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Spurs tried to sign Robinson today, but luckily for us the deal collapsed because of league rules.So Paul will stay until the end of the season:)

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Spurs to renew Robinson interest


Tottenham will move for Paul Robinson again in the summer after his £2m switch collapsed on Monday.
The 24-year-old Leeds goalkeeper passed a medical and agreed terms with Spurs.

But the London club claim the deal foundered because of "Premier League rules", although they said they would try to sign him the end of the season.

The club said: "Paul is a player we greatly admire and we certainly hope to confirm this deal at the next available opportunity."


A Spurs statement read: "After reaching an agreement with Leeds United, Paul Robinson successfully completed a medical and agreed personal terms with us. This transaction would have seen Paul join us in the summer.

"Premier League rules however, have prevented the conclusion of the transfer at this particular time."

Leeds chief executive Trevor Birch said: "I can confirm that discussions did take place between the clubs and the player but no agreement was reached."

Birch added: "Paul is looking forward to staying at the club and playing his part in the fight for Premiership survival."

Leeds would have agreed to sell the goalkeeper to aid their ailing finances - with the club up to £100m in debt and trying to stave off administration.

Nigel Martyn's former understudy, who made his England debut against Australia in February 2003, and remains one of the club's most valuable assets.

Tottenham could try again to sign the goalkeeper - who they wanted to compete with 34-year-old Kasey Keller - in the summer.

USA international Keller's only competition at Spurs presently comes from the inexperienced Canadian keeper Lars Hirschfeld.

Leeds had already launched a bid to sign an understudy to Robinson on a month's loan regardless of any move.

Boss Eddie Gray is keen to bring in a more experienced goalkeeper.

Scott Carson has just one senior game under his belt, having made his debut as Robinson's replacement at the weekend.

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Robinson still on his way to Spurs

By Danny Griffiths
Date: 4/2/2004

PAUL ROBINSON has a gentleman's agreement to complete his move to Tottenham in the summer. The Leeds goalkeeper, tipped to go to the Euro 2004...

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By Danny Griffiths for THEspursweb.com

PAUL ROBINSON has a gentleman's agreement to complete his move to Tottenham in the summer.

The Leeds goalkeeper, tipped to go to the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal with England, is top of the Spurs close season shopping list.

His £2.5million switch to White Hart Lane collapsed hours before the transfer deadline because he was to be loaned straight back to Elland Road for three months which contravened Premier League regulations.

Spurs were to pay £2m immediately and £500,000 at the end of the season. It is possible Robinson could still head to the capital within a week if Leeds go into administration on Friday.

If that happened there would be a fire-sale and Tottenham would pay considerably less than they planned to on Monday.

Acting manager David Pleat said: ''We are left in a position whereby we're confident that everything that happened means we'll proceed.

"He was given permission to speak to us, he's had a medical and we've spoken as far as we could go with him. But the Premier League decided that, at this moment in time, because of various complications with Leeds United, that they couldn't sanction it.

"The money can't change hands until you've got the registration of the player. It was very difficult.

''We didn't want to jeopardise Leeds. It was a hard one, it was a kind of sympathetic feeling for Leeds. They may have put themselves in the situation but the general camaraderie in football means we didn't want to see them shorn of players."

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Spurs hopeful of Robinson deal

By Neil Vaughan
Date: 3/2/2004

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR are hopeful of concluding a deal for Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson in the summer. Spurs had agreed a fee and personal terms...

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By Neil Vaughan for THEspursweb.com

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR are hopeful of concluding a deal for Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson in the summer.

Spurs had agreed a fee and personal terms with the Leeds goalkeeper which would have seen Spurs pay around £2million but leave Robinson at Leeds on loan until the summer.

However, Spurs were left without their man when Premier League regulations which limit the amount of loans between English clubs.

Pleat commented on the situation by saying: "I would expect Paul Robinson to join us in the summer,"

"There was kind of a sympathetic feeling for Leeds - in that situation you wouldn't want to see them be shorn of players at this moment in time."
 

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Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Premier Focus

Another Leeds farce

Dale Johnson

Will it never end? Leeds United stumble from one disaster to another and, most worrying of all, they continue to be the masters of their own downfall.

