Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spurs Ready to Start Spending Their [Pounds Sterling]15m

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spurs Ready to Start Spending Their [Pounds Sterling]15m

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Byline: RAOUL SIMONS

WITH [pounds sterling]15million burning a hole in his pocket, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will today start drawing up a shopping list of new players to buy either this month or next summer.

The club yesterday received the green light from shareholders for their controversial share scheme and are now one of the few Premiership teams with serious spending power.

Levy wants one or two "quality" signings before the end of January with more arrivals, including a new manager, expected at the end of the season.

He said: "We are looking at one or two individuals. It is very difficult to do transfers in January but we are still working on it.

"We are talking about [pounds sterling]15m in relation to transfer fees so it is not that we have not got the ability to do deals, but we need to have a willing seller.

As Chelsea have found out with Scott Parker, Charlton are not willing sellers so they can't do the deal.

"One of the players we did have detailed discussions with was Edgar Davids, but unfortunately because of his arrangements with Nike he wasn't able to come to London and instead went to Barcelona.

"Sometimes things don't happen, but we've still got 10 days left so we will see." Having missed out on Juventus star Davids, Sheffield United's Michael Brown remains the only new signing since the window opened on 1 January.

With funds now in place, acting manager David Pleat may step up his interest in Nottingham Forest's Andy Reid or turn his attention to Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who Spurs have enquired about in the past. They were also linked today with a move for Robinson's team-mate Eirik Bakke.

Levy would not confirm that Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni had been lined up to replace Pleat next summer, but did reveal that the club's manager elect - whoever he might be - would have an influence on new acquisitions.

Levy said: "He is aware of the targets we are looking at. …

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