On Top Of His Game! Victor Wanyama Closing In On Sh1.6Billion Deal To Tottenham After Southampton Exit

Tottenham and Southampton will hold further talks this week as they inch towards an agreement over the transfer of Victor Wanyama.

In April, it was revealed that Tottenham had revived interest in the Wanyama after failing to sign him last summer and discussions have been ongoing since.

The 24-year-old has one year left on contract and that is reflected in Tottenham’s offer of around £11million (Sh.1.6 Billion).

Tottenham are edging closer to signing Victor Wanyama from Southampton in a £11million deal 

Southampton paid £12.5m (Sh.1.8 Billion) to Celtic for Wanyama in 2013 and want to recoup their money.

Wanyama played under Mauricio Pochettino at St Mary’s before the Argentine boss moved to White Hart Lane.

Victor Wanyama would be the first Southampton player to join the former Saints boss in North London since his departure in May 2014.

The midfielder had an impressive last campaign as the south coast side finished the season sixth in the Premier League.

However, his disciplinary record may cause some concerns after he picked up three red cards. Let’s see how this out.







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Adebayor dropped from Tottenham squad

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been left out of his club’s 25-man Premier League squad for the rest of the year.

Adebayor had been expected to leave White Hart Lane before the transfer window closed on Tuesday, but Tottenham were unable to find a buyer for the Togo international.

The 31-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City star, who reportedly earns £100,000-a-week ($152,000, €137,000), has also been left out of Tottenham’s Europa League squad.

Adebayor has rarely been selected by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who opted to axe the player from his squad despite missing out on a deal for West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino this week.

Adebayor has been a peripheral figure at White Hart Lane since the departure of manager Harry Redknapp in 2012.

Redknapp brought Adebayor to Tottenham during his last season at the club but his successor Andre Villas-Boas quickly dropped the erratic striker.

He was again a regular while Tim Sherwood was caretaker manager, but Pochettino’s appointment and Harry Kane’s fine form last season meant his chances were limited.

Reported interest from both West Ham and Aston Villa came to nothing before the conclusion of the transfer window, leaving Adebayor to wait until January for his next opportunity to secure a move.

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Van Gaal beams after Man Utd storm Anfield

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal heralded his team’s 2-1 victory over Champions League qualification rivals Liverpool at Anfield as “one of the most important in my career”.

Juan Mata scored twice in Sunday’s Premier League game, either side of a red card for home captain Steven Gerrard, and despite Daniel Sturridge hitting back, Liverpool fell to a first loss in 14 league matches.

Victory strengthened United’s grip on the fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth, with Liverpool now five points behind and Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur a point further back, leaving Van Gaal to reflect on a potentially decisive afternoon.

“It is the moment we are coming back and we beat Liverpool again,” said the Dutchman, whose side had condemned Liverpool to their last defeat with a 3-0 win at Old Trafford in mid-December.

“We beat them again with their own weapons and the pressure on the ball.

“Now the gap is five points ahead of Liverpool and six ahead of Tottenham and Southampton, so the moment to win is one of the most important in my career.”

Mata’s superb performance in United’s 3-0 defeat of Tottenham meant that he held on to his place despite Angel di Maria’s return from suspension and he rewarded Van Gaal’s faith with a fine display.

His 14th-minute opener saw him run on to a pass from Ander Herrera and beat Simon Mignolet with his right foot, while his second goal on the hour was sublime — an acrobatic scissors kick from Di Maria’s clipped pass.

Mata has struggled to hold down a first-team place this season, but Van Gaal offered a glowing assessment of his current form.

“Now he is playing as a false right-winger and the combination with Herrera and (Antonio) Valencia gives him more opportunities, so I am very pleased,” Van Gaal said.

“I think he was one of my most constantly playing players, also in the beginning of the season, so I am not amazed, but I am very happy with him.”

