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Monday, 2 September, 2002, 20:46 GMT 21:46 UK
Leeds still keen on Anderton
Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton has been linked with Leeds
Anderton is a known admirer of Leeds boss Venables
Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale denied the club had agreed with Spurs to take Darren Anderton as part of the Robbie Keane deal but refused to rule out a move in the future.

Anderton, who is currently out injured, had been linked with a switch to Elland Road to join former Spurs and England boss Terry Venables.

But Ridsdale said: "That's not true. There's no deal struck.

"While it is true we had discussions about Darren, the Robbie Keane deal was done on its own merits and there is no requiste requirement for Darren to come back again."

Ridsdale did, though, leave the door ajar for a possible future move.

"He is a player who Terry admires, and were he to be fit in the future he is obviously a player we would go back and talk about," he said.

Tottenham's director of football David Pleat also hinted the move could still go through when the transfer window reopens in January.

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Pleat said: "Leeds have always expressed an interest in Darren.

"Terry rates him very highly and Darren rates Terry very highly.

"We will just have to wait to see what happens in the future - but, of course, we will now have to wait until the next window.

Spurs director of football David Pleat
David Pleat has hinted that Anderton may leave
"But nothing is set in stone."

Despite the injury to their potential transfer makeweight Anderton, Spurs pursued their interest in Keane and Pleat believes the 7m deal is a bargain.

"The fee is undoubtedly an indication of the current financial situation and to get a 22-year-old with his potential at that price is very pleasing," Pleat said.

The Spurs chief also stressed that the much maligned transfer window system recently put into operation is good for the game.

"I think managers will now be able to manage and coaches will be able to coach, so perhaps we will see how good they are now," he said.

"The perception is that everyone is against it but the Professional Footballers' Associaion and the League Managers' Association are both in favour.

"We will just have to wait and see.

"Personally, I feel it creates more of a level playing field."

Tottenham's director of football is adamant that the new restrictions will not adversely affect lower division clubs who have traditionally relied on selling star players to survive.

"That is a total misnomer.

"Clubs can sell at the end of the season and in the window.

"If there is a very good player who is wanted by a Premiership club, the sides can reach apre-agreement to deal at the end of the season."


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