The Confederations Cup might have frustrated Spurs in their efforts to improve their first team so far this summer, but with the tournament ending this Sunday it could lead to two major signings next week, with David Villa and Paulinho both rumoured to be close to completing moves to White Hart Lane.
Villa has reportedly broadly agreed personal terms with Spurs, and confirmed that he would like to move to White Hart Lane whilst in talks with representatives from the club in Brazil. Andre Villas-Boas has apparently spoken to Villa on the phone, whilst Franco Baldini has been in talks with the striker’s agent.
Spurs are hoping to pay around £8million, and with Barcelona asking for nearer £12million, agreeing a fee with the Spanish club could be the main factor that holds up a move. Fiorentina are also interested in the 31-year-old.
The BBC last night reported that Spurs were set to complete their £17million move for Brazilian midfielder Paulinho next week , with the 24-year-old expected to agree personal terms once the Confederations Cup is finished.
Paulinho has said he will only consider an offer after the tournament finishes, but the Corinthians player has also said that Tottenham Hotspur are the only club to make an official bid thus far, despite rumours Real Madrid might enter the race under new manager Carlo Ancelotti. Spurs fans will hope that the move is done and dusted as soon as possible to stop other clubs having a chance to meet Paulinho’s £17millin release fee.
There are also new reports regarding Gareth Bale’s future today, with the Daily Star suggesting that Manchester United will make a bid for the Welshman if they fail in their attempts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid next week.
Real Madrid themselves are apparently the club most keen to test Spurs’ resolve with regards to Bale, but former Tottenham player Glenn Hoddle has advised the 23-year-old that if he does leave Spurs, he should stay in England, although Hoddle himself would prefer to see him remain at White Hart Lane.
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