Tottenham Hotspur in Wellington match talks

Last updated 13:05 28/01/2013
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BIG LEAGUES: Tottenham Hotspur players Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale. The English Premier League club is said to be in talks with the Phoenix to play a game in Wellington in July.

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English Premier League football team Tottenham Hotspur have been tipped to play in Wellington this year.

Westpac Stadium chief executive David Gray said while there had not been any booking, an approach had been made by the London-based team to the Wellington Phoenix.

He understood the team would be in Asia as part of a pre-season tour.

While there had been discussions about the team coming to play in Wellington in July, it was still ''a long way'' from the tour becoming a reality, he said.

The cost of bringing the team out would be ''incredibly expensive''.

''The higher up the league they are the bigger the number.''

It was not uncommon for teams to inquire about touring New Zealand, he said.

An administrator on the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club New Zealand Facebook page today said they had met with a marketing person at the stadium and the tour was ''very close to happening''.

Phoenix general manager David Dome said Tottenham was one of a number of Premier League clubs that had been approached. Manchester United and Liverpool had also been approached.

Many teams were in the Southern Hemisphere between June and August.While dealings with some clubs were past the initial stages he would not speculate on the likelihood of any coming to New Zealand.

Bringing any Premier League team out would be expensive, he said.

Phoenix chairman Rob Morrison last month said the team were interested in lining up an off-season game against an English Premier League side.

"We've done quite a bit of work on looking at options in terms of either the Phoenix going to Asia to play EPL sides when they're in Asia, or attracting EPL sides down here."

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