owes a debt to Argentinian players, with José Mourinho saying he can remember watching Ricky Villa’s famous winner in the replayed 1981 final against Manchester City on TV as a teenager.

The stakes were rather lower in this third-round replay against Championship opposition but Mourinho could be grateful to a pair of Argentinians for making the difference, helping to set up a trip to Southampton in the next round on Saturday week and creating a bit of positivity after a frustrating period.

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Tottenham, Inter in talks over Eriksen

Sky Sports - ons, 15/01/2020 - 00:50
Tottenham are in talks with Inter Milan over the transfer of Christian Eriksen, according to Sky in Italy.

Jose: Eriksen must leave with head held high

Sky Sports - ons, 15/01/2020 - 00:50
Jose Mourinho insists if Christian Eriksen did decide to leave Tottenham, he should do so with his head held high.

Inter offer £8.5m to sign Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in January

Guardian - ons, 15/01/2020 - 00:33
  • Tottenham want £17m for Danish playmaker
  • José Mourinho: ‘If he is to leave, he has to leave with his head up’

Christian Eriksen has told Inter that he wants to join them in this transfer window after the Serie A club started negotiations with Tottenham to sign the Danish international, who is out of contract in six months.

Related: Transfer window January 2020 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Middlesbrough: FA Cup third-round replay – as it happened

Guardian - tir, 14/01/2020 - 23:13

The home side dominated their opponents from a division below at White Hart Lane, but were still forced to survive a late scare

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Related: Inter offer £8.5m to sign Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in January

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David Hytner was at White Hart Lane to see Tottenham dominate their opponents from the Championship, even if they were forced to survive a late scare.

Related: Lo Celso and Lamela set Spurs on their way to victory over Middlesbrough

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Related: FA Cup roundup: Shrews leave it late to seal fourth-round date with Liverpool

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Japhet Tanganga has been speaking to BBC Sport and he seems like a nice young man. “We had chances to kill the game but obviously you’re not always going to score but we had to defend well,” said TOttenham’s man of the match. “It was a sloppy goal we shouldn’t have conceded it. We made it hard for ourselves.”

On first couple of appearances in Tottenham’s first team, he had this to say: “I’m just grateful that the gaffer is trusting me, the club for giving me the opportunity and my team-mates for trusting me,” he says. “I’m ready for whenever the manager picks me. I’m loving it, the opportunity to play in this stadium and in front of these fans.”

10.05pm GMT

Elsewhere in the FA Cup: Blackpool entertained Reading but went down 2-0 at Bloomfield Road. Coventry City from League One scored three without reply in an emphatic win over Bristol Rovers. Newcastle United beat Rochdale 4-1 in a match I thought might end in an upset, while Shrewsbury Town pulled off the upset of the night, with the League One side beating Bristol City from the division above.

10.01pm GMT

Southampton are next up for Tottenham. Jose and the troops will have to travel to St Mary’s for the fourth round, where they ought to face a stern test from the rejuvenated Saints.

9.58pm GMT

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep! It’s all over at White Hart Lane, where Tottenham have beaten Middlesbrough by the odd goal of three. Giovanni Lo Celso and Erik Lamela got the goals for Jose Mourinho’s side during a dominant first-half display, but George Saville’s late effort proved little more than a consolation despite a much improved performance from the visitors in the second half.

9.55pm GMT

90+2 min: An Ashley Fletcher downward header doesn’t threaten the Tottenham goal, but narrowly evades the lunge of Rudy Gestede, who was trying to poke it past Gestede.

9.54pm GMT

90+1 min: Japhet Tanganga, tonight’s man of the match, canters elegantly down the right touchline and sends the ball arcing across the face of goal. At near post and far post respectively, Lamela and Son stretch every sinew but are unable to divert the ball goalwards.

9.52pm GMT

90 min: Some of Boro’s players look absolutely dead on their feet as they go in search of an equaliser. Spurs continue to dominate as the stadium announcer announces a minimum of three minutes of added time.

