All the latest news, views and transfer rumours from White Hart Lane…
After missing out on a Champions League place on the last day of the season, Spurs fans will have been desperate for some good news to brighten their day.
If reports this evening are to be believed, that news is about come, with Gareth Bale set to sign a new deal with the club.
The Evening Standard are reporting that the Welshman has agreed a new £130,000-a-week contract that will end any rumours that he is set to leave White Hart Lane…except it is not quite that simple. The report goes on to suggest that Bale will be allowed to leave next summer, should an offer in excess of £50million be made.
At his current rate of development, that fee may be seen as a snip by Europe’s elite. So while Tottenham’s crown jewel has seemingly committed to another year under Andre Villas-Boas, expect the speculation to be stronger than ever in 12 months.
The news comes after Villas-Boas stressed the importance of keeping the 23-year-old at the club.
Speaking after yesterday’s 1-0 win over Sunderland, he said, “If we want to make it better next season we have to hold on to our best assets and this is what I have been told from the top.”
If tonight’s reports of a new deal are true, “the top” have been true to their word; at least for now.
It is a swift action from chairman Daniel Levy, who yesterday declared the club’s intention to keep their best players and strengthen in the summer in his end-of-season statement.
One player who would certainly do the latter is Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho, who is being linked with a summer reunion with his former Porto boss.
It was a deal that almost went through last summer, only to be prevented by last minute problems over wages and third-party fees as the final day of the transfer window ticked to a close.
Villas-Boas will no doubt move earlier this time, in an attempt to bring in a player who would considerably strengthen the Spurs midfield.
Last summer’s fee was reported as £20million plus add-ons, now it is being reported that Levy will have to stump up closer to £30million. But not many can negotiate quite like the Tottenham chairman.
When the initial deal fell through, the Portuguese manager bemoaned the transfer window closing when the season had already begun. Could this suggest he will complete all his summer business early?
With the short-term future of Bale seemingly a little more secure, he will now look to strengthen both in midfield and up front.
Expect the usual striking suspects to be named from the moment the transfer window opens. It is now their manager’s job to make one of those rumours a reality.
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