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Former midfielder Luka Modric has risked angering fans of his former club, by talking up a Real Madrid move for Tottenham's Gareth Bale.

The Croatian said: "Since Madrid is the team of the galaxy, Bale would fit perfectly, we could really use him. He would give the team another dimension. His shot, his strength, his speed, his offensive power. He is the type of player who will help us take a step forward."

"It is a complicated issue for me because I was with Tottenham. I can tell you we're friends and he is an exceptional player. I guarantee it. And whether the club is Real Madrid, Tottenham or another, they can only win if they sign a player like that. If it is Real Madrid, it's better for us."

The Evening Standard report that Tottenham face a bidding war for Brazilian star Bernard with Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid. The attacking midfielder will be in action at the upcoming Confederations Cup, and will decide his future after the Copa Libertadores in July.

The paper state that Spurs have offered €4 million Euros more than Dortmund for the player, but Atletico are prepared to up Spurs' offer of €16 million by a further €2 million. Both Dortmund and Atletico have accrued large sums of cash from selling Mario Gotze and Falcao, and if the player impresses for his country, Tottenham may find themselves priced out of the chase.

Another Brazil midfielder, Paulinho of Corinthians, has been linked with a move to the club. Reports in Italy link the club with a move for him after falling short in attempts to buy Fredy Guarin. Paulinho netted against England for Brazil in the recent 2-2 friendly draw at the Maracana.

The Metro claims 10 Spurs players face the axe this summer, naming both first team strikers Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor, along with the likes Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Iago Falque, Andros Townsend, Beniot Assou-Ekotto, Bongani Khumalo, Heurelho Gomes and Brad Friedel. However they add that the club won't actively pursue sales of each, but if offers come in they will be considered strongly rather than refused point blank.

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