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On The Move
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/24/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.


Luka Modric wants out of White Hart Lane© PA Photos

00.00 BST Right folks, that's all we've got time for this evening but do join us on Wednesday from 08.00 BST for more transfer tittle tattle and the odd done deal. Oh, and almost certainly a plethora of Luka Modric-related posts. Sorry!

23.43 BST Reports in Italy claim AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani had dinner with Gaetano Paolillo, the agent who represents Kaka and Ganso, tonight. His response when asked about signing Kaka was: "Some loves never die, they just go round on a long journey and come back again." Very provocative.

23.29 BST DONE DEAL: Blackpool have completed the signing of Portuguese central midfielder Tiago Gomes on a free transfer after his contract with Hercules expired.

23.08 BST Sticking with Marseille and their sporting director Jose Anigo has revealed that either Stephane M'Bia and Cesar Azpilicueta will probably be sold this summer in order to raise funds for new signings.

22.52 BST Loic Remy on his Marseille future: "I am contracted to Marseille but if the club wants to sell me, there is not much I can do about it. The transfer window closes on August 31, so there is plenty of time [for something to happen]."

22.29 BST Back to Real Madrid No. 2 Aitor Karanka, who has hinted that Kaka could be on his way out of the Bernabeu after being left out of Jose Mourinho's squad for a pre-season friendly against Oviedo. Karanka said: "We decided he should stay in Madrid. Kaká and the club are working to find a solution that is good for both parties. Ricardo is one of our players and an example of professionalism."

22.07 BST DONE DEAL: West Brom have completed the signing of Argentina international Claudio Yacob, who had been training with club.

21.49 BST Thierry Henry appears to have ruled out a return to Arsenal in January. “I don’t plan to go back and I didn’t plan to go back and play last time,” Henry said. “It was only because the guys ( ervinho and Marouanne Chamakh) went to the African Cup of Nations. They asked me if I wanted to play, and that’s it. I was there to train.”

21.21 BST More on Luka Modric, we're afraid. Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka has been talking up the Croatian's abilites, saying: "What club wouldn't like to have Modric? He is considered one of the best player's in Europe. Of course he fits with Real Madrid."

21.03 BST DONE DEAL: Italian midfielder Leandro Greco has moved from Roma to Olympiakos on a three-year deal, the Greek club have confirmed.

20.46 BST DONE DEAL: Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Eden Hazard's brother, Thorgan. The Blues have also revealed that Ulises Davila has moved on loan to Spanish Segunda Division team Sabadell, while striker Milan Lakovic and goalkeeper Matej Delac have joined Portuguese Liga side Guimaraes on loan. FULL STORY HERE

20.30 BST Mattia Destro is claiming that his move to Roma is complete, saying: “The soap opera is over.“I am very happy to have signed.”

20.16 BST Bolton boss Owen Coyle will decide on Wednesday whether to offer trialist Kalifa Cisse a full-time contract. Coyle said: "Kalifa has been a good player, but the judgement will be, 'is he any better than the ones we have got?' I'll talk with him and tell him exactly what my thoughts are, where he fits in or where he doesn't."

19.52 BST AC Milan and general Italian football legend Filippo Inzaghi has called time on his playing career in order to take up a coaching role with the Rossoneri. He had been linked with moved to the A-League, MLS, China and the Middle East but will instead hang up his boots.

19.36 BST Reports in Italy - specifically from Sky Sport Italia and RadioCalciomercato - say that Tottenham are closing in on Roma striker Marco Borriello, who has also been linked with Fulham, Genoa, Galatasaray and Werder Bremen.

19.19 BST Sticking with QPR, and their vice-chairman Amit Bhatia has revealed that they are keen to sign Liverpool's Craig Bellamy. Bhatia told Sky Sports News: "Craig is definitely a name that has been mentioned, a name we've discussed. There are a few options. We have been a fan of Craig Bellamy for the last few years, ever since he became available - that's not to say we have not been fans of other players."

18.55 BST QPR midfielder Joey Barton has been explaining why he has been training with Fleetwood Town and we hate to say it, but it sounds like he's talking a lot of sense.

