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Mid-Day Ticker: Tottenham to land Adebayor, Revs sign Zerka and more

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Tottenham Hotspur is on the brink of bolstering its attack, as the club is ready to bring in Emmanuel Adebayor on loan.

Tottenham is nearing a deal to sign Adebayor on a season-long loan from Manchester City, but it is still in the process of figuring out how much it will pay the controversial striker. Adebayor, who has been deemed surplus to requirements at City, may be required to take a paycut in order for the deal to be finalized.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is hoping the acquisition of Adebayor will help push the club towards a top-four finish this season, which would give it a place in next year's Champions League. Redknapp is also reportedly interested in acquiring Lassana Diarra from Real Madrid.

Here are more stories from around the soccer world:


The New England Revolution fulfilled its goal of adding another player to its attacking options, signing Morocco international Monsef Zerka on a free transfer from Greek club Iraklis. Revolution head coach Steve Nicol is planning on using Zerka out wide once he officially joins the team, which will happen once Zerka receives his P1 visa. It is expected to take one to two weeks for Zerka to receive that visa, but Nicol is hoping that the former FC Nantes player will get it before New England's match versus the Philadelphia Union on Sunday.


Carlos Bocanegra has been cleared to play in Rangers' league games after receiving a visa that will enable him to play in Scotland. Despite playing in the club's Europa League match against Maribor in Slovenia last week, Bocanegra was forced to sit out of Rangers' weekend win over Motherwell due to not having the visa. The paperwork has been submitted though, and Bocanegra will be available to play in the home leg of Rangers' series against Maribor on Thursday.


Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez's time on the shelves is winding down. Hernandez has recovered from the concussion he received prior to Manchester United's pre-season match against MLS, and is ready to return to practice for the Red Devils. Hernandez is expected to participate in Manchester United's reserve team outing against Swansea City on Thursday.


If losing to Liverpool this past Saturday wasn't bad enough, Arsene Wenger suffered another blow after being handed a two-game ban by UEFA. Wenger received the suspension after being found guilty of contacting the bench while serving a touchline ban in last week's Champions League match against Udinese. The ban means Wenger will miss the Gunners' second leg against Udinese on Wednesday. Arsenal is expected to appeal the ban.


New Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes is looking to make some noise in the transfer window before it closes, and Joe Cole is a primary target. Fernandes' recent takeover has given QPR added funds as it hopes to acquire four to five players in the coming week. Cole has been identified as a potential acquisition, and a move might be what he needs as he failed to make an impact with Liverpool last season and has not played in the club's first two games this campaign.


If the Adebayor deal goes through, do you see Tottenham finishing in fourth place or better? What do you think of New England signing Zerka? Expecting Bocanegra to thrive with Rangers?

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  1. I have NO problem with this; it’s english. It’s the language we use in America. And it means what it says: surplus as in extra; and requirements, as in what is needed. Soooo…to me it’s just english words we already know, used together in a statement. They mean exactly what they say. It’s not anything like an an idiomatic saying like “taking the Mickey” which means nothing to most Americans and the meaning can’t be easily derived from the actual words involved. Unlike “surplus to requirements,” which the meaning CAN be derived from the actual words. So “European” isn’t very accurate here.

  2. It is specifically a very European Soccer issue. I am not familiar with US sports teams loaning out players in this way after giving them a contract unless you count moving players to different league. Next time the Yankees let another team in MLB use one of their excess players for a year at that point we can start talking about international sports nomenclature alignment.

  3. Possibly something like “City’s head honchos started a pow-wow with Tottenham since they had more gunslingers than wampum down at their outfit and Adebayor hanging round those parts just didn’t set right with ’em”?

  4. Sometimes it annoys that we as Americans feel the need to imitate the British way of talking about the “footy,” but when 95% of reports and stories we read are from the British press, it becomes almost natural for us to provide our own commentary in the same way. The only one that still irritates me is when I hear corn-fed, hot dog eating Americans use the term “gutted”–as in “Wayne Rooney surely must be ‘gutted’ about his unfortunate Shrek-like appearance.” No American uses the word gutted in that way. There is nothing wrong with our uniquely American slang. We don’t need to imitate Europeans just because soccer is “their” game. And also, what’s so wrong with calling it soccer? The Italians call it Calcio and I don’t hear anyone getting on their case about that.

  5. QPR please don’t waste your money on Joe Cole, Peter Crouch or Andy Johnson. All players that have been mentioned this summer all of which are over priced. Just because you have money now doesn’t mean wasting will make your supporters happier. Start saving your money to pay off the council so you can expand your stadium.


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