By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham are in advanced talks to seal a multi-million pound deal to play their home matches at Wembley next season, according to a report.
Football site Squawka claim that Spurs chiefs are expected to pay £15million in rent to host games at the national stadium in 2017-18 while White Hart Lane is redeveloped.
They are set to move out of their longstanding home at the end of the season so that work can be completed on the new site, which will be adjacent to the current ground.
The new stadium is expected to cost between £400million and 450million and the club have promised it will be the best ground in the Premier League, featuring state-of-the-art facilities, a huge single-tier stand and industry leading corporate hospitality.
Work on the rest of the scheme – including 585 new homes, a 180-bedroom hotel, offices, a health centre and a club museum – will take the total cost of the project to more than £700million.
Tottenham are keen to have a big-money naming rights deal in place when the new 61,000-a-capacity stadium opens at the start of the 2018-19 season.
The club have been talking to a number of potential naming rights partners, including taxi giant Uber and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the sovereign wealth fund which is looking for opportunities to associate itself with a Premier League club and is investing heavily in football ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Tottenham are playing all their Champions League home matches at Wembley this season because White Hart Lane’s capacity is reduced for its final season, to allow building work to continue on the new ground. But even when completely intact, the stadium held only a little more than 36,000.
Spurs believe they are an attractive proposition thanks to the recent success of the side under manager Mauricio Pochettino and the fact they have sold out more than 85,000 tickets for three Champions League matches at Wembley this season.
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