Spurs set to have White Hart Lane railway station renamed Tottenham Hotspur as club prepare to finally move into new stadium

SPURS are set to get White Hart Lane railway station renamed as Tottenham Hotspur.

The club's 62,000-capacity new gound is called Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the club deciding to ditch the White Hart Lane name.

According to the Guardian, the North London club have been in contact with Transport for London (TfL) for more than two years to complete the switch.

They have spoken to London mayor Sadiq Khan and his transport office about the renaming.

But Khan is determined to make Spurs pay more than £14.7million for the privilege – calculated by a third-part valuation – although it is understood the club will not have to pay that much.

If Tottenham do indeed get the green light to get the station renamed, it is likely to cause controversy.

That is because some believe it could lead to loss in revenue but more alarmingly it could set a dangerous precedent for the network.

TfL have gone against their policy of refusing to sell the names of designated heritage stations on a long-term basis by seemingly allowing the Spurs switch.

The authority does sometimes permit a 24-hour switch for public relations reasons.

The report says that TfL briefed Khan and it was thought a public consultation would be needed but whether this will take place remains unclear.

"A unique brand partnership between TfL and Tottenham Hotspur would benefit both TfL and Tottenham" – Transport for London

A spokesperson for the mayor of London said: "The mayor does not support setting a precedent of selling off station names.

"However, a unique brand partnership between TfL and Tottenham Hotspur would benefit both TfL and Tottenham, supporting significant investment to create a new sport, leisure and entertainment destination as part of the wider regeneration of the area.

"TfL is still in discussions about this opportunity."

Tottenham declined to comment.

White Hart Lane station is on the London Overground in Zone 3 of the TfL network.

Arsenal – on the Piccadilly Line – remains the only Underground station to be named after a football club.

A campaign led to the change from Gillespie Road in 1932 but in 2013, TfL rejected one London Conservative assembly member's proposal to have stations with corporate sponsors.

Some of the suggestions included Burberry by Bond Street; Knightsbridge, Home of Harrods and Virgin Euston.

Of course, Tottenham are now counting down the days to finally move into their new stadium.

Spurs confirmed yesterday that the first Premier League game to be held there will be on April 3 when they welcome Crystal Palace.

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