Barton said; "The possibility of a loan move has been mentioned, where there's been interest from several European clubs and a lot of Championship clubs too, as you may expect.
So, why would I train with Fleetwood?

"I have become a little disenchanted with the game in the last six months after what I have put myself through and I desperately want to fall back in love with the game. I feel that training in the lower leagues will give me a reality check and maybe help me become a better person, a little more humility will serve me well.

"The lower leagues is where the hunger for the game is at its greatest, at least where players are concerned. I want to reignite that passion for the game, something that I ordinarily
have an abundance of. No monetary bull****. No media b******s (though apparently there still is!). No prima donnas. Just pure, old school, mortgage/livelihoods on the line, b***s-out football."

18.31 BST Plenty of comments coming in, particularly regarding Arsenal's interest in Santi Cazorla. However, reader Aneesh Chandoke is more realistic than optimistic in his assessment:

"I still don't see arsenal signing Cazorla. He is an established player and generally Wenger doesn't sign established players. Gooners like me are praying yet again that we sign him as every year we are desperate to sign a big player!"

18.12 BST Siena director of sport Stefano Antonelli says personal terms have been agreed between Mattia Destro and Roma, with the final details of the move currently being thrashed out between the two clubs.

“Yes, Roma have reached an agreement with Destro. I can confirm that is true,” Antonelli told VoceGiallorossa. Over the next few hours we will have to finalise the last details, because it was a rather complex negotiation process, but the deal has been struck. We are working on Valerio Verre coming to Siena as part of the transfer.”

17.53 BST With Tim Cahill on his way to New York Red Bulls, Richard Jolly has been reflecting on the Australian's eight years as Everton's talisman.

17.48 BST Julien Escude, a free agent after leaving Sevilla, has joined Besiktas after reportedly snubbing interest from Bologna, Villarreal and former club Rennes.

17.25 BST: Fulham full-back Stephen Kelly has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Craven Cottage until the end of the 2013-14 season. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1126765/stephen-kelly-signs-two-year-fulham-contract?cc=5739

17.11 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that the Mattia Destro saga is nearing completion. Close to joining Roma it seems.

17.03 BST: Le Parisien are reporting that a whole host of Ligue 1 sides are interested in capturing the signature of France Under-21 forward PSG forward Jean-Christophe Bahebeck. Valenciennes, Sochaux, Ajaccio and Saint-Etienne all named as suitors.

16.53 BST: Tutto Mercato Web are running an exclusive report that AS Roma have met with the agent of French international midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, whose brother recently joined Newcastle

16.45 BST: Sportitalia are reporting that Inter Milan are looking to import Atletico Mineiro's diminutive playmaker Bernard. He is having a storming Brasileirao campaign so far.

16.32 BST - DONE DEAL: France Under-19 midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has joined Sevilla on a five-year contract from Lens, having been linked with a move to Premier League side Reading.

16.12 BST: Boca Juniors coach Julio Cesar Falcioni says that he would welcome back Juan Roman Riquelme with open arms. "The doors are open for him. He is the [club's] biggest idol, he took a personal decision and my opinion is the same as the president's," he said. "We are waiting for him to return every single day."

15.49 BST: Tottenham's Steven Pienaar is attracting attention from former club Everton, but there are reports that Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland are both weighing up a move for the South African as well.

15.43 BST: Real Madrid are keen to sign 19-year-old Cordoba winger Borja Garcia. The Segunda side's president Carlos Gonzalez told El Diario de Cordoba: "The only official offer we have received for Borja was from Real Madrid. All the others who are interested in him have called us and said things, but the only offer we have on the table is from Madrid. They think he can be an important player at the club, but the fact is that they have not offered a fee which we think is good enough."

15.35 BST: Can't work out if John Mensah wants to join Celtic or isn't really that bothered at all. "I have to think and make a choice, the right choice," he said. "Celtic? They have a great history and have the greatest fans in the world, so they are appealing to any player. Like I said, there are many teams calling but I am relaxed and not in a hurry."

15.19 BST: Andrew Little could join former Hearts pair Craig Beattie and Ian Black in signing for the Rangers newco as manager Ally McCoist prepares to take advantage of a temporary transfer embargo reprieve.

