Sandro, Falque, Stones, Origi, Holtby & Pre-season Fixture Guide

It seems to be a day for bitesize news so welcome once again to Tottenham News Shorts, quick bits of bitesize news surrounding Tottenham and or the glorious game of football, soccer to some.

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Before we get into today's Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 14 here is a quick reminder of some recent articles you may have missed. Click on the links to find out more and share on your favourite social media sites.

Why Sandro is leaving looks at our changing midfield and questions whether Sandro's role at Spurs is now redundant under Pochettino. Are we looking for a different type of defensive midfielder?

An earlier article shows the type of player we are now pursuing, someone more in the style of an Andres Pirlo, the next Tom Huddlestone in fact.

Confirmed 2014/15 Tottenham Shirt confirms what we all know, the Asian girl modelling a kit was the genuine article. Pictures you can see from Under Armour's US site show the shirts ready for sale.

Right then, let's get into the Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 14, recent news which this afternoon concerns Sandro, lago Falque, John Stones, Divock Origi, Lewis Holtby and Pre-season fixture list.

Italian news outlet Tuttosport claim Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon is after Brazilian international Sandro, who they say has agreed a deal in principle to join the Italians.

The paper believes that Napoli, who have qualified for the Champions League, are talking to Base Soccer - the company that manages Sandro - and are looking to negotiate Spurs' valuation down from around £15 million (€18.86m) to around £12 million (€15.09m).

They have also been negotiating with Liverpool for 27 year-old Brazilian Lucas Leiva, but again the clubs can't agree over a fee. Clearly Napoli are trying to get players on the cheap, but then who doesn't, we certainly do.

Former Southampton, Almeria and Rayo Vallecano loan signing lago Falque has returned to Tottenham for pre-season training.

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Now 24, Falque was signed from Juventus in 2012 but has rarely been a part of the first team set-up. He let everyone know via Twitter he was returning to Spurs.

“All good things come to an end! You have to start again. #Adiosvigo #London.”

Sevilla and Rayo Vallecano are interested in signing him permanently with Daniel Levy looking to recover the £880,000 (€1.11m) he paid the Italians for him.

Everton have rejected out bid for 20 year-old centre-back John Stones. The Barnsley lad, who is also wanted by Chelsea, was part of Roy Hodgson's standby list for England's disastrous World Cup in Brazil.

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England couls certainly do with some decent centre-halves with both Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka consistently not looking international standard. England used to have an abundance of centre-backs now we have none.

Stones is under contract until June 2018, he wouldn't come cheap so a deal seems highly unlikely.

Belgian businessman Marc Couke, who owns Lille's principal sponsor Etixx told the media when asked that Belgian forward Divock Origi is staying at Lille.

"That is 99 per cent certain, yes. I'm not sure whether Lille will still be the owner of Origi next season - there are large amounts offered.

"But in all the discussions it is the intention that he will be sold and still play a year in Lille.

"That would also magnificent for the Belgian fans who go to watch Lille."

The 19 year-old wants another season playing regular football to speed his development. He therefore wishes to remain at Lille next season on loan as part of any deal.

Lewis Holtby wants to remain at Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino wants him to remain at Tottenham so it's safe to say lewis Holtby is remaining at Tottenham.

But just to be sure, his representative, Marcus Noack, has told Sky Sports.

“Lewis is optimistic about the future at Spurs. There is a new manager there now which means it's a fresh start for him and a fresh start for everyone.

“He is happy at Tottenham and has a good feeling there. He wants to stay and prove himself and be part of the team.”

A quick guide to our pre-season fixtures which in previous years have been shown on TV. Here's hoping again.


19 July Seattle Sounders (A), 9pm, CenturyLink Field, USA

21 July Toronto (A),  midnight, BMO Field, Canada

27 July Chicago Fire (A), 1am, Toyota Park, USA


2 August Celtic (N), 2.30pm, Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Finland
2 August Dagenham & Redbridge, 3pm, Victoria Road

9 August Schalke 04 (H), 5.30pm, White Hart Lane

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