9.50pm GMT

89 min: Moments after blazing a free-kick over the bar in what could conceivably be his final game for Tottenham, Christian Eriksen tries to play in Son. Boro clear their lines.

9.49pm GMT

87 min: There’s only the kick of a ball in this game with five minutes to go, which seems remarkable, considering Tottenham should have been out of sight at half-time. Adam Clayton receives treatment for cramp but is forced to carry on, as Middlesbrough have used all their substitutes.

9.47pm GMT

85 min: That was excellent from Saville, who controlled a ball from deep, made room for a shot and then drove his right-footed effort into the corner. Tottenham substitution: Eric Dier off ... and he doesn’t look one bit happy about it. Dele Alli replaces him.

9.45pm GMT

Boro pull one back! It’s a splendid finish from George Saville, who shoots low, hard and with pinpoint accuracy into the bottom left-hand corner from distance, beating Gazzaniga who was at full stretch.

9.44pm GMT

82 min: Having looked in real danger of shipping a hiding on the strength of their first half performance, Middlesbrough have upped their game considerably in the second 45 minutes.

9.43pm GMT

79 min: A low diagonal drive through the Boro penalty area from Eriksen somehow avoids four or five players from both teams and threatens to sneak in at the far post. Tomas Mejias, his view impeded, sees it very late and does exceptionally well to keep the ball out.

9.41pm GMT

78 min: Gazzaniga claims the inswinger from the corner and sends Lo Celso upfield on the counter-attack. It ends with Son winning a corner for Spurs and he goes close with a near post header from the set-piece.

9.39pm GMT

76 min: Saville shoots narrowly wide from distance after being teed up by a good pull-back from his fellow substitute Tavernier. His effort actually took a touch off a defender and Middlesbrough have another corner. Before it’s taken, Jonathan Woodgate sends on Rudy Gestede for Lukas Nmecha.

9.37pm GMT

74 min: Middlesbrough substitution: Djed Spence, who’s been one of Borro’s more impressive players tonight goes off. He’s replaced by Marcus Tavernier, who is the brother of Rangers skipper James.

9.35pm GMT

73 min: Now Tottenham have a corner. The ball’s floated in to the box, only to be headed out over the touchline by Spence for a Tottenham throw-in.

9.34pm GMT

72 min: Boro win a corner and the ball’s sent into the mixer. Lukas Nmecha wins the header under pressure from Davinson Sanchez, but can’t get high enough over the ball to steer it on target.

9.32pm GMT

70 min: Another probing run into the Boro penalty area from the industrious Son, but he loses his footing under pressure from Paddy McNair and the ball runs out of play for a goal-kick.

9.30pm GMT

68 min: Lamela picks out Eriksen with a neat pass into the Middlesbrough box. With his back to goal, the midfielder is unable to turn and get off a shot and Middlesbrough intercept his pass towards Son.

9.29pm GMT

67 min: Son wins a corner off Adam Clayton as he tries to take on the U2 bass player with a darting run into the Middlesbrough box. Nothing comes of it.

9.28pm GMT

65 min: In his own penalty area, Eric Dier leaps to head a free-kick floated in from deep out for a corner. It’s curled towards the far post, but Vertonghen clears with a meaty header and sends Tottenham upfield on the counter-attack. Boro get bodies back quickly to put a stop to their gallop.

9.26pm GMT

64 min: Djed Spence picks up the ball on the right wing and sends a cross towards the far post. The ball sails out of play and wide. Moments previously Paulo Gazziniga was quick off his line to deny Lukas Nmecha down by right byline.

9.24pm GMT

63 min: Son gets on the ball near the halfway line, but immediately gives it away to Adam Clayton.

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61 min: Tottenham substitution: Heung-min Son replaces Lucas Moura.

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59 min: Tomas Mejias almost puts his team in trouble again, making a bit of a mess of a pass to Djed Spence. The defender does well to clear his lines under pressure, sparing his goalkeeper’s blushes in the process.

