Spurs eyeing Barca star Carles Alena, 21, as Eriksen transfer replacement

first_imgTottenham Transfer news GossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothGossipJOSE’S SP-ARKSpurs ‘in secret transfer talks’ with Napoli over £45m-rated Arkadiusz MilikGossipALL O-VERVertonghen may QUIT Spurs for free next month as club refuse two-year dealGossipNO KANE DOSpurs reject Kane approach by Barca forcing them into £100m Martinez moveGossipDOUBLE BUBBLESpurs eye double Serie A transfer swoop for Alex Sandro and CastagneBROTHERS IN ARMSSpurs target Booth brothers – Taylor from Bayern, Zach at Real Salt LakeGossipSERGE SPLURGESpurs join Utd and Chelsea in race for Lazio’s £80m-rated Milinkovic-SavicPochettino is thought to have made contact with the midfielder in the summer, but was not able to convince the Barca man to leave the club he has been with for 14-years.Alena had his heart set on trying to break out as a first-team starter, but has so far failed in his attempts.Pochettino saw the 21-year-old as a direct replacement for Eriksen, but after the Dane failed to secure a move away from London, Spurs chiefs decided against an all out attempt to sign Alena.Mauricio Pochettino claims Christian Eriksen ‘always happy’ at Spurs despite 4 According to Mundo Deportivo Alena makes the list of candidates to replace Eriksen TOTTENHAM are eyeing a winter move for Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena, Spanish reports claim.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was unable to shift wantaway playmaker Christian Eriksen this summer, as transfer interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United came to nothing.4 Spurs are eyeing a winter move for Barcelona midfielder Carles AlenaCredit: Getty Images – Getty4 Mauricio Pochettino was unable to shift wantaway playmaker Christian Eriksen this summerCredit: ReutersThe Dane remains a feature in Tottenham’s squad, but with his contract expiring at the end of the season Pochettino is on the hunt for a replacement.And according to Mundo Deportivo 21-year-old Spaniard Alena makes the list of candidates.The midfielder has been given limited playing time under Barca boss Ernesto Valverde this term, making just one appearance, against Athletic Bilbao on the opening day of the season.His frustration has not gone unnoticed as Spurs are joined by Real Betis in the race to tempt the Spanish Under-21 star away from the Nou Camp.Despite 27 first-team appearances last season with two goals, the arrival of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax this summer led to Alena being subject to transfer interest.Betis failed with a loan offer at the start of the season, and like Spurs now wait to make a swoop in January.Both clubs are said to be monitoring Alena’s situation, with the lack of minutes encouraging them to make transfer offers.4last_img read more

Boxing: Vergil Ortiz beats Juan Carlos Salgado via third round stoppage

first_imgAdvertisementFrom the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California red-hot prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr. improved to 10-0 – all by knockout – with a third round stoppage of former super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado, who fell to 27-8-1.Ortiz, of Dallas, opened the bout behind his jab, controlling the distance the fight was taking place at. A little over 45 seconds into the bout Ortiz landed a left hook to the body that visually hurt his opponent. Salgado being the tough veteran he shakes the shot off and started throwing punches of his own.Round two saw Ortiz continue to have success both upstairs and downstairs as he continued to work off of his jab. Entering round three it felt as if Salgado was on borrowed time especially considering Ortiz had finished all of his previous opponents before the start of a fourth round.Just a smidgen under two minutes of round three saw Ortiz land another vicious left hook to the body, this time sending the former two time world champion to the canvas. It was immediately obvious that Salgado wasn’t getting up as the referee called a halt to the bout at the 1:52 mark of round three.It was Ortiz first fight with new trainer Robert Garcia and he appeared to pick up right where he left off with Joel Diaz in his first nine fights. It’s unclear what’s next for the Dallas native at this time but one thing is certain, the future is bright for Vergil Ortiz Jr.Advertisementlast_img read more