Ex-Chelsea midfielder Tiago is nearly a Spur


Last updated at 23:14 23 January 2008

Tottenham's hierarchy celebrated their sensational Carling Cup triumph by flying

to Turin in the hope of concluding the £8million capture of Tiago.

Chairman Daniel Levy and

director of football Damien

Comolli have agreed a fee with

Juventus and set off to Italy to

negotiate the wages on offer.

The player wants £50,000 and

Spurs are expected to agree

personal terms in the next 24



Former Chelsea midfielder

Tiago, 26, is an attacking

midfielder with a good scoring

record and his capture will

launch a spending spree at

White Hart Lane that could see

the club splash out £25m.

The bidding for England

winger Stewart Downing has

reached £10m, with Tottenham

moving closer to

Middlesbrough's valuation.

Rangers full back Alan Hutton

is expected to make up the hat-trick of fresh talent, with

Pascal Chimbonda, wanted by

Newcastle, among the players

available for sale.

A busy end to the month will

come as an extra bonus to

Tottenham fans, still revelling in

Tuesday's 5-1 Carling Cup semifinal

drubbing of Arsenal and

further boosted yesterday by

the clearest indication yet from

Dimitar Berbatov that he will

be going nowhere this month.

Berbatov is predicting good

times at White Hart Lane are

just around the corner. Spurs

fans have been in a state of

panic that the Bulgaria striker

would be on his way this

month. But it seems the chance

to play at Wembley has

banished such fears.

Berbatov said: "Wembley is a

legendary stadium and I'm

looking forward to playing

there. I have always wanted to

go there and watch a game,

but it's another thing to go

there and play."

Perhaps even more satisfying

for Spurs fans than the

fulfilment of a personal

ambition for Berbatov were

his words praising the team

spirit created by manager

Juande Ramos.

"It was unbelievable," said a

delighted Berbatov. "We

played like a great team

against a great football team.

We deserved the win and now

we are going to the Final.

'We showed if we play like that,

we have a great future. We

showed against a very good

Arsenal team with great

players that we were above

them and wanted the win

more than they did.

"I'm not surprised how quickly

the manager has turned things

around because he is a great

man. The way he talks with us

and works with us, we see we

can go places."

Berbatov may have opted to

go along for the ride but it

seems there will be no place

on Ramos's magical mystery

tour for out-of-favour

goalkeeper Paul Robinson,

who sloped off down the

tunnel rather than join

his team-mates in a lap of


Others will soon find their

places under threat, with

Ramos determined to build

on the solid foundations laid

down since taking over from

Martin Jol.

Sunday's FA Cup fourth round

match against Manchester

United at Old Trafford will

serve as a barometer as to

whether Tuesday's triumph

was a flash in the pan.

Confidence is justifiably high.

Berbatov said: "If we play like

that, they will have difficulties

against us. We showed this club

can challenge for trophies. If

we believe in our quality, it

doesn't matter who we play."