Paul Robinson's move to Tottenham was thwarted by inept Leeds (AlexLivesey/GettyImages)

The collapse of Paul Robinson's move to Tottenham Hotspur has been put down to a complication with Premier League rules. In truth, it was Leeds themselves that scuppered the deal with their actions earlier in the day.

With Spurs supposed to pay £2million up front for the England goalkeeper, it remains to be seen how much of an impact that loss of funds will have when Leeds meet up with their creditors for a fourth time on Friday.

That money would have gone a long way to ensuring the club's short-term future, until the end of the season at least.

The comments coming out of both clubs following the farcical events of Monday give two very different accounts. While Spurs insist that the deal was signed and sealed bar Premier League approval, Leeds United chief executive Trevor Birch claims the deal was never actually agreed.

'I am pleased we have survived the transfer window relatively intact,' Birch said. 'With regard to speculation over Paul joining Spurs, I can confirm preliminary discussions did take place between the clubs and the player, but no agreement was reached.'

Over at Spurs, it was a different tale. 'After reaching an agreement with Leeds United, Paul Robinson successfully completed a medical and agreed personal terms with us,' a statement read.

'This transaction would have seen Paul join us in the summer. Premier League rules however, have prevented the conclusion of the transfer at this particular time. Paul is a player we greatly admire and we certainly hope to confirm this deal at the next available opportunity.'

It would appear that Spurs are, in part, trying to help the Leeds hierarchy avoid getting egg on their faces. Spurs caretaker boss David Pleat has made it clear they will move for Robinson again in the summer, and as such they do not want to be at loggerheads with their counterparts at Elland Road.

So, where did the transfer actually fall down?

It all began when Leeds decided to loan striker Michael Bridges, a player desperate for first-team football, to Newcastle United for three months. At that point Robinson, who missed out on a move to Villa in the summer over wage demands, had begun talks with Tottenham.

Spurs were happy to loan Robinson back to the beleaguered club for the remainder of the season, with Kasey Keller continuing between the sticks at White Hart Lane.

The only sticking point was a rule which forbids a player returning to a Premiership club within 12 months of being sold, although the Premier League have the power to give special dispensation to allow a deal to go through.

With the current financial situation at Leeds, it is difficult to think that it would be blocked if the £2million gained was to help the crisis club through until the summer.

But it all went horribly wrong at Leeds in the early afternoon. Following the loan of Bridges to Newcastle, they enquired about the availability of Scotland international defender Stephen Caldwell.

With first-choice centre-backs Lucas Radebe and Michael Duberry both on the treatment table, Leeds were left short of cover. That led to Caldwell signing a loan agreement at the West Yorkshire club.

Meanwhile, Tottenham were continuing their talks with Robinson and agreed personal terms. With all the loose ends tied up, Leeds and Spurs had to submit the transfer details to the Premier League for approval.

Caldwell clanger prevented the keeper's move to north London (AlexLivesey/GettyImages)

Unfortunately for Leeds, their decision to take Caldwell on loan from Newcastle filled up their quota of Premiership loans.

Premier League rules state that any club may take a maximum of two players on loan at any one time from another Premiership club and up to four over the season, with a maximum of two from any one club.

The powers that be at Leeds either simply didn't know the rules, or forgot that Jermaine Pennant has been on loan with them from Arsenal since mid-August.

It is an alarming, almighty error by Leeds, and whoever is in charge of such administrative matters at the club should be asked some serious questions.

When former West Ham United company secretary Graham Mackrell showed his own ineptness where League rules are concerned he was soon forced to leave his post.

The Hammers were ordered to replay their League Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa in the 1999/2000 season when Mackrell failed to inform boss Harry Redknapp that striker Manny Omoyimni was ineligible - having already played for Gillingham in the competition that term. West Ham lost the restaged match.

So, Robinson's move to Tottenham was scuppered. Leeds could not loan Robinson under any circumstances, because they already had loaned two players from Premiership clubs.

Leeds knew they could not sell Robinson to Tottenham outright as they would have no time to find a replacement, with rookie Scott Carson the only other goalkeeper on the club's books. Their other young stopper, Shaun Allaway, is away on loan at Walsall.

