Hoddle eyes keeper cure
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Though the transfer deadline at the end of August prevents Premiership clubs signing fresh faces until January, there is special dispensation for goalkeepers to be brought in on loan in an emergency.
Spurs boss Hoddle acknowledges he may have to take advantage of the ruling following an injury scare to Kasey Keller.
The American shot-stopper has established himself as Hoddle's number one but suffered a calf injury in Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.
With back-up Neil Sullivan ruled out with a broken thumb, Hoddle only has inexperienced Canadian Lars Hirschfeld at his disposal.
Keller is doubtful for Tuesday's Worthington Cup clash with Cardiff and Hoddle revealed he did not sign cover when Sullivan was initially injured because he was aware he could exploit the transfer loophole.
"That's why we didn't go for somebody else at that time, but there is a possibility we may have to do that now," confirmed Hoddle.
"It will be a close call with Kasey, a touch-and-go job. We don't know yet and might not know until Tuesday itself.
"Something will have to be resolved before then but at the moment I can't make decisions until I've spoken to players again and seen what training they've had over the weekend."