15.05 BST: Manchester United have turned their attentions to another South American after failing to stump up the cash for Lucas. Now reports suggest they are chasing River Plate's Argentina Under-20 midfielder Ezequiel Cirigliano.

15.00 BST: Ibrahim Afellay is staying at Barcelona and won't be sold this summer. "Afellay is a player of great class, there is no doubt about it," new coach Tito Vilanova told Dutch TV channel NUsport. "Like always, he is part of our selection. We will begin the season with him."

14.44 BST: According to Radio Sport in Russia, Rubin Kazan are close to signing Newcastle striker Demba Ba after meetting his release fee.

14.37 BST: Ryan Babel's agent, Winnie Haatrecht, thinks it will be tough to find a new club for his client this summer: "It won't be easy to get a transfer, because Hoffenheim doesn't want a loan period for him," he said in De Telegraaf. "They want €6.5m for him. Hoffenheim paid Liverpool €6.9 million plus a few bonuses, so how realistic is it to ask €6.5m for a player with a one-year contract?" Read More

14.22 BST: Jakub Blaszczykowski has brought an end to speculation about his future by signing a new four-year contract with Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund.

14.10 BST: It seems the raiding of Botafogo continues, with midfielder Andrezinho set to move to Al Ahli according to reports in Brazil.

13.34 BST: After Barcelona defender Dani Alves revealed he was "upset" that the club did not deny rumours linking him with a move, coach Tito Vilanova said: "If I'd felt that Alves was feeling this way, I'd have picked up the phone and called him. Next time I will. For me, he's the best right-back in the world and possibly one of the best signings of recent years."

13.26 BST: Sky Sports News in Germany has spoken to Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller, and he has said Chelsea target Andre Schurrle and Bayern target Lars Bender are definitely staying at the club.

13.10 BST - DONE DEAL: Paulo Dybala has completed a move from Instituto of Argentina to Palermo after scoring 17 goals in 40 games.

13.08 BST: Rumours that Wesley Sneijder could leave Inter never seem to fully die down, but the Dutchman appears happy at the club following the appointment of Andrea Stramaccioni.

“The club are constructing for a great new future and Stramaccioni is ideal,” he said. “He has some great ideas and is able to transmit his enthusiasm to the side. He’s the best we could have got after Jose Mourinho.”

12.27 BST: Claudio Yacob, an Argentina international, is reported to have signed a three-year contract with West Brom with the option of a fourth.

The Argentina international, who has three caps to his name, is believed to have signed a three-year contract at the Hawthorns with the option of a fourth.

12.23 BST: Wolves left-back George Elokobi is said to be close to a move to Nottingham Forest, and Stoke centre-back Danny Collins is also being linked.

12.03 BST - DONE DEAL:Leeds have signed Portsmouth striker Luke Varney on a two-year contract and has also agreed a deal to bring Jamaica international Rodolph Austin to Elland Road from Norwegian club SK Brann.

11.57 BST: Bayern Munich chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has refused to rule out a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender.

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes had hinted at an interest in Bender, 23, during a recent press conference, leading Leverkusen general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser to say: "I don't want any bother with Bayern, but I am annoyed and very bemused that Jupp Heynckes has indirectly brought the Bender issue up in public."

11.53 BST: According to Marca, Corinthians are keen to sign Kaka from Real Madrid. Marca says the Real coach, Jose Mourinho, has told the midfielder that he will not have a starting place next season. His former club AC Milan could also be interested, the report claims.

11.46 BST: Brazilian defender Pedro Botelho has completed a move to Atletico Paranaense in his home country, leaving Arsenal after five years in which he did not make a first-team appearance.

11.38 BST: The Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath claims to have rebuffed approaches from several clubs for Germany international forward Patrick Helmes, reportedly a target for both Sunderland and West Brom.

11.34 BST: Lille have agreed a deal to sign 20-year-old Troyes right-back Djibril Sidibe – a move that could free Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy to join the Magpies – with the transfer thought to be worth around €2 million.

11.26 BST: Celtic are reported to have made an approach for West Bromwich Albion's Republic of Ireland forward Simon Cox, who is also a target for Championship Blackburn.