9.20pm GMT

58 min: Boro substitution: Ben Liddle, whose father Craig used to play for Middlesbrough and is now involved with their academy, makes way for Norn Iron international George Saville.

9.18pm GMT

56 min: Lucas Moura tries to pick out Eriksen with a cross from the right into the Middlesbrough penalty area. Adam Claytpon intercepts with a well-timed leap and when the ball eventually finds its way back to Moura, he blazes over from distance.

9.17pm GMT

54 min: With a free-kick in a good position just outside the Tottenham penalty area, Lewis Wing brings a decent save out of Gazzaniga, who tips the low drive around his post. Middlesbrough have their second corner of the game, but nothing comes of it. Better, from Middlesbrough. Much better.

9.15pm GMT

51 min: An awful miss from Ryan Sessegnon, who somehow fires over with the goal gaping after getting on the end of a cross whipped across the edge of the six-yard box by Tanganga. He was offside, which may come as a relief when he views that one later. Good work down the right from Tanganga, mind. His cross was inch perfect, even if Sessegnon’s positioning was not.

9.12pm GMT

50 min: Ryan Sessegnon fouls Djed Spence out by the right touchline, giving Middlesbrough a free-kick in a good position. Marvin Johnson swings the ball into the penalty area, but Tottenham clear.

9.11pm GMT

49 min: Jan Vertonghen and Ashley Fletcher clash heads, prompting referee Craig Pawson to stop play and enquire after their welfare. They both seem OK.

9.09pm GMT

47 min: Since making the mistake that led to Tottenham’s opening goal, Middlesbrough goalkeeper Tomas Mejias has been kicking almost all of his clearances long, but an awful lot of them have been going straight to Tottenham players. The latest lands at the feet of Japhet Tanganga, who sets up another Spurs attack which ultimately comes to nothing.

9.08pm GMT

46 min: Middlesbrough get the ball rolling in this second half, with no changes in personnel on either side. They’ve a two-goal deficit to overhaul and will need to play an awful lot better than they did in the opening 45 minutes if they are to have any chance of doing so.

8.54pm GMT

It’s been a stroll in the park for Tottenham, who lead courtesy of goals from Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela. Middlesbrough improved a bit as the half went on but have been second best by a distance.

8.52pm GMT

45 min: Lucas Moura sends a cross into the Middlesbrough box from deep and Erik Lamela takes it on his chest. Stuck to him like glue, Djed Spence scrambles the ball clear.

8.50pm GMT

44 min: Boro win a free-kick down near the corner. The ball’s stood up at the far post and Ashley Fletcher leaps highest, but steers his firm header wide.

8.49pm GMT

42 min: In what has arguably their best passage of play, Middlesbrough finally string a few passes together across midfield and end up winning a throw-in on the edge of the final third. It’s not much, but it’s a start. They’ve had 25% of possession in this first half so far.

8.47pm GMT

40 min: Middlesbrough win a throw-in deep in Tottenham territory, but within seconds Spurs are on the counter-attack with Lucaqs Moura galloping up the field with the ball at his feet. With Christian Eriksen up in support and unmarked, Moura opts to go it alone but pulls his shot from the edge of the penalty area a few inches wide of the left upright.

8.43pm GMT

36 min: Teed up by Jonny Howson after a great jinking run by the defender, Paddy McNair blazes a decent shooting opportunity high over the bar, prompting sarcastic cheers and whistles from the Spurs fans congregated behind it. Had he scored, his effort would almost certainly have been ruled out for offside.

8.41pm GMT

34 min: Lucas Moura does well to scorch up the right touchline and keep the ball in play before it can go out for a throw-in and whips it across the Middlesbrough penalty area trying to pick out Eriksen, who is screaming for the pass. His delivery manages to evade both the Dane and Erik Lamela and another good chance goes to waste.

8.39pm GMT

33 min: Eriksen shoots under the defensive wall, which to a man jumps obligingly. There’s not much welly on his effort, however, a state of affairs which allows Boro goalkeeper Mejias to get down to his right to save comfortably.

