By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are close to sealing a £15million deal to play their home games at Wembley next season, according to reports.
ESPN FC claim Spurs are expected the be given the green light by Brent Council on Thursday evening to play 27 ‘home’ matches at the 90,000-capacity stadium.
Then London giants are set to use Wembley as a temporary home while the £750million redevelopment of White Hart Lane on an adjacent site to the long-standing current stadium is completed.
Football site Squawka claim that Spurs chiefs would need to pay £15million in rent to host games at Wembley in 2017-18 while White Hart Lane is redeveloped.
ESPN report that Spurs initially asked for 36 games at full capacity but council chiefs reported that provided too great a strain on local residents, and the club have since agreed to a reduced figure of 27, the same number of home games they will play this season.
If the proposal is approved, there remains a chance Spurs could play some matches beyond the quota of 27 in front of a reduced crowd of 50,835, with the top tier of the stadium closed
In the past decade, they have had more than 27 home matches in a season only three times – 31 in 2006-07, 28 in 2007-08 and 30 in 2014-15.
The club must decide by the end of March if they want take up the option to use Wembley next season or delay the move, and the demolition of White Hart Lane, for a year.
Brent Council officers have recommended that the planning committee accepts the proposal but local residents, MPs and the police have all expressed concerns ahead of the meeting at 6.30 p.m. GMT at Brent Civic Centre.
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.
Spurs struggled to acclimatise to Wembley in Champions League defeats to Monaco and Leverkusen, but finally ended their hoodoo with a convincing win against CSKA Moscow before a 2-2 Europa League draw to Gent in February.
In other Tottenham news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.