Tottenham injury update: Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon return to training ahead of Crystal Palace clash

12 Sep

Ryan Sessegnon could make his long-awaited Tottenham debut this weekend.

Spurs will be looking to pick up their first Premier League win since the opening day of the season when they host Crystal Palace on Saturday, with the match LIVE on talkSPORT as part of our GameDay coverage.

Ryan Sessegnon joined Tottenham on transfer deadline day but has not yet played for the club
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Sessegnon, a £25million summer arrival from Fulham, has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury which has kept him out all season.

Club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele, who has missed Spurs’ last two games with a thigh problem, is also in line to feature against the Eagles having returned to fitness.

Meanwhile, Kyle Walker-Peters and Eric Dier are also being assessed for selection after returning to training from hamstring and hip issues respectively.

However, Giovani Lo Celso has been ruled out with a hip injury until next month.

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The Real Betis loanee was being eased into the team with three substitute appearances after a busy summer at the Copa America.

But the 23-year-old suffered a setback while on international duty with Argentina.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “Always it’s a sad situation, very disappointed.

“For Giovani, the first months here was to adapt to a new club and new football. Everything he was doing in a very good way. We are all so disappointed because now we need to wait for him.

Giovani Lo Celso has had an injury setback which is expected to keep him sidelined until the end of October
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“In the same way we need to be positive, it’s not another way to take it, but we need to be positive and try to provide him with good quality training and recovery.

“In the moment that he’s ready, to be strong and start to help the team again.

“Nothing that I can tell you will change his reality. We’re all disappointed, first the Argentine national team are very sad. We’re all really sad. We cannot change the situation.

“That is why it is so important for us, we need to try to anticipate the things, the right judgement.

“The decisions are so important to have a good relationship with all the national teams.

“It’s not to blame someone. In the end the most difficult part is for the player. That is why our responsibility is always to try to anticipate the problems.”

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Tottenham plot transfer for Steven Sessegnon, twin brother of Ryan, in January window

4 Sep

Tottenham are set to make another bid to prise away a second Sessegnon brother from Fulham when the transfer window reopens in January, according to reports.

The Sun write that the north London side, who signed Ryan Sessegnon from the Cottagers for £25m last month, are on the hunt to add his twin brother, Steven, to their ranks.

Steven Sessegnon, left, could join his brother at Tottenham
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They have already failed with a bid to land the 19-year-old after having a cheeky £3m offer was turned down earlier this month.

Fulham chiefs laughed off that particular bid, but they fear Spurs will come knocking again for the full-back sooner rather than later.

Steven Sessegnon, who can also operate at centre-half and in midfield, has been called up to the latest England Under-21 squad.

He has started four of Fulham’s six Championship games to date, with Scott Parker’s men making a solid start to life back in the second tier following a disastrous 2018/19.

The youngster signed a five-year contract with Fulham back in 2017, with the Championship outfit also having the option to extend that by a further 12 months.

Tottenham vs Newcastle: Ryan Sessegnon and Tanguy Ndombele ruled out, Dele Alli faces late fitness test, Heung-min Son back

23 Aug

Tottenham’s club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele has been ruled out of Sunday’s clash with Newcastle.

The France international scored on his Spurs debut in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on the opening day of the season after joining for £55million from Lyon in the summer.

Tanguy Ndombele (right) has been a hit so far for Tottenham
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But Ndombele sustained a ‘minor injury’ in training this week and will play no part against Newcastle.

The game comes too soon for another summer signing, Ryan Sessegnon, who is still nursing a hamstring injury.

Dele Alli has returned to first-team training after recovering from a hamstring problem, but faces a late fitness test.

And in a boost for Spurs, Heung-min Son is available for selection for the first time this season after completing a three-match ban.

Heung-min Son and Dele Alli could both play for Tottenham this weekend
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Giovani Lo Celso, a loan capture from Real Betis, made his Tottenham debut as a late substitute in their 2-2 draw with Manchester City last weekend.

But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is willing to be patient with the Argentina midfielder’s fitness.

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He said: “I think Lo Celso is a situation that is not going to be easy.

“He was in extended holidays after the Copa America, he didn’t have a proper pre-season and didn’t train too much.

“Then signed for us after a week without training. He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect from him. We need to give him time.

“He was involved [against Man City] and will maybe have the possibility to help the team in some points, but we won’t expect too much from him.

“We need to not put the responsibility on him, only to improve and adapt himself with us and see. It’s a natural process to learn and improve.