– Big challenge –

Gerrard apologised in a television interview for his dismissal, which came just 43 seconds after he had replaced Adam Lallana at half-time.

The former England captain, who recently returned from a hamstring injury, reacted to Herrera’s sliding challenge by slyly stamping on the Spaniard’s calf, prompting referee Martin Atkinson to brandish a straight red card.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that Gerrard had been “probably a little frustrated” about having to watch the first half from the bench, but he refused to condemn his California-bound captain, who will join the Los Angeles Galaxy at the season’s end.

“I won’t criticise him because he’s been brilliant in my time here,” Rodgers said. “Sometimes these things happen. We’ll move on.”

Rodgers also played down an incident at the death — moments after Mignolet had saved a Wayne Rooney penalty — that saw centre-back Martin Skrtel tread on United goalkeeper David de Gea after chasing a through ball in vain, saying that it “looked worse in slow-motion”.

Liverpool’s defeat at Old Trafford proved the spur for a 13-game unbeaten run that revitalised their season and Rodgers urged his players to channel the frustration from their latest setback in the same fashion.

Asked about his side’s chances of a top-four finish, he replied: “It’s a big challenge. But when I looked at the 10 games that were remaining, it was always going to be difficult to win all 10 of them.

“So we’d built (factored) in a loss and maybe some draws in that. We hoped it wouldn’t be in this game against a rival, but it’s still very much possible.

“There’s five points between us and them. We’ve now got to recover and use this as the same springboard we did in the last game.

“We’ll go away now and recover and look to get a victory in our next game (away to Arsenal), which we’ve shown we’re more than capable of.”

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Check out Emmanuel Adebayor’s flashy lifestyle.

Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor [born 26 February 1984], known as Emmanuel Adebayor, is a Togolese footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Togo national team. Adebayor previously played for Metz, Monaco, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester City. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2008.

Adebayor represented the Togo national football team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the country’s début, and to date only, appearance at the World Cup. In January 2010, Adebayor was one of the players involved when the Togo team’s bus came under gunfire on the way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nationsin Angola, after which he retired from national team duty. In 2013 he returned to the Togo team for the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa, where he helped them to qualify for the quarterfinals. He is currently Togo’s all-time top goalscorer with 28 goals.But without Further Ado let’s take a Closer look at The Fabulous Life Of Emmanuel Adebayor, Private Jets, Houses, Motor Bikes, Shoes, Cars.

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Arsenal eager to hunt down Foxes after derby despair

Arsenal will try to recover from their north London derby defeat by Tottenham Hotspur when they face bottom-of-the-table Leicester City at the Emirates on Tuesday.

The Gunners have become synonymous with managerial stability during French boss Arsene Wenger’s more than 18 years in charge of the club.

Leicester, by contrast, were compelled to issue a statement late Sunday insisting Nigel Pearson was still their manager.

A whirlwind 24 hours followed City’s home defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday that left them rooted at the foot of the Premier League table, with earlier suggestions that their manager of three-and-a-half years had been sacked proving incorrect.

Both sides will have a point to prove, with Arsenal anxious to revive their bid for a top four finish, having fallen to sixth after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Spurs.

The Gunners will be strengthened by the return of Alexis Sanchez to the squad after the Chile forward was forced to sit out the trip to White Hart Lane with a hamstring problem.

And they will draw some comfort from the fact Manchester United failed to beat West Ham on Sunday, with the 1-1 draw ensuring Louis Van Gaal’s fourth-placed side remain within touching distance, with just a two-point gap separating Arsenal from the Dutchman’s team.

On paper, Tuesday’s match should be a routine victory for Wenger’s side who cruised to a 5-0 victory over Aston Villa on their last home outing.

But events at Leicester have added an element of uncertainty and Wenger was keen to see a positive response from his players.

– Focus –

“It’s not the first time we have lost a game but how we bounce back is to take the information from what we got and respond very quickly against Leicester. We must be ready to respond.

