Date: 21st July 2017 at 8:38am
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With any luck one or two redtop journalists will have read Jose Mourinho’s most recent transfer talk update:

“What I can also say is that it is a difficult transfer window and I don’t blame anyone — it is just a reality of things. The market is going in such a direction that many players are difficult to get, not to say impossible.”

The Man Utd boss added: “I would like four players – I asked for four players. And I’m ready to go from four to three because the market is difficult, some clubs think the market is different from others.

“We are not a club that is ready to buy and buy and buy non-stop. We are not a club that is ready to pay what the clubs want us to pay so I’m ready to go from four to three.”

What we have here is Jose doing his usual and distancing himself from responsibility of course.

But given the recent unsubstantiated hoo-hah over Eric Dier being ‘desperate’ to join the Red Devils, this could well indicate that United have been told that Dier is not for sale.

  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Lbanu July 21, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Tottenham are one or the wealthiest clubs in the Premier League. There are clubs and teams well above them lead by Manchester’s and Liverpool’s and London’s clubs but the rest have to struggle to compete financially with Tottenham. Football is a business profession comprised at the top level of millionaires and multi millionaires. Most players can make a very good living by becoming Premiership players. Loyalty has largely departed from the game and money counts. Tottenham pay very well but cannot afford to join in the ridiculous amounts over rated players agents demand. Prudence is a good policy when combined with well scouted and suitable player transfer action. If Levy and Pochettino actually work well together, Tottenham will bring players in. I’m confident that will happen! Does anyone know whether or not Alderweirld has committed to Tottenham with a new contract? If players want to leave I believe they should be accommodated, whenever possible.

    Every season other clubs grab players Tottenham could have done with and in most cases these are reasonably priced additions to respective clubs. It’s difficult to get suitable and good quality players in unless they feel they have a good chance of playing. Younger potential is still the way to go with good coaching and more particularly good scouting.

    In any event the manager should decide and has to make hard decisions if he has an expectation of keeping Tottenham in the Champions League as a regular contender. For all his good attributes I am not confident Pochettino has it in his make up to be able to make those hard decisions. It must be one of the most difficult parts of management. We are dealing with human beings and must respect them as such.
    It requires a dignified professionalism and a good management team for support. The manager must make decisions and be backed by the board. I have always felt that if a player really wants to leave they should be let do so if the boards conditions are met.

    The First Team supported by the squad is what counts and The Academy players must now be introduced for its no longer such a young first team. In some cases its aging faster than imagined. It is obvious the current squad needs strengthening. It would be an enormous risk to rely on youth alone this season. Tottenham should use this window to wheel and deal well. If they manage to do so the prospects are much more favorable than if they don’t deal. There are some fine opportunities to improve the squad well. Its about failure and success! Unfortunately, that’s what will ultimately count over a season. They have a very high standard to live up to in what’s likely to be a much more competitive season. Never under estimate the opposition. Being realistic remaining in the Champion’s League for the next couple of seasons after this one will be a huge boost to Tottenham’s appeal. Failure on achieving that will be difficult to recover from with the chances of a real successful breakthrough to the top highly unlikely.

  • marsinho July 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    moanyme, we’re not a club that is ready to buy buy buy but w’ere always going to flash our chequebooks out and spend on anything that runs on 2 fucking legs.

  • TopOfThePochs July 21, 2017 at 9:39 am

    All this talk of tight budgets etc is just Levy trying to lower the expectations.

    The clubs been extremely thrifty since about 2009. Profits in every transfer window, increasing revenue year by year. Huge changes in the financial income of ALL poem clubs. Teams like Stoke spending huge amounts on players.

    The stadium is financed with loans that are funded by future revenues and stadium/shirt sponsorship deals, NFL money, Hotel & new stadium facility income yada yada yadda.
    So to be told that we can’t afford another £5M for a player or some wages are too high seems a long stretch.
    The stadium is well funded and long in the planning.

    The team doesn’t need huge investment as its over 3/4s built.
    We need a couple of real quality attacking players, a new RB (because we flogged one) a CB & a DM and to start paying top players competitive wages.

  • SpurAndy 🍒π July 21, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I have some ITK that Moanhino is a miserable fecker in real life. Not a surprise I know. That is the limit of my ITK so don’t expect any more. Moanhino did well with Porto, that was his golden ticket. Since then he’s had the benefit of the mega millions wherever he’s gone. He is a good manager, he wouldn’t have won what he has if he wasn’t. I would just love to see him try it on like Cloughie, take a team from a lower division and make them champions. That’s the real test. Now I think he’s a bit bored by it all. Most matches he can barely get off the bench. I would imagine most players would want to be managed by a guy that looks like he’s really up for it, like Poch and to some extent Gladioli.

    • Yiddo July 21, 2017 at 9:55 am

      I can attest to that. Years ago, during his first stint at Chelsea, I met him on a beach in Portugal. I was a kid, football obsessed, couldn’t believe he was there. Asked him for a picture. Didn’t even answer, just got his security guard to get rid of me. I was heartbroken. Fucker.

    • David July 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Too right Andy the arrogant bastard has always bought his way to stardom and will carry on doing so. Evidence is obvious, how many players has he brought through the academy at Chelsea or Man Utd. Wouldn’t want him anywhere near our club

    • Nick July 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

      If true just do a straight swap for Barkley job done

  • Andreas July 21, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Mourhinio is a detestable little man.The press love him cause of the shit he spoutes, gives them something to write about and justify their existence.Pep is another manager that needs to be able to buy and he knows that without city’s mega money he would struggle as a coach.We have the best coach for now, and hope we manage to keep him otherwise a big club that acts big will take him from us.We are a big club that acts like a pauper .

