Monday 25 September 2017

Spurs ready to make cut-price Berbatov bid

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole and Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London.
Sunderland's Lee Cattermole and Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London.

Matt Law

TOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy is interested in making a cut-price bid to re-sign Dimitar Berbatov, even though head coach Tim Sherwood does not believe the club need any more strikers.

Berbatov's agent has admitted his client would consider a move away from Fulham during this transfer window and the 32-year-old would be attracted by a return to White Hart Lane.

Despite the fact Jermain Defoe will leave Spurs for MLS club Toronto FC on February 28, Sherwood has told chairman Levy and director of football Franco Baldini he is happy to finish the season with the strikers that are already at the club. However, that has not stopped Levy looking at potential January deals ahead of the final 10 days of the transfer window.

With less than six months of his Fulham contract to run, Berbatov would cost around £1.5m and would also want his £80,000-a-week Craven Cottage wages matched.

Levy failed in a last-ditch attempt to re-sign Berbatov from Manchester United ahead of Fulham at the end of the August 2012 transfer window and remains a fan of the Bulgarian, despite his acrimonious departure to Old Trafford.

GOALS

Berbatov spent two years at Tottennham, scoring 46 goals in 102 appearances, before moving to United for £30.75m in the summer of 2008.

Fulham have not given up hope of keeping Berbatov until the summer and it is believed the Bulgarian has a good working relationship with new head coach Rene Meulensteen.

Spurs have also considered moves for Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic, who has emerged as a target for Inter Milan, and Napoli's Goran Pandev.

Meanwhile, Holland manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed he has not given up hope of taking a role at Spurs in the summer after rejecting the opportunity to succeed Andre Villas-Boas.

Asked about Tottenham's approach, Van Gaal said: "Everybody knows it so I can admit it. I don't do things in a double function. You have to give an example to your players that they have to focus on the national team and that is my ambition also.

"I have refused (the Tottenham job), but maybe there will come another chance. That is the difficulty with coaching. When you are free, then maybe there are no vacancies.

"When you are working, then there are vacancies. It is always difficult. After the World Cup I shall retire or, if there is a Premier League club, I shall think about it." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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