6am Tottenham news LIVE: Vertonghen wants coronavirus fines, Dele Alli parties for two nights, Jovic transfer bid – The Sun
TOTTENHAM will not return to Premier League action until April 30 with football in England suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, and Jan Vertonghen has called for fines for those who ignore government advice.
But the transfer rumour mill is alive as Luka Jovic becomes the latest player linked with a transfer move to Spurs in their bid to solve a problem in depth up front.
Follow all the latest news and gossip from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium here…
GOOD MORNING TOTTENHAM FANS
Spurs’ defensive duo are teaming up to help fight coronavirus.
Toby Alderweireld is buying up iPads and laptops to help coronavirus victims keep in touch with concerned friends and relatives.
The Spurs defender has joined the groundswell of footballers keen to help out in the fight against the global pandemic.
Speaking to his 675,000 social media followers, Alderweireld urged others to help however they can: said: “The virus creates many needs, especially the lack of personal contact for the people who are sick and can’t see their families.
“My plan is to buy dozens of tablets to give to the hospitals and nursing homes so people who are isolated can video chat with their friends and loved ones to get through these tough periods.
“I hope that everyone is following the government measures to stop the further spread of the coronavirus. Stay strong together.”
Meanwhile, Jan Vertonghen wants to see strict punishments dished out to those who disobey advice on preventing the illness from spreading.
The government has asked all pubs, clubs, theatres and gyms to close, with the British public advised to implement social distancing.
And Vertonghen tweeted: “Should fine big time for everyone who’s not respecting the protection measures and give the money back to NHS, doctors, nurses, key workers etc… socialdistancing.”
The Premier League will play Russian roulette with players’ fitness if they do not get FIVE weeks of training before the season restarts.
English football has been suspended until at least April 30 because of coronavirus. That means players face at least an eight-week lay-off.
Fitness expert Raymond Verheijen believes preparation is nowhere near good enough to get up to match speed without injuries.
Verheijen, who has worked at Barcelona, Manchester City and Wales, said: “My message would be to only restart with proper preparation.
“Otherwise you will be gambling and playing Russian roulette with the health of players.
“The off-season is normally four weeks and we have a four to six-week pre-season for players to regain fitness.
“But in this case players will be inactive for seven or eight weeks so three weeks of training is the absolute minimum — it should be more.”
A casual reminder that Jose Mourinho is among the world’s top earning managers.
Spurs fans will no doubt hope he can finally instil a long-lasting grip on the team once the break ends.
Of course, all is not lost with Tottenham in eighth place and just four points off Manchester United in fifth – and seven behind fourth-place Chelsea.
But the fixture list isn’t too useful for Mou given Man Utd, Sheffield United, Everton, Arsenal, Leicester and Crystal Palace are all left to play. Talk about six-pointers!
Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga is a target for Barcelona, amid rival interest from Tottenham and Napoli.
According to Sport, the Blaugrana are seeking a relatively cheap attacking addition in the summer and the Frenchman is seen as a prime option in that regard.
What’s more, they reportedly hold a priority agreement with the Serie A side to exercise before June 30.
However Chelsea are also said to have a buy-back clause on their former academy star – destined to be a hot property in the coming months.
A welcome sight for any Spurs fan, it’s Harry Kane working away.
The striker, out with a hamstring injury since January, posted a video of himself working on an exercise bike.
Perhaps the long suspension of football could mean he arrives just in time for the resumption of play.
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