Date: 9th July 2017 at 8:16am
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As frustrating as it all is, here’s some ‘evidence’ to suggest that there’s really no need to panic at this stage. Spurs simply do not have great form for buying players this early in the summer transfer window.

If I’ve missed anyone its because I became bored, but there are enough names here to give you an indication of when Levy leaps into action.

Wanyama 23rd June 2016

Janssen 12th July 2016

No’Cluedo 21st August 2016

Wimmer 29th May 2015

Alderweireld 8th July 2015

Trippier 19th June 2015

Son 28th August 2015

Davies 23rd July 2014

Vorm 23rd July 2014

Yedlin 13th August 2014

Fazio 28th August 2014

Eriksen 30th August 2013

Lamela 30th August 2013

Verts 12th July 2012

Mousa 29th August 2012

Hugo 31st August 2012

Walker 22 July 2009

Naughton 22 July 2009

What this list does tell us conclusively is that 2014 was a bad year to give up glue sniffing.

Based upon the last good few seasons, fans will have to wait a few more weeks for the chances of a signing to actually happen, to improve.

  • Syd 😎 July 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Makes sense!

  • ronwol196061 July 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    In 1985 Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series of Baseball. What they did when they were close is they got a couple of really great players on a short tern contracts to add and boost them up. It did wonders for Toronto.
    We are close.We dont need that much. A top central midfielder and some adequate subs. If we get a top player on a short contract or a buy back loan etc it doesnt matter ,it will take us t the next level and we will attract even more and maybe tat player will really want to stay. We could offer bonuses linked to success.
    There are many ways to get someone but Poch has to show Levy what it can do and if he really believes it put it on the line.
    It will work.

    • AntSpurs July 9, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      • ronwol196061 July 9, 2017 at 2:19 pm

        Thank You.

  • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Re: Kovacic: According to the Daily Star rag apparently RM are only looking for a transfer fee of £22M That’s the good news from Spurs’ perspective. The bad news is that Los Blancos will almost certainly insist on a buyback clause in the deal. That sort of condition has been a non-starter for Daniel Levy in the past.

    Have a good day all.
    Getting my head down on some urgent files.
    Back briefly this eve

    • caveman July 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Thats one thing I vehemently agree with Levy on. If you buy a player he’s yours. I don’t mind so much a percentage of a future sale, that’s doable but a buy-back clause, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

      • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm

        Yes but surely by signing Kovacic is a bold quality signing?

        • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

          and statement of intent!

        • caveman July 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm

          And Real can come calling (after say, two years). What kind of a sale is that. That’s not even lease and buy as you don’t have an option to buy if the mother club want him back.

          • ronwol196061 July 9, 2017 at 1:22 pm

            If he is a great player I would take him for 2 years at 22mil with a buy back. If he can add something to us and create something it will be a springboard for us. and maybe we would have to pay 30 mil more if he is great to keep him or whatever but these are stepping stones to success.
            We are not going and paying that now but with the stadium and with some success (why do companies give free samples? Its because once you experience something good you dont want to lose it and it becomes of much greater value to you)
            I think we need to be creative and this idea will boost us if he is a quality player.

      • Andreas July 9, 2017 at 12:25 pm

        What’s to stop us inserting a buy back clause the next time Madrid come shopping at our club?

        • SpurAndy 🍒π July 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm

          I think we got that with Bale didn’t we. First option clause?

          • caveman July 9, 2017 at 12:33 pm

            First option and a buy-back are completely different options. What if the player doesn’t want to go back, what rights does have. Is he just a piece of meat?

  • Steve Marks July 9, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    These ridiculous sums will become the norm very soon.The agents are the most greedy,and the players have an excuse by saying their agents handle their affairs.I love football but have no respect for those involved running the once great game

    The only answer is for all of us to stop paying sky, until then nothing will change!

    • Andreas July 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      I think sky know it won’t happen.If a few thousand stopped ,it wouldn’t matter to them.greed is the name of the game.But even if we stopped paying sky, there are a few clubs who would still pay over the odds for players.

  • caveman July 9, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    £50m for Barkley, I’d rather have Tom Carroll or Gylfi Siggy who we sold for a combined £12m. I’m convinced that Barkley is everything Neil Warnock said he was and isn’t teachable. Steer clear I tell you Poch.

    • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Cavey you may be right about Barkley but Tom Carroll?????

      • caveman July 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm

        Saw him play a few blinders for Swansea last season. What I’m saying DD is that Barkley isn’t teachable according to Neil Warnock. This manager would be a bit like David Pleat that could spot a flaw in a players personality and know whether it’s ironoutable or not and Warnock is of the opinion that it’s not easily correctable.

    • N5 yid July 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Caveman I wouldn’t listen to Colin if I was you, he’s a championship manager.

      Plus, Colin was talking of Barkley when he was on loan at one of Colin’s many championship teams, Barkley is clearly not a championship player,

      The boy is a top top super splashy A1⭐ player.

  • SpurAndy 🍒π July 9, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I wonder what the inflation rate caused by the new TV money is on player value is? Lukaku at £75m/£80m is insanity a year ago. Actually it’s insanity now but has it increased directly in proportion to the TV money or more? Other than the big CL clubs this must shirley have a detrimental effect on the other European clubs.

    • UnkleTaff July 9, 2017 at 11:52 am

      It’s stating the obvious I know, but some very ordinary players are currently moving for ridiculous sums. If that’s the way of it this summer I’d be quite happy for us to sit the circus out this time round.

      • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

        Correct. Would you spend £40M -50M on Barkley or Siggy?

        • UnkleTaff July 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

          £30m on Barkley. Maybe £35m at a push as I believe he’s already a very good footballer with the potential to become an exceptional one.

          I wouldn’t kick Sigurdsson out of bed for eating biscuits but he’s not one I’d get overly excited about if he did join us.

      • Andreas July 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

        These ridiculous sums will become the norm very soon.The agents are the most greedy,and the players have an excuse by saying their agents handle their affairs.I love football but have no respect for those involved running the once great game

  • Andreas July 9, 2017 at 11:42 am

    How funny that lukekakka was always cheatski fan and man and only wanted to play for the rascists ,then it’s see you later rascists, I am actually joining a proper big club. Love it.
    Would love to go for rashford, although mourinho would want dier in return.just shows what utter wanker, lying ,bullshitting motherfucking ,crap people these footballers and their agents are. Still so funny the racists have been ducked by one of their own. Sorry about the swearing.

  • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 11:17 am

    IMO the most mout watering secretive foreign transfer accomplished to date was Sir Alan Sugar signing iconic Jurgen Klinsmannn aboard his luxury boat in Monaco. Where did that one come from?
    Never saw it coming!

    • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 11:18 am


  • gloster1861 July 9, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Well done United. You’ve bought the nearest thing to Emile Heskey available today!

    May you have many years to reflect on your folly.

    • UnkleTaff July 9, 2017 at 11:20 am

      It beggars belief that in Rashford and Martial Mourinho can’t see the gems he already has at his club.

      Not only has he just spunked the best part of £100m up the wall he could very well force one (or both) of those players out of the club.

      • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 11:23 am

        Perhaps I am an isolated voice but I am not convinced about Rashford who you would take in flash.

        • UnkleTaff July 9, 2017 at 11:28 am

          …as, I suspect, would the overwhelming majority on here.

          • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

            Yes, of the 2 I would rather Martial than Rashford neither of whom unless offered as tempting bait will be joining Spurs

      • Andreas July 9, 2017 at 11:48 am

        Mourinhio only cares about his ego and managerial record. Young players don’t get much of a chance because he only manages clubs with huge finances and wants instant results.
        Rashford and martial would be amazing under poch, and they may get the chance after mourinhio leaves utd and they come after Poch.

  • 💋 July 9, 2017 at 10:53 am

    How do you Levy moved the goalposts at the last minute on these deals. Is it because HITC says so. The one thing about who Spurs are after and how the deal is conducted is that it’s top secret. Levy has a watertight ship and anyone stating he moved the goalposts this or that is merely guessing.

    One can’t masturbate into an overwrought, willy blistering frenzy on the basis of that point of view. Far better to guess / speculate / invent / give in to hysteria (especially when it suits ones own bias) than take a calm, measured approach.

    Who cares whether anyone actually knows anything when emotional diarrhea is the order of the day.

    If you don’t believe me ask JohnSpursMan; he’s having a double portion this morning, the ravenous wee imp. Of course, in the footballing context it’s loveable rogues Accrington, Camus and (increasingly) East Stand (amongst the regulars) whom we have come to rely on to represent our collective emotional incontinence – God bless’ em.

