Jonathan Woodgate and Jamie O’Hara made their long awaited respective return to action in the Spurs XI vs QPR Reserves friendly.
Woodgate has not featured since Tottenham’s 9-1 victory over Wigan in November 2009 – a bizarre fact considering Spurs XI won the match 9-2.
O’Hara has been absent since returning to the club with a back problem. He spent last season on loan at relegated Portsmouth, and his last match was the FA Cup final loss to Chelsea in May 2010.
According to Imscout.com, Spurs’ Technical Co-Ordinator Tim Sherwood said: “Woody was outstanding. He’s not played for such a long time, but it was as if he’d never been away. Jamie also showed what he’s all about and a lot of experienced players in the line-up applied themselves well.”
Keane hits back at Brum claims.
Robbie Keane has revealed that he was unaware of any deal in place to take him to Birmingham – and proceeded to call the entire saga “bizarre.”
The Metro reports that the Irishman dismissed Birmingham’s apparent “bid” as a publicity stunt, after Blues’ acting chairman Peter Pannu issued a statement citing Keane’s “wage demands and age” as not being in the club’s best interests.
Keane said: “That Birmingham stuff was a bit bizarre, with a statement coming out from them which I found very strange. ‘It was never going to happen – a deal was never really on the table.
“I just think Birmingham were looking for a bit of publicity really.”
Spurs continue Luis Fabiano chase.
Goal.com believes that Spurs have switched their sights to £12.5m frontman Luis Fabiano after missing out on Liverpool-bound Luis Suarez.
Harry Redknapp considered making a move for the Sevilla striker following last summer’s World Cup. No move materialised, but Redknapp now looks set to resurrect his interest in the 30-year-old Brazilian. However, any move is thought to hinge on the funds the club receive from Darren Bent’s move from Sunderland to Aston Villa.
With some of that money already tied up in the Steven Pienaar signing, the £12.5m price tag and £80,000 per week wage demands may prove a step too far for Spurs, though they are reportedly desperate to add firepower to their squad to secure Champions League football again next term.