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Last Updated:  Monday, 3 March, 2003, 22:48 GMT
Spurs set for Etherington talks
Matthew Etherington
Etherington (right) is under contract until 2004
Tottenham are set to hold contract talks with youngster Matthew Etherington later this month.

The 21-year-old midfielder's contract runs out at the end of next season.

His representative Paul Martin last week expressed his surprise at Spurs' reluctance to open discussions on a new deal amid possible interest from rival Premiership clubs.

But White Hart Lane director of football David Pleat plans to host a face-to-face meeting with Martin in the coming weeks.

"It's been a great season for Matthew, in which he's broken into the first-team picture at Spurs," said Martin.

"His priority has always been to achieve first-team football and hopefully that will continue at Spurs."

The England Under-21 international signed from Peterborough for 500,000 in January 2000.

He has finally established himself in Glenn Hoddle's first team this season, making 15 league appearances despite a lay-off with an ankle injury.

He had played only 22 top-flight games in his previous two-and-a-half years in north London.


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