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Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Aug 03:52

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish insists there is 'no chance' Wilfried Zaha will leave and blasts Tottenham for trying to turn player's head

Steve Parish has insisted there is 'no chance' Wilfried Zaha will leave Crystal Palace during this transfer window. Sportsmail reported on Thursday that Zaha had requested a move away.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Aug 03:10

Pep Guardiola's turn on the carousel as Manchester City head to Barcelona

IAN LADYMAN: As coach of Barcelona from 2008-12, Pep Guardiola was fortunate enough to work with special talent. Now he must return to the club with which he will forever be connected.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Aug 02:20

Pep Guardiola returns to Barcelona with Manchester City as Leicester, Tottenham and Arsenal are handed favourable Champions League draws

Pep Guardiola faces a reunion with Barcelona in his first Champions League campaign as Manchester City boss. It will be Guardiola's second trip to the Nou Camp since leaving Barcelona in 2012.

ESPN FC - Tottenham Hotspur News 26 Aug 01:47

Crystal Palace chairman laughs off Spurs' 'ridiculous' Wilfried Zaha bid

Mauricio Pochettino says goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be available for Tottenham's Champions League opener vs. Monaco in Group E. Crystal Palace have no intention of letting Wilfried Zaha go to Tottenham. Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has told Tottenham they are wasting their time trying to sign Wilfried Zaha after claiming to reject a £12 million bid for the winger. Parish revealed Spurs had tabled their opening offer on Thursday but that Palace had immediately knocked back the approach. "We had a bid from Spurs but £12m -- it's ridiculous. I can't imagine that they're serious," Parish told TalkSport. "There's no chance whatsoever of Wilfried Zaha leaving the club in this transfer...

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Aug 01:14

Wilfried Zaha tells Alan Pardew he wants to leave Crystal Palace as Tottenham consider £15m bid

SAM CUNNINGHAM: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen on Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who has told Alan Pardew he wants to leave Selhurst Park this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Aug 00:42

Mauricio Pochettino excited to lead Tottenham into their first Champions League adventure since 2011

Mauricio Pochettino cannot wait to take charge of his maiden Champions League game as he leads Tottenham back into Europe's elite club competition. Spurs have been absent since 2011.

ESPN FC - Tottenham Hotspur News 25 Aug 23:30

Tottenham players must continue to improve - Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be available for Tottenham's Champions League opener vs. Monaco in Group E. LONDON -- Mauricio Pochettino is encouraged by Tottenham's development in the past year but says his young squad must "carry on improving every day" ahead of the club's return to the Champions League. Pochettino had the youngest squad in the top-flight last season but Spurs mounted a surprise title challenge, before collapsing in their final three games to finish third -- a record-high finish for the club in the Premier League. On Saturday, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will return to Tottenham...

ESPN FC - Tottenham Hotspur News 25 Aug 23:14

Pochettino and Klopp are driving the Premier League's pressing revolution

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he will pay extra attention to Liverpool striker Sadio Mane when the two sides meet on Saturday. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Tottenham are convinced in their style of play. Philippe Coutinho and Harry Kane were the goalscorers last time around. Who will pen the next chapter in this matchup? It has been 10 months since Jurgen Klopp's first outing as Liverpool boss, a goalless draw at Tottenham Hotspur. He returns to White Hart Lane this weekend in a match that will inevitably prompt comments on Liverpool's progression during his period in charge. From the outset, it was obvious that Klopp's No. 1 priority was recreating the intense gegenpressing that became his trademark at Borussia Dortmund and made him revered across Europe. The shape would come later -- the attacking cohesion needed...

ESPN FC - Tottenham Hotspur News 25 Aug 23:00

Arsenal close in on Deportivo striker Lucas Perez; City complete Bravo deal

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol breaks down all the latest moves and rumours from around the world of football. ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Brian McBride break down the latest transfer rumours with just over a week to go in the window. Might Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez be the answer to Arsenal's problems up front? The summer transfer window is beginning to swing shut. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse for the latest gossip ahead of deadline day. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here. Top Story: Arsenal close in on striker signing Arsenal may finally be about to sign a striker, with the north London club heavily linked with a move for Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez. The Spanish forward -- known as Lucas -- has also been a target for Everton this summer, but Arsenal...

