Tottenham given deadline to push through £15m deal - reports
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have been given the deadline of late March to decide whether to play their home games at Wembley next season, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim Spurs are weighing up whether to use Wembley for all Premier League home matches next season while the building of their new £750 million stadium is finished.
It is said that the north Londoners must inform the Football Association by the end of March if they are to take up their option to play at the national stadium in what would be a multi-million pound deal.
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.
Tottenham 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.
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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 playing all their European 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.
They attracted crowds of over 85,000 for the Champions League games against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley with the attendance dropping to 62,000 for the visit of CSKA Moscow once they had already been eliminated from the competition.
The Telegraph report that Spurs officials were willing to explore the possibility of moving back to White Hart Lane for the Europa League from February onwards to avoid playing in from of empty stands at the 90,000-a-capacity national stadium.
But manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen for the player to get used to playing at Wembley, a venue where they have historically struggled, ahead of the likelihood of playing their Premier League games at the venue next season.
Spurs struggled to acclimatise to Wembley in the defeats to Monaco and Leverkusen, but finally ended their hoodoo with a convincing win against CSKA Moscow.
Tottenham are now stepping up their preparation for this weekend, when they travel to Manchester City for a mouthwatering clash at Etihad Stadium.
Pochettino’s side are eyeing what would be a momentous seventh consecutive Premier League victory after sweeping aside all opponents in their previous six matches.
In other Tottenham news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.