This blog has exclusively obtained a letter from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood. Read on for details….
I’m writing to offer my commiserations following Aston Villa’s recent loss of Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke. As much as any club, Tottenham Hotspur can sympathise with the pain of seeing star players lured away by supposedly bigger clubs offering more money and greater status.
As a long-time member of the Spurs backroom staff, the inspiration behind the rise of academy prospects such as Harry Kane, and the holder of the highest winning percentage of any coach in the club’s history, I feel a duty to offer a hand of friendship and support in this difficult time. Us Hotspurs look out for each other, especially when times are tough. I feel we are in the position to help to rebuild your squad, see you climb up the Premier League table and unburden you of the weight the £40 million causing such a strain on the club’s bank account.
Here is what we can offer you:
Emmanuel Adebayor: A proven and experienced Premier League striker. Also a leader. It takes a special kind of manager to bring the best out of him, namely you. Under your leadership, he banged in 14 goals in 25 games, and surely represents the perfect replacement for Benteke, and in fact a potential upgrade. He is available for £5 million, and is owed another £5 million in wages, which I would expect Villa to comfortably meet as one of the biggest clubs in England.
Andros Townsend: An exciting winger who single-handedly secured England’s qualification for the World Cup in 2014, and rescued a point for England against Italy in a friendly in March. You guided his career at Spurs from a young age, as he embarked on a series of loans when it appeared he had nowhere near the talent to make it as a regular at White Hart Lane. You helped him prove everyone wrong. He is your’s for £15 million.
Tommy Carroll: Another young prospect, just 23, who has done in his time in the lower leagues. He was a pivotal part of the England Under-21 team that narrowly failed to secure glory at the recent championship in Czech Republic. His manager last season, Garry Monk of Swansea, said Carroll “reminded him of Joe Allen”. There is surely no greater endorsement of his penetrating passing abilities. We can offer him to you for £5 million.
Michel Vorm: A Dutch international goalkeeper with cat-like reflexes and excellent distribution. His concentration is good, most of the time. We signed him last summer when we thought Hugo Lloris was off, but our strategy of keeping Hugo locked in a basement all summer and then breaking his wrist just before preseason has been a success, so we no longer need such a well-renumerated and coiffured replacement. Your’s for £5 million, and we’ll also take Brad Guzan in return as, historically, we’ve had great success with bald American back-up goalkeepers.
Federico Fazio: A towering Argentine centre back. He was a Europa League winner with Seville and a man-mountain at the back for them. He formed a hugely impressive partnership with Jan Vertonghen last season, combining for two clean sheets. He is only available as we brought Toby Alderweireld from Athletico, as revenge against Southampton for not flogging us Morgan Schneiderlin last season on the cheap. He is available for £10 million.
Vlad Chiriches: As a statement of my bona fides, we are not offering you Vlad Chiriches, as you are a smart man and know he is an absolute calamity. Rumours that he has been sold to Galatasaray for £2.5 million are premature. We are in fact holding out for £5 million.
I’m keen to move quickly on these deals, and am happy to meet you halfway. Geographically that is — there is a Weatherspoons in Milton Keynes that does two lunches for a tenner, and you could probably expense that.