Townsend set for Spurs bumper pay rise

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New England star Andros Townsend is set to receive a new bumper deal from Tottenham according to the Daily Mail. Amazingly, the new deal comes just two years after the north London club were preparing to sell him for just £500,000. Townsend announced himself to Three Lions fans when he scored a stunning on debut against Montenegro in the recent World Cup qualifier. And the 22-year-old's international form will be recognized at club level with Spurs expected to increase Townsend's salary from his current £6,000-a-week salary to an improve £15,000-per-week deal. However, things could have been very different for both club and player if Spurs had followed through on a deal to allow Townsend to join fellow London club Millwall in 2011.

Staying in London and Arsenal will again miss out on one of their targets with the Daily Mail reporting that Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is expected to turn down the Gunners to join cashed-up French club Monaco. Arsenal suffered a frustrating summer transfer window which was only highlighted by the record signing of Mesut Ozil. However, manager Arsene Wenger is hoping January will be a kinder proposition, with the Frenchman looking to secure long-term target Valdes. But the Spain international is thought to be having other ideas with the veteran shot-stopper hoping to move to Ligue 1 and enjoy a reunion with former team-mate Eric Abidal at Monaco. Valdes will definitely leave the Nou Camp at the end of season with the Spanish giants expected to replace him with German 'keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

And finally, a little news from the managerial world with the Mirror reporting that Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel is eyeing the vacant role at Sheffield United. The Blades have been without a boss since departing with former Everton defender David Weir after just four months in the hotseat. And Schmeichel, who has collected his coaching badges, is thought to be keen in becoming the club's savior. Sheffield United currently sit at the bottom of League One after winning only one game in the league this season.

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