American goalkeeper Brad Friedel will sign for Tottenham Hotspur from Aston Villa, according to the club‘s official website. The 40 year old will move to White Hart Lane on a free transfer.
Friedel had been in reported discussions with Liverpool over a move to Anfield this summer, but Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is expected to give the American more football at White Hart Lane with the rumoured departure of Tottenham number 1 Heurehlo Gomes.
The goalkeeper will be playing for his fourth Premier League club, after having spells at Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa. Friedel holds the record for most consecutive Premier League games with his record standing at 275 games.
With Gomes supposedly in talks with Italian giants AC Milan over a move to the San Siro, Friedel would surely cement his place as starting goalkeeper at White Hart Lane.
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Damaio bid rejected.
Tottenham have had a bid rejected from Internacional for striker Leandro Damaio, the Daily Mail reports. Spurs made a £10.5 million offer for the 21 year old, who has only made one full Brazil cap and is apparently valued at £17 million by the Brazilian side.
Internacional club present Giovanni Luigi is determined to hold on to the Brazilian player until the end of the year when the season in Brazil ends. Luigi said: ‘It was the first concrete offer we’ve had. I said I didn’t want to sell now, but I think they will come back with another attempt’.
Damaio is also a target for Roma, Benfica and Barcelona. Performances for Internacional, where he scored 22 goals in 24 appearances, saw him gain a call up to the Brazilian national side for the friendly against Scotland in March.
Modric wants signings.
Tottenham have been urged to spend big this summer by midfielder Luka Modric, unless they want the Croatian to leave the club.
The Sun reports that Modric, who is a target for Manchester United, insists he is happy being at White Hart Lane, but the playmaker is anxious about where the club is heading after last season’s Champions League debut and this season’s drop to the Europa League.
A source at Spurs said: ‘While Luka has declared himself happy with what Tottenham have done so far, he’s fiercely ambitious. He’s waiting to see if Harry can make some marquee signings. That will tell him which direction the club is heading’.
The Croatian was a stand-out in Spurs’ season and signed a six year deal last year that will see the 25 year old remain at the club until he is 31, if he opts to stay at White Hart Lane that long.