“Overall, there’s a long way to go this season. I believe that we must just keep going and recover, show quickly a strong response and then we see where we stand after that.

“We just must focus on us as there are lots of teams battling to get in there (for the top four).”

Wenger was unsure as to whether Sanchez would be in the starting line-up or on the substitutes’ bench.

But his return in any first-team capacity will be welcomed after Arsenal and England striker Danny Welbeck admitted the Gunners fell short up front against Spurs.

Welbeck returned at Tottenham after a month out and conceded there was plenty of room for improvement.

“As a team, going forward we didn’t do as well as we could have done and they took advantage of that,” Welbeck said.

“It was really disappointing and on a personal level it was difficult for me to get back in the swing of things after being out for a few weeks,” the former Manchester United forward added.

“We’ve got a couple of days turnover and then we’ve got another game in the Premier League, so we’ve got to prepare well for that game.”

Results this season have made Pearson’s position increasingly vulnerable and a touchline spat with James McArthur after the Palace midfielder had collided with the Leicester manager did not help matters.

But the Englishman has remained in charge for the Arsenal game.

“It’s very easy to be downbeat and negative about results like the Crystal Palace one but we can’t do anything about it now,” Pearson said after Saturday’s match — before Sunday’s stream of speculation about his future.

“If people want to write us off, then fine, we’ll dust ourselves down and get on with it on Tuesday against Arsenal.

“In a game against Palace, who are a side that have had some good results recently but were relatively close to us before Saturday, we needed to keep them as close, or bring them even closer.

“We’ve failed to do that because we’ve not really been able to take the chances that we created, and that’s disappointing for us.”

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Kane the star as Spurs overtake Arsenal

Local hero Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur leapfrogged Champions League qualification rivals Arsenal by coming from behind to win a pulsating north London derby 2-1 on Saturday.

Mesut Ozil volleyed Arsenal in front at White Hart Lane, but a ferocious Tottenham onslaught saw Kane net a 56th-minute equaliser before heading in a sensational winner four minutes from time.

The home-grown striker’s double, his 21st and 22nd goals of the campaign, took Spurs into the Champions League places and left Mauricio Pochettino’s side a point above Arsenal, who fell to sixth.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was presiding over his 700th Premier League game and he made one change to the team that had crushed Aston Villa 5-0 last weekend, with Danny Welbeck replacing Theo Walcott.

After Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina had denied Kane, Welbeck created the opener in the 11th minute, steaming past Danny Rose and picking out Olivier Giroud, whose miscued shot was volleyed home by Ozil.

It was to prove the cue for a wave of Spurs attacks, with Ospina saving from Rose and Ryan Mason while Rose, Erik Lamela and Kane shot off-target.

Arsenal’s resistance crumbled 11 minutes into the second half, when 21-year-old Kane tucked home at the back post after Mousa Dembele’s near-post header was parried by Ospina.

The action swung from end to end thereafter — Ospina thwarting Dembele and Nabil Bentaleb; Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saving from Welbeck and Laurent Koscielny — before Kane settled it.

Bentaleb bent a cross into the box from the left and Kane rose above Koscielny to plant a textbook header inside Ospina’s right-hand post.

Southampton will look to reclaim third place later on Saturday when they visit second-bottom Queens Park Rangers, who are without a manager following the resignation of Harry Redknapp.

The top two are both in action, with leaders Chelsea visiting Aston Villa and champions Manchester City hosting Hull City, before Liverpool visit Everton for Steven Gerrard’s last Merseyside derby.

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Tottenham to face Chelsea in League Cup final

Two moments of magic from Christian Eriksen helped Tottenham Hotspur reach the final of the League Cup with a 3-2 aggregate victory over resilient League One club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Dane Eriksen’s sublime first-half free-kick put Maurico Pochettino’s team 1-0 up on the night and they looked to be in cruise control before two goals in as many minutes from 18-year-old substitute Che Adams levelled the tie overall.

