Tottenham Close In On Talented £9m Left Back and £10m Keeper Plus Some Bad News

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Reported Tottenham target Urby Emanuelson is disappointed by a lack of contract negotiations at Ajax, according to the defender’s agent.

The 23-year-old has long been linked with Spurs, although he said in January that he could snub the Premier League side even if they agreed a fee.

Sevilla have also been credited with an interest in the versatile left-sided player and speculation surrounding his future is set to increase as Ajax boss Martin Jol, formerly of Tottenham, apparently drags his heels.

Emanuelson’s appearances have been limited recently and his contract expires in 2011, so if Ajax were not interested in extended his current deal they may want to sell this summer.

The Holland international’s agent, Brian Birch, told of negotiations: “Disappointingly, since the first meeting we have not talked. The ball is in Ajax’s court, they know what we want. (Sky Sports)

Do we need another full back at White Hart Lane? Probably not. Although I do like the look of this Ajax man who can also play in a more advanced position on the left but once again I am left wondering how exactly he would fit into Harry Redknapp’s plans. Being an Amsterdam academy graduate he is very composed and accomplished on the ball but me thinks he may just be using our interest to net a new deal. Martin Jol is doing well at Ajax and I don’t think many will leave the club as they look to kick start a new era of dominance after a long time in the shadows of PSV.

Almeria goalkeeper Diego Alves admits he is hoping to secure a switch to a ‘big club’ in the near future.

The 24-year-old is reportedly being courted by a number of top sides, with Tottenham and Valencia believed to be among them.

The Brazilian has caught the eye in the Spanish top-flight this term, his second full season as Almeria’s first-choice shot-stopper.

His valuation is said to have rocketed to £10million on the back of a string of impressive showings, but that is unlikely to distract his growing collection of suitors.

Alves is also widely tipped to make Brazil’s World Cup squad this summer, despite being yet to make his senior bow for his country. (Sky Sports)

Would we pay £10m for a sub keeper? Would anyone? I think this particular speculation is very much the making of the players agent and perhaps Almeria themselves. With veterans Jimmy Walker and Carlo Cudicini as back up its clear we could do with a young pair of hands to call on in the long term but I don’t think the problem is so pressing that we need to splash such an inflated fee on a player who hasn’t won an international cap.

Tottenham have been rocked by the news that Tom Huddlestone has suffered ankle ligament damage.

Huddlestone picked up the problem when he was challenged by John Heitinga during Spurs’ 2-1 victory over Everton on Sunday.

The midfielder could not complete the match and left White Hart Lane in a protective boot.

The extent of the injury has now become more clear and Huddlestone will next consult a specialist as he faces up to a period on the sidelines.

“Scans have revealed that Tom Huddlestone has suffered damage to the ligaments in his right ankle,” read a club statement.

“The England international sustained the injury during Sunday’s win over Everton and the player will now be seen by ankle specialists before deciding on the best course of rehabilitation.” (Sky Sports)

This is not good news and even though we have some decent strength in depth The Hudd was doing a marvelous job in the midfield and will be sorely missed. Tom Huddlestone was surely on the verge of a potential World Cup call up and will hope that he can come back as soon as possible to help our push for a top four finish.

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