The countdown to the start of the 2013-14 season has begun and Paulinho’s arrival at White Hart Lane gives us some added interest as Spurs prepare for a series of pre-season friendlies and minor tournaments.

However, we await any follow up signings and even though it’s just over a week since the Brazilian arrived at the club, some fans are starting to get a little impatient at a perceived lack of activity. With the Manchester and London rivals looking to spend money, Tottenham are an outside bet for next season’s Champions League spots, and the club needs to strengthen and bring in the necessary support for Bale and Defoe to help the club improve from last season.

At this stage there’s still time and reserve goalkeeper Brad Friedel is certain that the board are looking to bring in more new faces before the season begins.

“At our club for the time being there’s a lot of stability and I think the board are working very, very hard behind the scenes to continue to try to strengthen the squad,” Brad said.

The American also believes that the addition of new players should spark a real challenge for the top four next season.

“What people should take notice of is the board is working very hard to strengthen the squad and if we strengthen then, based on our points total last year, hopefully we’ll achieve our goal of getting into the Champions League this upcoming season,” he added.

Meanwhile, there has been the odd, isolated rumour about a new keeper at the Lane but Brad confirmed he is staying for now.

“My body feels great, it feels the same as it has done the last 10 years or so, so we’ll see how it keeps going.

“I still want to play until I can’t play anymore, but I don’t want to be a situation where I am done playing and I need to spend two, three years on getting my badges,” he concluded.



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