Tottenham to secure £30 million Nike deal

Tottenham’s current Under Armour deal runs out of the end of the season which has paved the way for companies to enter discussions with Spurs.

The deal proposed is reportedly rumoured to be worth “At least £30 million” with Nike rivals Under Armour currently giving Tottenham £10 million per year to don their shirts.

Spurs are rumoured to want to beat the deals given to Arsenal and Chelsea by Puma and Adidas, respectively, which stands at £30 million per year – a £20 million increase on their current deal with UA.

Concept kit:

Nike AIA

What are you thoughts on the proposed deal?

 

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Transfer Deadline Day – January 2016

As always THFC have left their transfer dealings until the last minute – they have been linked to many a player this transfer window, just like every other. Will a striker join in the last minute? Will Spurs buy a centre-back to cover Jan Vertonghen? Or will it be a quite last day over at the Spurs lodge?  

UPDATE:

Done deal! Pritchard has completed a loan move to WBA – will we now see this guy at the Lane? berahino

Recent news:

Tottenham have failed to sign Moussa Dembele this window according to reports. Probably due to disagreement over the loan-back option. Spurs have had a £5 million bid rejected – despite Dembele being out of contract in the Summer. Fulham however wanted Dembele to be loaned back to themselves (just like Dele Alli was loaned back to MK Dons) however Spurs want a striker that they can call on now.

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Alex Pritchard is set to join promotion hopefuls Burnley on loan until the end of the season. The attacking-midfielder has been plagued with injury since his return to Spurs and has struggled to get match fit.

Going to the Championship would allow Pritchard to rediscover his form, potential and most importantly; fitness.

Pritchard has been heavily linked to a loan move to West Brom. Now this would be a great way for him to prove himself in the Premier League – and it has to be presumed that he would be used as a sweetner to us getting Berahino..

Sky Sports now reporting that Pritchard is to have a medical at West Brom tomorrow – something he could fail to be honest..

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Federico Fazio has been subject to loan and buy bids from Premier League and La Liga clubs according to reports. £5.1 million is the fee being talked about – Stoke and Sevilla reportedly interested.

Update: Fazio has arrived in Sevilla!

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Transfer rumours and done deals – week 3 (written by @TomAntNan)

As I was on holiday this week, Tom Nancarrow – @TomAntNan has written all of the transfer rumours and done deals that have feature this week!

Done Deals –

Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of right-back Kieran Trippier for a fee of £3.5 million.

The former Burnley man created 63 chances last season, the only Lilywhite to beat that was Chrisitan Eriksen.

The 24-year old has signed a five-year deal with Spurs and called the move a no brainer.

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Rumours –

1.

BILD say Spurs are in a bidding war for German goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.

I am unsure of how much weight is in the claim we are trying to sign the Dortmund man but I would assume he is on the list of potential Lloris replacements, should the Frenchman go.

2.

Reports have emerged that Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko is being tailed my Tottenham this summer.

Christian Benteke also remains a target for striking options. The story rumbles on with Aston Villa’s star man… could be an expensive signing but he has a proven Premier League goal scoring record.

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3.

Reports in France have suggested Tottenham have ended their interest in signing former Newcastle man Yohan Cabaye and now have switched their attentions to dominating defender Aymen Abdennour.

Abdennour played a pivotal part in helping Monaco knock Arsenal out of the Champions League last season.

4.

Reports in Spain claim Spurs have made an approach for defender Marc Bartra.

The Barcelona man was part of the Catalonians treble winning squad last season but only made 14 appearances in all competitions.

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5.

The Sun have heavily linked Tottenham to the £12 million signing of Lyon striker Clinton N’Jie.

A new week and another Ligue 1 striker we are being linked to… a quick Google of N’Jie… the Cameroonian is only 21 years of age and he notched 7 domestic goals for Lyon last season.

6.

Emmanuel Adebayor has supposedly rejected “several offers” this summer already although Spurs are eager to sell.

