Spanish Football Transfer Rumours & Player Profile
La Liga Review understands that Tottenham Hotspur have issued an ultimatum to Espanyol’s Cameroonian goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. The premiership club's interest in the player has been widely reported, however sources close to Espanyol are claiming that Spurs are not willing to wait until the summer for a decision from the player and have told his agent that they require a definitive answer in the next few days...
It has been widely reported in the Barcelona press that Tottenham would have no hesitation in meeting the player’s 6 million euros buy-out clause, however, it is believed that the player himself is unhappy with the financial package that Spurs have put on the table.
Furthermore, according to La Liga Review’s sources in Barcelona, there appears to be a complication regarding the potential acquisition of Kameni’s coach, Tommy N’Kono. Juande Ramos has been without a specialist goalkeeping coach at Spurs since he joined the club and it is unlikely that he would object to Kameni’s desire to continue working with the man widely credited with the players considerable improvement since joining Espanyol in 2004.
Kameni’s fellow Cameroonian Thomas N'kono joined Espanyol in the wake of his impressive performances in goal at the 1982 World Cup and he is currently Espanyol's goalkeeping coach and Kameni's mentor. However, the problem for Tottenham is that whilst Espanyol can do little to prevent Tottenham signing Kameni if the London club activates his release clause, they can certainly make things complicated by demanding considerable compensation before they release N’Kono: something that Tottenham may not be willing to do.
The Spanish press are also claiming that Juande Ramos has his eye on Villarreal’s Diego Lopez as a back-up, should a deal for Kameni fail to materialize. The keeper was outstanding in his side’s 2-0 win over Zaragoza at the weekend and Tottenham are reported to have had a scout at the match. However, a number of local papers in Castellon are claiming that the La Liga club will only release Lopez if their 24million euros valuation of him is met.
Carlos Kameni Profile
Born on February 18, 1984 in Douala, Cameroon. Height 1,88M
His breakthrough came in 2000 when he became the youngest footballer to win an Olympic gold medal, aged 16. His performances in the tournament, where he pulled off a series of incredible saves to defeat Chile in the semi-finals and then kept out the Spanish in the final with another stunning performance in a penalty shootout, earned him a move to French club Le Havre.
Kameni failed to make an impact upon the first team and was picked up by Juventus, from where he spent time on loan at Saint Etienne. He came close to a loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers but failed to secure a UK work permit.
He eventually joined RCD Espanyol in July 2004 for $600,000 and went on to become their first choice goalkeeper where his lightning reflexes make him one of the most highly rated number ones in Spanish football. He won the 2006 Copa del Rey with Espanyol and won the award for the best African Goalkeeper for 2006-07. He was the runner-up in the 2005-06 season.