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Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Real, Man City and Spurs battle for Elmander

Tottenham and Manchester City look set to face competition from Real Madrid if they pursue Toulouse forward Johan Elmander.

The Sweden international's club claim there is interest for the 26-year-old, who helped the French side qualify for a Champions League qualifier this season.

'Besides Real Madrid, Premier League clubs Manchester City and Tottenham have already expressed interest,' a Toulouse spokesperson told Swedish newspaper Expressen.

Spurs have ended their interest Rangers full-back Alan Hutton, while Ajax defender Urby Emanuelson is set to stay in Holland.

There are still expected to be some new faces at White Hart Lane in January, the first transfer window for new head coach Juande Ramos, and Jermain Defoe has been told he can go.

Ramos has been linked with a move for Espanyol defender Daniel Jarque as he looks to tighten up Spurs at the back, with Chris Gunter already signed from Cardiff.

So far, Ramos' changes has been mainly behind the scenes, with an emphasis on fitness and the diets of players.

'We saw in the first week that the meals were not right,' said fitness coach Marcos Alvarez in the London Evening Standard.

'It was mostly English food and it wasn't healthy. We needed to change the diet because food is very important, it is the fuel for the players.

'To eat healthy means there is no fried food, fatty food, no sauce on the dishes. Spanish people can eat the same kind of food, too, but if you a sportsman you have to take care of yourself better.

'Now there are salads and fruit, while fish and meat is grilled rather than fried.'

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