Tottenham open talks over £20m-a-yr deal - report

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Tottenham have opened talks with taxi giants Uber over a naming-rights deal for White Hart Lane, according to a report.

Football site Squawka claim that Spurs chiefs are keen to secure a globally renowned partner for the redeveloped White Hart Lane.

It is said that discussions between Tottenham and Uber first took place in July but a deal is not close to being struck at this stage due to strong interest from several financial institutions, communications companies and airlines.

The report states Tottenham are seeking an agreement worth between £20-25million per year for anything between six and 15 years as they look to financially secure the construction of the £400million stadium, which is being built adjacent to White Hart Lane.

Spurs are hoping for a front-loaded agreement that would ease the financial strain of the project.

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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 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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