The only other way they could take the money was to accept it now in way of 'pre-sale agreement'. Such a deal is also against Premier League rules.

This has provided a convenient excuse to deflect the criticism away from Leeds after they wrecked a sale which could effectively have seen them through to the summer.

Leeds just lurch from one disaster to another, and the sad fact is that, on the whole, it is they themselves that cause them.

When this section of Leeds' history is written about, which no doubt, in time, it will be in detail by many of those concerned, you wouldn't know whether to put it in the History, Tragedy or Comedy section.

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Robinson prepared to lose cash to join Spurs

By Neil Vaughan
Date: 8/2/2004

PAUL ROBINSON was prepared to lose money to join Tottenham before his transfer to White Hart Lane collapsed. The Leeds goalkeeper was owed..

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By Danny Griffiths for THEspursweb.com

PAUL ROBINSON was prepared to lose money to join Tottenham before his transfer to White Hart Lane collapsed.

The Leeds goalkeeper was owed a pay-off because he did not ask for the £2.5million move.

He was happy to waive that fee so the deal could go through and Leeds could raise funds to stave off administration.

Robinson said: "The lads sacrificed their wages, and as part of my move I was willing to sacrifice any money the club owed me.

"I was told on the Friday that the clubs had agreed a fee and I was being sold to ease the club's debts.

''But I stipulated right from the beginning that if that was the case I wanted to come back here until the end of the season and do my part to help Leeds out of the situation they're in. I've been here since I was 14 and didn't feel it right to turn my back and say 'get on with it - I'm out of it.

"I now want to continue playing well for Leeds and hopefully get into the England squad for the European Championships in the summer. That's my aim and that's what my focus is on."

The deal fell through after Robinson passed a medical and agreed personal terms because it broke Premier League rules as the two clubs agreed the keeper would be immediately loaned back to Elland Road for the rest of the season.

But Robinson should still move to London as he has a gentleman's agreement to join Tottenham in the summer.
 

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Spurs close in on signings

By Danny Griffiths
Date: 16/3/2004

TOTTENHAM are closing in on three new players who will be snapped up in the close season. Spurs have agreed a ?.5million fee with Leeds...

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By Danny Griffiths for THEspursweb.com

TOTTENHAM are closing in on three new players who will be snapped up in the close season.

Spurs have agreed a ?.5million fee with Leeds for goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who could be heading to the Euro 2004 finals with England this summer, according to the Mirror.

And negotiations for PSV's excellent midfielder Mark van Bommel and Brazilian teenage sensation Diego are well advanced according to Adrian Curtis in the Evening Standard.

Diego has had passport problems in the past but they are set to be rectified while it appears Holland international van Bommel is on his way to the Lane after deciding to quit the Netherlands.

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Tottenham agree fee for Robinson
by Morgan Pitt
The Mirror report that Tottenham have agreed a £2,5 million with Leeds for goalie Paul Robinson.

The England international almost signed for Spurs in the January transfer window, but representatives from the London club have been in touch with the shotstopper to assure him the deal is still on.

Robinson will move to White Hart Lane in the summer, whether the Whites win the relegation fight or not.

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Leeds tell Spurs: ?M for Robinson
tribalfootball.com - April 6, 2004

Leeds United have slapped a ¢G5 million price-tag on goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
The England international is expected to join Tottenham in the summer, though Leeds' valuation is threatening the deal.

Spurs football director David Pleat was convinced he still had first option to buy Robinson at the end of this season for the ?.5m fee agreed in January.

But Elland Road chairman Gerald Krasner told him they will have to negotiate again from scratch.

Krasner insisted: "I don't know about any option, and it's not the sort of deal I would do anyway.

"We are not going to be forced sellers like we were when there was the threat of administration and we won't be giving away our best players."
 

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Tottenham Close In On Robinson
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05/12/2004. Leeds chairman Gerald Krasner has revealed that Paul Robinson in likely to complete his move to Tottenham next week.

The England goalkeeper almost joined the Londoners in January for around ?2m, but the move was prevented by Premier League rules.