11.16 BST - DONE DEAL: Leicester have wrapped up the signing of former Norwich central defender Zak Whitbread on a two-year deal.

The Championship club moved to sign Whitbread, 28, after he was released by the Canaries at the end of last season, during which he played 21 games.

“Having only won promotion from the Championship a little over a year ago with Norwich, he knows exactly what it takes to get out of this division,” Leicester manager Nigel Pearson said. “Zak is a player of great quality and will add a huge amount of experience.”

11.02 BST: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has suggested he could still leave Montpellier despite club president Louis Nicollin insisting otherwise at the weekend.

AC Milan have apparently expressed an interest in defender Yanga-Mbiwa, 23, as a replacement for Thiago Silva, but Nicollin had warned: "Yanga-Mbiwa will not leave. This is clear as day.

10.59 BST - DONE DEAL: Torquay have signed Australian central defender Aaron Downes, who was released by Chesterfield at the end of last season, on a one-year contract.

10.56 BST - DONE DEALS: Leeds have confirmed the arrivals of striker Andy Gray and goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown on free transfers. Gray, who began his career at Leeds, was released by Barnsley at the end of last season, while Ashdown was freed by Portsmouth after their relegation to League One.

10.53 BST: Reading defender Michael Hector could be set to join Shrewsbury on a six-moth loan deal after spending time on loan a Barnet last season.

10.51 BST: Rumours suggest Nottingham Forest could re-sign defender Kelvin Wilson from Celtic. Forest have allowed their entire defence to leave the club this summer and have yet to sign any replacements

10.50 BST - DONE DEAL: Udinese midfielder Juan Cuadrado has joined Fiorentina on loan with a views to a permanent move. The Colombia international spent last season on loan at Lecce, playing 33 league games.

10.31 BST: The agent of Brazil star Lucas Moura believes Manchester United will not raise their bid for his client, leaving any deal in tatters. "They have reached their limit," Ribeiro told UOL. "Lucas Moura won't leave. He is happy at Sao Paulo. We have to forget this subject. There is no possibility he leaves now. Manchester United made an offer, which was rejected and they won't make another one as they have reached their limit." Read More

10.20 BST: Club president Jean-Michel Aulas says Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' future will be decided soon. "I will see Hugo again on Thursday when I arrive in New York," he said. "We will make a final decision [on his future] after the Trophee des Champions."

10.12 BST: Some major sources in Italy's media are claiming that Juventus’s Fabio Quagliarella could move to Inter in a swap deal with Giampaolo Pazzini.

10.01 BST: Reading have rejected reports that a loan move for Tottenham's David Bentley is on the cards. Seems like the winger can't buy himself a move at the moment and may have to drop a division to get some regular football.

09.50 BST: Joe Cole is happy at Liverpool and wants to stay and force his way into the side. "When I came here I wanted to be part of the club and help the team, and be part of this great club," he said. "That's still the same. I want to be part of a squad that gets us back to the top."

09.46 BST: A rather odd one here. Barcelona have apparently turned down a loan approach from AC Milan for winger Alexis Sanchez, according to Goal.com. Audacious given the Catalans only signed the 23-year-old last season and not one that should go beyond a gossip column.

09.33 BST: Marouane Chamakh is hopeful he can get more playing time and said he wants to stay at Arsenal this summer. "In the first six months after signing I had lots of games, but after that I only played a few," he said. "Now I hope this season will be good for me and the club. Yes, I need more confidence. But to be confident I need to play more. I am determined to stay."

09.15 BST: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has signed a new contract - reported to be for three years - with the North London club. Read More

09.09 BST: Hannover have re-signed Hungary international midfielder Szabolcs Huszti from Zenit St Petersburg on a three-year contract, three years after the he left the club for Russia.

09.00 BST: Novara have confirmed the transfer of midfielder Marco Rigoni to Chievo on a season-long loan with the option to make the deal permanent. He was previously being linked with AC Milan.

08.51 BST: Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he might have moved for Didier Drogba if he had not chosen to leave for China. "The decision was his anyway and he said if he was going to leave Chelsea, he wouldn't play for another club in England," Sir Alex told reporters. "So that answered that question, but I could have been [tempted to move for Drogba]."