I think I will leave my thoughts to myself on this one!

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7.

The Mirror claim Spurs will offer Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and cash in exchange for West Brom’s young English striker Saido Berahino.

The Baggies forward scored 14 goals in the Premier League goals last season and I believe he would be a superb partner for Harry Kane.

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8.

Mousa Dembele has been linked with moves to Chelsea and West Ham, according to The Sun.

The link sounds strange to me. I don’t believe Dembele is good enough to play at Chelsea but on the other hand I think Dembele is too good to let go to the Hammers.

9.

The Sun has reported that Pochettino does not want to sell Kyle Walker despite the accusation of full back Kieron Trippier.

10.

The Telegraph understand Spurs are targeting, Toby Alderweireld, Giannelli Imbula, Adrien Rabiot and Anthony Martial.

Alderweireld has been said to prefer a move to Spurs over Southampton. Adrien Rabiot has been a target for a while and the rumours surrounding the somewhat expensive Anthony Martial is still circling.

11.

Legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been linked with a move to Tottenham should Hugo Lloirs depart this summer.

L’Equipe understand Manchester United will bid for Lloris this transfer window.

I would never want to let Lloris leave and I know Casillas’ career is tailing off but I would love to see such a legend play for Spurs.

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12.

Tottenham have allegedly told Andros Townsend he will not be leaving the club this summer.

The home gown winger was reportedly being tailed by Newcastle, Sunderland, Aston Villa and West Brom.
13.

Spurs have been linked with signing QPR striker Charlie Austin.

Austin netted 18 times in the Premier League and I personally feel he would be a good option to have in the squad to play up front with Kane or as another lone striker in rotation.

14.

Tottenham target Morgan Schneiderlin has agreed to leave Southampton this summer according to The Daily Mail.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs are all in line to snap up the highly rated midfielder for a reported £24 million pound fee.

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15.

Galatasaray have confirmed they are not interested in signing Roberto Soldado.

The Turkish giants rumoured to be interested in the striker and were thought to be ready to match his £2.2 million salary but sporting director Cuneyt Tanman has discredited these rumours.

16.

The Daily Mirror are reporting that defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue could be on his way to Watford for a fee in the region of £9 million. The Hornets are also said to be interested in signing Paulinho whose agent has confirmed there is concrete interest from clubs about signing the Brazilian.

Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande have emerged as favourites to sign Paulinho. 

17.

French Football News have reported Spurs have had a bid for AS Monaco striker Yannick Ferreira Carrasco rejected.

Tottenham’s 14 million Euros bid was rejected as Monaco are said to want at least 25 million Euros.

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Done deals and rumours – Week 2.

No done deals so far this week, hopefully we will see one or two this week! 

Rumours – 

1.

Metro Sport claim that Tottenham are targeting Juventus pair, Angelo Ogbonna and Fernando Llorente.

The pair were in Juventus’ Champions League squad which got to the final, as well as clear winners of the Serie A. Rumours of a swap deal for Lamela has been circulating.

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2.

It could be nothing but Bolasie favourited TalkingTHFC’s tweet about him joining Spurs from Crystal Palace. Interesting for sure. Adebayor was also included in the deal.

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3.

Spurs are reportedly very confident of signing Kieran Trippier of Burnley as talks have now reached an advanced stage. The right-back has a £3.5 million buy-out clause which Tottenham are apparently very happy to submit to.

What do you guys think will be Trippier’s role? To try and Spur on Kyle Walker or to fight for a first team place?

Day 2 –

4.

Sky Sports News report that Lewis Holtby will make his loan to Hamburg in Germany permanent on 1st July 2015 for a fee in the region of £5.5m/ I personally think Holtby would would incredibly effectively in Poch’s system.

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5.

Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal are in for Stoke City defensive midfielder Steven Nzonzi, he is apparently stalling his contract talks and it has led to the top 7 clubs circling over him.

Do you guys think he is good enough to play for those clubs?

6.

