Sport Villas-Boas has promised that Jermain Defoe will not be sold in January

Following the confirmation of his move to MLS side Toronto FC, Defoe brings to an end a somewhat unfulfilled partnership with Spurs that often saw him - rightly or wrongly - overlooked

United thwart Tottenham's attack in stern defence of title credentials

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Manchester United 0

United retain unbeaten record and return to top spot

Tottenham 0 Manchester United 0

Spotlight shifts from Beckham to Bale as Tottenham face acid test

Ferguson talks up Welsh winger while Redknapp admits his side must win to stay in the title race

James Lawton: Just one win can lift Spurs from gifted outsiders – and may save a whole season

Can there be any doubt about what most needs to happen this weekend to an essentially lousy, over-priced, under-achieving dog's dinner of a Premier League football season?

How Van der Vaart went from trailer park to the Lane

The Dutch midfielder has taken Spurs to a new level this season. Mark Fleming talks to the coaches who have guided his career

Tottenham optimistic of David Beckham deal

David Beckham could complete his move to Tottenham in the next 36 hours after Harry Redknapp revealed negotiations about a two-month loan for the former England captain were progressing well.

Coleman takes the plaudits after halting Tottenham run

Everton 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1

Coleman winner lifts Goodison gloom

Everton 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1

'Jamie rang – he asked if we wanted Beckham'

Tottenham Hotspur traditionally thrive in years ending in a 1, and after such a promising 2010, their supporters are already anticipating a sustained assault on the Premier League title, not to mention the Champions League and FA Cup.

Beckham waits in the wings as Bale strikes

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Fulham 0: Redknapp hangs on for loan star while Welshman's header keeps run going

Bale winner extends perfect Christmas for Spurs

Tottenham 1 Fulham 0

Sam Wallace: In a year of World Cup misery at least Bale's brilliance gave us something to smile about

Talking Football: Barcelona love the 'Mes que un club' stuff, but it is starting to wear a bit thin. Their football is excellent, but can they stop all the preachy stuff?

Prolific Van der Vaart on target as Spurs make light of Defoe dismissal

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Van der Vaart scores two as Spurs beat Villa 2-1

Aston Villa 1 Tottenham 2

Van der Vaart urges Spurs to raise game for weaker sides

Rafael van der Vaart has cautioned his Tottenham Hotspur team-mates that they risk losing ground in their push for a top-four finish unless they start to improve their record against the Premier League's weaker teams.

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