DAILY DIARY, 25 July 2014: Tottenham Hotspur continue to fritter away a seemingly never-ending pile of money, with the £16m capture of Jozy Altidore from AZ Alkmaar, taking their spending this summer to £101m.
The 24 year-old US international (80 caps, 33 goals) was named USA Player of the Year last season, scoring 21 times in 34 appearances for the club who finished fifth in the league last season. Spurs’ spending this summer is almost double their £55m a year ago, which included the £21m purchase of Cheick Tioté from Newcastle United.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TRANSFERS 2014: £m IN: Lucas Leiva Liverpool 42.0 IN: Mario Mandzukic Bayern Munich 19.25 IN: Jozy Altidore AZ Alkmaar 16.0 IN: David Alaba Bayern Munich 12.5 IN: Magnus Wolff Eikrem Basel 9.75 IN: Ben Amos Manchester Utd 1.1 100.6 OUT: Aaron Lennon Liverpool 6.75 OUT: Mousa Dembélé Aston Villa 4.4 OUT: Iago Falqué Wigan Athletic 1.7 12.85
Standard Liege have won their fifth Belgian Supercup, and third in seven seasons, with a 1-0 win at Anderlecht courtesy of an 11th minute Astrit Ajdarevic goal. Olivier Deschacht was dismissed late-on for Anderlecht as the 2014 double-winners were beaten by the Pro League runners-up.
Napoli have signed Yanic Wildschut from VVV-Venlo in a £7.5m deal. The 22 year-old Dutch midfielder scored 6 times in 22 appearances last season, and has three caps for Netherlands U21.
In Dortmund news, Kickers Offenbach have proposed to take Marvin Ducksch on loan for the forthcoming season, contributing 90% of his weekly wage, which his parent club have accepted. BVB have already accepted similar offers from Carl Zeiss Jena and SV Darmstadt.
Florian Hübner’s loan move to Union Berlin has been called off at the last minute due to not being able to free up enough funds to make the initial monthly payment for his services. Hübner remains at Dortmund, though will continue to be available for loan deals.
Erik Durm played for Braunschweig last night in their 1-3 defeat by Spanish top-flight side Osasuna. He had a quiet game on his first appearance for his loan club, looking athletic during his hour on the pitch.