ESPN FC - Tottenham Hotspur News 25 Aug 21:43

Monaco's Vadim Vasilyev: Tottenham favourites to top group UCL Group E

Take an in-depth look at the UCL draw and see how each of the teams will line up in this year's competition. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol presents a few of the Champions League groups to look out for in this year's competition. Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev thinks that Tottenham Hotspur are favourites to win their Champions League group. The Ligue 1 side were in the fourth pot for Thursday's draw but still avoided Europe's biggest clubs to land with Tottenham, CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen. Vasilyev was pleased with Monaco's draw in Group E, comparing it to two years ago when the Ligue 1 side finished ahead of Leverkusen, Zenit St Petersburg and Benfica. Monaco faced Spurs in the Europa League last season, and...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Tottenham Hotspur | BBC 25 Aug 21:37

Guardiola's Man City to meet Barcelona

Manchester City will meet Scottish champions Celtic and new manager Pep Guardiola's former club Barcelona in the Champions League.

Tottenham Hotspur – 25 Aug 19:04

CL: Man City and Pep to face Barca and Celtic in Group stage

Pep Guardiola will take his Manchester City side to the Nou Camp to face former club Barcelona following an eye-catching Champions League draw. 

The Citizens, who beat Steaua Bucharest to reach the group stage, will also face Borussia Monchengladbach and Scottish champions Celtic in Group C of the competition.

Arsenal will also face a stern test, heading to France to face Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain. The Gunners have enjoyed an otherwise relatively kind draw, though, with FC Basel and Bulgarian side Ludogorets the other opposition in Group A.

Premier League champions Leicester, who are making their debut in the competition, have managed to avoid the giants of Europe by being joined in Group G by Porto, Club Brugge, and FC Copenhagen.

Tottenham Hotspur, though, face a tough task to qualify after landing in a strong-looking group containing CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, and Monaco.

Full Draw:

Group A: PSG, Arsenal, Basel, Ludogorets Razgrad.

Group B: Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas.

Group C: Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach, Celtic.

Group D: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, FC Rostov.

Group E: CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur, Monaco.

Group F: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon, Legia Warsaw.

Group G: Leicester City, Porto, Club Brugge, FC Copenhagen.

Group H: Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon, Dinamo Zagreb.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Tottenham Hotspur | BBC 25 Aug 17:54

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Tottenham Hotspur | BBC 25 Aug 16:36

Spurs' Bentaleb joins Schalke on loan

Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb moves on a season-long loan deal to Schalke, who are also close to signing PSG's Benjamin Stambouli.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Tottenham Hotspur | BBC 25 Aug 15:33

Spurs make £15m bid for Palace's Zaha

Tottenham submit a bid in the region of £15m for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to his agent.

Tottenham Hotspur – 25 Aug 15:26

Premier League to gain extra automatic Champions League place

England is set to have four guaranteed places in the Champions League group stage from the 2018-19 season, Press Association Sport understands.

Currently there are automatic spots for three English clubs, with a fourth having to qualify through a play-off, as Manchester City did this week after finishing fourth in the Premier League last term.

It is understood a revamp will see the top four nations in UEFA’s rankings for club competitions – currently Spain, Germany, England and Italy – each get guaranteed places for the teams finishing in the top four in those leagues.

An announcement on the matter is expected from European football’s governing body on Friday, with a series of meetings having taken place on Thursday after several months of UEFA consultations with stakeholders.

It comes at a time when the threat of a breakaway European Super League has appeared considerable.

Five of the English game’s established powers – Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool – denied they were involved in discussions for such a tournament earlier this year.

Representatives from the clubs had met in London with Relevent Sports, organisers of the pre-season friendly competition the International Champions Cup, which it was said the talks were primarily about.

Adjustments to the current format of the Champions League can only begin in 2018 as that is when the next three-year commercial cycle starts.

It is understood the biggest push for change has come from Spain and Italy, the nation that looks set to benefit the most from the alteration.

While currently Spain, Germany and England each have guaranteed group stage spots for their top three finishers with the fourth-placed team going into a play-off, in Italy only the top two qualify automatically with third contesting a play-off.

