Clock ticking for AVB

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Tony Marshall/Getty ImagesTime could be up for Andre Villas-Boas.

Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham future could rest on Sunday's Premier League match against Manchester United, with the Guardian reporting the Portuguese is on the brink of losing his job after Spurs slipped to ninth place in the league. In more a safety move for bookmakers than an indication of Villas-Boas' demise, the odds of him being the first manager in the league to lose his job have been slashed ahead of Thursday's Europa League fixture at Tromso. It is believed dropped points against either Tromso or United could cost AVB his job, with mounting pressure on his star summer recruits to perform.

The Mirror has revealed Spurs striker Jermain Defoe, who has been prolific in Europe this season, has agreed to terms with MLS side Toronto FC. With the Englishman seemingly completely out of favour domestically at White Hart Lane, a 90,000-pound-a-week offer looks enough to have lured him to Canada. Defoe is expected to move to Toronto in January on a four-year deal, dashing the hopes of Championship side Queens Park Rangers to lure him away from the Premier League. Defoe currently earns around 67,000 pounds each week but get significantly more by the time bonuses and sponsorship deals kick in at his new club, if he is to complete the move.

A recommendation from Luis Suarez isn't bad for a 17-year-old and it could be enough for Penarol striker Kevin Mendez to secure a move to Liverpool. Mendez has received glowing praise from countryman Suarez, who was scouted by the Reds and a number of European teams after his starring role at the Under-17 World Cup. The Mirror says Mendez would be available for around three million pounds if he decides to leave Uruguay.
Here's a bit of what he would bring to Anfield.

According to the Daily Star, Angel Di Maria is firmly in Manchester United's sights, with the Premier League champions all but giving up in the race for Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera. The defender was a prime target for United over the summer but is committed to the Spanish club. David Moyes will turn his attention to Di Maria first up, with Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke a valuable backup option.


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