Football: Hinchcliffe allowed to talk to Tottenham

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Andy Hinchcliffe will have talks with Tottenham today about a pounds 3.2m transfer. Everton's England left-back was told yesterday by his club that he has permission to meet Spurs after their bid was accepted.

The England World Cup defender is travelling south to talk over the move, which was negotiated by Spurs' new director of football, David Pleat, over the weekend. He is also trying to sign the Everton captain, Gary Speed, although they have so far refused to meet the pounds 6m price.

As Tottenham prepared to entertain Fulham in the third round of the FA Cup tonight, new recruit, Jurgen Klinsmann, hit back at renewed reports of unrest under the new head coach, Christian Gross.

There were claims by unidentified players in a Sunday newspaper that Gross was treating them like "naughty kids", but Klinsmann said: "The spirit at the club is very good, we are working hard and we all believe we can turn around the situation together."

Les Ferdinand and Darren Anderton, who have also publicly criticised Gross, are both ruled out, but David Ginola (hamstring), as well as Andy Sinton (knee), may return. Gross has also put four youngsters, Paul Mahorn, Danny Hill, Neale Fenn and Jamie Clapham, on standby.

The Scottish Football Association will decide within the next week whether to take any action against Paul Gascoigne, who was caught on camera pretending to play the flute during the Old Firm game on Friday. According to his advisor, Mel Stein Gascoigne was taunted by Celtic supporters about being a "wife-beater" while he was warming up for his appearance as substitute.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde police said last night that "more than one complaint" had been received about the incident, but that "no charges have been preferred at the moment".