This week saw Roma lose their play-off against Porto – the third straight year an Italian club has been eliminated at that stage.

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Tottenham Hotspur – 25 Aug 14:48

Tottenham open talks with Palace as Zaha asks to leave

Tottenham are in talks with Crystal Palace to sign Wilfried Zaha and the winger has told Alan Pardew he wants to leave the club.

Press Association Sport understands Zaha arranged a meeting with Pardew at the club’s training ground on Thursday morning where he made clear his wish to join Spurs.

Tottenham have started negotiations with Palace and are understood to be planning an opening offer of £15million.

Pardew refused to agree to Zaha’s request, instead informing the player he would speak to chairman Steve Parish and only sell if the price was right for the club.

Zaha, however, is desperate to move on, with the 23-year-old eager to play under Mauricio Pochettino and test himself in the Champions League.

Tottenham are keen to add another attacking midfielder to their ranks before the transfer window closes and Zaha, with his youth, energy and athleticism, chimes with the club’s transfer policy since Pochettino took charge.

Zaha was bought by Manchester United in January 2013 but Sir Alex Ferguson, who enjoys a close relationship with Pochettino, had retired by the time the forward arrived the following season.

After failing to establish himself under David Moyes at Old Trafford, Zaha eventually moved back to Palace, initially on loan, and then permanently in February 2015.

Spurs remain in talks with Marseille regarding an £11million transfer for Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and it is understood their pursuit of the winger will not be affected by their interest in Zaha.

Pochettino is wary of being left short by a number of departures, with Clinton Njie set to join Marseille on loan as part of the Nkoudou deal, while Nabil Bentaleb and DeAndre Yedlin have moved to Schalke and Newcastle respectively.

Wolfsburg have also expressed an interest in signing Son Heung-min but Tottenham are not keen to sell the forward, who only moved to White Hart Lane from Bayer Leverkusen 12 months ago.

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Tottenham Hotspur – 25 Aug 13:05

All the transfer ins and outs in the Premier League this summer


INS: Granit Xhaka (£33.8m, Borussia Monchengladbach), Takuma Asano (undisclosed, Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Rob Holding (£2m, Bolton)

OUTS: Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky (all released), Isaac Hayden (£2.5m, Newcastle), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma, loan), Joel Campbell (Sporting Lisbon, loan)



INS: Lys Mousset (£5.4m, Le Havre), Emerson Hyndman (free, Fulham), Nathan Ake (loan, Chelsea), Lewis Cook (£7m, Leeds), Jordon Ibe (£15m, Liverpool), Brad Smith ( £3m, Liverpool), Marc Wilson (£2m, Stoke)

OUTS: Lee Tomlin (undisc, Bristol City), Glenn Murray (loan, Brighton) Tommy Elphick (£3.6m, Aston Villa), Jayden Stockley (free, Aberdeen), Shaun MacDonald (Wigan, undisclosed), Sylvain Distin, Stephane Zubar, Josh Carmichael, Josh Wakefield, Mason Walsh and Jon Muleba (all released).



INS: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£2m, Charlton), Nick Pope (£1m, Charlton), Jon Flanagan (loan, Liverpool), Steven Defour (£7.5m, Anderlecht)

OUTS: Joey Barton (free, Rangers), Matt Gilks (free, Rangers), Luke Conlan (free, Morecambe), David Jones (undisclosed, Sheffield Wednesday), Rouwen Hennings (loan, Fortuna Dusseldorf).



INS: Michy Batshuayi (£33m, Marseille), N’Golo Kante (£32m, Leicester)

OUTS: Papy Djilobodji (£8m, Sunderland) Stipe Perica (£3m, Udinese), Mohamed Salah, (undisclosed, Roma), Bertrand Traore (loan, Ajax) Nathan Ake (loan, Bournemouth), Nathan (loan, Vitesse), Lewis Baker (loan, Vitesse), Joao Rodriguez (loan, Santa Fe), Charly Musonda (loan, Real Betis), Mitchell Beeney (loan, Crawley), Baba Rahman (loan, Schalke), Tammy Abraham (Bristol City, loan), Reece Mitchell (free, Chesterfield), Marco Amelia, Tika Musonda and Kevin Wright (all released), Izzy Brown (Rotherham, loan).

