Times: Tottenham ready to sign contract this week, £15m deal all but done
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have asked the Football Association for more time before signing a £15million deal to play their home matches at Wembley next season, according to reports.
The Times claim Spurs want to ensure the building work is on track at their new stadium before committing to a temporary move to Wembley.
It is said the £750million redevelopment of White Hart Lane is “on track” and that Tottenham “may be ready to sign the contract this week”.
Nevertheless, the Times report there is still caution among the Tottenham and an unwillingness to be tied down unnecessarily to a contract with the FA.
In return, the governing body has indicated it is willing to be flexible over the precise timings of the deal after initially issuing a 31 March deadline for Spurs to put pen to paper.
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Brent Council gave the green light on Thursday night to the London giants’ planning application to play 27 ‘home’ matches at Wembley next season.
Spurs’ bid to host 27 matches at Wembley’s full 90,000 capacity was approved by an overwhelming five to one majority at a meeting lasting three hours and 32 minutes.
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.
For the deal to go ahead, Tottenham chiefs, led by long-standing chairman Daniel Levy, want to be confident that their new stadium will be completed by August 2018 in time for the next but one season.
The new White Hart Lane 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.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are second in the Premier League with a haul of 59 points from 29 matches and on course for a top-four finish that will secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
In other Tottenham news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.