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A Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links January 13, 2016

Six pointer Wednesday

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Wednesday, Spursland!

Tonight is a chance to see Tottenham versus Leicester City 2.0, or maybe more accurately, 1.0. The sides were heavily rotated over the weekend and, while looking bright and up for the match, Spurs' reserves did lack an element of cutting edge in the final third.

Hopefully, the first team can capitalize and take their chances tonight because this is an old fashioned "six pointer", something that would have worried me if you would have told me in August because I would've assumed we were in a relegation scrap. Here we are, though, in a top four race with the Foxes. A win tonight is one step toward the inevitable overtaking of the top of the table upstarts while a loss only bolsters Leicester's resume and chances. A draw is, of course, a draw, but you get the picture. This result matters.

Can't wait for the match, the Lane's atmosphere always seems to sparkle under the lights.

Time to settle in, race for the top four gets real in about 12 hours.

And now for the "news":

Ranieri tried to sign Mauricio once upon a time| Sky Sports

This was not the current Atletico. Present day Atletí is far more of a powerhouse than they are traditionally viewed as in Spain.

Saido Berahino attracting interest from Chelsea now| London Evening Standard

If they sign wee Bear for 20 million pounds and we sign Loic Remy for seven, I think we could all agree that's a business transaction we could live with. Still not sure I'd want Remy to be the backup striker over Sonny, though.

Poche backs Kane and Vardy to lead the English line at Euro 2016| Daily Mail

While Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend take speculative shots from distance.

Lawro predicts the Spurs-Foxes match| The Sport Review

Frankly, I'm not accustomed o him heaping anything other than dirt on our relegated graves. A world with a kinder, gentler Lawro may take some getting used to.

Danny Mills isn't so sure about Spurs striker needs| The Sport Review

Knee deep in 2013 drama, part of me thought I'd never see another world class striker at Tottenham so I'm inclined to agree: we should all be a little more grateful for having Kane to start and Son to back up instead of gnashing teeth over the lack of an out and out backup number nine.