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INS: Andros Townsend (£13m, Newcastle), Steve Mandanda (£3m Marseille), James Tomkins (£10m, West Ham), Christian Benteke (£27m, rising to £32m, Liverpool)

OUTS: Dwight Gayle (£10m, Newcastle), David Gregory (free, Cambridge), Alex McCarthy (undisclosed, Southampton), Mile Jedinak (£4m, Aston Villa), Emmanuel Adebayor, Reise Allassani, Andreas Breimyr, Marouane Chamakh, Connor Dymond, Spencer Forte, Matthew George, David Gregory, Brede Hangeland, William Hoare, Christopher Kettings, Adrian Mariappa, Patrick McCarthy, Oliver Pain and Christian Scales (all released), Yannick Bolasie (Everton £25m).



INS:Maarten Stekelenburg (undisclosed, Fulham), Idrissa Gueye (£7.1m, Aston Villa), Ashley Williams (£12m, Swansea), Yannick Bolasie (£25m, Crystal Palace)

OUTS: John Stones (£47.5million, Everton), Tim Howard (free, Colorado Rapids), Luke Garbutt (loan, Wigan), Steven Pienaar (free, Sunderland), Aidan Graham, Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman, Felipe Rohde, Jindrich Stanek and  Jordan Thorniley (all released), Brendan Galloway (loan, West Brom), Ryan Ledson (undisc, Oxford)



INS: Jonathan Edwards (free, Peterborough),

OUTS: Max Clark (loan, Cambridge), Ben Clappison (free, York), Mohamed Diame (£4.5m, Newcastle)



INS: Ron-Robert Zieler (£3m, Hannover), Luis Hernandez (free, Sporting Gijon), Nampalys Mendy (£13m, OGC Nice), Ahmed Musa (£16.6m, CSKA Moscow), Bartosz Kapustka (£7.5m, Cracovia)

OUTS: N’Golo Kante (£32m, Chelsea), Ritchie De Laet (£2.5m, Aston Villa), Joe Dodoo (undisc, Rangers), Andrej Kramaric (undisclosed, Hoffenheim), Jacob Blyth (free, Motherwell),  Paul Konchesky (free, Gillingham), Liam Moore (undisclosed, Reading), Kyle Bailey, Jack Barmby, Dean Hammond, Aaron Hassall, Michael Kelly, Keenan King, Jonathan Maddison, Harrison Panayiotou, Mark Schwarzer, Max Smith-Varnam and Ryan Watson (all released).



INS: Sadio Mane (£34m, Southampton), Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m, Newcastle) Loris Karius (£4.7m, Mainz), Joel Matip (free, Schalke), Ragnar Klavan (£4.2m, Augsburg), Alex Manninger (free, Augsburg).

OUTS: Jordon Ibe (£15m, Bournemouth), Joe Allen (£13m, Stoke), Martin Skrtel (£5m, Fenerbahce), Jerome Sinclair (£4m, Watford), Jordan Rossiter (£250,000, Rangers), Joao Carlos Teixeira (£250,000, Porto), Kolo Toure (free, Celtic), Christian Benteke (£27m, rising to £32m, Liverpool), Allan (loan, Hertha Berlin), Jon Flanagan (loan, Burnley), Tom Brewitt, Daniel Cleary, William Marsh, Ryan McLaughlin, Alex O’Hanlon, Kristof Polgar, Jose Enrique, Samed Yesil (all released)



INS: Ilkay Gundogan (£20.3m, Borussia Dortmund), Nolito (£13.8m, Celta Vigo), Aaron Mooy (free, Melbourne City), Oleksandr Zinchenko (undisclosed, FC Ufa), Leroy Sane (£37m, Schalke), Gabriel Jesus (£27m, Palmeiras), Marlos Moreno (£4.75m, Atletico Nacional), John Stones (£47.5million, Everton), Pablo Mari (undisclosed, Gimnastic Tarragona)

OUTS:  Marlos Moreno, (loan, Deportivo La Coruna), Seko Fofane (£3.8m, Udinese), Jack Byrne (loan, Blackburn), Manu Garcia (loan, Alaves), Charlie Albinson, Martin Demichelis, Nathaniel Oseni, Sam Tattum, Richard Wright (all released).



