Tottenham Close In On Impressive £12m Centre Back, Sponsor Problems and Blackburn Preview

White Hart Lane outfit interested in French defender, looking for new sponsor and getting ready for thrilling top four chase.

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PSG defender Mamadou Sakho has the Premiership’s biggest clubs monitoring his progress ahead of the summer market.

French sources say Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are all keeping tabs on the France U21 captain.

Sakho is happy at PSG, but the 20 year-old has this week attracted a firm approach from Valencia to PSG to open negotiations – which is expected to kickoff an auction involving the Premiership trio. (Tribal Football)

So the age old question of whether we need another centre back at White Hart Lane is back on the agenda. The £12m rated PSG man is a damn fine prospect and we do of course have injury issues with Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate but I think Harry Redknapp has other defenders in mind, such as Danish international Simon Kjaer who has a great grounding of experience in Serie A and in my view a far more pleasing option to make a move for.

Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, is having a hard time looking for a new sponsor for their shirt for their 2010/2011 kits. Their contract with Mansion expires with the 2009/2010 kits.

Charles Sale reports in the Daily Mail:

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will have to reduce radically his ambition to find a £10million-a-year shirt sponsor for next season in a crowded market – with Premier League rivals Sunderland, Fulham and Aston Villa also looking for more realistically priced backing.”

Levy is heading the search mission as secretary John Alexander is going to Manchester United at the end of the season and commercial chief Paul Barber has moved to Canada to join the MLS newcomer Vancouver Whitecaps.

Levy is hoping that the Spurs boss Harry Redknapp leads the club to a Champions League spot or FA Cup glory to enhance the chances of a lucrative sponsorship deal. (Soccerlens)

Clearly in the current financial climate money is tight everywhere so I don’t think this issue is one that only affects Tottenham. Many clubs are having problems getting the sums of money they used to from prospective shirt sponsors. Lets face it if we do manage to break into the Champions League picture we would be entering a whole new ball game in terms of financial packages we could entice.

There is so much money in football right now but all of it is stacked on one side of the scales and whilst being in the Premier League gives us a huge cash boost being in the top four puts us in another sphere thus showing just how crucial the next couple of months will be for Tottenham.

Talking of which we have another must win game on the cards at home to Blackburn Rovers. Liverpool’s defeat at Wigan helped us no end and we must the make the most of this game against a side who really have nothing to play for, likewise our trip to Stoke City the following week. Both sides are not in relegation battles and these are the best teams to play at this stage of the season rather than being up against sides fighting for their Premier League survival, let our defeats against Wolves be a testament to this fact.

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