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Author Archive for David Hytner

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Mauricio Pochettino says Eriksen situation is hurting player and club

• Spurs manager fearful of effect of speculation• Eriksen has been linked with several clubs but no bids madeMauricio Pochettino fears the transfer market uncertainty over Christian Eriksen is hurting the player and Tottenham, as he expressed surprise …

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Southampton continue to invest in youth after Gao Jisheng’s reshuffle

The Chinese businessman has remained in the background since purchasing 80% of the club but the club has recruited shrewdly from across EuropeWhen Gao Jisheng bought 80% of Southampton for £210m in August 2017 the club’s executives did not know what to…

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Che Adams: ‘In non-league it’s just a question of how hard you’re going to get kicked’

The Southampton striker talks about growing up in Thurnby Lodge, playing non-league and being named after Che GuevaraChe Adams confirms it is “Shay” rather than “Chay” before he sits down to discuss how he has become Southampton’s newest signing in a £…

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Christian Eriksen due at Tottenham training after wish to go brings no bids

• Spurs midfielder has said he wants a new challenge• His situation has been complicated by Paul Pogba scenarioChristian Eriksen is set to join up with his Tottenham teammates by the end of the week for pre-season training despite having made plain his…

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Héctor Bellerín targets September return after good injury recovery

• Arsenal player ahead of schedule in knee injury recovery• Full-back earmarks visit of Aston Villa in late SeptemberHéctor Bellerín is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the cruciate knee ligament rupture that he suffered last January and he hopes…

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Lampard has no fear of player power threatening Chelsea return

Dressing room manoeuvres thought to have been behind previous sackings but new incumbent is scornful of the ideaTo those on the outside it was the thing that drove Chelsea to titles during Frank Lampard’s playing days at the club but also what did for …

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Tanguy Ndombele: the complete midfielder … as long as he is focused

At his best the Tottenham record signing resembles Michael Essien but his attitude has been questioned in the pastEverybody knows how much Mauricio Pochettino loved Mousa Dembélé when the Belgian midfielder was strutting his stuff for Tottenham. “He’s …

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Derby close to deal for Phillip Cocu to replace Frank Lampard as manager

• Former PSV coach a free agent after leaving Fenerbahce• Lampard preparing to take manager’s job at ChelseaDerby are close to an agreement with Phillip Cocu to make him the managerial successor to the Chelsea-bound Frank Lampard. The Derby players exp…

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Derby close to deal for Phillip Cocu to replace Frank Lampard as manager

• Former PSV coach a free agent after leaving Fenerbahce• Lampard preparing to take manager’s job at ChelseaDerby are close to an agreement with Phillip Cocu to make him the managerial successor to the Chelsea-bound Frank Lampard. The Derby players exp…

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Tanguy Ndombele arrives at Tottenham for medical to seal £55m transfer

• Midfielder set to become record signing from Lyon• Roma considering move for Toby AlderweireldTanguy Ndombele is in London to undertake a medical at Tottenham, as his move from Lyon edges closer to completion. The London club have agreed a fee of €62…

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Spurs agree club record £55m fee for Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele

• Clubs agree fee and deal includes €10m in potential add-ons• France midfielder has been Mauricio Pochettino’s top targetTottenham are on the verge of shattering their transfer record for the Lyon midfielder, Tanguy Ndombele, after agreeing a fee for …

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Gianfranco Zola turns down Chelsea role and targets job as manager

• Chelsea legend to leave this weekend when contract expires• Zola rejects ambassadorial role and is ‘ready to take next step’Gianfranco Zola will leave Chelsea this weekend upon the expiry of his contract, having turned down the offer of an ambassador…

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Tottenham set to sign Leeds winger Jack Clarke in deal rising to £11.5m

• 18-year-old undergoing medical on Wednesday• Move does not affect interest in Ryan SessegnonJack Clarke is on the brink of becoming Tottenham’s first signing of the summer in a deal from Leeds that could be worth £11.5m if all of the add-ons are met….

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Arsenal hope to secure Kieran Tierney from Celtic for £18m

• London club already had bid of £15m turned down• Celtic value 22-year-old left-back closer to £25mArsenal are preparing to make a second offer to Celtic for Kieran Tierney, and they are hopeful that a figure of around £18m will get the deal done – ev…

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Chelsea get permission from Derby to hold Frank Lampard talks

• Chelsea want to appoint Lampard as manager• Position vacant after departure of Maurizio SarriFrank Lampard’s widely anticipated move to Chelsea has edged towards its completion after Derby granted him permission to open talks with the London club reg…

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Pochettino hands Spurs shopping list to Levy and counts on him to deliver | David Hytner

Tottenham manager desperate to refresh squad amid falling points totals and work out how to improve results on bad daysMauricio Pochettino is back in Barcelona – the city that he calls home – and he is waiting. The Tottenham manager is waiting to see w…

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Arsenal academy coach banned for abusive language to Under-9s referee

• Alex Nichols reduced teenage female referee to tears• Nichols banned for three games and finedAn Arsenal academy coach has been fined and banned for three matches after he was found to have called a female teenage referee a “little prick” and reduced…

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Southampton secure signing of winger Moussa Djenepo for £14m

• 20-year-old Malian arrives from Standard Liège• Winger becomes Ralph Hasenhüttl’s first signingRalph Hasenhüttl has made the Standard Liège winger Moussa Djenepo his first signing at Southampton for a fee of £14m. The manager, who joined the club las…

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Ryan Sessegnon wants Spurs move and tells Fulham he will not renew contract

• 19-year-old winger has one year left on his deal• PSG and Manchester United also interested in himRyan Sessegnon has told Fulham he will not sign a new contract with them – to replace the one that expires next summer – and the 19-year-old winger has …

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Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen says he is ready for a new challenge

Midfielder says any move ‘would have to be step up’Tottenham likely to ask for £130m to sell him this summerChristian Eriksen has confirmed the worst kept secret at Tottenham – that he wants to take on a new challenge at another club this summer. The 2…