Newly appointed Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is getting ready to stamp his authority on the White Hart Lane club as he readies bids for at least three new players in a £ 44 million triple swoop.
The North London club is in advanced negotiations with the players’ agents as the club seeks to bring in the new players to the club as soon as possible in order to give them ample time to gel with the squad.
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Ben Davies, the Swansea City defender, is expected to be the first player who would be signed by Mauricio Pochettino, the new man in charge at White Hart Lane.
Davies who is in his early twenties at the moment has rose in the pecking order of defenders at Swansea in the past couple of years. Currently, he is the no. 1 left back there.
As per the reports, Pochettino had approached the Swans and had placed a bid of close to 10 million Pounds which got accepted and now, the Spurs would get in touch with the player himself to reach an agreement about salary and other stuffs. If nothing goes wrong from here on, very soon, a formal announcement about Davies’ arrival to Tottenham would be made.
Davies is a Welshman who is a product of Swansea City Academy. He spent his youth career at Liberty Stadium only before making his debut for the senior team of the Swans in 2012.
The youngster has so far featured for Swansea in 70 league games in which he has found the net on 3 occasions.
Davies has played a bit of international football too. He has made 10 appearances for the senior team of Wales.
The Spurs’ campaign in the Premier League last season was disappointing. They had begun the season as one of the contenders for the top-4 place, but, they couldn’t live up to the expectations under Andre Villas Boas who got axed eventually.
The final position of Tottenham in the league table last season was 6 and that was a bit below par considering the team that they had. They would hope to make it to the Champions League this time around under the new manager who is known to be very strict.
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has refused to name the players who had openly admitted that they did not like playing for the England national team. England suffered the embarrassing exit at the World Cup 2014 after losing the first two group matches. The last time they failed to get past the group stages was in 1958. The fallout from this poor World Cup campaign has been huge and Redknapp has added fuel to the fire by stating that some Tottenham players expressing their desire to be left out of the England squad.
Redknapp came close to being the national manager to replace Fabio Capello, but the job was eventually awarded to Roy Hodgson. After hearing the comments from Redknapp, England captain Steven Gerrard urged the QPR managed to pinpoint names. This would humiliate them and bring out the black sheeps within the national team according to Gerrard. When put forward with such a request, Redknapp refused to name them because it would not be fair on the players who had trust and said such a thing.
Redknapp, however, admitted that every manager knows the situation including Roy Hodgson. Gerrard said that every player he knows with the national team wants to give the 100%. As much as 10 players from the Tottenham managed by Harry Redknapp have played for the national team. “I understand Steven’s concern but I don’t want to get into naming names because it wouldn’t be fair to the players. Every Premier League manager past and present knows what I’m talking about. Probably even Roy Hodgson. But sadly this attitude is not unusual these days,” said Redknapp.
England are expected to fill a much changed line-up for the final group match against Costa Rica with several youngsters like Ross Barkley being given a run out to improve their experience.
Arsenal’s women team have endured a difficult time last season after they are bottom of the league table. Even though they have qualified for the FA Cup final – just as the men’s team, it is seen as a disappointing campaign from the club. As a result, manager Shelley Kerr has taken responsibility for this poor campaign and has announced the resignation of the manager. She has announced that the FA Cup final will be her last as the Arsenal manager. Arsenal have managed just one point from the WSL campaign after losing the last three out of the four matches.
Kerr has been leading the team for the last 16 months and she says that it will be the right time to step down. She will be hoping to do so with a victory in the FA Cup. Apart from the league troubles, the club were also knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Birmingham City. Kerr has not discussed much about the future and has insisted on staying focused on the upcoming final. Arsenal will be coming up against Everton in the final that will take place at Milton Keynes in a week.
A victory in this competition will see them win 13 FA Cup trophies in their history.
“I’ve had a fantastic 16 months with Arsenal, but feel this is the right time to step aside. I hope to bring my spell with Arsenal to a successful close on Sunday, with the defence of the FA Cup. I have to prepare the girls for the Cup final and that’s my only focus at the moment,” said the manager in a statement on the official site of the club. There have already been a number of links with former Arsenal skipper Jayne Ludlow and Estonia manager Keith Boanas as the replacements.
Since Andre Villas-Boas saw his way out of Tottenham in December of 2013, Tim Sherwood was appointed as the interim coach of the Premier League club but the 45 years old tactician is expected to be relieved from his coaching duties at the end of the season and now the staff members of the club are starting to look around for a long term coach.
Louis van Gaal has been linked as a potential candidate of being chosen as the next coach of Tottenham after the conclusion of the upcoming and the Dutch coach has already revealed his desire of coaching a team in the Premier League which is something that he still has not done.
Ruud Gullit is even considering the move to be done as he recently revealed.
“I know for sure he was at van Gaal’s house, the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy I think it’s a done deal, but you never know.” Gullit stated.
It won’t all be Plain Sailing – Van Gaal is in charge of the Netherlands squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup but when it concludes, it has already been agreed that Guus Hiddink will be his successor which leave Van Gaal with the time start a new challenge.
One of the top targets that Tottenham wants to sign in the summer besides Van Gaal is Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke as he has proven himself by turning into the top goal-scorer for his club.
Another potential candidate of taking charge of Tottenham for the upcoming seasons is Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino as the Argentine manager has displayed his coaching abilities by removing Southampton from the bottom relegation zone and keeping the club in the higher middle section of the Premier League standings.