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Tottenham want Wembley move after West Ham snub

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Tottenham have set their sights on a temporary switch to Wembley while their new White Hart Lane stadium is built, according to reports.

The redevelopment of the north London club's ground has been in the pipeline for some time, but according to a statement from the club today it should completed by the summer of 2017.

Previous reports have suggested that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy made an approach to West Ham to move into their soon-to-be-vacated stadium Upton Park - but were turned down.

Now Sky Sports claim the Spurs want to use Wembley as a temporary home when work gets underway on White Hart Lane.

Whether it is practical for the club to move into English football's stadium remains uncertain - Wembley plays host to various other events throughout the season aside from Three Lions' friendlies.

Tottenham have faced many obstacles in their attempts to get a new stadium built since they unveiled plans back in 2009, but could be about to make a significant leap forward.

In a statement announcing their financial results for the previous year, Spurs confirmed that contracts to build the new 58,000-capacity venue, will be put out to tender this summer.

Chairman Daniel Levy said: "We have fantastic, strong support. Our current 36,000-seater stadium sells out and the waiting list for season ticket holders is currently in excess of 47,000. We cannot stress strongly enough how critical the new stadium is over the long-term to these raised expectations.

"We have the smallest capacity stadium of any club in the top 20 clubs in Europe, let alone the current top four Premier League clubs, and given we now operate within UEFA Financial Fair Play rules, an increased capacity stadium and associated revenues is fundamental to supporting the future ambitions and consistent achievement at the top of the game."

Spurs posted a £1.5 million post-tax profit for the year up to June 30 2013. 

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