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Spurs in shock PSV swoop
By Adrian Curtis, Evening Standard
7 January 2004
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy flew to Holland for talks with PSV Eindhoven yesterday, but did not offer coach Gus Hiddink the vacant manager's job.

However, Levy's flying visit to Eindhoven sparked fresh speculation that Spurs have renewed their interest in Mark van Bommel.

The Dutch international would be an ideal choice for the holding midfield role Spurs so clearly need for their relegation fight, but would cost around £10million and PSV are reluctant to let him go until the summer.

Levy spent time in discussions with officials of the Dutch club to glean information about the way to run a continental-style coaching set-up. The Spurs chairman is determined to install a similar blueprint at White Hart Lane when they persuade their top managerial target to accept the job.

Levy wants director of football and acting-manager David Pleat to oversee the contracts and transfer deals while a new coach is responsible for first-team playing affairs alone.

It also emerged today that Levy has recently spoken at length to Italian coach Giovanni Trappatoni, as well as to Sven-Goran Eriksson, about how this coaching could work in English football.

Both Hiddink and Trapattoni have been linked with the Spurs' job, but these rumours have circulated almost certainly because of Levy's conversations with them over the European system.

It is understood that Hiddink was with the rest of his squad at a training camp in Turkey during Levy's visit.

A Tottenham spokesperson said: "The chairman visited PSV yesterday to look at the coaching structure of that club and how that could be adapted to English football."

It is believed that Levy has decided against introducing a 'carbon copy' of the continental style model, but wants to select those areas that could be successful within the limitations of the English game.

Meanwhile, Spurs would neither confirm or deny that van Bommel, who has only just returned to full fitness, was a transfer target.

Van Bommel has been sidelined since undergoing groin surgery in late October. The 26-year-old was only recently given the go-ahead to start full training with the first team.

Spurs are also thought to have made a fresh move for Nottingham Forest's Andy Reid and have made a joint £6m bid for the midfielder and his team-mate, centre-back Michael Dawson. Tottenham previously had a £2.5m offer for Reid turned down.

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More Van Bommel BS?

By Curio CT
Date: 7/1/2004

The transfer window is open so we are linked with top stars again only to be disappointed again no doubt. Daniel Levy has apparently flown to Holland for talks with PSV Eindhoven, apparently spurs are interested in Mark van Bommel.

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More Van Bommel BS?
By CurioCT a.k.a. mark for THEspursweb.com

Daniel Levy has apparently flown to Holland for talks with PSV Eindhoven, apparently spurs are interested in Mark van Bommel.

The Dutch maestro would be a great choice for the holding midfield role Spurs so desperately need in their relegation run in, but would cost around £10million with PSV reluctant to sell until the summer.

A Tottenham spokesperson said: "The chairman visited PSV yesterday to look at the coaching structure of that club and how that could be adapted to English football."

It is believed that Levy has decided against introducing a 'carbon copy' of the continental style model, but wants to select those areas that could be successful within the limitations of the English game.

Spurs would neither confirm or deny that van Bommel, who has only just returned to full fitness, was a transfer target.

Van Bommel has been sidelined since undergoing groin surgery in late October. The 26-year-old was only recently given the go-ahead to start full training with the first team.

Spurs are also thought to have made a fresh move for Nottingham Forest's Andy Reid and have made a joint £6m bid for the midfielder and his team-mate, centre-back Michael Dawson. Tottenham previously had a £2.5m offer for Reid turned down.
 

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PSV's Van Bommel: Spurs will have to wait
tribalfootball.com - January 8, 2004

PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mark van Bommel has told Tottenham they must wait to sign him.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy jetted to Holland yesterday for talks over a possible £5 million deal.

But Van Bommel said, "My chances of a move to a big club have been hit by injury three years in a row.

"This time I can wait until after the European Championships when a lot of clubs will do business."
 
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