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Spurs to consider all options

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 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 among the options being considered.

In 2011, Tottenham lost out to West Ham in a bid to move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Whether sharing the Olympic Stadium 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 is among the options which 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.

"We are currently undertaking due diligence on alternative stadium options."

Spurs plan to build a 56,250-capacity stadium next to the existing White Hart Lane ground, which holds around 36,240.

In July Spurs overcame a major hurdle after the government approved a compulsory purchase order allowing building work to begin.

However, seven years of negotiations with one landowner are still to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

"Archway Sheet Metal Works Ltd and the Josif Family have exercised their right to seek to challenge the secretary of state's decision in the High Court," the Spurs statement added.

"We remain committed to finding the earliest possible resolution and shall continue to engage with Archway regarding a possible agreement reached by private treaty."

Spurs believe moving to the three-hectare site will help them increase their revenues and compete better against Europe's top clubs.

Meanwhile, Darren Eales, who joined Spurs in 2010 as director of football administration, is leaving the club for Major League Soccer.

Eales is to become president of the new MLS expansion franchise in Atlanta later this year.

Spurs fans would favour a temporary move to Wembley.

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust published results of a fans' survey last month, with 85 per cent of more than 2,000 respondents prepared to watch games at the national stadium, which is also in north London.

Martin Cloake, a board member of THST, told Press Association Sport: "Wembley would be the preferred option. From informal discussions, the assumption has always been that it would be Wembley.

"Arsenal played some European games there (between 1998 and 2000). So it's partly based on that and on geography."

THST would not like more than one home venue or a move to the Olympic Stadium.

"It's important in terms of retaining the supporter base and some sense of identity (to have one home ground)," Cloake added.

"We would hope that they would consult the fans about the implications of any move and where they wanted to go.

"There was a lot of mistrust of the club because of what happened over Stratford (the Olympic Stadium).

"A move to Stratford would certainly raise eyebrows."

There would be strong opposition over a move to Milton Keynes, too, particularly over the origins of MK Dons.

Cloake added: "There would be some serious issues with MK Dons, but until there's anything that's confirmed it is just speculation."

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