But a calm finish from Eriksen with three minutes left meant the Premier League side prevailed without the need for extra-time.

With most of the 30,236 supporters roaring on the home team at a Bramall Lane lashed by wintry showers, it was the sort of night to expose any flaws in character and Tottenham only just survived.

Their reward is a meeting with Chelsea in the final on March 1, Spurs’ first Wembley final since 2009, and a chance to win the League Cup for a fifth time.

Sheffield United will point to marginal moments that mounted up and cost them the tie and, before Eriksen’s opener, they might have taken the lead and levelled the aggregate score.

Michel Vorm’s late error led to Tottenham’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Leicester City on Saturday and the goalkeeper endured another uncomfortable moment as the Blades made a bright start.

The Netherlands international, under pressure from Marc McNulty, spilt Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s cross and McNulty prodded the ball to Jamie Murphy, only for the winger to see his shot blocked on the line by Kyle Walker, Tottenham’s Sheffield-born defender.

Tottenham’s defeat came on the same day that Chelsea were stunned 4-2 by League One side Bradford City and Manchester City lost 2-0 against Middlesbrough, of the Championship.

Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has criticised top-flight teams for deprioritising the FA Cup and League Cups and he is in a position to judge.

This was only his second defeat in 20 FA or League Cup fixtures with the South Yorkshire club.

The Blades beat Southampton in the last round and have beaten fellow Premier League clubs West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup this season.

Even given their impressive record in knockout competitions, Sheffield United knew it they faced an uphill task to reach Wembley for a second time in two seasons, having reached the FA Cup semi-final last season.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Clough had spoken of the need to prevent the Premier League side from scoring but, faced with Eriksen’s quality that is easier said than done.

A momentary lapse in concentration from Jay McEveley cost Sheffield United in the first leg, with the defender conceding a penalty for handball. This time it was Bob Harris who gave Tottenham a helping hand.

His poor clearance allowed Tottenham to break. Michael Doyle fouled Benjamin Stambouli and Eriksen whipped in a magical free kick to score his ninth goal of the season.

It left the home team needing three goals to progress and it looked like a smooth ride into the final for Tottenham until the introduction of Adams as a substitute.

Within five minutes of coming on, the teenager had scored his first two goals in professional football to stun Tottenham

First, he met Ryan Flynn’s cross to fire the ball beyond Vorm to give the home fans hope. Two minutes later, Adams converted Jamie Murphy’s cross to give the supporters something to really shout about.

With the aggregate score at 2-2, the match was heading for extra time but another moment of magic from Eriksen eased Tottenham’s worries.

The 22-year-old former Ajax midfielder latched on to Kane’s through ball and clipped a delightful finish beyond Howard and into the bottom corner.

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Kane runs Chelsea’s title bid off the road

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho suffered a chastening defeat as Tottenham Hotspur stunned his side 5-3 on Thursday to leave them joint-top with Manchester City in the Premier League.

Mourinho’s side began 2015 in nightmare fashion as Tottenham ran riot in an absorbing eight-goal London derby thriller.

Chelsea began the day as clear leaders, but ended it level pegging with defending champions City, who have an identical record.

This was also the first time the shell-shocked west Londoners had conceded five goals under Mourinho.

Few would have predicted this result, especially when Diego Costa opened the scoring. But Harry Kane equalised before a three-goal blitz swung the game in Tottenham’s favour.

Danny Rose, Andros Townsend’s penalty and Kane, again, all scored in a seven-minute spell either side of half-time.

Eden Hazard hit back, but Nacer Chadli killed off the visitors’ hopes by scoring for a rampant Tottenham late on. John Terry rounded off the scoring, but it was scant consolation for Chelsea.

Chelsea have shown signs in recent weeks that they are not the unstoppable force they had appeared to be over the season’s opening months.

Defeat at Newcastle United was followed by dropped points at Sunderland and Southampton on their travels.