  • TopOfThePochs July 21, 2017 at 9:09 am

    West Ham are about to sign Javier Hernandez.
    He has proven Premier League quality, proven as an impact sub, has a lot of Champions League experience & a winning pedigree.
    Hes 29 and so still in his peak years and has an energetic enthusiastic approach to his game.

    Considering the issues we had up front last year, the fact we may want to keep Janssen but have experienced quality cover as to not impede his progress long term, and are in need of
    Champions league experience after last years debacle.

    Why the hell are we not going for him?

    • Yiddo July 21, 2017 at 9:15 am

      He is turning thirty and probably wants too much money, and to play first team. Good striker but not nearly good enough. Would have been a good signing for a few years ago. Victims of our own success with this one.

      • Andreas July 21, 2017 at 9:21 am

        Turning thirty but has experience in winning trophies. Would have been ideal for us, but again we think about sell on value as opposed to what he brings.The spammers have bought a good striker.

        • Yiddo July 21, 2017 at 9:24 am

          Why would he want to sit on the bench at 29 years old? It’s why he left the PL in the first place

          • TopOfThePochs July 21, 2017 at 9:30 am

            Why would he want to play for a mid table club rather than a Champions League team who have a good chance of winning something? If he’s good enough he will play.

      • TopOfThePochs July 21, 2017 at 9:28 am

        Really? I forgot a footballer become useless at the turn of 30. Defoe still banging hem in at nearly 35.
        Hernandez has not been burning out in the Prem the last few years either. He’s been playing out in the sun and in a less demanding league.

        The old adage, ‘you can’t put a price on experience’ – thats what the squad needs now.
        Id rather have Hernandez in our squad than go into the season with just Kane and Janssen, and POSSIBLY another unproven inexperienced player (which we will do.)

        Wasted opportunity IMO.

        • MysteriousStranger July 21, 2017 at 11:46 am

          Defoe couldn’t get into our side when he was younger. He couldn’t get into our side now. Sure, he’s a half decent striker. That’s why he’s just joined Bournemouth. To give his worthiness some perspective.

    • AccringtonSpurs July 21, 2017 at 9:16 am

      wages. plus i doubt he’d want to sit on the bench again.

      • AccringtonSpurs July 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

        Flat Earthers: “plus we have the enigmatic kazaiah sterling coming through.”

      • Yiddo July 21, 2017 at 9:18 am

        The echo of a distant tide
        Comes willowing across the sand
        And everything is green and submarine

    • KevMeist July 21, 2017 at 11:51 am

      I wanted Spurs to sign Hernandez years ago.

    • Kwakspur July 21, 2017 at 11:51 am

      140 a week, that’s why unfortunately.
      & he won’t be played upfront enough.

  • molespur July 21, 2017 at 9:09 am

    One thing I noticed with the special one and I do mean special most players he buys have mostly learnt their trade coaching is a problem for him he’s is unable To coach the youngsters and get the best from them the youth players at the clubs he has managed must be glad to see the back of him and perhaps get a chance .

    • TopOfThePochs July 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Joses is a drill master, he doesn’t do development. He lets others shine up the raw stones and then gets the best out of the finished product.

      • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

        Development sounds worthy.

        What does it win?

        • TopOfThePochs July 21, 2017 at 9:13 am

          Thats why Jose does what he does H. He’s about winning, not pouncing about.

  • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Stuff won during Levy era; could there possibly be a correlation between this haul and the revenue streams that club enjoys?

    League: 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
    FA cup: 2003–04, 2015–16
    League Cup: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2016–17
    Community Shield: 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016
    Champions League: 2007–08
    Europa League: 2016–17

    • Still Nil Nil July 21, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Yeah but they’re about to do a Leeds

      • Harry Hotspur July 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

        Any fakin minute 🤣

        • richspurs July 21, 2017 at 1:23 pm

          How dare you compare us skint feckers to em success bloated buggers???

    • Yiddo July 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

      If you can afford to spend 30+ mil on whoever you want and there are no consequences, success is pretty easy to manufacture.
      Depay, Di Maria, Schneiderlin, the list is endless…

  • JuandeInternational July 21, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Must be tough to have to work with such intolerable financial constraints. Can’t be easy to make a silk purse when all you have to with is a silk purse.

  • Yiddo July 21, 2017 at 8:56 am

    They don’t buy non stop, it’s true. Much like one who doesn’t smoke non stop, rather settles for 3 packs a day. He should be commended for settling for only 3 signings, and only 300 mil to do it. Pogba and lukaku combined cost roughly the same as our entire squad. Twunt.

  • Hartley™ July 21, 2017 at 8:48 am

    It is the only way the cunt can put out a football team, if he were playing fantasy he would demand a kitty of £300 million.

    • Camus July 21, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Yep, he and Pep are basically playing Football Manager or whatever it’s called. There’s minimal coaching going on.

    • Still Nil Nil July 21, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Whoa there, I told you the other day, I’M THE cunt of the highest order.


  • Camus July 21, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Guy’s a pathological liar.
    “We are not a club that is ready to buy and buy and buy non-stop. We are not a club that is ready to pay what the clubs want us to pay…”

    Exhibit a) Pogba
    Exhibit b) As of 10th July, United had spent £587million since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

    • Yiddo July 21, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Effectively the same price we payed for a brand new stadium 😂