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Rafael Van Der Vaart will have delighted Spurs fans this morning by confirming that he wants to stay at Tottenham and that he ‘is ready for war’! VDV has been full of praise for the new boss AVB and is convinced that Spurs can win the title. The 29-year-old has scored 28 goals in 70 games for the London club and is 100/1 to be this season’s top goalscorer.
A good day for Spurs fans could get even better! Andre Villas-Boas is lining up a move for Porto’s exciting striker Hulk. The 25-year-old was widely expected to join Chelsea but AVB has been given the go-ahead to open talks with Porto and will try to convince Hulk of regular football at White Hart Lane. Hulk has arrived in London this week ahead of the Olympic Games.
Andy Carroll is reportedly furious at Brendan Rodgers after his advisors were told he has no place at Liverpool. Carroll, who is still on holiday, wanted to stay and fight for his place at Anfield but it seems Rodgers has made up his mind already. Sunderland are rumoured to be lining up a £16million bid for the striker with West Ham interested as well. Carroll would ideally like to go back to Newcastle but that will depend on whether Mike Ashley wants to dip into his pockets.
It is believed that Chelsea have had a £5million bid for Victor Moses rejected by Wigan. The ever outspoken Dave Whelan said that Moses is worth at least £10million and if ‘he had any brains he’d stay under Roberto Martinez for another year or so’.
Colin Montgomerie thinks time is running out for Lee Westwood to win a major ahead of this week’s Open Championship. One year ahead of his 40th birthday Monty has warned Westwood that things get very difficult once you hit that age, adding that only Vijay Singh had improved after the big 4-0. Colin, who failed to qualify for the tournament said he would be delighted to see Lee win the major he deserves.
Meanwhile Rory McIlroy has insisted he has his eye on the ball and there will be no excuses ahead of the tournament. It was thought McIlroy’s hunger for the game had dropped since his relationship with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. Rory has missed four of the last six cuts while Wozniacki has gone from world number one to number eight. This year McIlroy has said he’s happy going into the Open without the hype that surrounded him last year.
Frank Shleck has tested positive for a banned diuretic called Xipamide and has been withdrawn from the Tour de France by his team. The 32-year-old was in 12th place before he was removed, nine minutes and 45seconds behind leader Bradley Wiggins. Shleck has asked for his ‘B’ sample to be tested as he is adamant that he is innocent.
Today is stage 16 of the tour is a gruelling 197km test of stamina but Wiggins knows he only has two more mountain climbs to survive. Wiggins holds a two-minute-five-second advantage over Sky team-mate Chris Froome.
Yohan Blake has fired a warning message to Usain Bolt after running the 100m in 9.85seconds on Monday. Blake beat Bolt twice in the Jamaican trials and looked in good form in what is thought to be his only competitive appearance before the games. ‘The Beast’ said afterwards, ‘This is where I am supposed to be. I want to remain unbeaten and that’s what I’m doing.’