“In the moment he will be fit and deserves to play then sure he will have the chance like other players.”


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Why Paulo Dybala’s Tottenham transfer collapsed on deadline day

9 Aug

Paulo Dybala’s move to Tottenham fell through due to his wage demands, reports claim.

The Juventus forward appeared to be on his way to north London after the two clubs had agreed a £64.4million fee.

It looked like Dybala was set to become a Tottenham player
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But according to various reports, agreeing personal terms with Dybala and his agent – in particular an issue regarding image rights – scuppered any potential deal.

Dybala’s image rights are owned by a third-party and not by Juventus. They were sold to Star Image Company in Malta, which is owned by his former agent Pierpaolo Triulzi.

And it would have been very expensive to buy back the player’s image rights, something which put Tottenham off from going ahead with the transfer.

Juventus have been trying to offload the Argentina international throughout the summer and were interested in a swap deal with Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku.

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However, the Red Devils withdrew their interest because of Dybala’s alleged lack of interest in moving to Old Trafford and his excessive wage demands.

United chiefs believed the 25-year-old wanted to come to England for the wrong reasons.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side now are a striker short after Lukaku left for Inter in a £72million deal on Thursday.

With the transfer window open for other European clubs until the start of next month, Dybala could still quit Juventus.

But he will not be donning a Tottenham or Manchester United shirt for the opening-day games of the Premier League season this weekend. 

Despite failing to land Dybala, Tottenham had a productive transfer deadline day after signing long-term targets Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon from Real Betis and Fulham, respectively.

Lo Celso joined on a season-long loan with an option, but Spurs have an option to buy at the end of the season, while Sessegnon arrived in a £25million deal.

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Ryan Sessegnon: Tottenham sign England starlet from Fulham on five-year deal

8 Aug

Tottenham have completed a deadline day signing with Ryan Sessegnon arriving from Fulham.

Sessegnon, the highly-rated England youngster, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with Spurs, with the option of a further year included in the deal.

Sessegnon is widely rated as one of the finest young players in world football
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The north Londoners have paid £25million to secure the teenager’s services, though the fee could rise to £30m if various performance-related clauses are met.

Sessegnon, who began his career at left-back before moving to a more offensive role, made his debut for Fulham as a 16-year-old.

In the three years since he has made over 100 appearances for the Cottagers, scoring 25 goals, and helped fire Fulham to Premier League promotion as one of their key players in 2017/18.

Still only 19, Sessegnon has also played 10 times for England Under-21s and he’s long been tipped for a senior call-up.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, meanwhile, has joined Stoke on loan for the 2019/20 season, Spurs confirmed.

Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: What squad numbers could Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso, and Paulo Dybala wear?

8 Aug

Tottenham Hotspur are set for a busy transfer deadline day with FOUR possible deals on the cards right now.

Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso and Paulo Dybala could all be confirmed by 5pm, while there is also a chance Youcef Atal will come through the doors at Hotspur way.

Paulo Dybala and Giovani Lo Celso could be Spurs players by the end of the day
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Medicals must but done, contracts inked, image rights negotiated, and minor details ironed out.

Sessegnon should join for an initial £25million with Joshua Onomah moving in the opposite direction, Lo Celso’s move is now a loan move to start with and any European qualification will trigger a £40m option to buy.

Dybala’s deal will be the trickiest to do with Juventus partially funding the player’s wage, but Daniel Levy must still work out what to do about the players’ image rights which are held by a third party.

Atal’s deal isn’t far down the line do is possibly on the back burner right now.

If the quartet are signed they will all require a shirt number but which ones are available to them? Find out below.

Available squad numbers at Tottenham

  • 2
  • 9
  • 13
  • 18
  • 19
  • 21
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31

 

Ryan Sessegnon

For now, the most likely number for the left-sided star is number 30.

Sure, it might be high but it was the digit worn by the player when he broke into the first-team at Fulham.

Sessegnon looked good in tough circumstances LAST season
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Paulo Dybala

The Juventus ace, appears to have a preference for 21 if you look at his career history.

He’s worn it with Argentina and Juventus fairly regularly but has had 10 at club level for the last two campaigns.

Harry Kane holds this at the moment and is unlikely to give it up but 9, previously held by Vincent Janssen is available and was worn by Dybala at Palermo and Instituto Cordoba and is a possibility.

Paolo Dybala had also been linked with a move to Manchester United
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Giovani Lo Celso

Even though he’s just 23-years-old, the Argentine has had several numbers over the years.

