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Spurs return to Blighty to continue their pre season preparations and I hope to see continued development and understanding of the AVB way of playing.

Officially this is part of a testimonial day for Watford's Lloyd Doyley, which also includes a legends game between the sides prior to the current sides facing off. This is of course the start of a Watford revolution as well as at Spurs. New managers Villas-Boas and Zola are sure to be eager to stamp their ideas on their players, and there will be genuine hope that they have leaned much from suggested past failures to forge a real success in their new roles.

Though I expect AVB to look towards a more stable starting eleven, it will still almost certainly be a game where there will be plenty of substitutions and even though it will be a celebration of a long serving player, it will have a greater emphasis on looking at player and team cohesion, as you imagine that fitness is getting somewhere near opening day requirements and most of the hard work is hopefully nearly all done.

Again the result isn't really the issue here, but it will be important to see the players understanding of the 4-2-3-1 formation and the high line that still causes an increase in my blood pressure, but I do also see it improving, as players gain confidence and in the case of Vertonghen, he learns to play and communicate with his new team-mate.

Hopefully Jermain Defoe is able to return to the side following the death of his cousin, which without any other experienced striker, will hopefully allow us to play Bale wider in the supporting three, perhaps with Rafael Van der Vaart also fit to return following his early withdrawal against LA Galaxy.



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Sunday August 5 2012
Time: 10:43AM

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Any links for this game?
thfc1882whl
05/08/2012 10:45:00
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Dont think any channel telecasts this game.
sydqcb5
05/08/2012 10:52:00
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Its lashing it down in town at the mo. Hope its not this bad in watford. Frustrated. Laptop issues mean i haven't seen any matches so far. Now i got laptop back and noone showing it
micyid
05/08/2012 11:01:00
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More annoyingly, redknapps ugly mug is all over this site now!!!!
micyid
05/08/2012 11:02:00
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I think spurstv is showing the game?!
MATTSPUR
05/08/2012 11:03:00
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Nope. No links I know of. A shame 'cos I'd have liked to have watched it. Didn't watch any of the US games due to liking to sleep in the middle of the night
Cape Town Spurs
05/08/2012 11:04:00
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Someone tell Redknapp to keep his beak out of it !! You had your chance to give a **** but was more worried about being England manager so now it's f all to do with you
SUper Yido
05/08/2012 11:06:00
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I am really starting to dislike Redknapp... He's nothing to do with the club anymore but still he can't keep his mouth shut.
Cape Town Spurs
05/08/2012 11:07:00
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You can check it out here before match starts http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/
luffy#9
05/08/2012 11:07:00
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personally i no longer fear he will leave, i just want him to go so we can move on
Cape Town Spurs
05/08/2012 11:09:00
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micyid - It's your fault then, no coverage of the game, the ''curse of the lap top'' is back, 13 days until the real action starts and we have one striker, with experience, Harry is all over the place, his told us in the papers to prepare for ''Modric Exit'' really, how did he work that one out, oh the chairman said, ''give us one more season and if real madrid come in for you, i won't stand in your way'' But what he missed out was, but i will find another way of blocking your second dream move, like pay the asking price.
spu 4 life
05/08/2012 11:10:00
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i understood it was on spurstv as well ,on their web the other day but going anyway and its not raining in Watford buy the way cape town you have starting to dislike im i have hated him for 4yrs coys!!
spur1950
05/08/2012 11:13:00
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@spur1950... I was trying to be nice! truth be told the man is like a hemmaroid. Enjoy the game spur1950.
Cape Town Spurs
05/08/2012 11:15:00
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Spurs1950...its coming :-)
micyid
05/08/2012 11:30:00
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You can't so much follow it on twitter as get three updates per half, generally coming thru twenty mins after the event. If thats what twitter is generally like, i'm not sure why its so popular. Its like reading the news in the metro newspaper. you heard it all the morning before
micyid
05/08/2012 11:32:00
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i'm going to the game. Looking forward to the burgeoning kaboul/Vertonghen partnership. It's the real deal. follow footballombudsman for regular updates. Which watering hole are the spurs boys going to incidentally?
FootballOmbudsman
05/08/2012 11:41:00
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Seems like theres no tv coverage for this one. This site is a gem when searching games online: http://www.wiziwig.tv/competition.php?&part=sports&discipline=football&allowedDays=1&competitionid=&archive=no&sel_comp=no&p=1
FinnYid
05/08/2012 11:43:00
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Team would be: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, BAE, Huddlestone, Jenas, Lennon, Siggy, Bale, Defoe is he's back. just want another look at jenas, I think he could be useful this season..and face it, there aren't going to be any links for the game so just follow the official site's commentary.