8.38pm GMT

32 min: Lewis Wing brings down Christian Eriksen just outside the Boro penalty area as the Tottenham midfielder broke from midfield. Free-kick for Tottenham in a wonderful position, just to the right of the D.

8.36pm GMT

29 min: Lo Celso collides with Marvin Johnson as he tries to make room for another shot in the Tottenham penalty area and goes to ground theatrically, holding his face. There’s a VAR check to see if Spurs should get a penalty, but no spot-kick is forthcoming.

8.34pm GMT

28 min: Japhet Tanganga makes an overlapping gallop down the inside right and has the ball played into his path by Giovani Lo Celso. On only his second start for Tottenham, he threatens to open his goalscoring account, but his low diagonal drive goes agonisingly wide of the far post. Jonathan Woodgate needs to do something, fast, or his team are going to get slaughtered tonight.

8.32pm GMT

26 min: It’s all too easy for Tottenham, who are two goals to the good and in complete control. Ryan Sessegnon cuts in from the left, beats Paddy McNair for speed and shoots diagonally towards the bottom right-hand corner from 20 yards out. Tomas Mejias gets down to get a touch and ensure the ball goes out for a corner. Nothing comes from the set piece.

8.29pm GMT

23 min: Moura dinks the ball into the path of Winks with a neat pass as the Englishman gallops through midfield. It’s another promising move for Tottenham, but they fail to add to their lead.

8.28pm GMT

22 min: Erik Lamela almost adds his second and Tottenham’s third, spinning to shoot from the edge of the Boro penalty area after picking up a pass from Lo Celso, only to see his effort fizz over the bar.

8.27pm GMT

21 min: Tottenham continue to turn the screw against a Middlesbrough team that have offered little. No sooner than I type that, however, than Davinson Sanchez almost gifts them an opening by misjudging the flight of a long ball and missing his header, but Ashley Fletcher is unable to capitalise.

8.25pm GMT

20 min: Dier seems to have recovered from what looked a painful knock. Middlesbrough win a free-kick near halfway, which Dael Fry boots long. Erik Lamela wins the defensive header.

8.24pm GMT

17 min: There’s a break in play as Eric Dier receives treatment after landing awkwardly and hurting his back.

8.22pm GMT

Erik Lamela doubles Tottenham’s lead. He slides the ball past Mejias into the bottom left-hand corner after a piercing run past three players into the Middlesbrough box. Atrocious defending from the visitors, who practically ushered him through.

8.19pm GMT

12 min: Close!!! Gazzaniga gets down quickly to save smartly from Nmecha as, unmarked in the Spurs penalty area, the Middlesbrough striker is played in by Ben Liddle and shoots for the bottom corner.

8.17pm GMT

10 min: Not realising his goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has charged off his line and come to the edge of his area, Davinson Sanchez heads a long ball aimed towards Lukas Nmecha back towards his own goal. Luckily for him, Gazzaniga is directly behind him and the ball goes straight into his hands. That could have been a comical own goal.

8.15pm GMT

8 min: Another ball into the Middlesbrough box and this time Mejias does hoof it clear unceremoniously.

8.12pm GMT

6 min: It’s all Spurs at the moment, with Middlesbrough apparently happy to sit back and try to soak up the pressure. They’ve made life exceptionally difficult in these early stages, however, with Mejias trying to play the ball out from the back when he would have been better served lumping it forward.

8.11pm GMT

3 min: Under pressure and attempting to play the ball out from the back, Mejias plays the ball to Lo Celso on the edge of the penalty area instead. The Tottenham midfielder skips across the face of the penalty to make room for a shot and expertly fires the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.

8.09pm GMT

An early rick from Boro goalkeeper Tomas Mejias gifts an early goal to Tottenham.

8.08pm GMT

2 min: There’s early pressure as Jonny Howson is forced into an early clearance, with both sides lining up playing with three at the back.

