7am Tottenham news LIVE: Kondogbia and Sabitzer transfer targets, Son returning from coronavirus self-isolation – The Sun
CORONAVIRUS is sweeping the globe and the Premier League has been postponed as a result.
But Son Heung-min has completed his period of self-isolation and is expected to return to training next week, should it go ahead.
Meanwhile, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Marcel Sabitzer are among the transfer targets when the window opens.
Follow all the latest build-up, gossip and transfer news below…
MORNING SPURS FANS
In case you missed it, four men armed with machetes broke into Jan Vertonghen's house while he was away for Tottenham's game against RB Leipzig.
The defender's wife Sophie De Vries and his two young children were at home when the balaclava-clad men entered the property at around 8pm on Tuesday.
A police investigation is underway following the incident on March 10 – but no arrests have been made yet.
Looking ahead to the next transfer window, Spurs have their eye on Queens Park Rangers’ £20million-rated star Eberechi Eze.
Top scout Brian Carey saw the midfielder, 21, in dazzling form in their 3-1 win at Preston last Saturday.
And the North Londoners are also reportedly eyeing Valencia’s Geoffrey Kondogbia to boost their midfield this summer.
Sky Sports claim Jose Mourinho is unhappy with his current options in the centre of the park
And Kondogbia could bring some much-needed steel with Spurs' record signing Tanguy Ndombele yet to make an impact in his debut season.
While club icon David Ginola believes Spurs reaching the Champions League final was the worst thing that could have happened to the club.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “I think the worst-case scenario for Tottenham was to play in the Champions League final last year.
“I mean, it was great for the fans, great for the club, great for everyone at the club, but it put them on a stage when they weren’t really there yet.
“You think of other clubs who have been there year in year out in the last four years, then suddenly Tottenham come out and play in the final against Liverpool.
“That makes you a team people are going to watch and come to expect great things from.”
LIVIN LAMELA LOCA
Eric Bailly has aimed a dig at Jose Mourinho by claiming successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer understands Manchester United’s players better.
Bailly told ESPN: “It’s important being able to work with someone who is a former player. Someone who understands the players’ situations, understands all the things that can happen from time to time.
“Because football is not just played on the pitch, it’s also about all the things that go on around the game, the things that people don’t see.
“And he is someone that gets that and it helps the team a lot. Besides being a coach, he’s just a normal person. I would say like an uncle, and having someone like that in the club gives the players more strength.
“He’s someone that will always talk to you, he always communicates well.
“He gives you so much confidence because as a footballer you go through moments where you feel low and he can read that and when he sees that he immediately comes over to you and talks.
“He offers advice so that you can regain confidence and for me, that’s so important because we have a very young team and if we have a coach like that the team will go from strength to strength.”
Spurs icon David Ginola believes Mauricio Pochettino not winning a trophy was a key factor in him being sacked.
He said: “You can’t forget that over the last few years Tottenham have been struggling to get trophies and that was the problem for Pochettino.
“It’s a shame because Pochettino did a great job but on the other hand because he wasn’t winning anything, people were complaining about that.
“I mean, they were doing great, but on the other hand they weren’t winning anything! But you play in the final of the Champions League and all of a sudden if you start losing games people say ‘oh what’s going on, last year we played in the final of the Champions League, this year we’re going to struggle to finish in the top 10 teams.’
“That’s the issue I think, they were too quick in getting to the final of the Champions League. You have to win things in your home country first before going abroad and winning trophies there.”
LAW AND ORDER
Sports lawyer Richard Cramer has insisted the Premier League must resume at the start of April in order for the season to finish.
He told Sky Sports: “If they get the games going by the beginning of April, I think we should be alright.
“But, if we go to May, June then I think it’s almost inevitable, it’s almost the equivalent of what happened during the World Wars, the season just has to be cancelled and started all over again.
“Which is, obviously devastating for the likes of Leeds United and West Brom, both those clubs are on the verge of promotion.
“It’s not a great thought, but they’ll just have to abide by what the majority say and what decision is eventually made by the board of directors.”
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