Reports: Tottenham move giant step closer to landmark deal, fee is £15m
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham moved a giant step closer to playing home games at Wembley next season in a deal worth £15million, according to reports.
The BBC Sport website claim Brent Council gave the green light on Thursday night to the London giants’ planning application to play 27 ‘home’ matches at the 90,000-capacity stadium.
It is said that Spurs’ bid to host 27 matches at Wembley’s full capacity was approved by an overwhelming five to one majority at a meeting lasting three hours and 32 minutes.
Then London giants are set to use the national stadium as a temporary home while the £750million redevelopment of White Hart Lane on an adjacent site 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.
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The club must decide by 31 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.
The BBC report that Tottenham chiefs “are likely to use all their available time to decide”, as they assess whether their new stadium will be completed by August 2018.
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.
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.
The team are flying high in the Premier League and went into the international break in second place, although they are 10 points adrift of runaway leaders Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are well placed to secure a second consecutive top-four finish and compete in next season’s Champions League.
In other Tottenham news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.