JERMAIN DEFOES second-half strike was enough to secure victory for Tot- tenham over West Ham at Beijings Workers Stadium today but Luis Boa- Mortes injury was the major talking point. The Portuguese winger went down after just 14 minutes in apparent agony, following a challenge from Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Medics immediately rushed onto the pitch and the players knee was put in a brace before he was stretchered off and takentohospital,tobereplacedbyMark Noble. Both teams had opted to play strong sides for the opening match of the Bar- clays Asia Trophy, with Hull City and local side Beijing Guoan making up the foursome. SpursfieldednewsigningKyleNaugh- ton in midfield while Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko were paired in attack. West Ham, meanwhile, handed a start to on-loan Inter Milan midfielder Luis Jimenez with last seasons top scorer Carlton Cole deployed as a sole striker. Spurs were lively from the start as skipper Luka Modric struck an effort wide with less than a minute gone. But West Ham were quick to counter as James Collins saw his deft header from a free-kick land in the hands of Carlo Cudicini. Pavlyuchenko was causing a number of problems for the Hammers defence and the Russian striker had Green beaten in the 16th minute only to see his curled effort rattle off the post. Collins was unable get any direction on a header five minutes before the break before Modric failed to capitalise on a swift counter from Spurs as the Croatian curled a shot wide. Robbie Keane replaced Pavlyuchenko at the start of the second half while Scott Parker replaced Kieron Dyer for West Ham. It was Spurs who continued to domi- nate possession after the restart and a beautiful flick over the defence from Keane found Defoe but his first-time volley was high and wide. TheHammershadperhapstheir best chance of the game in the 55th minute. Jimenez exchanged passes with Cole inside the area but the Chilean midfielders close- range effort was deflected wide. Tottenham should have taken the lead soon after when Defoe picked up the ball just outside the area, shrugged off the attention of Collins, but hit his shot high. The goal came on 75 minutes when Defoe, again just outside the area, hit a low shot that crept under Green andintothebackof thenet.Afterseeing his side reach Fridays final, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said: It was a terrific workout. We passed the ball great and had lots of chances. Overall we kept the ball great and Im pleased with the way we played. 36 Wednesday, 29 July 2009 London Lite LITESPORT IronsMorte-fied Inbrief A tall order to replace Crouch PORTSMOUTH manager Paul Hart has moved to fill the gap left by the sale of Peter Crouch by making an approach to Cardiff for striker Ross McCormack. Crouch was yesterday reunited with former Pompey boss Harry Redknapp at Tottenham in a 9m deal and Hart is exploring a number of options. The Bluebirds are believed to be prepared to allow McCormack, 22, to leave for 5m. Arbeloas Real deal all agreed LIVERPOOL have agreed a fee for full-back Alvaro Arbeloa to join Real Madrid. The deal is worth 3.5m and is subject to a medical, which the Spanish international is expected to complete at the Bernabeu today. The announcement from Anfield underlines that the 26-year- olds move will not, as had been claimed, form part of a double deal that would also take Xabi Alonso to the Catalan club. Stuttgart may grab Hleb back ALEXANDER HLEB could be on his way back to Stuttgart, according to reports in Germany and Italy. The Belarus international appears to have turned down a move to Inter Milan due to the limited prospects of regular football under Jose Mourinho. After a difficult season with Barcelona, the 28-year-old midfielder would prefer a club who can guarantee him first-team action. QPR too good for Wycombe QPR beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 in their pre-season friendly at Adams Park last night. QPR were 2-0 up after just nine minutes thanks to Gavin Mahon and Patrick Agyemang but Luke Oliver pulled one back for the home side in the 83rd minute. Wycombe boss Peter Taylors night was further compounded by injuries to midfielder Tommy Doherty and impressive new signing Ian Westlake. Bent is caught in the middle THE future of Darren Bent remains up in the air with Aston Villa and Hull having joined the race for the Tottenham striker on the eve of his proposed medical with Sunderland. England front man Bent was set to travel to Beijing with Spurs on Monday but disembarked the plane at the last minute when it became apparent Sunderland were interested in paying 15m for the former Charlton striker. BY GEOFF TEATHER EMMANUEL EBOUE is set to become the latest African player to be shown the exit door at Arsenal. The 26-year-old Eboue will complete a 9m move to Fiorentina this week after coach Cesare Prandelli confirmed his interest in the versatile midfielder (left). He said: Eboue is a very important player. In attack he is second to very few players in his role. Wenger will therefore recoup a staggering 50m - once Kolo Toure completes his move and joins Emmanuel Adebayor at Manchester City - for three players who could miss up to SIX weeks of the coming season on African Cup of Nations duty in Angola. Wenger has already pre-empted Toures departure by recruiting Belgian centre-half Thomas Vermaelen and is ready to table a bid for Fulhams 6ft 5in tower of power Brede Hangeland. Fulham have offered to double the Norway captains wages to around 30,000-a-week, but he could command much more than that elsewhere and the prospect of Champions League football at the Emirates may be too good to turn down. Im not in a rush to sign the contract, said Hangeland. We will wait and see what happens. The Gunners step up their pre-season campaign this evening when they take on German side Hannover 96. Despite banging in 14 goals in three games, Wenger is keeping tabs on Real Madrids Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, with interest fading in Bordeauxs Moroccan Marouane Chamakh. Wenger remained coy when asked if he would make further signings. He said: I would not like to set a time on if we bring someone in. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Fears over Hammers winger as Spurs rule in Beijing TOTTENHAM....1 WEST HAM......0 ofattentiontheoffshruggedarea, Hammer blow: Luis Boa Morte writhes in agony after suffering suspected cruciate ligament damage in this mornings friendly against Spurs in Beijing EboueexitwillseeWengerssaletotalreach50m index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html