COYS_TSB
05/08/2012 11:55:00
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Hope watford beat us and Avb gets the sacks thought we would of had some more signings by now get your check book out levy. What's happened to fryers thought he signed for us I'm losing patience with this rubbish
rockerty rock8
05/08/2012 12:16:00
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jenas useful ? haha thought we were better than that.ILIDT
topspur53
05/08/2012 13:14:00
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http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/sport/watfordfc/watfordfcnews/9856887.Lloyd_Doyley_Testimonial__Watford_v_Tottenham_Hotspur/
Bravo
05/08/2012 13:25:00
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Good positivity there robertyrock - we need to back avb in the transfer Market now, otherwise he is on a hiding to nothing I fear.
Windlespur
05/08/2012 13:44:00
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wonder if modric is going to feature..
FifaKing
05/08/2012 13:50:00
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Hope modric does play, hope he stays and hope we add a top keeper and two top strikers. All uncertain and some unlikely, but still hope and then, along with avb, sigh and jan, great improvements for this season. If not, fearful of an average season and endless negativity on here and press going on about Harry this etc. Come on levy, back your decision - now. Coys
Windlespur
05/08/2012 13:56:00
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Lots of good rumour and itk discussion over on spurs community. Supposedly respected itk's saying we are working very hard on falcao, with Porto keen to cash in and athletic also owed money and desperate. A levy type opportunity that. Others saying we are negotiating for: falcao, damiao and llorente, but only one will come. One of those would do, falcao for me, but damiao also a kleenex signing. Looks like we are not the only ones who know a striker is needed. Go Danny.
Windlespur
05/08/2012 14:15:00
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The team according to Watford Observer Friedel; Naughton, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto; Jenas, Livermore; Carroll, Lennon, Bale; Defoe.
blackrat1299
05/08/2012 14:26:00
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ANY LINKS!!???
FifaKing
05/08/2012 15:01:00
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BBC London on line giving live commentary
Mouville
05/08/2012 15:02:00
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Come on we need to get some new players in now not on transfer deadline day hope we are only getting lorais if modric goes what's that all about and where is this fryers dude we have supposed to have got
rockerty rock8
05/08/2012 15:25:00
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Isn't Murray doing well. What a match so far unlike what twitter is saying about the Watford game
Big Ron
05/08/2012 15:32:00
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Adebayor is a (unt .I`m starting to hope we don`t sign him but we really need to get 2 strikers in .Footballers ruining the game with their bad attitudes & greed .
The Olympics really does show football up when it comes to behaviour ,team spirit & respect .
big cockeral
05/08/2012 16:19:00
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defoe 1-0 our striker problems are solved
cheshireyid
05/08/2012 16:26:00
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Big C.......+1
TQ2Spurs
05/08/2012 16:33:00
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kane on for Defoe if he scores we really are sorted..............hmmmmmmmmmmm
cheshireyid
05/08/2012 16:34:00
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Bentley's on we are all saved, only needs Chirpy now for a nap hand.
cheshireyid
05/08/2012 16:46:00
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Funny Cheshireyid! Haven't been able to see or hear anything on the game other than the score. Looking forward to some indepth reports. Also very disappointed with Ade's attitude. I suppose he may be upset with MC undervaluing his worth and thus "cheating" him out of £1.6m of loyalty playoffs if they had sold him for £20m!! You never know what drives people to do what they do. I'm just glad that these big spenders get these problems every once in a while and it should send signals to some posters here of what can happen if you try to spend big without the real resources behind you.
jvd
05/08/2012 16:51:00
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jvd, go to spurs official page via the web site.
cheshireyid
05/08/2012 16:54:00
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twitter page!!!!!! I believe Chirpy is doing them all
cheshireyid
05/08/2012 16:55:00
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That's it folks, now for Valencia on Thursday.
cheshireyid
05/08/2012 17:03:00
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AVB still unbeaten! Yay! Levy probably thinks now that we don't need new strikers.
Jables
05/08/2012 17:10:00
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Everton lost to Bpool and MU drew with some Swedish or Norwegian team...man are those two teams ever in serious trouble this season, they look set to finish mid table or worst!! LOL!
jvd
05/08/2012 17:15:00
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Haha JVD, nice. Did Siggy play today?
tengboon
05/08/2012 17:24:00
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Interesting substitutions, giving us an idea of who's backing up who in AVB's squad. And Defoe with the header, off a Walker cross! Nice
tengboon
05/08/2012 17:28:00
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Must have been a by low cross!
jvd
05/08/2012 17:32:00
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Very low cross!
jvd
05/08/2012 17:37:00
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Haha, apparently he was unmarked in the box... yeah, had to have been low :)
tengboon
05/08/2012 17:41:00
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Is David Bentley playing?
