TalkSPORT reports that Tottenham are the latest Premier League club to be linked with Daniele Bonera. The Milan defender has also attracted the interest of Fulham and Birmingham but with their current defensive problems the North Londoners have emerged as favourites.
Michael Dawson, William Gallas, Younes Kaboul and Ledley King are all struggling with injuries whilst Jonathan Woodgate is a long term absentee. The Italian international, who has made 71 appearances for the Rossoneri, would cost around £5m in January.
Redknapp wants points from Inter ties.
Looking ahead to his side’s Champions League double-header against Inter Milan, Harry Redknapp has admitted that Tottenham have to take something from the games. The Independent reports that the Spurs boss believes their hopes of reaching the second round could be in danger if they fail to do so.
He revealed: “We’ve had a good start but it’s still going to be tough. You’ve got two games now with Inter Milan; you’ve got to get some points from those games, because the other teams are going to pick up points now. If we don’t have a good spell, Inter could be through and then the last couple of games, they go and put reserve teams out because they’ve already qualified.”
Inter coach Rafael Benitez, however, was quick to talk up the strengths of his opponents and described them as a ‘dangerous team’ : “Tottenham is a strong team with speed, quality and passion. They have quality players like [Peter] Crouch, Robbie Keane who I had at Liverpool and [Gareth] Bale is doing very well. Tottenham are very dangerous as a team because of their speed and the ability to develop counter-attacks.”
van der Vaart chases Dutch start.
Rafael van der Vaart is hoping that his impressive form at Tottenham will earn him a starting berth in the Netherland’s game against Moldova tonight.
According to TEAMtalk , the Dutch midfielder, who has instantly become a fans favourite at White Hart Lane, could be given a new holding role in the team in place of the axed Nigel de Jong. Van der Vaart has been left frustrated with his role in the national team and he has failed to complete 90 minutes in any of his last 17 games.
This week, however, he held clear-the-air talks with coach Bert van Marwijk and the 27-year-old revealed he is relishing the prospect of the holding role : “I can certainly play that position. But I would just love a permanent position with the Oranje. Although you can’t say that the Dutch team at the World Cup did badly without me. I can play in other positions as well. I can play on the left, in central midfield and also on the right.”