08.39 BST: Arsenal are keen to sign winger Santi Cazorla from troubled Malaga, who are struggling financially and could be relegated if they don't pay their players under new rules in La Liga. A €15 million replacement for Andrei Arshavin, perhaps?

08.30 BST: Villa winger Gabby Agbonlahor has ruled out a move to Sunderland. "Looking at it over the summer I'm just laughing at myself, thinking 'Where do they get these links from?' I'm an Aston Villa player - it's my home club, I love the club," he said. "As long as I'm contracted to the club then I'll continue to play for them, until I get told otherwise." Read More

08.25 BST: Barcelona are ready to offer captain Carles Puyol an extension to his contract.

08.16 BST: Some news from Europe as Fiorentina are refusing to budge on their €30 million valuation of striker Stevan Jovetic despite an improved bid from Juventus for the Montenegro international. Read more

08.10 BST: Paper talk is all the rage, and there's plenty of it to keep you occupied this morning:

Daily Mirror: Bayern Munich are keen to bring Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong in for £8 million... Andre Villas-Boas blasted "unprofessional" Luka Modric as Tottenham insisted Real Madrid must cough up £40 million to sign him... German clubs Hamburg and Wolfsburg want to sign Nigel Reo-Coker... Roberto Mancini is reported to have had a major bust-up with Manchester City over their failure to land Robin van Persie. More on that soon I'm sure.

The Daily Star: £35m flop Andy Carroll has told Liverpool they will not force him out of Anfield... Brighton and Burnley will battle it out for Wolves striker Sam Vokes... Fulham are looking at former Liverpool and now-Hoffenheim forward Ryan Babel.

The Sun: Nottingham Forest's new owners want Tottenham's Jermaine Jenas to be their first big signing... Brighton have beaten Spurs, Arsenal, AC Milan and Valencia to land highly-rated Jeremy Balmy from Le Havre... Everton face a battle with Newcastle and Tottenham for Getafe midfielder Abdel Barrada... Southampton look ready to sell Lee Barnard, Ryan Dickson and Jonathan Forte.

08.00 BST: Luka Modric is the man making news this morning as he continues his 'revolt' against Spurs. Simple situation, according to the club: pay what Modric is worth, or he stays. With £40 million seemingly too much for Real Madrid, this one could roll on for the rest of the summer.

Comments

Posted by A.A.AL-iskandary on 07/24/2012

Just let him go - he he has a right. He can exercise his right.

Posted by diarra on 07/24/2012

It's funny how Spurs ask other clubs to pay what Modric is worth... if you want to keep your star player, at least offer him improved contract. If he still wants to leave, then it's another story.

Posted by Harish on 07/24/2012

I think Man Utd don't need Van Persie. They need a player like Lucas Moura. Hopefully, he will join.

Posted by Elvis on 07/24/2012

Santi Cazorla is an important signing for the Gunners. Kudos Wenger.

Posted by Chris Inns on 07/24/2012

Does anyone out really think that any player of a game is worth the mind-boggling numbers that are thrown around? Money loses all its meaning in those cases. Perhaps it is time to get heads out of the clouds and feet back on the ground. Not saying don't pay players, just keep it real.

Posted by Aneesh Chandoke on 07/24/2012

I still don't see arsenal signing Cazorla. He is an established player and generally Wenger doesn't sign established players. Gooners like me are praying yet again that we sign him as every year we are desperate to sign a big player!

Posted by Ehigie on 07/24/2012

Arsene Weneger pls no jokes this time,quickly grab the opportunity and sign Santi Cazorla

Posted by Sa'id Abdul-Rahman on 07/24/2012

Amazing how values in football only refers to money. Spurs want value for Luka so he has to stay, while Liverpool want value for Carrol so he has to go. Neither clubs nor players respect values outside of the bank balances. Football today is a collection of selfish millionaires who fleece a willing flock: THE FANS. Arsenal fans pay some of the highest ticket prices, but the club buys cheap and pays low. Man U has crippling debt and unpopular owners, BUT they (the owners) stay on and the fans have to like it or lump it (But buy season tickets please!). Man C is manipulating FFP and players are rushing there "to win trophies". Former FIFA Presidents take bribes and the current president's "hands are tied". The game we love doesn't exist anymore: FOOTBALL for the love of money.