MrSpurs
05/08/2012 17:44:00
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Harry Redknapp is a w@nker .
big cockeral
05/08/2012 18:02:00
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Tell us something new Big C. We should be prepared for a season of HR quotes! If we do well it will be cause of the squad he assembled and if we do poorly, it will be versus his having us poised to win the league! We cannot win with HR and his crony journalist friends.
jvd
05/08/2012 18:08:00
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jvd - trust me we wont do well this season so get ready for the "why did we sack him" headlines.
MrSpurs
05/08/2012 18:09:00
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Harry and his rabid dogs in the press a salivating at the savaging they have in store for us.
spurdon
05/08/2012 18:35:00
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Pleased for Defoe - he made a decent contribution last season and we will need him to do the same this. Also glad to see Lennon complete a full match. AVB is definitely keeping us guessing on who's going to be in the 1st team.
muttley
05/08/2012 18:36:00
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So its ok when AVB talks about the Modric situation because some of you believe that we should know the truth but than when HR tells the actual truth to everything that is going on in the Modric saga he is in the wrong? Please do tell me for all of those that want to know that truth what is wrong with what HR said then...I told you that the truth will eventually come out slowly from those close to the situation and at first it was Kranjcar and now Harry. Levy is a number of things but you will see how much harm his idiocy will do us. He didn't make tottenham nor did modric or hr or any of these people we the fans make the club. You think there is a difference if Levy sells for 30m or 40m because us fans wont see any of that. We are taking no steps forward just because we parted ways with HR because tehre is more people that need to go before that.
RagingSpur
05/08/2012 18:37:00
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Have a goodnight Levy and AVB fan boys.
RagingSpur
05/08/2012 18:40:00
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Raging - I am pretty positive that the one thing levy never said to modric was, one more season and then you can go. More likely, give us this season and if you still want to go and we get a very good offer for spurs, then you can go. Harry is just *****stirring, strangely eh.
Windlespur
05/08/2012 18:44:00
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Windle...doubtful! I find it highly doubtful that a player is refusing to play because he wasn't promised something. Levy is scum and the players closest to situation and media is now finding the full story. It doesn't matter what you think! Its bad media and its going to have a bad aftertaste for others. This is as ugly of a saga as it could be and thank Levy for that. He is a liar...We saw Modric give us that 1 season and ironically went on strike afterwards and there is nothing but truth behind this story. Take those covers off your ears and just accept what the truth is because you are doing yourself no good being so delueded as a fan of Levy cant do any wrong.
RagingSpur
05/08/2012 18:50:00
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Hurrah, raging is here with his tell-it-how-it-is opinions. Yawn. "So its ok when AVB talks about modric......harry...etc." Yeah the reason its ok for AVB to talk about it is because he's our manager. And harry ain't. Get over it. Move on. Get behind the current establishment.
micyid
05/08/2012 18:52:00
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I find it hard to believe that Levy is this honest nice man just as hard as I find it Modric to be a perfect footballer but Levy did lie! Your refusal to believe what former players and coaches are now saying is your issue! That is the truth coming out finally and you are refusing to believe it? Fine! I never trusted Levy to much but he is a dirty scum****!
RagingSpur
05/08/2012 18:54:00
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We r still a pile of crap
rockerty rock8
05/08/2012 19:06:00
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RagingSpur - I'm not Levy's biggest fan but your comments are harsh to say the least. Rather than having a pop at the Chairman you should look at the player who refuses to play despite signing a contract. If Levy promised Modric something and then changed his opinion so be it, why should Tottenham as a football club let any one player dictate what happens in the future?
MrSpurs
05/08/2012 19:06:00
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Same old boring comments
micyid
05/08/2012 19:08:00
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rockerty rock8 - its all relative mate - you could support West Ham!!!! then you really would know the meaning of crap.
MrSpurs
05/08/2012 19:09:00
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Raging why don't you feck off to the south coast with your wheeling dealing crook of a bum boy, you ain't no FAN with the ***** you come out with, at least AVB and levy want to be at our club and take it forward, unlike the tax dodger who would of jumped if he had the chance, AVB will be questioned with regards to modric coz he is our fecking manager, Harry has no right to talk about OUR players anymore, and FYI AVB has been asked and talked a couple of times the media just replay and re publish his interviews, jog on support arsenal coz your negativity and bull***** ruins this forum.