Iker Casillas is being urged to join Tottenham by Real Madrid‘s representatives, should Lloris move to Manchester United. This would then pave the way for David De Gea to join Real Madrid.

In a bizarre world, all three goalkeepers could swap clubs, but in reality I don’t see it happening. Casillas will probably try and do better than Tottenham, whilst Tottenham and Man United will do their best to keep a hold of their retrospective ‘keepers.

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7.

A potential done deal!

Tottenham are due to sign Kieran Tripper subject to a medical and personal terms, report Sky sources. I reported this yesterday but it appears to be official today. Tottenham have reached Trippier’s £3.5 million buyout clause.

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Transfer rumours and done deals – Week 1.

Done deals; 

Kevin Wimmer has joined the club in a £4.5 million deal from Cologne. The centre-back flourished in the Bundesliga this year, featuring in their team of the season.

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Rumours; DAY 1

First; Our manager has been the topic of conversation:

Football Italia believe Pochettino is on Roma’s shortlist of new managers.

The other candidates include: Unai Emery, Vincenzo Montella and Walter Mazzarri.

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2 –

Bentaleb’s contract negotiations have stuttered – check out my article for @Vavel for that here- http://www.vavel.com/en/football/premier-league/tottenham-hotspur/498579-champions-league-clubs-interested-as-tottenham-youngsters-contracts-stall.html

My opinions on the Bentaleb story- If Arsenal, PSG AND JUVENTUS are interested, that must show Levy just how good he is and how much he is worth. Pay up Levy!

3-

Jan Vertonghen has told there is “no chance” of him leaving Tottenham this summer.

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4-

Now for an apparent ‘sensational’ bid for Harry Kane.

Manchester United are set to offer a huge £50 million deal for Tottenham youngster and new fan favourite.

Reports suggest that United are willing to put up a cash sum as well as  Javier Hernandez, Nani and or Adnan Januzaj into the deal in the hope of persuading Spurs to part with their prized asset.

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5.

Spurs are again in for Christian Benteke despite missing out on him a couple of seasons ago.

Tottenham have apparently made the first move for his signature in the hope of fending off Liverpool and Chelsea.

The Belgium would join fellow international team-mates Jan Vertonghen, Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele.

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6.

Tottenham are leading the race for Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie according to the Star on Sunday

7.

Tottenham are reportedly interested in Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar and Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld.

The fee for Vlaar is unknown but the fee for Alderweireld is said to set Tottenham back around £14 million.

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8.

Adebayor has told Sky Sports that he is happy at Tottenham and denied rumours that he is off to the Turkish league.

He has denied all knowledge of the agent that has said he leaving Spurs for the Turkish league and claims that he is looking forward to next season.

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9.

A deal has apparently been done for French striker Anthony Martial of AS Monaco.

Reports in France suggest a deal for Martial has been struck, setting Tottenham back £18.2 million for the 19 year old.

The striker scored 11 goals in 41 appearances this season.

Martial was signed by Monaco from Lyon and has a contract until 2018.

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DAY 2

10.

Hugo Lloris has said that he wants to play in the Champions League again, but it sounded like he meant with Tottenham. He also refused to comment on a move to Manchester United.

Hugo has previously stated he will not force a move away from White Hart Lane and is happy to remain at White Hart Lane and pursue Champions League football with them next season.

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11.

The Sun believe Liverpool are set to offer Tottenham £10 million for Nabil Bentaleb as they hope to take advantage of his ongoing contract discussions.

I don’t need to tell you what Liverpool fans think of the Sun, another nothing story. Next.

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DAY 3

12.

Tottenham have bid rejected for “unsellable” Timo Werner.

According to German media reports, Tottenham have tabled a €10m for Stuttgart forward Timo Werner. VfB desperately want to keep him.

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Day 4.

13.

James McCarthy is set to leave Everton and Tottenham are apparently interested – report Goal.

Everton risk losing James McCarthy this summer over broken promises concerning new contract at Goodison.