INS: Eric Bailly (£30m, Villarreal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free, PSG), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26m, Borussia Dortmund), Paul Pogba (£89million, Juventus)

OUTS: Tyler Blackett, (£1m, Reading) Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (loan, Wolves), James Wilson (loan, Derby) Adnan Januzah (loan, Sunderland), Paddy McNair, (undisc, Sunderland), Donald Love (undisc, Sunderland) Ashley Fletcher (free, West Ham), Oliver Rathbone (free, Rochdale), George Dorrington, Nick Powell and Victor Valdes (all released).



INS: Viktor Fischer (£3.8m, Ajax), Bernardo Espinosa (free, Sporting Gijon), Marten de Roon, (£12m, Atalanta), Jordan McGhee (loan, Hearts), Victor Valdes (free, Manchester United), Antonio Barragan (undisc, Valencia), Alvaro Negredo (loan, Valencia), Brad Guzan (free, Aston Villa), Fabio da Silva (£2m, Cardiff)

OUTS: Jonathan Burn (loan, Kilmarnock), Rhys Williams (free, Perth Glory), Luke Coddington (free, Huddersfield), Jordan Jones (free, Kilmarnock), Jonathan Woodgate, Damia Abella and Andre Bennett (all released).



INS: Nathan Redmond (£11m, Norwich), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£13m, Bayern Munich), Alex McCarthy (undisclosed, Crystal Palace), Jeremy Pied (free, Nice)

OUTS: Sadio Mane (£34m, Liverpool), Victor Wanyama (£11m, Tottenham), Graziano Pelle (£13m, Shandong Luneng), Juanmi (£2m, Real Sociedad), Jason McCarthy (loan, Walsall), William Britt, Kelvin Davis, Gaston Ramirez (all released), Sam Gallagher (loan, Blackburn).



INS:  Ramadan Sobhi (£5m, Al-Ahly), Joe Allen (£13m, Liverpool)

OUTS: Steven Sidwell (free, Brighton), Marc Wilson (£2m, Bournemouth), Yusuf Coban (free, Hoffenheim), Mark Waddington (loan, Kilmarnock), Benjamin Barber, Edward Dryden, Bobby Moseley, Ryan O’Reilly, Peter Odemwingie, Petros Skapetis and Mason Watkins-Clark (all released).



INS:  Papy Djilobodji (£8m, Chelsea), Paddy McNair (undisc, Manchester United), Donald Love (undisc, Manchester United), Adnan Januzaj (loan, Manchester United), Steven Pienaar (free, Everton), Javier Manquillo (loan, Atletico Madrid)

OUTS: Emanuele Giaccherini (£2m, Napoli), Liam Bridcutt (£1m, Leeds Utd), Danny Graham (free, Blackburn), Will Buckley (loan, Sheffield Wednesday), Martin Smith (free, Kilmarnock), Wes Brown, Steven Fletcher, Mikael Mandron, Liam Agnew and Steve Harper (all released), Jordi Gomez (undisclosed, Wigan), Younes Kaboul (undisclosed, Watford).



INS:  Borja Baston (£15.5m, Atletico Madrid), Leroy Fer (£4.75m, QPR), Mike van der Hoorn (undisclosed, Ajax), Mark Birighitti (free, Newcastle Jets), Fernando Llorente (undisc, Sevilla)

OUTS:  Ashley Williams (£12m, Everton), Alberto Paloschi (£5m, Atalanta), Eder (£4m, Lille), Raheem Hanley (free, Northampton), Kyle Bartley (loan, Leeds), Oliver Davies (loan, Kilmarnock), Matt Grimes (loan, Leeds), Andre Ayew (£20.5million, West Ham), Daniel Alfei, Kyle Copp, James Demetriou, Stephen Fallon, Alexander Gogic, Henry Jones, Lee Lucas and Gareth Owen (all released), Bafetimbi Gomis (loan, Marseille)



INS: Victor Wanyama (£11m, Southampton), Vincent Janssen (£18.6m, AZ Alkmaar)

OUTS: Federico Fazio (loan, Roma), Christopher Paul (free, QPR), Emmanuel Sonupe (released), Grant Ward (undisclosed, Ipswich), Alex Pritchard (£8m, Norwich), (DeAndre Yedlin undisc, Newcastle), Nabil Bentaleb (loan, Schalke).