Tottingham10
05/08/2012 19:09:00
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Well said T10!
taniban
05/08/2012 19:43:00
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raging spur = keyboard warrior
spurticus87
05/08/2012 19:49:00
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Raging Spur...calm down...when Modric asks for a transfer (formally) he will go to Madrid. He will lose some money, but hey hoh I am sure he can afford it, and it will help bridge the difference in valuations. Up to him now.
jacobslad
05/08/2012 19:58:00
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Ragingspur I feel absolutely sure that HR is not providing us with the truth but with his opinion of what was said. DL is not a fool and would never make a statement which put him in a poor bargaining position. Of that I am certain. To the guy who suggested that I should trust him that we wouldn't do well this season let me just say that you should have a more positive outlook at life. You might very well end up being disappointed but at least you would have had a bit of happiness. I feel we will do very well, thanks. Negativity gains nothing, benefits no one!
jvd
05/08/2012 20:19:00
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40m isn't realistic. What are we going to do with an unhappy player? What are we going do if we sell last second like Berba. Short term memories some choose to have as we have enough money to spend and still dont have a striker or a goalie. You want to trust Levy? He doesn't care if we are moving forward or not he cares about profits! Another typical Spurs window of no improvements and an awful coaching change.
RagingSpur
05/08/2012 20:33:00
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Please dont make me laugh if you think Vert, Siggy, Naughton, Hudd, and co are the difference in this team moving forward. We lose Ade, King, and Modric add a little youth and we are no better than 5th by best option. The best Spurs years in decades are gone because of arrogance towards our past manager and thinking we are better than we are and sacking him. There will be big trouble because of this and you will want AVB and Levy out by end of season
RagingSpur
05/08/2012 20:36:00
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Raging we have a player in Modric who is leaving the club, with around about 40million coming in as payment and you feel we should train him up and have him match fit? Let him play in friendlies / pre-season games when he won't be here to contribute to the squad and risk getting injuried so he can't be transfered? Last summer Harry told everyone he could that he didn't know anything about the modric deal as the chairman deals with those issues now that he is no longer employed by the club he suddeny has the inside scoop? Come on Raging I don't object to your point of view, just the lack of logic to your arguement.
Slurms McKenzie
05/08/2012 20:37:00
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@raging 40 million isn't realistic, because of what city and chelsea have done we now live in a world wher 40 million is the bare minimun we should expect, when henderson and downing cost more than 20 million each i expect double for a player who is twice as good as those clowns put together!!!! 35 million for carrol? after half a good season in the premier league? 50 million for torres who had been of form for over a year? over 20 million for hit and miss young who only had a year left on his contract? i could go on but im starting bore myself now, how short is your memory raging? man u tapped berbatov up and then didn't bid over 20 million untill he was sent on a plane to man city!! yes thats right man city and fergie hi jacked him from the airport and paid what we asked for all along!!Anyone who think we should be bullied into selling a player cheap because he is pouting is delluded, what precident do you think that sets when barca come knocking for bale with a 20 mil bid or utd for walker with a 10 mil bid? levy is stuck between a rock and a hard place sell cheap look weak, hold out and risk beng left short
spurticus87
05/08/2012 20:43:00
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Verts and Siggy are an improvement over Bassong, jenas and bentley and have the potential to become even better. Raging are you saying these were bad signings? Verts solved a problem that was there last transfer window when we needed a proper CB as opposed to having to rely on King's knees and Gallas's battered body. Siggy solves the problem of VDV legs. Yes we still need strikers but these other issues also existed and neeed to be addressed. If we had signed two strikers already Raging you'd be bitching and moaning about lack of cover in Cb and MF. Yes you don't like Levy as he is the root of all evil and you won't give him any credit for providing you with "The best Spurs years in decades"! Apply logic to your arguement. AVB has played five pre-season games, Spurs have yet to kick a ball in anger and you have written them off. You seem to think that football clubs have a mint in the changing rooms where they can print unlimited sums of money to keep countless players on the books and amass more without any consequence? Our senior squad currently consists of 27 players the limit is 25 when we add the 2 strikers you want we will have 29 senior players, will you cry like a lttle girl then that Levy mis-managed the squad and allowed to many senior players to be signed?
Slurms McKenzie
05/08/2012 20:48:00
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Slurms - spot on. Harry contradicting himself through the media yet again. To jacobslad great point, Modric hasn't even put in a transfer request so he clearly hasn't got a major issue with Levy's "agreement" to help him leave. Let's also remember that Chelsea's £40m bid wasn't in at this point last summer. What we need is a 2nd club to put in an offer that counters RM's.
muttley
05/08/2012 20:52:00
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Besides Defoe is banging them in with his head now and everything....
Slurms McKenzie
05/08/2012 21:02:00
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