Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Bale and striking options update

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After the international fixtures, eyes at Tottenham are already turning to the weekend's clash with a resurgent Newcastle. 

Clint Dempsey travelled all the way to the Caribbean with the USA for a 2-1 defeat to Honduras, and there are fears the long-haul flight and competitive World Cup qualifier may require him to be rested. Jermain Defoe is out injured, but despite travel difficulties returning from the African Nations Cup, Spurs have confirmed Emmanuel Adebayor is available for selection. The Togolese striker will have training tomorrow, and his condition will be assessed.

However with the striker claiming 'exhaustion', the man looking most likely to lead the line at present is in-form Welsh wonder Gareth Bale. The winger netted for his country last night, his seventh in nine international games, and he may well be the one to lead the line, with Andre Villas-Boas confirming it is a likely option, adding Defoe is still two-to-three weeks away from fitness.

Andre Villas-Boas has been speaking about his concerns regarding the attacker if Spurs miss out on the Champions League. The manager said: "Gareth's future is intimately related to what the objectives that we achieve for the season. Hopefully qualifying for the Champions League means we can attract better players and continue to hold on to our best players." - With this in mind we have taken a look at the club's chances of finishing in third place, and overtaking Chelsea.

The manager has also confirmed Younes Kaboul will return to training on Monday, after missing the entire season with a knee injury. We have taken a look at the effect his comeback will have on the club.

The Mail claims Spurs used the international break to scout two targets, South Korean forward Song Heung Min and Dutchman Adam Maher, both valued at around £10 million.

The Premier League has voted in favour of financial fair play, it is being reported. Tottenham would be well positioned for any changes, but Manchester City and Chelsea, two of the three teams above them in the table are expected to come under increased scrutiny.

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