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Tottenham have started negotiations with Barcelona for striker Samuel Eto'o.

Spurs manager Juande Ramos has made Eto'o his No.1 target and it is understood the club have already met Barca officials to talk about his transfer to White Hart Lane.

The London Evening Standard reports that a Tottenham official went to Spain after the Catalan side's defeat by Manchester United in the Champions League semi-final last week to open discussions and the Spanish giants will listen to offers for the Cameroon international.

Barcelona will not sell for anything less than £27million but Tottenham are ready to cash in on Dimitar Berbatov and are thinking of using him as bait to secure a swap deal.

Barcelona are planning a mass clear-out following their failure to win a trophy for a second successive season and Eto'o angered the club by getting booked against Valencia at the weekend, which sees him suspended for tonight's game against Real Madrid.

Eto'o is believed to be happy about the prospect of a move to White Hart Lane and admitted earlier in the season that if was to quit Spain he would only move to the Premier League.

Ramos has been promised funds to build a squad capable of challenging for a top-four place and has already signed Croatia international Luka Modric for £15.8m, but Eto'o will be a real statement of intent.

More talks are planned next week with Barcelona but AC Milan have also registered their interest in the Bulgaria striker.

The Italian giants have turned to Berbatov after giving up any hope of buying Chelsea's Didier Drogba.

Milan have helped their cause by overtaking Fiorentina in Serie A to move into the top four and the final Champions League place, with just two games to go.

It looks set to be a summer of fervent activity at White Hart Lane as boss Juande Ramos bids to build on this season's Carling Cup victory.

Spurs slumped in the Premier League after their win at Wembley over Chelsea and can now only finish as high as 10th — a position Ramos will not accept next year.

The Spanish manager is also preparing to raid his former club Sevilla for their brilliant left winger Diego Capel. In addition, Spurs may also renew their interest in Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra, having missed out on him during the January transfer window.

Berbatov is desperate to play in Europe's premier club competition and was noticeably absent from the official launch of Tottenham's new kit last night and didn't play at Reading at the weekend, although the club insisted that was due to a groin strain.

Ramos will move for 20-year-old Capel as soon as the season ends and could capitalise on the buy-out clause in his contract. That clause is directly linked to Capel's wages and how many times his contract has been re-negotiated. The buy-out price began at £9.5m but once he'd played 40 first-team games, a target he reached against Murcia last month, the price rose by £2m.

Spurs can pay the fee directly to the Spanish league and then negotiate with Capel and his agents without ever involving Sevilla.

 

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berbatov to barcelona,
eto'o to Spurs/arsenal
?? to Spurs?

Annd, you know what, i think Spurs are in a better position than Arsenal to offer high wages. Flamini left for higher wages, Heleb is going to go for Higher Wages.. Will Arsenal offer Adebeyor higher wages or will he put himself on a transfer list as well for higher wages? ANd i wonder if there are ppl who still question why Wenger goes for youth for. lol. Because he only pays them pennys the cheapskate... ARsenal and ther move to Ashburton Grove may have reprecussions for a long while yet.. I wonderr, if Barcelona offer £30m + 130k a week to Fabregas.. i wonder if Fab will want to be put on the transfer list as well. lol

Mahaha.. Same auld Arsenbal for a few years yet mate. Good football, low wages relative success and lots of sales "to balance the books"
 

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I almost spat my drink out when I saw this in the BBC gossip section earlier today. Surely Eto'o wouldn't move to Spurs?

It would be a massive coup for them but if he does leave Barca in the summer I think it'll be to a team in the Champions League.
 

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wow,.,,,if they manage to get him....and other good players...we'll have big problems with them next year...it's gonna be tougher and tougher every year
 

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Eto'o + Spurs = A good side

It doesn;t make them necessarily a great side, but he would really shake things up and force the others to step up their game. Maybe they could add yaya Toure as well. Eto'o if he finds the passion again will be a terrific signing for any club.

If they signed a good keeper and central defender they could really compete.
I'm not sure if King will be there next season and if he;s not, they need someone, because Dawson and Kaboul aren't up to par (yet).


Keane Eto'o

Modric Jenas Huddlestone Lennon

Bale King Woodgate Hutton

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I don't recall Eto'o ever saying the Premier League would be his destination. He claimed his cycle in Spain is at an end.

