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The Premier League side were contacted by a middle man with a forged document

Tottenham v Real Madrid match preview

Four goals down and facing one of the most expensively assembled squads in Europe, Tottenham's chances of progressing to the Champions League semi-finals tonight look slim.

Ashley is desperate for success and ready to invest, says Pardew

Newcastle manager says he is in talks over summer signings and plans to rebuild St James' Park side

Alan Pardew expects Newcastle spending spree

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew remains convinced he will be given the bulk of the £35million the club raked in when they sold Andy Carroll to strengthen his squad.

Portuguese trio avoid each other in Europa League draw

All three Portuguese sides avoided each other in today's draw for the Europa League quarter-finals.

Redknapp: attack is the best way to defend our first-leg advantage

Bale doubtful to start but Spurs manager pledges to stick with adventurous Champions League approach against Milan

Sam Wallace: Rooney's moment of madness is indefensible – but referees are working with flawed system

The disciplinary system puts referees in a position where they are loath to be seen to change their minds for fear of how it might affect their future

Cheick Tiote signs new deal at Newcastle

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has signed a new contract which commits him to the club until the end of the 2016/17 season.

Steve McClaren turns attention to management return

Former England manager Steve McClaren is looking forward to returning to football management after being sacked by Wolfsburg on Monday.

Robin van Persie withdraws from Holland squad

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has pulled out of the Holland squad for Wednesday night's friendly against Austria due to flu.

Cheik Tiote red card appeal rejected

Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote will serve a three-match ban after his appeal against his red card during Saturday's FA Cup third-round defeat at Stevenage was dismissed.

Newcastle appeal against Cheik Tiote red card

Newcastle are to appeal Cheik Tiote's sending-off in their 3-1 defeat by Stevenage in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Wigan claim point from high-flying Trotters

Bolton Wanderers 1 Wigan Athletic 1

Pardew excited by 'frightening' energy and power of Tioté

Alan Pardew will unleash his own version of Michael Essien on his former club West Ham tonight, confident there is much more to come. The Newcastle manager has been hugely impressed by the Ivory Coast international Cheik Tioté during his time at St James' Park to date, and believes the midfielder has what it will take to do for the Magpies what Ghana counterpart Essien does for Chelsea.

'Southern softies' Spurs show their hard centre

These are exciting times for Tottenham Hotspur, eyeing up the few clubs ahead of them in the Premier League and qualifying for the Champions' League knockout stage as group winners with the highest number of goals scored. The wider question, due to be posed again at 4pm today, is whether undoubted potential can be translated into solid achievement. Are Spurs a flash Harry in the pan, or something more durable?

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