Spurs Won't Be Held To Ransom By Woodgate!

Last updated : 27 January 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Tottenham are closing in on the signing of the Hertha Berlin defender Gilberto after the Brazilian flew to London to undergo a medical.

Hertha coach Lucien Favre has confirmed Gilberto has been given permission to travel to England to hold talks and have a medical at White Hart Lane.

Gilberto is out of contract at the end of the season and reports suggested Spurs were planning to sign the left-back on a pre-contract for next season.

The 31-year-old was hoping to secure a move away from Hertha before the end of the month and Spurs are now ready to grant him his wish.

However, Spurs are now believed to have agreed a deal to sign Gilberto before the close of the transfer window next week.

Spurs boss Juande Ramos was been given permission to speak to Woodgate, with a fee of around £8million understood to have been agreed.

However, Woodgate suddenly turned to Newcastle and it was thought he could undergo a medical in the north-east.

After Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round, Newcastle manager Keegan said: "I tried to bring in one new face, but I do not think I have been successful in that, from what I am hearing now.

"Last time I was here, we built it up, and I wanted Jonathan Woodgate as the first part of that jigsaw. But it looks like I have not got him.

"I think he will go somewhere else. I think Tottenham and us were the clubs who had bids accepted."