Bywater close to Spurs deal

31 July 2008 02:06
Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on a deal to sign Derby County goalkeeper Stephen Bywater according to Rams manager Paul Jewell. The 27-year-old ended last season on loan at Ipswich Town, having fallen down the pecking order at Pride Park following the arrival of Roy Carroll. Former England Under-21 international Bywater had joined the Rams in the summer of 2006 from West Ham United, after spending eight years with the Hammers without establishing himself as a first-team regular. Spurs head coach Juande Ramos is on the lookout for a back-up to summer recruit Heurelho Gomes, having allowed both Paul Robinson and Radek Cerny to leave White Hart Lane this summer. Disappointed Derby boss Jewell told the Evening Telegraph: "Tottenham came in with a bid for Stephen and the player is very keen to go, which is fully understandable. "I'd like to have kept him, but it's a move which appeals to him and we wish him well."

Source: ESA