And they faced arguably their toughest test in some time on the road against a Tottenham side who are slowly coming to terms with life under Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino, who has assembled a youthful side, began this game on top and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had to keep out Chadli’s 17th-minute effort from close range.

Just like the recent reverse fixture between these two sides in early December, which Chelsea won 3-0, Mourinho’s side instantly went up to the other end and took the lead via Costa.

Hazard’s mazy run ended with a shot against the post and Oscar returned the rebound into the six-yard box for Costa to stroke home his 15th goal of the season.

– Chelsea all at sea –

But Tottenham have their very own goalscoring threat in Kane and the 21-year-old striker enhanced his growing reputation with a goal of his own on the half-hour mark.

It came out of the blue as Kane, who had barely had a kick up to that point, showed his predatory instincts by shrugging off Oscar and driving home from 20 yards out.

Mourinho was visibly fuming at seeing Kane drift past some feeble challenges, and given that it was his 15th goal of the season, it was not like Chelsea had not been warned.

Chelsea looked in control before their lapse and they were hit with a sucker-punch just moments before the break.

Chadli saw his shot cannon off the post and left-back Rose was the unlikely source lurking to net the rebound.

It got even worse for Chelsea before the half was out. Kane was sent sprawling in the box by Gary Cahill and Townsend made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Chelsea needed a response and Hazard just drove over to sound a warning.

But any hopes of a comeback were extinguished by Kane. The England Under-21 striker collected Chadli’s pass, turned Terry and curled home a fine 52nd-minute strike.

The three-goal purple patch left White Hart Lane in raptures and Chelsea were all at sea, but they were presented with a 61st-minute lifeline.

Federico Fazio was caught in possession and Hazard and Cesc Fabregas swapped passes before the Belgian fired home to restore hope for the visitors.

But Chelsea were vulnerable as they pushed forward and Chadli’s 78th-minute strike ended the visitors’ resistance for good, despite Terry’s late effort.

Chelsea brush aside Tottenham in 3-0 victory

Didier Drogba inspired Chelsea to a win over Tottenham to maintain the Blues’ six-point lead at the top of the table.

Tottenham missed two good chances early on – Harry Kane hitting the bar then dragging a shot wide – and Chelsea went ahead when Eden Hazard finished sweetly following a one-two with Drogba.

The striker, who replaced the suspended Diego Costa, then netted with a low shot following a Hugo Lloris mistake.

Substitute Loic Remy completed the win with a smart finish from 12 yards. There was plenty to admire about Chelsea, who once again turned on the style for 10 first-half minutes to blow away their second-best opponents.

Tottenham, who are still without a win at Stamford Bridge since 1990, could not deal with the sublime skill of Hazard, the power and physicality of Drogba and the rampaging runs down the right from full-back Branislav Ivanovic.

Tottenham striker Adebayor accuses mum of witchcraft, sacks her from his house

Togo and Tottenham Hotspurs striker, Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor has claimed that his own mother and  relatives have been plotting ‘juju’ (witchcraft) against him aimed at bringing his career to a premature end.

“At the airport my mum said, ‘Go to France and you can change the way this family lives.’ She knew that if I succeeded in football we could have a better life and finally get out of poverty. At 15 I wasn’t just playing for my own glory, I was playing for the sake of my family,” Emmanuel Adebayor once told the Daily Mail in an interview back in 2009.

It’s all a different story nowadays as a now matured and wealthy Sheyi Adebayor has strongly defended his decision to stay away from his family by accusing his mother of using witchcraft to attack him, the mother he once hailed as the best in the world and went with to receive the Africa footballer of the year award.

The now overly rich Togo captain apparently sent his mother packing from his house over a year ago and has not set eyes or spoken with her since.

Adebayor’s sister called Maggie told a radio station in Accra that the footballer has abandoned their mother and family and won’t even respond to calls from his mother whom he has not seen in over a year.