Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has criticised the lack of public funding attached to their proposed new stadium.
Tottenham are currently battling with West Ham for the rights to the grounds of the Olympic Stadium following the London Games in 2012, with Spurs expected to favour the demolition of the purpose-built athletic stadium in order to erect a new 80,000 capacity all-seater on the site.
According to UKPA, Levy said: “This development has not attracted a penny of public money.
“This is a development with the potential to kickstart regeneration in one of the most deprived boroughs in London, where land values are poor and yet no regeneration monies are available to it.
“This is in contrast to the stadia developments of Arsenal and Wembley which were both awarded public sector assistance. These developments required substantial public sector intervention and assistance and would not have progressed without the injection of public sector money.”
Kranjcar could exit.
Harry Redknapp has admitted for the first time that Croatian international Niko Kranjcar could leave White Hart Lane, but admitted his hope that the midfielder would remain with the club.
According to Sky Sports, however, the former Portsmouth manager would not stand in Kranjcar’s way should the 26-year-old choose to leave.
Imscouting.com, meanwhile, reports that Hamburger SV are in discussions with Spurs about bringing Kranjcar in on loan until the end of the season. This could be seen as a good compromise for both player and club, though whether the former Portsmouth midfielder would require longer-term assurances remains to be seen.
Redknapp backs Capello in Gerrard row.
Harry Redknapp has defended England boss Fabio Capello, saying that he would not want to interfere with the national team manager’s plans. The Italian manager is involved in a row with Liverpool amid claims he agreed to play Steven Gerrard for only an hour of Wednesday’s friendly with France, with Gerrard leaving the field of play injured after 84 minutes.
Redknapp too has been left short on selection after Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson were left facing lengthy absences due to injuries sustained on international duty. But according to Sky Sports, Redknapp said: “Luka Modric has been playing Saturday, midweek, Saturday, midweek. He went off and played for Croatia this week but I didn’t ring Slaven Bilic and say, ‘Slaven, you can only play him for half a game. It’s a shame for Stevie Gerrard but no one is more patriotic than Stevie. It can happen but it can happen out there in training. It’s just one of those things.”