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Spurs representatives in Milan to sign striker

Spurs are working on a deal to sign Italian international Simone Zaza. Credit: PA

Spurs have sent representatives to a Milan hotel where they are ironing out a deal for Sassuolo striker Simone Zaza, according to reports in Italy.

Any transfer for the 23 year-old will need to be rubber stamped by Serie A giants Juventus, who retained 50% of Zaza's economic rights after selling him to Sassuolo in 2013.

According to Tuttosport, Juventus have the right to bring Zaza back to the club for £11m, but will not stand in Tottenham's way if the Premier League side table a better offer.

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bolster his forward line this month and take some of the pressure of youngster Harry Kane.


Spurs in 'advanced discussions' over former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Diarra

Diarra has played for Tottenham's London rivals, Spurs and Chelsea. Credit: PA

Spurs are in "advanced discussions" about signing former Arsenal and Chelsea utility man Lassana Diarra, according to L'Equipe.

The midfielder is currently a free agent after having his contract with Lokomotiv Moscow terminated for refusing to train following a bust-up with manager Leonid Kuchuk.

L'Equipe claim that Mauricio Pochettino has identified the 29 year-old former French international as someone capable of playing in central midfield and as a right sided full back, where Kyle Walker's continued absence through injury has forced the Argentine to look for cover.

Diarra has also attracted interest from Marseille, and was close to joining QPR during the summer window, only for a contractual dispute with Lokomotiv to scupper the deal.

Podolski claims 'hell will freeze over' before he joins Spurs

Podolski will not be joining Arsenal's London rivals, Spurs. Credit: PA

Lukas Podolski has denied rumours linking him with a £10m move to Arsenal's North London rivals Spurs by suggesting "hell will freeze over" before it happens.

Responding to a rumour published by the BBC earlier on Monday, the German international used his Twitter account to make it clear he won't be moving to White Hart Lane.

Court appearance delayed for Spurs fan attackers

The court appearance of two Italians charged with attempted murder after an attack on Tottenham fans in Rome has been delayed until tomorrow, police said.

The Drunken Ship pub in the aftermath of the attack. Credit: Press Association

At least 11 Spurs fans were injured in the attack at 1am on Thursday as up to 50 hooligans stormed the Drunken Ship pub armed with knuckle dusters, baseball bats, knives and broke bottles.

Essex builder Ashley Mills, 25, was most seriously injured, sustaining stab wounds to his leg and head.

The Drunken Ship pub in central Rome the morning after Spurs fans were injured. Credit: Press Association


Italian FA chief condemns 'disgraceful attack'

The President of the Italian Football Association has apologised to the English FA following a "disgraceful attack" on Tottenham fans in Rome. FIGC President Giancarlo Abete condemned the violence:

Once again, football has given a handful of delinquents the excuse to take out their racist and anti-semite anger. There is evidence of this undoubted motive, which is detrimental to the image of Italian football and doesn't match with the traditional hospitality and welcome of the city of Rome.

The city authorities and I publicly express our firm condemnation, with my personal indignation at these events. I beg you to send our apologies to all Tottenham's fans - and in particular to those families directly involved. I will personally follow the investigation's development and remain at your disposal should my assistance in any further matters be required.

– FIGC statement

Stabbed Spurs fan recovering in Rome hospital

A Tottenham Hotspur fan is recovering in hospital after being stabbed when a gang of 50 Italian hooligans stormed a bar in Rome and attacked supporters of the English football team.

Spurs fans were drinking in the Drunken Ship pub before last night's Europa League game with Lazio when trouble flared.

Italian sources told the Press Association that Tottenham fan Ashley Mills, in his mid-twenties and believed to have been stabbed, was seriously injured during the attack and was being treated in hospital.

A spokeswoman for Rome police said Mr Mills had received injuries to his "skull and thigh", was "not in danger of death" and would be kept in hospital for observation.

Spurs fans 'worried' about match tonight

Lifelong Spurs fan Colin McAteer, 59, from Harlow, Essex, spoke of the atmosphere surrounding tonight's match:

It is a bit of a worry, when it starts getting dark... there are some coaches going up to the stadium, but what protection we'll have I don't know.

We have heard stories that we are going to get picked off when we cross the bridge to the stadium.

If you go in a group, it may be safer but then you draw attention to yourself.

At least that way you are wrapped up by the police... It's a bad time here. We are all completely shocked.

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