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Mauricio Pochettino was recently asked as to whether Tottenham would make a January bid for Everton’s Ross Barkley and the Argentine simply replied by saying that the winter window is too far to talk about and further quoted that he does not like talking about the players of other clubs. (Football.London)

It is no secret that Barkley wanted to move away from Everton this summer and Tottenham, alongside Chelsea, were interested in acquiring his signature. But no move ever materialised. Toffees’ manager Ronald Koeman even confirmed the news saying that Barkley leaving the Goodison Park was all but confirmed.

“It is really clear. I am looking to other players, that is my priority and not Ross, with all respect because it is his decision. Everybody knows what the situation is. That is enough. I don’t talk any more about this situation, we will see what happens. He told me at the end of last season [that he wants to leave].” (Telegraph)

Unfortunately for every party involved, the move failed. Chelsea, in particular, were credited with a strong interest as Antonio Conte wanted to add quality depth to his roster. The Blues reportedly had a £35million bid accepted for the Barkley, but the midfielder rejected a move to the Bridge as he wanted to work under Mauricio Pochettino.

Ross Barkley

Pochettino was interested in the midfielder but never made a bid for him. The Argentine was recently asked whether he would make another bid for the Englishman in the winter transfer window and he firmly refused to comment on it. Speaking at the pre-match press conference before Tottenham’s clash against Everton, he said (as quoted by Football.London):

“It’s still too far to speak about the next transfer window. And you know like always, the players that are in another club I never speak about.”

Furthermore, he was also asked as to whether Vincent Janssen has a future at the club and the gaffer’s reply seemed quite optimistic.

Vincent Janssen of Tottenham

The Dutchman, reportedly, had an offer from Brighton & Hove Albion on the deadline day and he rejected it firmly even after knowing that his chances this season would be cut short given that Tottenham signed Fernando Llorente on the deadline day. Furthermore, he was excluded from Tottenham’s Champions League squad, along with Erik Lamela.

“Yes of course. The next question is why he is not in Champions League squad. That is about numbers,” Poch explained (as quoted by Football.London).

“We only have 17 places [for non-homegrown players], we are 19, so him and Lamela we decided [to leave out]. But in January we check again to see if we change the names in the squad. But, yes, he has a future like other players here.”

Should Tottenham move for Barkley in January? Does Vincent Janssen have a future at the club? What do you think?

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Incidents of alcohol and drug abuse surface among workers at Tottenham’s new stadium

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Construction News (h/t Independent) claims to have first-hand accounts of workers under the influence of alcohol and drugs at our new stadium.

Tottenham’s £850m new home has been hit by numerous delays and the club haven’t shared a final date for the launch of the stadium.

A source speaking to Construction News (h/t Independent) said:

“I’ve not worked on a site like that in a long, long time.

“There were people off their heads, drinking cans first thing in the morning before going on to site and snorting coke in the toilets.”

However, Mace have denied such claims and a company spokesperson claimed that tests were carried out regularly to ensure the safety of the staff.

The personnel was quoted by the Independent saying:

“We carry out regular random drugs and alcohol testing to ensure that our rules are enforced throughout our supply chain. Any concerns about specific health and safety risks should have been flagged to Mace health and safety staff on the project.”

Our new stadium was expected to be completed for the game against Liverpool on 15th September but Tottenham will continue playing their home games at Wembley.

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This latest report will be a further blow to Tottenham as the stadium is behind schedule and we had reported that the home might not be ready before 2019.

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“The season is saved”, “This is the signing you make?” – Some Spurs fans unhappy with latest deal by club

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Tottenham haven’t done all that well in recent games with three losses on the spin. The Premier League loss against Liverpool was tough to take but the 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan was even worse.

We were leading till the 85th minute before Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino got the goals at San Siro.

Tottenham bounced back with a win against Brighton & Hove Albion but prior to that, the team had time to pose for a new range of apparel from Hugo Boss.

A post from the Spurs Twitter account revealed that our first-team squad would be sporting suits from the company from the ‘Create Your Look’ line.

Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and a host of other players and staff were pictured in the dapper suits.

It isn’t a surprise that teams are being sponsored by brands but this deal does come a little late, given that our season is well over a month in.

Some fans, however, were upset with the deal and here are some of those reactions from Twitter.

Read more: Tottenham deny reports claiming stadium will be ready only by 2019

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Lamela stars: Player ratings from Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion

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Tottenham got back to winning ways after three successive defeats, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.

Glenn Murray handled the ball late in the first half which allowed Kane to score from the spot. The home team came at us with all they had in the second half and Paulo Gazzaniga pulled off a great save before Danny Rose crossed in for Lamela to slot in our second.

Anthony Knockaert pulled one back in stoppage time to make it a nervous last minute or so but we held on for all three points.

There were a few heroes on the pitch today and here are the player ratings from the game.

Paulo Gazzaniga – 6.5/10

The youngster did pretty well and made one good save to deny Knockaert. He couldn’t do much regarding the goal he conceded.

Kieran Trippier – 6/10

Trippier didn’t have the greatest time as he struggled a bit and even got a yellow card for a needless foul.

Toby Alderweireld – 7.5/10

The Belgian had a great chance to score early on and did a great job at keeping things tight for Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen – 7/10

Vertonghen didn’t have a lot to do at the back but he helped us to an important win in the final few minutes of the game.

Danny Rose – 7/10

Rose got the assist for the second goal but didn’t have the greatest of games for us. The Englishman should have done better for the goal we conceded.

Eric Dier – 5.5/10

This was another poor performance from the Englishman as he kept on making the wrong passes and losing possession.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

The Belgian had a decent outing as his passing was good and kept things ticking for Spurs in the middle of the park.

Son Heung-min – 6/10

This was a quiet outing for the South Korean and he should have done more to help Spurs get all three points.

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Another player who seemed to be out of touch was Eriksen. He must do a lot more if he is to keep his place in the team.

Lucas Moura – 6.5/10

The Brazilian tried to do things but they weren’t coming off. He did have a role in the second goal and was later subbed by Dele Alli.

Harry Kane – 6.5/10

Kane scored the penalty but couldn’t get another shot away as Brighton did well at keeping him quiet.

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Erik Lamela – 7.5/10

The Argentine changed things as he provided an attacking outlet. He did well for the goal and maybe should start more games.

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Dele Alli – N/A

The Englishman didn’t have a lot of time to make a difference to the game.

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