He’s worn 18, 21, 6, 10, and 34 at club level, while having 20 and 14 on the international stage.

Right now he could have 18 or 21 but with Dybala set to nab the latter he could have the digits once worn by Jurgen Klinsmann and Jermain Defoe.

Argentina’s Giovani Lo Celso scored against Venezuela at the Copa America
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Youcef Atal

With Kieran Trippier out the door, Atal could easily pick up the 2 shirt.

Previously he’s held the number 31, which is available, 24, and 20, while also wearing 4 for his nation.

Algerian international Atal is excelled in his debut season for Nice
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Tottenham transfer news: £25m Ryan Sessegnon deal agreed with Fulham, Giovani Lo Celso now set for loan move from Real Betis

8 Aug

Tottenham have agreed a player-plus-cash deal to sign Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, and are also set to sign Real Betis playmaker Giovani Lo Celso on deadline day.

Spurs have been chasing the 19-year-old all summer and are finally set to land him for a fee of £25million, which could rise to £30m, plus academy graduate Josh Onomah.

Sessegnon is finally set to become a Tottenham player after a long chase
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Left-sided England Under-21 starlet Sessegnon, who has played at left-back and on the left wing for Fulham, made 35 Premier League appearances for the relegated club last season.

The youngster has been on Tottenham’s radar ever since his brilliant Championship campaign two years ago, as he managed 16 goals and eight assists for the play-off winners.

His influence was limited in the top flight, managing just two goals and six assists for the Cottagers last season, but Spurs remain keen and are expected to confirm his arrival before the 5pm deadline.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are also set to sign Argentine midfielder Lo Celso from Real Betis.

Spurs are working hard to bring long-term target Lo Celso to White Hart Lane on deadline day
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The 23-year-old has been linked with a permanent move to White Hart Lane, but it is now understood he could instead join Spurs on a season-long loan with an obligation to buy.

Lo Celso only joined Betis permanently from PSG in April after spending the season on loan in Spain – scoring 16 goals in 45 appearances.

He hails from the same town in Argentina as Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, and the manager is said to be keen to bring his compatriot to the club.

Paulo Dybala to Tottenham, plus the latest Spurs transfer news on Philippe Coutinho, Giovani Lo Celso, Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen

7 Aug

Tottenham fans didn’t know what hit them on Tuesday as the Premier League side were linked with a having couple of transfers in the pipeline.

The transfer window closes on Thursday at 5pm, so Daniel Levy is likely to be busy until then and we know he likes to leave things late, so here’s the latest.

Dybala has been linked with both Man United and now Tottenham
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Paulo Dybala from Juventus

In Italy it is being reported Tottenham and Juventus have agreed a fee, believed to be around £65million, for Dybala. The forward was rumoured to be close to joining Man United last week, but his wage demands and complications around his image rights hindered the move. The Mail reported the club were not willing to pay the £15m his agent, Jorge Antun, wanted as a commission to negotiate the purchase of his image rights.

Spurs are able to offer Champions League football, unlike United, but it is thought the 25-year-old wanted as much as £350,000 a week to play at Old Trafford.

Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona

As talkSPORT reported, Barcelona will allow him to leave on loan before Thursday and four Premier League clubs – Tottenham, Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool – have all been linked. Spurs are believed to be in the lead to land the midfielder, who briefly played under Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol. There seems little chance of Coutinho being a regular at Barca and moving him off their wage bill would certainly help the LaLiga side finance Neymar’s return.

“Sergio Busquets, who plays in the centre of Barca’s midfield where predominately they play 4-3-3, still has a computer for a brain, but athletically he’s much slower,” Spain-based journalist Graham Hunter told talkSPORT.

Coutinho is one of the most technically gifted and versatile players in the game

“While [manager] Ernesto Valverde has been there, instead of never playing two organising midfielders, he has had to use somebody to prop up Busquets – to do his running for him – and that has largely been Ivan Rakitic.

“So that’s two slots used where Coutinho would have been trusted to play. He hasn’t particularly enjoyed playing as a wide striker and hasn’t really clicked with Lionel Messi.

Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis

The Times report the fact Tottenham have been trying to complete a £54m deal for 23-year-old Lo Celso since the end of last season, but with Real Betis insisting that the midfielder’s buyout clause of £88 million is met in full, Spurs have explored other options.

Lo Celso has been linked with a £60million move to Spurs, but he could cost £88million if the Real Betis play hardball
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Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon

One alternative to Lo Celso is Sporting midfielder Fernandes and it is being reported personal terms have been agreed between Tottenham and the player. The Mail claim club president, Frederico Varandas, would be willing to accept an offer of £55m and a further £15m. Last season, the 24-year-old scored 20 league goals and created 13 in 33 matches.

