Tottenham are keeping track of Turkey international Burak Yilmaz, who is close to an exit from Trabzonspor.
Tottenham face compeittion for the player’s signature from Lazio and Fulham, according the Daily Star.
Yilmaz, 26, has netted an impressive 33 goals in 34 games this season, and with such a goal-scoring record, it is unlikely Trabzonspor will successfully keep hold of their star player.
Tottenham are thought to be in the marklet fro a striker after Emmanuel Adebayor returned to Man City after his loan spell at White Hart Lane, and with Jermain Defoe considering his future after limited first-team opportunities at Spurs.
Tottenham could finally get their man this week as the deal for Jan Vertonghen looks set to go through. The Daily Mail are reporting that after hard negotiations Ajax have agreed to lower their valuation of €15 million, a fee Spurs refused to pay for a player with just one year left on his contract.
The Belgian had a strong campaign last time out, winning the Eredivise player of the year after making 31 league appearance and scoring an impressive 8 goals. Making way for the newcomer seems to be Niko Kranjcar. Reports suggest that he is on his way to Dynamo Kiev for an undisclosed fee, after failing to make an impact on the Tottenham first team last season, playing only 10 league games and scoring once.
Borussia Munchengladbach are on the verge of signing highly rated Junior Hoilett. The Sun are reporting that despite strong interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, the 23-year-old is looking more and more likely to make the switch to the Bundesliga. The winger is out of contract at Ewood Park and talks of his next destination have been hotly discussed all season.
Hoilett has played 81 games for Blackburn Rovers and scored 12 times, but it is thought that his future is a bright one, hence the battle for his signature from Europe’s elite. The North London clubs seemed his most likely destination at one stage, but reports from Europe suggest the deal with Munchengladbach is already signed. Bayern Munich were also keen on the player.
Nicolas Anelka looks set for a sensational return to the Premier League. The Daily Mail reported today that London rivals West Ham, QPR and Tottenham are battling for the striker’s signature. The Frenchman only signed for Shanghai Shenhua in January from Chelsea but has not experienced the most joyful of times since leaving Stamford Bridge.
The paper suggests that much of the potential transfer depends on what, if any, transfer fee the Chinese Super League side ask for, but suggestions that Anelka could be available for free will be sure to alert the more financially astute managers. In recent weeks there has been much speculation that the 33-year-old would attract former strike partner Didier Drogba to Shanghai, as of yet that deal has failed to materialize.
Steven Pienaar is pleading with his current club, Tottenham Hotspur, to lower their asking price, so that he can complete a switch back to the blue half of Merseyside. The Sun are today reporting that the North London club have set an asking price of £6 million just 18 months after paying Everton £3 million pounds for the South African.
After an injury plagued start to his time at Spurs, the 30-year-old was sent on loan back to Everton this season, where he flourished. He found the net 4 times in 14 games adding to the 9 goals and 104 appearances he had previously made for the club. But this time the Toffees’ well documented money troubles means that Pienaar could lose out of a return to Goodison.
According to the Daily Mail, Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted the prices he has been quoted for three of the players on his transfer list. The Mail claim that a total of £72 million for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote (£20 million), Everton’s Leighton Baines (£20 million) and Tottenham’s Luka Modric (£32 million) has left Fergie fuming.
Given that this Premier League trio are all regular first team starters for their respective clubs it is hardly surprising that their price tags are so high, but the Manchester United boss feels that they are extortionate and refuses to overpay. Sir Alex is no stranger to setting a high price himself, charging Real Madrid £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and £25 million for David Beckham in 2003.
French international Marvin Martin has alerted Arsenal and Tottenham by admitting he wants to leave Ligue 1 side Sochaux this summer. The Daily Mail have quotes from an interview that Martin gave to France Football in which he says that he is ready to ‘play overseas’ but concedes a deal may not be done until after the Euros.
There had already been reports of contact from Arsenal for the player but nothing substantial had come to fruition. However, with these comments it is likely that talks will now take a more positive step. The North London pair will have to act quickly if they want to get the midfielder’s signature as a host of European clubs such as Valencia and Borussia Dortmund are vying to sign him.
Newcastle have earmarked Luuk De Jong as their insurance should they lose Demba Ba this summer. The Daily Mirror have reported that the Tyneside club have been watching the Dutch youngster for two years and are now thinking about an offer. They are expecting to lose Ba for £7 million, with Tottenham being the favourites to sign the Senegalese striker and believe that De Jong will be available for the same amount.
FC Twente won’t be too keen on selling the highly rated attacker after he netted 32 goals in 50 games for the Eredevisie side last season, although manager Steve McClaren has admitted it will be hard to keep him. The Dutch international has played seven games for his country, scoring once.
The agent of Bologna playmaker Gaston Ramirez has suggested that Manchester City are not the only side interested in signing the player. The London Evening Standard are today reporting that the 21-year-old Uruguayan is wanted by numerous clubs, the Premier League champions being one of them. This report comes on the same day that the Daily Mail claim Tottenham are in the hunt for Ramirez should Van Der Vaart leave for Schalke this summer.
Ramirez has played 58 times for Bologna since arriving in 2010, scoring 12 times. He is yet to find the net at international level but has played 9 games for his country. Valued at £15 million, the midfielder only signed a contract extension this season, extending his deal until 2016.
Newcastle United striker Demba Ba’s much talked about release clause comes into effect on Thursday, with both Chelsea and Tottenham ready to pounce.
The Daily Mirror report that the release clause, thought to be in the region of £7million will only be active for two months, given the 27-year-old his own transfer window essentially and this has alerted Chelsea and Tottenham who will jump at the chance to sign Ba for as little as £7million.
The striker scored 16 goals for Newcastle last season as they qualified for the Europa League but its thought that the release clause was essential in securing Ba’s signature.