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By ESPN Staff

Tottenham remaining tight-lipped over Degen deal

Tottenham are remaining tight-lipped over speculation linking them with Borussia Dortmund defender Philipp Degen.

Degen has confirmed Spurs scouts have been monitoring his progress in Germany and the Switzerland international right-back admits he is a big fan of the Premiership.

Tottenham will lose want-away Stephen Kelly this summer leaving them with just one recognised right-back in Canada international Paul Stalteri.

Manager Martin Jol, who is aiming to follow Chelsea's example and build a squad with two quality players for every position, will be in the market for both right and left-backs in the summer.

Degen confirmed: 'There is interest. I saw Arsenal play against Villarreal and I must say that this fast (English-style) football excites me.

'But I have a contract here in Dortmund until 2008 and, actually, I feel very well.'

A spokesman for Spurs said only: 'We never comment on speculation.'

Meanwhile, injured defender Ledley King is hoping to begin World Cup preparations in a fortnight.

King's broken metatarsal is recovering quickly and the England defender hopes it will have healed completely in two weeks.

He will then increase his rehabilitation process with a view to making Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for the finals in Germany.

King said: 'It's not feeling too bad at the moment. So I have got fingers crossed.

'I have been out for two weeks now and hopefully in another two weeks it will have healed completely and I can start thinking about the World Cup again.'

Spurs have also recouped the £2million they paid Derby for striker Grzegorz Rasiak.

The Poland striker has completed his permanent move to Southampton after being loaned out to the Championship side last January.

Rasiak joined Spurs last summer but struggled to make an impact and failed to score.

Since his switch to St Mary's, Rasiak has netted four goals in 13 appearances and impressed Saints boss George Burley, who signed the 27-year-old for Derby.

Rasiak has signed a four-year contract on the south coast and is now looking ahead to the World Cup.

Rasiak said: 'I did not play much at Tottenham, but this move was not about the World Cup, it was for myself.

'I have enjoyed my time here and I am happy to be here. I know the manager well from my time at Derby and I am sure we will do well under him.'