Kanoute happy with Spurs

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Fredi Kanoute insists he is happy to fight for his Tottenham place, with manager Martin Jol declaring the striker has a future at White Hart Lane.

The Mali international has largely been forced to content himself with a role on the substitutes' bench this season, with Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe the preferred pairing in attack.

But Kanoute proved his worth to Spurs on Saturday when, filling in for Defoe, he struck a searing winner against Manchester City.

In recent weeks, he has been linked with an exit from the North London club and has been mooted as a makeweight in a deal for Southampton forward James Beattie.

The former West Ham United hot shot, though, has no qualms about knuckling down to battle for a spot in the Spurs side.

"Three strikers gives good competition," said Kanoute. "We all know we are fighting for our places."

Spurs chief Jol also dismissed rumours that Kanoute, and team-mate Simon Davies, will be sacrificed during January's transfer window.

"I have read that Fredi and Simon Davies will be sold but that is rubbish," commented Jol.

"Everybody has a future here if they work hard for me."