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Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.

Eriksen’s late heroics strengthen Spurs hold on third (video)

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  • Spurs regain third place

There were late cries of joy in North London, and surely Cardiff City, as Christian Eriksen finally pushed Tottenham Hotspur past stingy Brighton and Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday.

The win boosts Spurs back into third place, with 70 points, while Brighton’s 34 keep it just three ahead of 18th place Cardiff.

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Spurs were very much in charge, but a combination of Seagulls goalkeeper Mat Ryan and his center backs helped defy a lively Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son.

Shane Duffy made a goal line clearance on Dele, which may have been partially hit toward the line by a Brighton defender, and Ryan pounced on the rebound to keep it 0-0 heading into halftime.

The game slogged forward at 0-0, Brighton resolute and Spurs unable to cut a path to danger. It took center back Toby Alderweireld dribbling and dragging a shot off the post to snap the game into life.

Ryan saved a Christian Eriksen hit in the final 10 minutes as Spurs desperately pushed for a winner and the Seagulls issued similar defense of their goal.

Mauricio Pochettino turned to Fernando Llorente and even Vincent Janssen off the bench, but it was Eriksen who stroked a beauty through traffic to win three points.

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Vincent Janssen to join Fenerbahce; Costa deal off

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Vincent Janssen‘s nightmare at Tottenham Hotspur is over. At least for one season.

Janssen, 23, has joined Turkish side Fenerbahce on a season-long loan deal after being told by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino that he was not part of his first team plans.

This move means that Diego Costa’s potential switch to Fenerbache is off as the manager of the Turkish giants had previously stated that the Chelsea striker may join on a short-term loan with talks ongoing but has since said the “outcome is negative for now” over the wantaway Spanish international joining.

Why are transfer still happening in Turkey? Their transfer window closes on Friday and Janssen flew to Istanbul to complete his medical and seal the move.

The Dutch international striker was left out of Spurs’ 25-man UEFA Champions League squad and turned down a Deadline Day move to newly-promoted Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion.

Understatement alert: Janssen’s goalscoring record since joining Spurs from AZ Alkmaar for $22.4 million last summer has been poor.

He has scored just two goals in the Premier League in 24 appearances, while he added four goals in 11 games in cup competitions. It is true that Janssen has been behind Harry Kane in the pecking order for the past 12 months but whenever he got a chance to start for Spurs he suffered some horrible misses and the pressure seemed too much for him to handle.

With a fresh start in Turkey he will play alongside his countryman Robin Van Persie and perhaps even another Spurs striker who struggled to find the back of the net, Roberto Soldado.

The majority of Tottenham’s fans wanted it to work out for Janssen but with Fernando Llorente arriving on Deadline Day from Swansea City it became abundantly clear that Kane has a new back-up and Janssen was surplus to requirements.

Int’l roundup: Netherlands, Ireland run wild in pre-WCQ friendlies

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With the summer set of World Cup qualifying fixtures taking place next week, a roundup of a handful of international friendlies as some of the heavy hitters make final preparations…

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Netherlands 5-0 Ivory Coast

Dick Advocaat’s Netherlands (he took over from Danny Blind last month) are in danger of failing to qualify for back-to-back major tournaments — EURO 2016 and World Cup 2018 — as the Oranje currently sit fourth in Group A, three points back of second-place (playoff place) Sweden with five games still to play. Up next: Luxembourg, at home.

Sunday’s friendly against Ivory Coast will leave the Dutch slightly more optimistic than they were immediately following Blind’s dismissal, as three goals in 36 minutes put the result beyond doubt early on. Joel Veltman scored the opener after just 13 minutes, Arjen Robben converted from the penalty spot in the 32 minute, and Veltman made it 3-0 just four minutes later.

Davy Klaassen extended the lead to four in the 69th minute, and and Tottenham Hotspur’s Vincent Jannssen bagged his second goal in as many games this week six minutes later, though the 22-year-old striker yanked an open-net opportunity wide just 20 minutes earlier.

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Ireland 3-1 Uruguay

At the halfway point of qualification in Group D, Ireland are sitting pretty ahead of next week’s visit from Austria. After five of 10 games played, the gap between second-place Ireland and third- and fourth-place Wales and Austria is four points; the gap between Ireland and first-place (automatic qualification) Serbia is zero — the Boys in Green trail only on goal differential (+6 to +4).

On Sunday, Martin O’Neill’s side scored a confidence-boosting victory over (a Luis Suarez-less) Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Edinson Cavani lasted just 11 minutes for La Celeste after falling victim to a challenge from debutant Kevin Long. Uruguay, who currently sit third in CONMEBOL’s 10-team, double round-robin qualification competition, resume qualification at the end of August, when fifth-place (playoff place) Argentina invade Montevideo.

Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters put the home side with a well-struck effort just before the half-hour mark, but Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez brought the visitors level just 10 minutes later, courtesy of a blunder by West Ham United’s Darren Randolph. Derby County’s Cyrus Christie fired Ireland back ahead six minutes after halftime, and West Bromwich Albion’s James McClean completed the scoring in the 77th minute.

Elsewhere in international friendlies

Armenia 5-0 St. Kitts and Nevis
Luxembourg 2-1 Albania
Montenegro 1-2 Iran

Tottenham sign Dutch striker Vincent Janssen for $22.5 million

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Prolific goalscorer Vincent Janssen has joined Tottenham Hotspur.

Janssen, 22, led the Dutch Eredivisie in goals last season with 27 in 34 games and he has signed a four-year deal at White Hart Lane after Spurs paid AZ Alkmaar $22.5 million for his services.

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This deal looked to be dead in the water in recent weeks due to Spurs not quite meeting AZ’s valuation of Janssen but now everything has been squared away and the north London club finally look to have a forward who can ease the burden on Harry Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino tried the likes of Hueng-Son min, Nacer Chadli and Clinton N'Jie in the central role last season but nobody could get close to Kane’s tally of 28 goals in all competitions.

With the English international looking jaded during EURO 2016, perhaps Pochettino is now more wary than ever that he needs to rest the 22-year-old at certain times in the upcoming season.

Janssen’s rise to stardom mirrors that of Kane’s.

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He has scored three goals in five games for the Dutch national team and just two years ago he was playing in the Dutch second-tier for Almere City. He banged in 32 goals in 74 appearances for them and he’s stellar season at AZ in 2015-16 has secured him a move to England.

He has previously been quoted as saying he hopes to play alongside Kane for Spurs, rather than splitting time with him and the Dutchman doesn’t appear to be short on confidence.

“Harry Kane? People can say what they want but I’m not afraid of anybody,” Janssen told Algemeen Dagblad. “He is a great striker but we will see how it goes. We can complement each other, I think I can learn a lot from him.”

Let’s see how he slots into Pochettino’s plans as Spurs will have to rotate their squad expertly with UEFA Champions League, PL and domestic cup games coming thick and fast this season.