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Spurs stadium plans thrown into disarray

By Matt McGeehan

Tottenham are assessing all options for a temporary home – including Wembley and the Olympic Stadium – after announcing a delay in the construction of their new stadium.

A High Court challenge has resulted in a revised construction programme, with the shortest build time meaning Spurs must leave White Hart Lane to allow the new stadium to be built adjacent to the present site.

However, the new ground – a 56,250-capacity stadium next to their existing abode, which holds around 36,240 – will not be ready in time for the start of the 2017-18 season.

It is understood Spurs are conducting due diligence on all possible grounds, with those in London favoured, although a ground share with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium is not thought to be up for consideration.

In 2011, Tottenham lost out to West Ham in a bid to move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford but whether sharing with the Hammers, who move to the site in 2016, is an option remains to be seen.

A switch to stadium:mk in Milton Keynes has been mooted, while it is possible Tottenham could use one stadium for Premier League fixtures and another for cup or European matches.

A statement on tottenhamhotspur.com read: "We should like to advise supporters that it is highly unlikely we shall be able to open the new stadium at the start of the 2017/2018 season.

"The club has revised its construction programme in order to take the shortest possible time to construct.

"This now therefore involves the club moving away from the Lane during construction for a period of one season, to start at the beginning of a season in order to comply with Premier League rules."

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