Comolli clarifies transfer speculation

Last updated : 18 January 2008 By Gareth Davies
After weeks of speculation regarding the future of record signing Darren Bent, as well as potential new signings, Sporting Director, Damien Comolli, has felt compelled to issue a statement on the club's official website refuting claims that Darren Bent is on borrowed time at the club.

"The majority of the reports that I have read are completely wide of the mark" said the Frenchman, who if reports are to be believed, has been busy attempting to strengthen an already formidable frontline.

"I feel it is important to clarify a couple of things that are unhelpful - namely that reports that Darren Bent is for sale are totally inaccurate and, furthermore, we are not in the market for any strikers."

His statement appears just a day after news surfaced that Lyon's Brazilian striker Fred had rejected a move to White Hart Lane because the money wasn't good enough. Whilst it is likely that inquiries were made regarding several strikers when speculation surrounding the futures of Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov was at its most intense, a calming on that front has prompted Comolli to concentrate on seeking new additions in midfield and defence, areas which need the most attention. It is interesting, however, that the statement makes no comment on Defoe, although reports that he is already in talks with Aston Villa are wide of the mark.

It remains likely that Levy and Comolli will leave any potential new signings until the final few days of the transfer market, as has been their preference over the past few years. Whether this is the most prudent course of action is arguable, with our last minute acquisitions such as Rasiak and Danny Murphy being questionable to say the least, but it appears Levy believes this is the best way to do business. Until then fans should approach any piece of 'In the Know' information or rumour with a hefty amount of scepticism.