Tottenham Misses Out on Signing Charlie Adam `by Minutes': Soccer Roundup

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Harry Misses Out

Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp said his team missed out on signing Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam “by minutes” before last night’s transfer deadline.

After Liverpool had bids for the player rejected, Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy moved to sign Adam with an hour of the transfer window remaining, Redknapp told Talksport.

“We pushed on and tried to do it, Daniel was confident he could get it through. It went to the wire but we missed out by minutes,” Redknapp told the radio station. “Apparently the chairman couldn’t get hold of two shareholders who had to sign the forms as well. It’s just one of those things.”

Tottenham’s interest in Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan of Atletico Madrid, and Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal, was rebuffed, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Newcastle Backlash?

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is preparing himself for a backlash from fans after selling striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool yesterday for 35 million pounds ($56 million), the Daily Mail reported. Carroll will replace Fernando Torres, sold to Chelsea in a deal reportedly worth 50 million pounds.

Newcastle failed in a late 12 million-pound bid to re-sign winger Charles N’Zogbia from Wigan, although it did get ex- Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season, the newspaper said.

Muntari ‘Pay Cut’

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce said new signing Sulley Muntari took a “substantial” pay cut to join the Black Cats, and wants to sign permanently in the offseason, the Daily Mirror reported.

Bruce recruited Muntari from Inter Milan on loan. He also signed Stephane Sessegnon, 26, for 6 million pounds from Paris Saint-Germain after striker Darren Bent left for Aston Villa. Sessegnon will make his debut against Chelsea tonight, the newspaper said.

Obertan Wants Away

Gabriel Obertan, 21, has “stunned” Manchester United by making a transfer request, the Daily Mail reported.

The French winger, who signed from Bordeaux in a 3 million- pound deal 18 months ago, is doubtful of his prospects at United and wants to return home in the offseason, the Mail added.

Giggs Award

Manchester United fans voted Ryan Giggs the club’s greatest-ever player, beating legends such as Eric Cantona, George Best and Bobby Charlton, the Daily Mail reported.

Giggs made his United debut in 1991 and has helped the Red Devils to 11 league titles, four F.A. Cups and two Champions League titles.

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