Tottenham will be examining various avenues to finance their new stadium, after revealing record profits for the final six months of last year.
Spurs announced pre-tax profits of £39.8m in their interim results for the period and also explained decisions have yet to be made on how to finance the Northumberland Development Project, their proposals for a new ground on the site of White Hart Lane.
“As we continue to assess the contributions to the scheme we obtain more clarity on the funding gap which will have to be financed,” Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement.
Naming rights for the new stadium is one source of revenue, as is the possibility of issuing more shares.
Spurs’ results showed an increase in revenue, record profit from operations and total assets that value the club close to £300m.
Selling Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane in the summer accounted for the increase in profits, although the figures are expected to be balanced out with the next results as Spurs bought back Keane in January and also signed Jermain Defoe, Wilson Palacios and Pascal Chimbonda.
“It reflects well on the club that these players chose to return to us,” Levy said. “During the 2008 summer transfer window, gains were made on the sales of a large number of registrations.
“However it needs to be noted that the club did not make the player trading profits in a manner that was planned or welcomed as they arose, in the main, from the regrettable sale of certain key players.”
Levy added: “We have benefited from having a robust business that is well financed and has continued to be able to support investment in the first team, whilst progressing two major capital expenditure projects – the new training centre and the Northumberland Development Project.
“We remain mindful of the prevailing economic climate from which no-one can consider themselves immune.”