Posted by Nicholas ForsonGH on 07/24/2012

Please enough with calling Andy Carroll a flop... Dude is already very much depressed relax for him even! If he's gonna be transferred or he stays fine...seems like flop is one of his names now! Give him a chance... He's at least put out decent performances for England and even scored some big goals in big games at Liverpool even though ultimately they ended up without major trophies

Posted by Ben S. S on 07/24/2012

I think man utd should make a move for Nicolas Gaitan and Lucas Moura.

Posted by echezona on 07/24/2012

i think fergie should go for more players in the attack and midfield,moura will be a good addition

Posted by Taropafadzwa Masunda on 07/24/2012

If Arsenal can fight and keep Van Persie, with the coming in of Santi Cazorla and Podorski, i'm sure they will get a silverware this coming 2012/13 soccer season.

Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2012

Heard Tottenham are sending €25 million, plus dos Santos to Malaga, for Cazorla and Rondon. Any truth to that?

Posted by O-Spud on 07/24/2012

The Modric fee saga is becoming tedious. If Tottenham can't find another club to beat the Real Madrid bid then his market value is pretty much determined. I'm sure Spurs would like a bazillion pounds for him, but no one's offering close to its stated valuation. The club would do best to strike the deal it can make and move on. Madrid has no reason to increase its offer if it's the high bid.

Posted by Achor on 07/24/2012

Tottenham just have to let Modric go, he wants fresh challenges and i believe he is the right man for REAL since Kaka may be out to Corinthians. Luca's heart is definitely no more at white heart lane.

Posted by Kea on 07/24/2012

This is from New York Red Bulls website:

The New York Red Bulls released the following statement today regarding midfielder Tim Cahill:

"We are aware of Everton’s statement regarding midfielder Tim Cahill and our club. However, we have no comment at this time regarding him or any other non-New York player."

What does that mean?? Why make a comment about not commenting??

Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2012

two things, why would EPL clubs allow Demba Ba to be transfered to Germany, when he would be a great asset to any club in the EPL? LFC should do a straight up swap, Demba Ba for Andy Carrol.

Chris Inns- todays athletes are worth every single dollar/pound/ Euros they are paid. they lead a life of emense pressure, little to no privacy at all and most of all they generate a crap load of money for their clubs. see the recent broadcasting rights contracts just signed by EPL and the various broadcasting stations. NBA players/ NFL/ and baseball players on average make more than soccer players even though soccer players have a larger consumer base and produces a better product. if you said no athlete is worth the going rate these days, you might have a point, but to limit it to soccer players is taking thing out of context.

Posted by Cesar on 07/24/2012

Did Malaga and Arsenal really come to an agreement for Santi Cazorla?!
I sure hope so because that would be MASSIVE. We can see how Chelsea is excelling in their pre-season with Hazard and Marin. It's time Arsenal get their own diminutive player who is fast, agile, has ball control, and knows how to score as well as provide.
Let's hope this really happens! Maybe RVP will stay, although I really couldn't care anymore...

Posted by Joe S~ on 07/24/2012

Funny how Modric can't do enough to get out of Tottenham, while Carroll can't do enough to stay at Liverpool. Keep the players who want to sacrifice and fight, sell those who don't.

Posted by SpursRead on 07/24/2012

Diarra - despite Chelsea links last summer, Modric signed a new contract that keeps him until 2016.

Posted by Collin on 07/24/2012

"Just let him go - he he has a right. He can exercise his right."

"It's funny how Spurs ask other clubs to pay what Modric is worth... if you want to keep your star player, at least offer him improved contract. If he still wants to leave, then it's another story."

What part of "contract" don't you understand? If he didn't like the deal, than he shouldn't have signed it. As for Spurs being obligated to offer him an improved contract, what about all the players that underperform? Should Spurs be able to come back and recoup their money from them? As we can see what Portsmouth is going through, players will never relinquish their money, so why should the clubs have to? It's a contract, not a handshake.

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