Spurs scout Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi as they seek back-up for Kane

first_imgTOTTENHAM reportedly sent scouts to watch Fenerbahce and Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi as they look for help for Harry Kane.Mauricio Pochettino flogged back-up forwards Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen in the summer, but failed to sign a replacement.3 Spurs are eying Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi as potential back-up for Harry KaneCredit: ReutersThis left the Argentine boss with just 17-year-old Troy Parrott as the only natural striker to serve as Kane’s deputy this season.However, the North London club have now been tracking Muriqi, with scouts watching on as the Fenerbahce star netted during Kosovo’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic last weekend.According to Turkish outlet Sabah, Spurs face competition for the 25-year-old, with officials from Lazio, Fiorentina, and Napoli also in attendance.Muriqi only arrived at Instanbul giants Fenerbahce this summer from Caykur Rizespor for £3.1 million.However, he has already netted twice in the opening three Super Lig games of the season before notching another double during the international break.TOP OF THE POCHKane will get a good look at his possible future team-mate tonight, with Muriqi in action against England at St Mary’s.Kosovo boss Bernard Challandes has already acknowledged the threat posed by the Three Lions skipper, as his team’s impressive 14-game unbeaten run will be severely put to the test.When asked about the threat posed from Kane, he replied: “Harry Kane and (Raheem) Sterling and (Marcus) Rashford and, and, and, and, and…!”For me it is a wonderful team but I have only this way in my head – I don’t want to say to my team, ‘OK, we stay in our own half and defend, defend, defend’ – I hope we can play and be an opponent, not a big opponent but an opponent with intensity.”3 Spurs have been criticised this season for failing to have a Plan B to break teams down, after former target man Llorente departed on a free.The Spaniard, who used to be sent on to add a different dimension to the club’s attack, signed a two-year deal with Napoli earlier this month.Vincent Janssen was also allowed to leave for Mexican side Monterrey, after failing to impress Poch following his £17m move from AZ Alkmaar in 2016.3Ex-Tottenham star Kieran Trippier hits out at Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino – and reveals he was KICKED OUT of Spurslast_img read more

On Ridgefields Lake River try for dry

first_imgNow that things are finally drying out around here, it’s time to get back in the water.Go ahead and try for on the water only. The idea at Ridgefield’s annual Big Paddle Festival is launching as many landlubbers as possible onto Lake River in canoes, kayaks and paddleboards June 3. Staying dry during all that is a nice idea — but splashes do have a way of finding victims.The day is organized around two massive outings: a morning guided tour and a casual afternoon meander. Bring your own vessel or rent one, at the discounted event rate of $25, from Ridgefield Kayak; either way, registration is mandatory so nobody gets lost at sea. (Contacting Ridgefield Kayak ahead of time to reserve your boat is a good idea.)The morning journey, which gets underway at 9:30 a.m., has been titled an “interpretive paddle.” Think of it as a five-mile hike on the water that also celebrates National Trails Day, the first Saturday in June.A flotilla of kayaks and canoes will launch from the Port of Ridgefield at 5 W. Mill St. and paddle five miles, round-trip, to Lake River’s connection with the Columbia River. You’ll hear stories about the area’s rich history, from original inhabitants to the Lewis and Clark expedition’s passage; you’ll also experience the wonders of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge from a unique point of view.The flotilla will include the Chinook Tribe’s 30-foot canoe and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership’s two 34-foot canoes. This trip lasts approximately two hours and requires a $5 event fee, which gets you a guaranteed seat in one of those big canoes; if you are renting, that fee is deducted from your boat rental, so your total remains $25.last_img read more