Atletico Madrid have revealed that they are willing to sell striker Diego Forlan and Tottenham are the first in line to snap up the Uruguayan, according to the Daily Mail.
Forlan has rejected a move to Turkish side Galatasaray and would be interested in a move back to the Premier League after his spell at Manchester United. Madrid want a quick sale for the 32 year old and Spurs have been long admirers of Forlan’s talent.
Atletico chairman Enrique Cezero said: ‘Diego will decide what happens, but it looks like his first choice will be England’. The asking price for Forlan last season was £20m after his impressive World Cup performances, but with the club wanting to offload quickly so they can bring someone else in, Tottenham may only need to pay £7m to get their man.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is desperate to strengthen his frontline and could look to sell striker Robbie Keane to make room for Forlan’s arrival.
Scroll down for rest of article
Olympic Stadium blow.
Spurs have failed in their bid to overturn the decision to award West Ham the rights to play their football next season at the Olympic Stadium, BBC Sport reports.
Tottenham had appealed with fellow London based club Leyton Orient that West Ham should not have been chosen as the unanimous holder of the venue. Tottenham’s plans were to move to the Olympic Stadium, but remove the running track and instead rebuild the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace. West Ham decided to retain the running track and reduce the seat capacity to 60,000, which clinched them the bid.
Judge Mr Justice Davis told the two clubs that there are no grounds for review and the decision to award West Ham and Newham Council the stadium stands. Tottenham released a statement on the club’s website, revealing that they were considering an option to renew their application at a High Court hearing.
The statement on the club’s website added: ‘The club continues to hold discussions with both local and national government bodies in order to seek to determine a feasible stadium solution’.
Drogba could stay at Blues.
Tottenham could be resigned to losing out on signing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who could still have a future at Stamford Bridge, the Daily Telegraph reports.
33 year old Drogba has been the target of Spurs manager Harry Redknapp and was expected to be forced out of Chelsea, especially with the rumoured transfer of Porto striker Falcao to the Blues. Redknapp is looking to bolster his forward line after a disappointing goal scoring season from his strikers and Drogba was seen as the ideal solution to Spurs’ goal problems.
Contract talks between Chelsea and the Ivorian striker have taken place, but complications could arise from Drogba wishing for a longer deal than the two year contract Chelsea have offered. Tottenham would face stiff competition to sign Drogba with Turkish giants Galatasaray, Spanish side Malaga and Drogba’s former side Marseille all interested in signing the striker.
Drogba made 45 starts for Chelsea last season and scored 16 goals as the Blues finished second in the Premier League.
Join the monthly tipster competition at OLBG.com for your chance to win a share of £3000 in cash prizes every month.
Don’t forget to check out the Chelsea page, updated daily here at A Different League for the latest in-depth analysis.