INS: Jerome Sinclair (£4m, Liverpool), Christian Kabasele (£5.8m, Genk), Isaac Success (undisclosed, Granada), Juan Camilo Zuniga (loan, Napoli), Brice Dja Djedje (undisc, Marseille), Younes Kaboul (undisclosed, Sunderland), Roberto Pereyra (£10.4m, Juventus), Daryl Janmaat (£7.5m, Newcastle)

OUTS: Miguel Layun (£4m, Porto), William Byers, Josh Doherty, Joel Ekstrand, Uche Ikpeazu, James Johnson, Javion Martin, Ayitey Mensah Jnr, Thomas Simpson and Mac Young (all released), Almen Abdi (undisc, Sheff Weds), Daniel Pudil (undisc, Sheff Weds)



INS: Matt Phillips (undisclosed, QPR), Brendan Galloway (loan, Everton)

OUTS: James Chester (undisc, Aston Villa), Callam Jones (loan, Accrington), Victor Anichebe, Samir Nabi and Stephane Sessegnon (all released).



INS: Manuel Lanzini (£9.4m, Al Jazira Club), Toni Martinez (£2.5m, Valencia), Havard Nordtveit (free, Borussia Monchengladbach), Domingos Quina (free, Benfica), Sofiane Feghouli (free, Valencia), Gokhan Tore (loan, Besiktas), Ashley Fletcher (free, Manchester United), Andre Ayew (£20.5million, Swansea), Jonathan Calleri (loan, Deportivo Maldonado)

OUTS: Stephen Hendrie (loan, Blackburn), Elliot Lee (free, Barnsley), Antonio Brown, Alexander Chambers, Nathan Mavila, Lawrence Nasha and Martin O’Brien (all released), Martin Samuelson (loan, Blackkburn)

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Tottenham Hotspur – 25 Aug 12:49

Spurs midfielder ?delighted? to join Schalke for the season

Nabil Bentaleb has joined Schalke on a season-long loan from Tottenham, both clubs have confirmed.

The 21-year-old Algeria midfielder passed a medical in Gelsenkirchen on August 18 and the final paperwork for the move to be finalised was received on Thursday.

“We’re pleased that Nabil Bentaleb has decided to join us,” Schalke’s director of sport Christian Heidel said on the Bundesliga club’s website. “We’ve been working on this transfer for the past six weeks.

“He’s an aggressive, tough-tackling midfielder who further increases the options our coach Markus Weinzierl has.”

Bentaleb confirmed his move with a tweet in which he said: “Delighted to have signed for @s04 new chapter new beginnings.”

He added on “I’m really looking forward to this challenge at Schalke. I heard of their interest for the first time six weeks ago and, since then, I had been hoping that a move might work out.

“Thanks to their great fans, Schalke are also known as a big club in England. My visit here in recent weeks further confirmed this desire.

“I’m very happy and I now want to help the team reach their objectives for the season.”

Heidel also confirmed at a press conference on Thursday that former Spurs defender Benjamin Stambouli is set to join Schalke from Paris Saint-Germain.

“He’s currently undergoing a medical and we’ve just got to wait for the results, but we are positive that it will work out,” Heidel said.

“We need to have at least two players per position because we’re planning on playing around 40 matches this season.

“We have been searching for new players for weeks and we were always sure of who we wanted, and we were just working on getting those players.”

Bentaleb and Stambouli know each other from their time at Tottenham, and Schalke coach Markus Weinzierl is hoping this will help the pair settle in Germany.

“They are going to do our game a lot of good,” he said. “Bentaleb is 100 per cent fit, but we still need some patience and to give him all the necessary time to integrate.”

Heidel, however, ruled out making a move for another Spurs player, Son Heung-min.

“He’s an excellent footballer and we know him from his Hamburg and Leverkusen days, but he has nothing to do with Schalke,” the former Mainz director of sport said.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Tottenham Hotspur | BBC 24 Aug 18:09

Newcastle sign Spurs full-back Yedlin

Newcastle United sign USA international defender DeAndre Yedlin from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee.

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