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14.

Spurs are set to offer players plus cash for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, and Adebayor is the player that is rumoured to be offered.

Pardew is reportedly ready to gamble on Adebayor, and as we all know that could go one of two ways.

Palace value Bolasie at £30 million – so I expect we would still have to stump up £20-25 million.

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15.

Lloris has again spoken out about his Champions League ambitions.

Everyone has Champions League wishes” the Frenchmen admitted. “not just because it is the season of the Euros.”

It is a goal and personal ambition” he continued. “The level is the highest in Europe so obviously we want to participate and to rub shoulders with the biggest teams in Europe. We work for that everyday.”

I seem to be the only one that is positive about Lloris, and it did bite me on the arse with the whole Bale saga to be honest, but we can still be hopeful that he will stay, right?!hugo lloris

Day 5.

16.

Nacer Chadli has spoken about his desire to play with Christian Benteke at Spurs.

Chadli has said that if Benteke leaves Villa that he wishes it is for Spurs, hoping that they make an offer for him.

Chadli said: “I hope it’s going to happen but first they have to attract him and there are a lot of clubs who want him – and Christian has to make his choice.

Hopefully he’s going to choose for us.”

The striker who is set to be offered a new deal at Villa Park according to their chief executive.

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17.

Tottenham will not pursue a deal for Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace or Giannelli Imbula from Marseille.

However, Mauricio Pochettino is keen to pursue Anthony Martial of Monaco despite the French club saying the 19-year-old is not for sale.

Martial

18.

Yohan Cabaye’s agents have offered Liverpool and Tottenham the chance to sign the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder.

The report states that both clubs are prioritising other positions first, but may be willing to pursue Cabaye later into the summer transfer window.

With Paulinho, Capoue and Dembele still on Spurs’ book, a deal won’t be struck yet, however if club come in for those players I believe we will be front runners for his signature, if the likes of Crystal Palace, Villa and West Ham don’t snare him first.

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Day 6.

19.

Vlad Chiriches is a target for Swiss club FC Basel.

Spurs are thought to be willing to do business at about £7million.

Chiriches has previously been linked with local rivals Arsenal and Italian giants Roma, however after recent displays I wouldn’t expect them to be so keen anymore..

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20. Finally an out that isn’t Hugo Lloris.

Younes Kaboul has been linked with a move away with Watford apparently interested.

But there’s a stumbling block, of course. His asking price.

The Mirror believe Tottenham want £10 million for their Captain, which I find ridiculous, however the Guardian think Tottenham want £5 million which is much most respectable, however still quite unlikely.

I think we will get £3/4 million for him, however anything can happen with Levy, I just hope we don’t get stuck with him.

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21.

Along with Kaboul, Capoue is linked with a move to Premier League newcomers Watford.

They are said to want to sure up their defensive options and the two Tottenham players top their wishlist.

Day 7.

The final post for this week –

Turkish source Milliyet report that Besiktas and Galatasary are targeting Tottenham Captain Younes Kaboul.

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22.

AS report that Manchester United are now in negotiations with Jan Oblak after giving up on pursuing Hugo Lloris.

Levy has told all clubs that Kane and Lloris are not for sale during this transfer window, with lots of interest in both players.

23.

Juventus have offered Tottenham the chance offload  £30 million signing Erik Lamela this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Massimiliano Allegri is confident he can convince the 23-year-old to return to Serie A, where he previously flourished with Roma.

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Flop or flourish? How the ‘Super 7’ have done two seasons on.

Since the sale of Bale, and the buying of £100 million worth of players – Spurs’ squad especially the newly bought players were put under scrutiny by the media and even worse, ‘Spurs twitter’.

The past two seasons transfer windows have seen a plethora of talent not only leave White Hart Lane but join too. During this blog I will review the ‘Super 7’ that joined in the summer of 2013 – but who has succeeded in the glorious Lilywhite?