However, the deal can now go ahead once the transfer window reopens on Sunday.

"Nothing is signed. Tottenham have put forward a figure but we cannot complete any deal at this stage - we hope to do that early next week," said Krasner.

Robinson is likely to be the first of many departures from Elland Road this summer with the likes of Alan Smith, Mark Viduka and Danny Mills to follow.
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If 2m is cheap, then what's 1.5m? That's what it sounds like at the moment. Another act of financial stupidity, if it's true. What's the cause this time? This saga is never ending.
 

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IMO Leeds could have got a lot more for a keeper as good as Robinson. I thought no players were going to go on the cheap, £1.5m sounds cheap for a players as good as Robinson to me.
 

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It seems like the deal is finalised.Leeds sells Robinson for £1.5 million.Awful deal, we give him away almost for nothing.It just makes you wonder who the hell are the people who are running this club.:rolleyes:
 

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More on Robinson deal

By Riz Taylor
Date: 13/5/2004

LEEDS UNITED have announced that Tottenham have secured the signing of goalkeeper Paul Robinson for a fee of ¢G2 million. The actual fee...

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By Riz Taylor for THEspursweb.com

LEEDS UNITED have announced that Tottenham have secured the signing of goalkeeper Paul Robinson for a fee of ¢G2 million.

The actual fee to be paid is subject to debate, as sources in the media speculate that the figure agreed is nearer ¢G1.5 million.

Elland Road chairman Gerald Krasner was keen to stress that lack of competition for the signature of Robinson, a former England Under-21 international, was the reason behind the low figure agreed between the clubs.

"We are very pleased with the deal for Paul and we wish him every success at Tottenham" said Krasner via the official Leeds website today.

"Despite reports to the contrary it was the best offer made for him.

"None of the top four Premiership clubs were interested or had an opening for him, so the market was very limited regardless of his enormous talents.

"Paul is the highest paid goalkeeper in England. We have made no secret that the wage bill at the club has to come down.

"It is worth remembering that the ¢G2.5m offer made by Spurs in January also included James Milner, so the club has done well out of this deal by securing ¢G2m."

Krasner also confirmed that an offer had been made for 18 year old James Milner, but that the youngster had decided to remain with his club.

"We were obliged to pass on the offer, despite the fact that we wanted him to stay.

"There was no pressure on him to go, so we are delighted that, as a local lad, he wants to remain with us and be part of the club's future plans."

24 year old Robinson, a contender for an England squad place at next month's European Championships, will provide genuine competition for veteran Kasey Keller in the 2004/05 season. Spurs had earlier this week released goalkeeper Shwan Jalal. Lars Hirschfeld will be released after Saturday's game at Wolves.

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Robbo bid confirmed by Spurs

By Neil Vaughan
Date: 13/5/2004

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR have confirmed that they have had a ¢G1.5million bid accepted for Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson. A statement on...

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By Neil Vaughan for THEspursweb.com

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR have confirmed that they have had a ¢G1.5million bid accepted for Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

A statement on the official Spurs site read: "We have agreed a ¢G1.5 million deal with Leeds United for goalkeeper Paul Robinson, subject to agreeing personal terms with the player and a medical."

"We hope to conclude the deal early next week."
 

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Officially a Spur! Robinson delighted with move

By Neil Vaughan
Date: 14/5/2004

PAUL ROBINSON has completed his move to Tottenham Hotspur and is already looking forward to next season. The England international...

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Robinson delighted with move
By Robert Alexander

PAUL ROBINSON has completed his move to Tottenham Hotspur and is already looking forward to next season.

The England international has agreed personal terms and passed a second medical this morning.

"The contract is signed and dated for Monday, so it's all go from here," said Robinson to Sky Sports news. "It's good to be a Tottenham player now.

"I'm very close to Leeds, the club are very close to my heart. The situation the club was in, it wasn't right for me to leave in January.

"It (the deal) was put on ice, and I'm very happy the deal has been done now. I think I've joined a club with great potential. This is a massive club.

"Next season could be a good season for Spurs. I think we can push for a European place next season.

"They showed me that they wanted me. They made me feel wanted and like it was home."
 
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