Paper Round: All change at Tottenham

With England now out of the Euros the papers are finally starting to gaze their eyes back towards the Premier League.


The one club earning the majority of column inches at the moment is managerless Tottenham Hotspur with a host of potential of comings and goings being reported across the papers.

First to the managerial position and it seems pretty universal across the board that Andre Villas-Boas is the most likely replacement for Harry Redknapp, with the Telegraph saying he is in "advanced talks" to take over at White Hart Lane.

"The fact that Villas-Boas turned down an offer to become the head coach of Brazilian club Sao Paulo, after they sacked Emerson Leao on Tuesday, would suggest negotiations are progressing well," reveals the paper.

"Under the terms of his departure from Chelsea in March, Villas-Boas can move to another club in England only after July 1."

The only other contender mentioned is Marseille boss Didier Deschamps who is linked by the Daily Star with the position due to him being unhappy in France. However, our office in Paris has also heard rumblings that Laurent Blanc could enter the discussion too.

The Times runs a big article about potential transfer dealings at Spurs. It has been widely reported that Spurs have had a bid accepted for Hoffenheim's Gylfi Sigurdsson who was on loan at Swansea last year but The Times reckons Liverpool are still in the mix for the midfielder.

"Though accepting their status as outsiders for his signature, Liverpool’s interest in the Iceland international remains strong and their hopes of outflanking Spurs rest on the strength of Sigurdsson’s relationship with Brendan Rodgers, his former manager at Swansea City," says the paper.

Spurs though are believed to be willing to offer better wages which makes them still the firm favourites.

The Icelandic star would act in part as replacement for Luka Modric who has been heavily linked with Real Madrid.

Tottenham have asked to sign Nuri Sahin and Ricardo Carvalho, the former Chelsea defender, in exchange for Modric according to The Times.

The same paper reveals that Hamburg are trying to re-sign Rafael van der Vaart; Spurs’ bid to complete the signing of Ajax's Jan Vertonghen has been held up because the defender believes that he is entitled to 15 per cent of the agreed fee of £9.7 million; and that the North London club are also back in for Leandro Damião, the Internacional forward who is valued at £20 million.

To other news and Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of James Rodriguez amid reports of a £30m-plus bid for the 20-year old winger being rejected by Porto. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City could move for Brazilian full-back Daniel Alves, 29, after he fell out with Barcelona officials by playing in a friendly without permission. (Daily Star)

Florent Malouda is set to continue the Chelsea exodus after starting negotiations with Brazilian side Vasco da Gama. And the Champions League holders are not prepared to stand in his way if they can agree a fee in the region of £3m. (The Sun)

Arsenal have turned their attention to slashing the club’s wage bill after Olivier Giroud’s capture took their spending to £24m. The club now aim to shift unwanted players, but deals to move Denilson to Sao Paulo, Carlos Vela to Real Sociedad and Sebastien Squillaci to Bastia collapsed last week. They hope to resurrect all three of the proposed transfers. Arsenal also want to offload Andrey Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-young and Johan Djourou. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa are poised to sign Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi in a £2.5m deal. The Morocco international, 27, will become new boss Paul Lambert’s first capture after flying over for talks. (The Sun)

Michael Owen is set for a lucrative move to Dubai. The 32-year-old striker has been linked with Stoke following his release by Manchester United. But United Arab Emirates club Al Shabab claim they are planning to take the ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid hitman (Daily Star)

And finally, Bolton expect to make Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews their first signing of the summer this week. The midfielder, 31, is a free agent after leaving West Brom in May and is now expected to sign a two-year deal at the Reebok. (The Sun)

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