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Working from the back, we’ll start with Vlad Chiriches –

Chiriches started his career at Spurs in a very good stead, nearly cementing a space in the first team next to Jan Vertonghen. The play making centre-back quickly showed that he wasn’t 100% ready for the Premier League making a few mistakes when put under pressure. When given time, Chiriches shows the talent that he truly has, but very rarely in the Premier League are you given time.

When Poch came in, the back four was all over the place. Only one player (Verts) was guarenteed a place in the line-up and it was time for Chiriches, Dier, Fazio, Kaboul (and even Dawson right at the beginning) to prove their worth. Kaboul was preferred at CB, partnering Vertonghen and Dier preferred at right back due to the absence of Walker. Chiriches was given opportunities at both centre-back and right back, but Dier and Fazio were largely preferred at centre-back once Walker returned from injury, meaning there was no longer a place for Chiriches.

Verdict: Not taken his chances –  Flop. 

Etienne Capoue – 

Capoue started his Tottenham career well, and was the work-horse that Spurs fans wanted. After the sale of Scott Parker, and injuries to The Beast (Sandro) Capoue appeared to be a breath of fresh air. But Capoue himself suffered injury set-backs and has struggled to get into the team since. A few lack-lustre performances and an apparent bad attitude has forced the previous and current manager to pick homegrown over the French international, of which have flourished in that role.

I don’t see him coming out of exile whilst Poch is still in charge, and I hope that will be a very long time.

Verdict: Death (being sold), by exile – Flop. 

Paulinho – 

Most fans couldn’t believe we had acquired Paulinho, especially after the interest of Russian mafia money in not only 1 transfer window but two. Beating Chelsea to anything is always nice, but it makes it sweeter when it’s to a player that the rent boys have been after for so long. The Brazil star appeared to be an exciting prospect, scoring goals for club and country; turning the heads of lots of clubs in Europe.

Scoring both domestically and in cup competitions Paulinho was proving to be the goal-scoring midfielder that we had dreamed for. An energetic box-to-box midfielder however doesn’t work too well in any of the new tactical systems adopted by most managers. Players now need to be more predominately defensive or predominately  attacking, either a Bentaleb or Eriksen role for example.

Paulinho didn’t however have a break for 2 summers in a row, playing in the Confederation Cup and The World Cup respectively. No rest and a position that doesn’t fit into our system has meant Paulinho hasn’t quite been able to find his feet.

Verdict: Maybe we’ll give him another season? Flop. 

Nacer Chadli – 

For sure one of the better summer 2013 acquisitions Nacer Chadli has thrived in his second season wearing Lilywhite. Chadli has scored 10 goals so far this season – just one behind Eriksen in 11 less starts. This seasons third highest goalscorer didn’t have an easy start at White Hart Lane, and he struggled to break into the team in his first season. This year The Dolphin has however proved vital to our squad in every competition; but why has he not played as much as other ‘key players’? My vote is his attitude, not to mention his desire to party and erm… play around.

Hopefully Nacer can prove to Poch exactly why he should be starting week after week, and once he is, I can only see the Belgian getting better and better.

Verdict: Hazard who? Flourish. 

Erik Lamela – 

The most expensive Summer 2013 signing at £30 million, it was always going to be hard for Lamela to live up to expectation. Spending most of his first season at the club on the sidelines probably was not ideal for the young Argentinean however it did give him time to adjust the English style, the language and the culture. Not only that but it gave him time to ‘hit the gym’ to become stronger and adapt his body in order to perform at a higher standard in the Premier League.

His four goals this season show improvement from last season, however he still doesn’t seem very confident. I like Lamela but if I could get the money back from him I probably would..

Hopefully Lamela can stay at the club and prove his worth, it’s clear to see that the boy has talent and passion. He works as hard as anyone else on the pitch, he just needs to improve in the final third. Remind you of anyone? And he was a fan favourite..

He will always be remembered for ‘that goal’ in the Europa league. See below;

Verdict – Not worth £30 million. A £12 million flourish; £30 million flop.

