Mid-Day Ticker: Hazard's Spurs deal, Portsmouth into administration and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Hazard's Spurs deal, Portsmouth into administration and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Hazard's Spurs deal, Portsmouth into administration and more


Hazard (Reuters Pictures)

One of Europe's most prized transfer targets could very well be headed to Tottenham this summer.

Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard reportedly has a deal in place to join Spurs during the next transfer window, according to France Football. The report stipulates that the two clubs will still need to come to a transfer agreement, meaning that the move is far from official but is nevertheless along in the process.

Hazard, Lille's 21-year-old centerpiece, has been linked to just about every major club in England with the player vocalizing his wish to compete in the Premier League.

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Rangers isn't the only club in the UK reeling from financial difficulties.

For the second time in as many years, League Championship side Portsmouth is headed into administration. While playing in the Premier League in Feb., 2010, Portsmouth became the first top-flight side to enter administration and was easily relegated as a result of being stripped of 10 points.

With that penalty looming again, Portsmouth could face a trip down to League One, as a 10-point drop would put Pompey level with Nottingham Forest for the first of three places in the drop zone.

Portsmouth reportedly has an unpaid tax bill of about £1 million and was unable to pay its players and staff last month.


Aston Villa's defensive crisis got even worse with the word that centerback Richard Dunne will be out for the next two months after fractruing his right clavicle against Manchester City on Sunday.

Centerback and central midfielder Ciaran Clark also injured his knee in training and has been ruled out for up to a month, leaving Alex McLeish's options in defense quite thin. The injuries leave James Collins and Carlos Cuellar as the club's only fit centerbacks and the struggling Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock as options on the outside.

American Eric Lichaj, Irish youth international Enda Stevens and England youth international Nathan Baker are next in line to fill in should McLeish need to do a juggling act with his back line.


While the New England Revolution wait for some resolution regarding Colombian striker Jose Moreno, the club officially added forward depth by signing former Bayern Munich II striker Saer Sene.

Sene, 25, had been in camp with the Revolution in Arizona and impressed enough to get a deal. In his time with Bayern Munich's reserve side from 2009-2011, the French forward scored 19 goals. He was called into the first team on a few occasions, including for UEFA Champions League preliminary round matches in 2009.

Moreno, meanwhile, played for Once Caldas on Sunday against Itagui Ditaires and had to exit the match in the second half with an injury, according to game reports. 


Would you be surprised if Tottenham emerged as the winner for Hazard? What do you make of Portsmouth entering administration again? Think Lichaj will have a chance to crack the Villa lineup considering their injuries? Do you think Sene can make in impact for the Revs? What do you make of the latest Moreno development?

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