    Blame the t’intemet, Cavey: it’s the world we live in.

    Anyhoo. G’morning!

    • Caveman July 9, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Morning Spurts

    • Superspoz 🔪 July 9, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Speak for yourself, I can masturbate into anything.

    • SpurAndy 🍒π July 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

      In light of the assembled facts provided by H and not discounting the political machinations that abound I feel comfortable in reducing my clenched buttocks from an 8 to a 7 on the Tenaci scale.

  • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Romelu Lukaku says he did not have to “think twice” about moving to Manchester United from Everton as it represents “the perfect opportunity”.

    The 24-year-old striker is set to sign for United for an initial £75m, despite former club Chelsea matching the bid.

    “It’s a club that is hungry to win the league again, to be dominant in the world again,” Lukaku told
    ESPN, who say they spoke to him after his medical.

    “It’s the sort of opportunity I’ve always wanted since a child.”
    (BBC Sport)

    He is a proven scorer but not convinced this deal is a marriage made in heaven when presumably you could attach the 4th paragraph to every player who signs for Manure!

    • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

      A Sanchez is reportedly valued at £80M?

      • MysteriousStranger July 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

        Which one?

        • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

          Alexis. Given the chance I would spend £80M on Arses Sanchez. Downside: Wages.

  • JohnSpursMan July 9, 2017 at 10:20 am

    The Glenfell tower incident is surely political. It is directly related to building and safety standards, which come from the central government. It was an entirely avoidable, horrific tragedy, that ought to be understood in it’s full context and as a huge failure from our elected officials to do their bloody jobs. The community was ignored, they repeatedly warned the council of their fears for the safety of the building and were ignored- meanwhile wealthy residence who didn’t like the aesthetic of the building had their concerns met. That is highly highly political! What else do politicians exist for? if not to guarantee and promote certain standards and practices that make life better and safer for the citizenship. Without that sense of duty and honour towards the community as a whole, we are left with a government whose sole purpose is in fact quite the opposite, the erosion of those standards and practices which are there for the good of the community, in favour of deregulation and permissiveness for business, contractors and so called ‘wealth creators’. All based on the fallacy that without these so called ‘wealth creators’ we’d all be jobless, feckless slobs living of the state.

    I’ve not seen any zionist theories concerning Glenfel. Can’t really imagine what they might be!

    • David Dillenberg July 9, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Easy in hindsight but the Glenfell tower incident not only exposes inadequate building and safety standards but reasons for building high rise blocks of flats in the 60s (which seemingly ought not to have been ever constructed) resulting in subsequent associated sociological failings.

    • Harry Hotspur July 9, 2017 at 11:40 am

      JohnSpursMan – the sinister aspect of this business is of course in plain sight. Ads I blogged a while back, after the press staring at the poor bastards for days, begging for the darkest quotes, eventually we saw a cameraman kicked to the floor.

      Now it turns out that a goodly proportion of the residents were bent. Lots of people are bent. So fucking what?!

      The survivors and others met the Judge the other day and LBC for one played the clip of the old codger being shouted at, again and again and again. A man who was at the meeting phoned up and said that moment was a wholly unrepresentative flashpoint and that the clip portrayed the survivors as an unchecked mob.

      I’m sick to the back teeth with this fucking government. Can find a billion to bung some backward, rabid, Micks; yet suddenly the people who escaped a towering inferno are money grabbing scum.

  • gloster1861 July 9, 2017 at 10:09 am

    A buy back clause for Sissoko, just as a joke!

  • AccringtonSpurs July 9, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Trix on SC:

    I’m told our first incoming could well be this week. I doubt that is Barkley though because I think my mate would have named him if it was.

    My money’s on Mawson.

    • Caspurs♿️ July 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Wrong again Accy, I’ve heard we’ll sign an understudy for Gladys, as the club are worried about burn out due to her extra curricula activities.

      • Caspurs♿️ July 9, 2017 at 9:57 am


        • McG ⚽⚽ July 9, 2017 at 10:09 am

          I don’t think you’ll see us sign a single prem player other than Barkley, the prices are too inflated, you gotta be stupid to pay em. Latest rumour appears to be Mateo Kovacic, not beyond the realms of possibility although I can’t say I know much about the guy, looks decent on ewetoob. Just checked Isco’s stats for last season whilst checking out Kovacic, 10 goals & 8 assists in 18 games for Real, that’s some going.

