LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) Tottenham Hotspur will finalise in the first half of next year plans to expand their White Hart Lane ground, the Premier League club said today.
''There has been speculation again today regarding our stadium development plans,'' the North London club said in a statement on their Web site (www.tottenhamhotspur.com).
''The club is currently reviewing its options, a process which is ongoing and will see us commit to one option in the first half of 2008.'' The BBC had reported that Spurs wanted a ground of similar quality to the Emirates Stadium built by North London rivals Arsenal and had turned to one of the key figures in that development.
It said Tony Winterbottom, former executive director of the London Development Agency, was now masterminding plans to expand White Hart Lane to a capacity of 52,000 from around 36,240 in a project costing some 300 million pounds (626.2 million dollars).
Of that sum, half would be borrowed.
According to the BBC, Tottenham would vacate the ground for two seasons in a likely link up with West Ham that could also see them use Wembley Stadium for top matches such as the derby with Arsenal.
Alternatives to the preferred option of rebuilding White Hart Lane would be developing nearby land to the north for a new stadium or moving further afield to Enfield in outer London.
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