Christian Eriksen – 

A fan favourite, Christian Eriksen has proved to be Tottenham’s next Van Der Vaart. The little magician has blossomed not only in the role behind the striker, but also on the left of the attacking three (VDV played central or right) as well as proving himself to be a set piece specialist (See vine).

Eriksen is clearly head and shoulders above any of ‘Super 7’ not only in playing ability but in how the fans regard him, and presumably Poch too. One of the first names on the team sheet and attracting attention from PSG, proves just how vital Eriksen is to our success. If he stays for another 5/10 years he really could make himself a Tottenham legend. He’s halfway there already.

Verdict: No surprises – Flourish. 

Roberto Soldado – 

I was always one of this to say ‘give him a break’ ‘give him time’ ‘he will get better’ but that doesn’t appear to be true. Soldado has had quite a torrid time in the UK after his wife suffered a miscarriage late 2013 however has since had a baby (kitting baby Noah out in lots of Spurs gear).

His lack of confidence in the Premier league has been ever present and was most recently seen in our Europa league clash against Fiorentina. For such a prolific striker in the La Liga, scoring 9 goals in 2 seasons just quite simply isn’t enough – Especially compared to the 20 goals a season he scored for Valencia.

I personally believe that Soldado should be used as a playmaker behind the striker. Not being expected to score goals as well as his incredible passing talents could mean that he would largely benefit from a position change during his time at Tottenham.

Verdict – He should be scoring a lot more. Flop. 

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“Is Gascoigne going to have a crack? He is you know! Oh I say!”

Paul Gascoigne – Arsenal vs Tottenham 1991 (FA Cup – Semi-Final)

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The 1991 semi-final game is one of the most memorable for Spurs fans, triumphing over our rivals 3-1 thanks to two Gary Lineker and worldie from Gazza. A North London Derby is never taken lightly, and over 80,000 fans were piled into Wembley stadium in. Tensions were rife and nerves were bound to be in tatters.

Gascoigne shouldn’t have even been playing as the match followed his abdominal operation and he was told by doctors not to feature in the NLD clash.

However Gazza started the game full of energy much to everyone’s surprise, passing the ball around with ease and skilling out his opponents with pirouettes and ball rolls. A free-kick was awarded early on by referee Ray Lewis after a late challenge on Paul Stewart. Gazza ran straight over to the ball and placed it down, much to the dismay of Gary Lineker who knew he wouldn’t be able to have the ball at his own feet after Gazza had placed it so merely gave him ‘a few words of advice’. The wall was in place, with the referee running to his mark as Gascoigne prepared.

What happened next was simply magic. In a time where balls weren’t light and made to curve and curl in any possible way –what Gascoigne did was near enough never seen (apart from maybe by a few Brazilians).

Gazza took a deep breath, ran up, and smashed the ball over the wall. One of the world’s greatest ‘keepers ever David Seaman (and that’s coming from a Spurs fan), dived to his left but it was merely for show. He never stood a chance and would be the first to admit it. The ball sailed into the top-right corner touching the side netting as it went in. Arsenal fans were stunned and Tottenham fans went berserk. I imagine even some of the Arsenal fans wanted to or did clap the wonder goal.

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In an interview with Ray Stubbs after the game Gazza’s response to the game is almost as famous as his goal

Ray Stubbs: “It’s a bit of a fairytale really …”

Gazza: “I’m happy, so happy. Couldn’t sleep last night, had to have a couple of injections I was so nervous. I’m now. Away. To Get. Me Suit. MEASURED [punches the air]. YES!

Stubbs: “What about your start?”

Gazza: “Ah it wasn’t bad was it? [Pulls funny face]. EEEEE!”

Technique, skill and passion; three words which epitomised Paul Gascoigne.

One of the best players of his generation scored one of the best goals ever seen. This was the start of ‘Gazza mania’.

The goal if you haven’t already seen it –

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