          • AccringtonSpurs July 9, 2017 at 10:17 am

            Imagine how much credit Levy would get for himself if he did green-light a signing like Kovacic.

            Instead we end up with the Stamboulis of this world far too often.

            • McG ⚽⚽ July 9, 2017 at 10:28 am

              True enough. He looks a player for sure!

  • AccringtonSpurs July 9, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Signings over the last 5 years at least have usually been spaced out over the course of the summer. Last year was a bit of an exception. Wanyama came in early, and after Janssen there was a 6 week gap whilst the papers reported on NKD every day before signing Along with Lopez and Sissoko on Deadline day. 3 signings on deadline day! WTF?

    The week before the window closed we suddenly made a move for Zaha only to be rebuffed. It was the worst planned window I think we’ve ever seen from Spurs. My feeling, and, just a feeling is, this was down to the scouting setup, which has since been overhauled, with scouts, along with Mitchell sacked and replaced.

    In theory, we should be ready to roll this summer. Seems to be more difficult to secure PL players though, as prices go crazy and deals become more protracted as each club holds out for the highest fees.

    Add to that Levy’s penchant for “re-trades,” whereby the deal is agreed, hands shaken and contracts drawn up only for Levy to move the goalposts and restructure the deal at the last minute (a topic widely discussed on SC recently) and so we are where we are – waiting.

    • caveman July 9, 2017 at 9:55 am

      How do you Levy moved the goalposts at the last minute on these deals. Is it because HITC says so. The one thing about who Spurs are after and how the deal is conducted is that it’s top secret. Levy has a watertight ship and anyone stating he moved the goalposts this or that is merely guessing.

  • East Stand July 9, 2017 at 9:15 am

    The lunatics are taking over the asylum. Grenfel fire has been labelled a Tory/Zionist plot by some nut job.

    Along with loads of other unsubstantiated claims and politicising of these terrible events I am of the opinion that the rankings of the ill informed or unhinged is now considered credible.

    Fake news, say what you like with nothing to back it up and it goes viral. It all makes me want to live on top of a mountain with no fucker around for miles.

    The world only listens to idiots these days…

    • Bert Simpkins July 9, 2017 at 9:20 am

      I’ve got a two bed flat for rent on top a mountain if you’re interested.

      • Chris Sperrin July 9, 2017 at 9:24 am

        Is has it been cladded??

        • Sexy Beast July 9, 2017 at 9:44 am

          By a firm called Rydon??

        • McG ⚽⚽ July 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

          Cladded in flammable snow, it’s was originally given the ok by the igloo buillding regs commission 1904, but that’s now under review.

    • Sexy Beast July 9, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Where did you read that Easty?

  • caveman July 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

    This new trick of buyback clauses sucks. The rich clubs will let a potentially great player go as long as (If he comes good) they can steal him from the buying club again. It’s shit and it’s cheating, it ought to be banned.

    • Sexy Beast July 9, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Should we implement a sold as seen clause on Sissoko?

      • McG ⚽⚽ July 9, 2017 at 10:16 am

        But nobody’s seen him for ages..

  • osvaldo villa July 9, 2017 at 8:51 am

    saw the lane today nearly all gone except the memories

  • osvaldo villa July 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Cavy to soon for Levy

  • osvaldo villa July 9, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I think that we should buy another 5 sissoko’s for at least 30mil and then look what we can achieve!

  • caveman July 9, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Sissoko, 31 August 2016! Surely?

  • Stumbling along July 9, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Spontaneous combustion that’s what me thinks

    • The Number 23 July 9, 2017 at 8:38 am

      We could never afford his wages.

  • TomTom61 July 9, 2017 at 8:32 am


    • The Number 23 July 9, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Three from the top and two from the bottom please, Carol.

  • The Number 23 July 9, 2017 at 8:22 am

    And we’ll no doubt do more late business this year, slowly integrating the player in throughout the season from the bench, in the hope that they come good for the start of the following season. Let’s hope that by that same formula we have some decent form from the off from Sissoko, N’Cluedo and Jansen this season. You never know…