Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Taricco Is Waiting to Agree New Deal

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Taricco Is Waiting to Agree New Deal

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Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS

TOTTENHAM fullback Mauricio Taricco revealed today that he is still waiting to sign a new deal.

The 28-year-old Argentine was believed to have settled a new longterm contract a fortnight ago but the details have not yet been finalised.

Taricco, who required five stitches in a head wound during Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Leeds, wants to extend his present deal by two years.

Having recovered from the careerthreatening hip injury that ruled him out for much of last season, he has been excellent form deputising for injured Steve Carr.

Taricco, signed from Ipswich for [pound]1.75 million three years ago, told Standard Sport: "I have not yet signed the new contract. We have agreed the deal in principle although I still have to the end of next season before my current one runs out.

"Spurs have offered me another two-year contract on top of what I have left.

We have agreed the matter verbally but we now need to get the papers signed.

I don't know when that will happen but I have been waiting a couple of weeks now.

"I am really happy at the moment because I like what Glenn Hoddle wants from the team. I always felt I would be staying.

"I hope I can be part of this team for a long time. Glenn gives me confidence every time he hands me the shirt and a place in the team."

Tottenham will open new contract talks with Wales midfielder Simon Davies in January. They want to tie the 22-year-old to a long-term contract and are ready to offer him a three-year extension to his existing deal, which has 18 months to run.

WEST HAM midfielder Joe Cole hopes to resume training this week after finally recovering from a foot problem.

Cole, 19, has played only four games since being injured in a preseason friendly against Bishops Stortford.

Manager Glenn Roeder said: "Joe has been receiving special treatment in Manchester and now feels a lot better and is hoping to get out on the training ground. …

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