Jol prepares for Spurs buying spree

The Tottenham coach Martin Jol has confirmed he will be looking to spend buy players when the transfer window opens next month.

Spurs were expected yesterday to complete the signing of 20-year-old Emil Hallfredsson from FH Hafnarfjordur but both Jol and Tottenham's sporting director Frank Arnesen want to add further new names to the playing staff, among them the Nottingham Forest winger Andy Reid.

Arnesen, who signed 15 new players during the summer, said: "We have done a lot of shopping this summer but we must always try to do better by strengthening the squad because that is good for our own players. That is our approach in general."

A haul of nine points from three games has left Spurs in a much healthier position than they were in a month ago and Jol will work closely with Arnesen to identify the players they need.

Jol added: "Spurs are a big club. If we need a player we will get a player. We are in a very healthy financial position. We still have three or four weeks to talk about things, then we will make an assessment."

Hallfredsson, who has played for Iceland at Under-21 level, impressed during a recent trial. Arnesen added: "We hope to agree terms with him in the next couple of days. He is a young player and one for the future."

It is understood that the left-sided player has been offered a two-and-a-half year deal, with an option for a further season.

Hallfredsson, who was voted Iceland's young player of the year, also attracted interest from Everton and Feyenoord.

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe has said that he would rather watch football than go out with his mates on a Saturday night.

The England striker claims he never misses a Real Madrid game either and tries to learn from the players he watches.

Defoe said: "I'm always watching football. On a Sunday, provided we haven't got a game, I'll watch the Championship game that comes on around noon. Then I will watch the Premiership game at four and the Spanish Liga game later. My eyes are spinning by the end.

"My mates will often ask me if I want to go out on a Saturday night, but they know what I am going to say. I always watch as much football as I can.

"You learn from watching other players and I never miss Real Madrid and Michael Owen. He's someone I can learn from, the way he scores goals."

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