Monday, June 04, 2007

Former World Player of Year wants Tottenham move

Former World Player of the Year Luis Figo wants to leave Inter Milan and spend his final season(s) in England with Tottenham. The out of contract, 34 year old winger, has apparently asked Martin Jol directly to sign him.

Figo’s representatives have contacted White Hart Lane officials in just the last 24 hours to press for a move.

Figo broke a contract to sign for Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad but that deal has fallen thru for unknown reasons as Figo said there was a breach of contract: read money didn’t make it to his bank account on time.

I will probably get a bunch of crap for saying this, but Figo would be a great signing. His legs are not what they were but he still has a great football brain and can play left, right and middle behind the strikers. That versatility could come in very handy when it comes to tactical adjustments. While the pace is not what it was, he is still a world class passer/crosser and has been a positive influence at every club he has ever joined. Figo won’t win world player of the year again, but he will definitely improve Tottenham. Go on, comment.

A friend of Figo’s is apparently helping the cause when he was quoted as saying:

"Luis has always had a soft spot for Spurs and would love to live in London. He has seen other stars go to the capital and settle with their families."

Figo is looking for a steep 60k pounds a week and two-years which is more than what I would offer him, but I would imagine in his twilight that he would accept less money to remain relevant with a good club: something Saudi money won’t provide. Inter Milan have also welcomed the player’s return to the San Siro. If he was washed up he wouldn’t be invited back.


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Anonymous defoefanbelfast said...

im with you on this one as i think he is only 34 and he would be great for the young midfield players just like Davids was only figo doesnt run round the pitch like a headless chicken making rash challenges and getting constantly booked.

6/04/2007 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if this is true i would like to puke. we need to improve and go forward not bloody be a carrier for "had it" players. hes 34 and currently plays in the slowest league in the world!! it is a pointless buy that would just eat up our salary allowance! petrov, pedersen, kewell, anyone but a 34 year old figo who demands 60 grand a week and cant last 90 mins! 5 years ago i would have been all for it for he was one of the greatest players world wide but its just embarrassing to be hailing him as our left sided saviour...

6/04/2007 11:50 PM  
Anonymous berbawow said...

only 34..... are you understanding that right defoefan... thats footballing ancientness! im with the above on this one pointless salary eater!!

6/04/2007 11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i gotta agree, hed be good, but not for 60 thou a month

signing experience is a way to move forward, otherwise you get a bunch of young cocks with no direction

6/05/2007 12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with defoefanbelfast - great player to have in the squad showing the likes of Jenas, Lennon, Hud, et al your tricks and preparation. Could convievably play in a four man midfield with Lennon on the left but he'd have to still be seriously good to warrant a regular place in the team. Great bench player, however only at the right price; less than Ledley and ideally about 20k. Much more than that and the cost in wages as well as the potential resentment it could cause in the dressingroom outweigh the benefits.

6/05/2007 12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always had a soft spot for spurs my arse, always had a soft spot for money more like

6/05/2007 12:26 AM  
Anonymous Richie said...

I dont understand how anyone could think giving Figo a top wage would cause resentment among other players. This guy is a football legend, one of the greatest players to grace a football pitch in the last 10 years and I wouldn't be surprised if half the squad had grown up to idolize the man. He is quality through and through.

As long as we dont break our wage structure, I dont see why he couldn't come in as one of our highest paid players at around 50k. Bear in mind thats the salary Davids was on and now he's left.

He would be a good addition for the squad. Not sure he has the pace for the Premiership at 34 but he would be nothing but a positive influence to the younger players. His skill could make up for his lack of speed to beat defenders plus the best left winger in the Premiership last season was 33.

6/05/2007 1:16 AM  
Blogger suren said...

Figo Is Something Like Zidane..he is old but etremely smart and a very good tactical player.....he also can be a fantastic role model for the young spurs.........so i guess he will be a great signing.

6/05/2007 1:28 AM  
Anonymous Georgaldinho said...

Figo would be a great buy...He has never relied on pace.He is technicly one of the best players in the world.He has a better brain then Berbatov..and that is saying something.He is better then Giggs and would rub off on the other players when it comes to composure in the Uefa Cup...Lets go for him.Rather him then the premiership players we are after.We should go for foreigners its the only way forward

6/05/2007 1:37 AM  
Blogger MexiSteve said...

Well, 120K for a lifetime of top notch euro football looks a steal to me. We would get him on a free, don't forget. Streets better than paying a million or so plus wages for a nag like Rocha or Mido.
Go get him MJ.

6/05/2007 3:26 AM  
Blogger MexiSteve said...

whoops crappy math there. 6 million for two years (60k x week x 104 ish weeks) Still looks a great buy at that money compared to the fees paid for some players plus their salary and poor sell on figure.

6/05/2007 3:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he is a has been how has he managed 66 games in two years with the italian champions who lost 1 game this season!!!!!! He has got that special dead ball skill that would teach Jenas and lennon a few things. Jenas can't take free kicks and Lennon is useless at corners. Figo would instil a winning mentality, lennon wolud come on leaps and bounds under his wing, and he speaks great english already........ It really bugs me when people say we must build for the future with 'young british talent', but criticise M.Jol for not finishing higher than 5th this year. You lot are too impatient. I think figo would help our players progress loads not 2 mention sell a few shirts

6/05/2007 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We paid £4m plus wages of over £1m a year for Mido. Over 2 seasons that's the same price as getting Figo!!!!

Get some perspective lads, a world class player for 60 minutes a game is still better than an average player for 90 ...

6/05/2007 8:18 AM  
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6/05/2007 8:54 AM  
Blogger dazza_jim said...

Zidane, great role model... teaches kids all over the world how to head-butt people.

6/05/2007 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIGHT!!! aaron lennon was shit for alot of last season....more becuz he got worked out then his own fault....imagine having a player in the calibre of figo helping him for 2 years....im telling you sign figo and we wont just get champions league....well have the best right winger in the world in aaron lennon...nuff sed .FIGO FOR SPURS

6/05/2007 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should sign thierry henry, hes a wicked player and would really rip it up in our scum team i maen football team. remember that time he drilled nearly the whole team from half way, man that was awesome

6/07/2007 6:11 PM  

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