8.06pm GMT

1 min: Tottenham kick-off, their players wearing their usual home kit of white shirts, navy shorts and white socks. The players of Middlesbrough wear red shirts, white shorts and red socks.

8.03pm GMT

Not long now: The pre-match light show is under way and the two teams are making their way out on to the pitch in the well appointed surroundings of White Hart Lane. It’s a dirty night in north London, but 4,000 Middlesbrough fans are in attendance despite the unpleasant weather. Kick-off is less than two minutes away ...

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7.34pm GMT

In the event of a draw tonight: There will be extra time and then penalties if required. While extra time has been scrapped in the Carabao Cup and the EFL Trophy, it is still played in the FA Cup. Replays have, however, been scrapped from the fifth round stage.

7.21pm GMT

Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Tanganga, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Sessegnon, Dier, Winks, Lo Celso, Eriksen, Lamela, Lucas

Subs: Vorm, Foyth, Cirkin, Aurier, Skipp, Alli, Son

7.15pm GMT

Some team news: Tottenham make five changes to their side for tonight’s game. Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Erik Lamela, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso all come in, with Son Heung-min and Dele Alli on the bench. Troy Parrott doesn’t feature in the match-day squad. Boro also make five changes, with Ben Liddle handed his first senior start, as Southampton await the winner in round four.

7.05pm GMT

Speaking of Robbie: Here’s an interesting interview he did after being appointed to the coaching staff at Boro last summer.

7.00pm GMT

A sort of homecoming: Middlesbrough manager and his assistant Robbie Keane return to their old stomping ground (albeit a stomping ground that hadn’t been built during their time at Spurs) tonight.

Woody and Keano are in the building.

Great to see you, lads! #THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/9WXDtapyEj

6.58pm GMT

Tottenham youngster Clarke off to QPR: “Jack Clarke is putting the finishing touches to a loan move to Queens Park Rangers for the remainder of the season,” writes David Hytner. Read on ...

Related: Tottenham loan teenage winger Jack Clarke to Queens Park Rangers

6.33pm GMT

Transfer window: Catch up on all the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

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6.33pm GMT

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6.33pm GMT

With Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies, Tanguy Ndombele and Hugo Lloris unavailable due to injury, Jose Mourinho said that only Toby Alderweireld was guaranteed a rest tonight. Despite recent complaints that he doesn’t have a centre-forward to fill in for Kane, the Portuguese manager elected not to include Irish teenager Troy Parrott in his squad for Saturday night’s defeat at the hands of Liverpool. It will be interesting to see if the highly regarded 17-year-old centre-forward gets a run-out tonight.

5.02pm GMT

White Hart Lane is the venue for tonight’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough, who played out a 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadium a week ago on Sunday.

Ashley Fletcher gave Middlesbrough an early second half lead on that occasion, only for Lucas Moura to restore parity within six minutes. Kick-off tonight is at 8.05pm, but stay tuned for team news and build-up in the meantime.

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Spurs and Toon win, Shrews set up Liverpool tie

Sky Sports - tir, 14/01/2020 - 23:10
Premier League sides Tottenham and Newcastle made safe passage through to the FA Cup fourth round, while Shrewsbury beat Bristol City to set up a tie with Liverpool.

Tuesday's FA Cup commentary

Sky Sports - tir, 14/01/2020 - 19:27

Tottenham loan Jack Clarke to QPR as Chelsea's Gallagher joins Swansea

Guardian - tir, 14/01/2020 - 16:36

• Spurs move player who had limited opportunities at Leeds
• Conor Gallagher moves on loan to Swansea from Chelsea

Jack Clarke is putting the finishing touches to a loan move to Queens Park Rangers for the remainder of the season. The Tottenham winger spent the first half of the campaign on a loan‑back deal at Leeds – from where Spurs signed him last summer for an initial fee of around £10m.

Related: José Mourinho raises prospect of Harry Kane missing Euro 2020 with injury

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Tottenham offered Llorente

Sky Sports - tir, 14/01/2020 - 13:26
Fernando Llorente has been offered to Tottenham on a short-term deal by Napoli.