Bruno Fernandes has enjoyed an incredible season in front of goal for Sporting
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Christian Eriksen

As Eriksen has not ruled out leaving when his contract expires next summer, Spurs may sell him to finance transfers for either Lo Celso or Fernandes. Man United have emerged as the most serious contenders to sign him, with interest from Real Madrid cooling, as it is thought manager Zinedine Zidane only wants Paul Pogba, which would free up space for Eriksen.

Eriksen said last month he is considering leaving Spurs as he wants a new experience elsewhere
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Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham

The 19-year-old has a year remaining on his contract and according to a number of reports Tottenham and Fulham, who were relegated last season, will settle on a £25m fee. Josh Onomah could move in the opposite direction, though the Evening Standard report the deals are separate from one another.

Ryan Sessegnon looks set to leave Fulham and join Tottenham
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Tottenham set to include academy prospect Josh Onomah as they look to tie up £30million deal for Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon

5 Aug

Tottenham look set to finally complete the signing of Ryan Sessegnon this week with academy prospect Josh Onomah reportedly heading in the opposite direction.

The Fulham player, who can be deployed as a left-back or winger, has long been a target of Tottenham’s, while he’s also been tracked by some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Sessegnon looks set to leave Fulham and join Tottenham before Thursday’s transfer deadline
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Following Fulham’s relegation to the Championship at the end of last season, it seemed inevitable Sessegnon would join their London rivals.

And as Thursday’s transfer deadline approaches, the Daily Mail report that a £30million deal should be completed this week.

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Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be willing to let 22-year-old Onomah move to Craven Cottage to get the Sessegnon’s signing over the line.

The midfielder has spent the past two seasons away from north London on loan and is way down the pecking order under Pochettino.

Sessegnon made his breakthrough into the Fulham side when he was just 16 and has already made 120 appearances for the club.

The 19-year-old has made clear his wish to leave the club this summer and was not been involved in their opening match of the season, a 1-0 defeat by Barnsley on Saturday.

It will be a significant, but not unexpected, blow for Fulham to lose another of their brightest young talents.

Sessegnon scored 15 goals in the 2017/18 season as they were promoted to the Premier League.

This summer has also seen Fulham lose another talented youngster who came through their academy.

Harvey Elliott, 16, signed for Liverpool and has already been impressing throughout their pre-season.

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Transfer news and football gossip: Tottenham to sign Ryan Sessegnon, Arsenal to hold Coutinho talks, Mandzukic to Man United

4 Aug

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Manchester United will sign Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala in a swap deal for Romelu Lukaku, as long as Dybala can agree a contract with the Red Devils. (Sunday Times)

Arsenal are set to hold talks with Barcelona over the possible loan signing of Philippe Coutinho, who is expected to leave Camp Nou this summer. (Sun)

Tottenham are due to sign Ryan Sessegnon, the Fulham starlet, in a £25million deal, though Spurs could miss out on Giovani Lo Celso. (Star)

Sessegnon is widely regarded as one of the finest young players in English football
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The Lilywhites are also chasing Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj, who is available for £20million. (Express)

Man United have bid £46million for David Neres, the Ajax and Brazil forward. Their offer falls short of Ajax’s £64m asking price, however. (Yahoo)

Leroy Sane is closing in on a move to Bayern Munich, with the Manchester City forward agreeing a contract with the German champions. (Sky Germany)

City have been linked with late moves for both Isco and Nathan Ake, who play for Real Madrid and Bournemouth respectively. (Express)

Gary Cahill is nearing a move to Crystal Palace, with whom he will sign a two-year deal. Cahill has been a free agent since leaving Chelsea when his contract expired at the end of last season. (Sun)

Leicester have identified Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer as their ideal replacement for Harry Maguire, who is set to join Man United. The Foxes plan to sign Ajer for around £15million, and the defender is keen on a move to England. (Star)

Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are battling to sign Germany centre-back Matthias Ginter, though neither side have come close to matching his £55million asking price. (90min)

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Chelsea hope to sell both Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater before Thursday’s transfer deadline and will listen to offers for the pair. (Telegraph)

Newcastle have held talks with Inter over possibly signing Argentina forward Facundo Colidio on loan. (Mail)

New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long is hoping he will be granted a work permit before the transfer window closes so he can join West Ham. (Sky Sports)