Tottenham boss AVB hails hat-trick hero Defoe | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was delighted with hat-trick hero Jermain Defoe after their Europa League win over Maribor. Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas was delighted with hat-trick hero Jermain Defoe after their Europa League win over Maribor.Villas-Boas paired Defoe with Emmanuel Adebayor from the start for the first time this season and the move worked well, with the duo combining well throughout.Gareth Bale also played a big part in Defoe’s excellent display, the Welshman providing the assists for the striker’s first and last goals.Villas-Boas showered praise on Defoe afterwards.”He was amazing,” the Spurs boss said. “It’s important for him because he overtakes Teddy Sheringham’s record in the club, which means a lot.”It was good to see (Defoe play with Adebayor). It is important for us to have this option. It was good to see us use this system.”He (Defoe) makes the most of the opportunities he gets.”Gareth was amazing for him and when you have so much quality in the link-up you have the possibility to score and he’s a good goalscorer.”

Man Utd plan £12M Wanyama bid after latest scouting check | Transfers | Tribal Football

Manchester United are ready to table an offer for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama. Manchester United are ready to table an offer for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama.The Daily Mail says the imposing Kenyan was the Scottish side’s hero in Wednesday night’s epic 2-1 defeat of Barcelona, scoring his side’s first goal and negating the threat of Xavi and Andres Iniesta.His performance was noted by United with chief European scout Martin Ferguson in attendance at Celtic Park to watch the 21-year-old impress once again.Premier League clubs are likely to offer around £12m in January with United weighing up their move. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants another midfielder and Wanyama’s age will also appeal.

Spurs ace Defoe delighted with record-breaking Euro treble | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe was full of pride over his hat-trick in their Europa League victory over Maribor. Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe was full of pride over his hat-trick in their Europa League victory over Maribor.Defoe spoke of his pride at overtaking Teddy Sheringham in the Tottenham record books.The hat-trick, his first in a Spurs shirt since February 2010, means he now has 126 goals for the north London club – two more than Tottenham icon Sheringham, who he idolised when he was growing up.”That’s special on a personal note as Teddy was a player I watched as a kid,” Defoe told ITV.”He was a great player for club and country.”It was amazing (to score a hat-trick). As a forward you get judged on scoring goals. It’s the best thing in the world but it was important we won the game tonight.”

Sagna sees Arsenal contract talks stall | Transfers | Tribal Football

Bacary Sagna has seen new contract talks with Arsenal stall.The Daily Mail says initial discussions over an extension of the France international’s deal are believed to have stalled. Bacary Sagna has seen new contract talks with Arsenal stall.The Daily Mail says initial discussions over an extension of the France international’s deal are believed to have stalled.His current contract expires at the end of next season, but Arsene Wenger is keen to tie his first-choice right back down.Sagna wants an increase on his current £60,000-per-week deal.

Fulham boss Jol tells Arsenal fans: Get used to being trophyless | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Fulham boss Martin Jol says being trophyless is the new reality for Arsenal. Fulham boss Martin Jol says being trophyless is the new reality for Arsenal.Cottagers boss Jol, who spent three years in charge of the Gunners’ arch-rivals Tottenham, suggested Arsene Wenger’s men were not competing on a level playing field with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.”If you look at the likes of Man City with almost half a billion spent, Man United, it’s not easy nowadays,” said Jol.”Can you expect a team like Arsenal to win things, with Chelsea, Man City, Man United, all these clubs?”Asked if supporter anger was justified, Jol said: “I don’t think you have to be angry. Frustrated is probably the better word.”Angry with Wenger? Wenger created the new Arsenal, almost.”Maybe in three years’ time, they will hope and pray to get someone like Wenger.”

Chelsea youngster McEachran holds no grudge against Liverpool boss Rodgers | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran doesn’t blame Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers for his problems at Swansea City last season. Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran doesn’t blame Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers for his problems at Swansea City last season.McEachran, now on-loan at Middlesbrough, played five games in five months, three as a substitute.”I went at a bad time,” he told the Daily Mail. “They wanted to stay up, they were playing really well and Brendan didn’t want to change the team so it was tough to get in. Gylfi Sigurdsson came in a week before me, he was on fire from the start so he had to play. They did well and I can’t blame him.”

Stoke boss Pulis admits Man Utd, Spurs target Shawcross could be sold | Transfers | Tribal Football

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis can’t guarantee keeping hold of skipper Ryan Shawcross.Shawcross is being linked with Tottenham and former club Manchester United. Stoke City boss Tony Pulis can’t guarantee keeping hold of skipper Ryan Shawcross.Shawcross is being linked with Tottenham and former club Manchester United.Pulis told the Daily Star: “If a top-three, top-four club came in, and they paid the money, there is no way in a million years we would be able to prevent Ryan from going.”

Middlesbrough's McEachran wants Chelsea future | Transfers | Tribal Football

Josh McEachran sees his future at Chelsea.While Middlesbrough is a happy temporary location, he did not sign a five-year contract last season for the sake of it. Josh McEachran sees his future at Chelsea.While Middlesbrough is a happy temporary location, he did not sign a five-year contract last season for the sake of it.He told the Daily Mail: “I don’t see Mata, Hazard or Oscar in my position. It would be good to play with those players, they are all on fire. I am a deeper midfielder, so that’s my favourite position, where Mikel, Lampard or Ramires play.”I’ve been there since I was seven and came through the youth system, so that is my dream club. That is who I want to play for, but this experience can only help me.”

Everton winger Mirallas: Fellaini can only get better | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Everton winger Kevin Mirallas says Marouane Fellaini can only get better. Everton winger Kevin Mirallas says Marouane Fellaini can only get better.The 24-year-old was in imperious mood at Fulham last weekend as he struck twice to take his goal tally to five in nine league games.“We know he’s a really vital player for us and let’s hope this excellent form continues,” Mirallas told evertontv. “When it comes to the big vital games he’s always there and we can rely on him to come up with a big performance.“You only had to look at his second goal at Fulham on Saturday – he basically made it and scored it all on his own. It was a fantastic effort.“It’s four years now that he’s been here and I think in that time you can see how much he’s come on as a player, he’s really made good progress. He’s about to turn 25, so I think he’s still got plenty of chance to improve even more.”

Chelsea launching bid for Vitesse Arnhem star Wilfried Bony | Transfers | Tribal Football

Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony is a target for Chelsea. Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony is a target for Chelsea.The Daily Mail says Chelsea are considering a move for powerful Vitesse Arnhem striker Bony.The Ivory Coast international has scored 12 goals in 11 games this season and is rated at around £8m.The 23-year-old almost joined Aston Villa in August.