FA Cup replays: Spurs, Toon to avoid slip?

Sky Sports - tir, 14/01/2020 - 07:00
Premier League sides Manchester United, Wolves and Tottenham are all in action in the FA Cup third-round replays this week.

Jose: I'm not jealous of Man City or Liverpool

Sky Sports - tir, 14/01/2020 - 00:23
Jose Mourinho says he is not jealous of the Manchester City or Liverpool squads and drew similarities between his time at Porto with his role at Tottenham.

José Mourinho raises prospect of Harry Kane missing Euro 2020 with injury

Guardian - tir, 14/01/2020 - 00:01
• Manager says Kane out until ‘May, next season, I don’t know’
• Portuguese admits distracted Eriksen not at his best

José Mourinho has cast doubt on whether Harry Kane will be available again this season or for Euro 2020, raising the prospect the Spurs and England striker may not return from hamstring surgery until the 2020-21 campaign has begun.

Tottenham have outwardly been expecting Kane to recommence full training in April but Mourinho’s comments, which came as a surprise towards the end of a press conference otherwise dominated by Christian Eriksen’s future, suggest the situation is not that straightforward. Kane was already certain to miss at least 12 more games between Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round replay with Middlesbrough and early April, and any prospect of a significantly longer absence would be another blow in a troubled season.

Related: Spurs fans should fear four years of Mourinho’s small-minded cynicism | Jonathan Liew

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Gedson Fernandes completes Spurs medical

Sky Sports - man, 13/01/2020 - 20:12
Gedson Fernandes has completed his medical with Tottenham ahead of an 18-month loan deal from Benfica.

Gareth Southgate sweating over injured captain he cannot replace | Ed Aarons

Guardian - man, 13/01/2020 - 20:07

The England manager will be hoping fervently that Harry Kane is fit for Euro 2020 given the lack of like-for-like alternatives

It’s a scenario that must be causing even the usually unflappable Gareth Southgate sleepless nights. José Mourinho’s revelation that Harry Kane may not be back until “next season” after rupturing a tendon in his left hamstring in the defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day will have set alarm bells ringing for the England manager a little more than 150 days before their opening match of Euro 2020 against Croatia on 14 June.

The Tottenham head coach’s admission that he is in the dark about the prospective date of Kane’s return could eventually prove to be a red herring designed to prompt chairman Daniel Levy into action during the January transfer window. Yet such has been the influence of his captain during the evolution of this youthful England side that Southgate will be hoping Mourinho’s throwaway line at the end of his press conference to preview Tuesday’s FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough was just that.

Related: José Mourinho raises prospect of Harry Kane missing Euro 2020 with injury

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Jose suggests Kane could miss Euro 2020

Sky Sports - man, 13/01/2020 - 18:02
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has raised the possibility that Harry Kane could be out until next season and miss Euro 2020.

Spurs' Clarke set for QPR loan switch

Sky Sports - man, 13/01/2020 - 17:00
QPR are close to agreeing a deal to sign Tottenham winger Jack Clarke on loan.

Carra: Major changes needed at Spurs

Sky Sports - man, 13/01/2020 - 16:19
Jamie Carragher believes Jose Mourinho needs up to five new players after watching Tottenham fall to defeat to Liverpool, while Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp joined him in debating Spurs' style of play.

Gedson Fernandes at Spurs ahead of loan

Sky Sports - man, 13/01/2020 - 15:16
Gedson Fernandes arrived at Tottenham's training ground on Monday ahead of completing an 18-month loan deal from Benfica.

Regionals: Newcastle incomings with Ashley return?

Sky Sports - man, 13/01/2020 - 15:05
A round-up of the top stories and gossip making the back pages of the regional newspapers.

Jose: I know Eriksen's issues - I'm not an idiot

Sky Sports - man, 13/01/2020 - 14:44
Jose Mourinho says he understands why Christian Eriksen was criticised for his performance against Liverpool and says he would be an "idiot" not to see the issue.
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