It'd be a huge coup for Tottenham if they got him. Although i would've thought Eto'o would only go to another massive club.

Regardless, Tottenham are going to be a team to watch out for next season. If anyone is going to break into the Top 4, it'd be them.
 

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I really don't see any reason why Etoo would leave Barcelona to join Spurs. Etoo recently said in an interview that if Barcelona continued without trophies he would want to leave, so I presume he would want to go to a team that will win trophies. Also I think if Berbatov had the choice of Barcelona or Man Utd he would prefer to stay in the premier league where he has settled and proved his quality. I don't think Berbatov would reject Man Utd to go to an ageing Milan team in a league that is going downhill. It may not work out for him in another league and the chance for him to join Utd would not arise again. I think Etoo will stay with Barcelona for one more season, I think Berbatov will join Man Utd for 20m plus Pique.
 

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fazman said:
I would be devasted if berbatov was to sign for anyone other than united
yeah me too but cant see him going to any of the other big 4 cos they have
enough firepower already. He might go to Spain but hopefully to us.
Ive been banging on about Berba for so long now. He would be the ultimate
last piece to our jigsaw.
Saying that, I wouldnt mind if we got Eto'o either. Top player on his day.
 

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He's a good grab for them but I still think they are weak at the def side of there game . they'll be around 5 rank next year.
 

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Inter Prepare €40m Bid For Eto'o

The Italian club have already failed in their attempt to land Liverpool's Steven Gerrard after they had a £25m bid turned down by the Merseyside club.

Now Massimo Moratti is turning his attention to Eto'o who has been a target for the club for quite some time. Inter are also after Arsenal midifielder Alexander Hleb as the Nerazzurri are looking to build a side who will be capable of mounting a serious assault on both the Scudetto and Champions League.

It seems as if the Nerazzurri are also looking to try and lure Ronaldinho to San Siro after Milan failed in their attempts. The Rossoneri couldn't meet Barcelona's asking price for the Brazilian - but Moratti is a man who loves spending big - and he has the cash ready to bolster his side with some welcome additions from the Blaugrana.

Eto'o could move to Inter
 

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If Spurs were to grab Eto'o, what a coup that would be. But I just can't see Eto'o at Spurs :eek:

I said we should go for him if we could grab him for £15-£25m. We should put in a bid of £20-£25m and see what happens imo.
 

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It doesn;t make them necessarily a great side, but he would really shake things up and force the others to step up their game. Maybe they could add yaya Toure as well. Eto'o if he finds the passion again will be a terrific signing for any club.

If they signed a good keeper and central defender they could really compete.
I'm not sure if King will be there next season and if he;s not, they need someone, because Dawson and Kaboul aren't up to par (yet).


Keane Eto'o

Modric Jenas Huddlestone Lennon

Bale King Woodgate Hutton

?​

I heard that they interest in Espanyol's Kameni
 

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I really think that, with or without Eto'o, Spurs will be a great side next season.

I think that they'll really push for Europe and may even push for the Top 4, but that may take longer, and they won't get in anyway.
 

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if spurs can get him why cant we ?

Spurs want Eto'o AND Ashton to replace Berbatov
JUANDE DOUBLES UP

SPURS are in the hunt for TWO top strikers to replace Dimitar Berbatov.

They have emerged as hot favourites to sign Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o after making a formal £24million bid.

And they have also declared their interest in West Ham's Dean Ashton to his club.

Boss Juande Ramos knows Berbatov is on his way and he wants to spend a large part of the £30m he gets for the BulgarianonEto'o.

Ashton would cost Spurs only around £9m — and they are monitoring his contract negotiations at Upton Park.

as far as im aware, both of these strikers would be useful, but eto'o is one of the best strikers in the world why are we not interested in him ? a perfect foil for rooney and tevez? and a consistant goal machine ? c'mon fergie get the check book out before it's too late ... or maybe he's waiting for them to get eto'o so we can nab berbatov ? what do you think guys ?:rolleyes: ;)
 

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I don't appreciate Eto'o so much. He's professional enough on the field but off the field... :) WIth Manucho, Welbeck & Campbell...

Perhaps it's time we brought some young ones through.
 
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