Gareth Bale is apparently set to put pet to paper on a new contract at Tottenham Hotspur after Real Madrid admitted defeat in their attempts to sign the Premier League Player of the Year this summer. The Spanish club have not been subtle in expressing their desire to bring Bale to Madrid, but Spurs have been equally clear that no bids will be accepted for the Welsh forward in this transfer window.
Real Madrid have accepted that Bale is unlikely to press for a move in a similar manner to Luka Modric did last year, and hope that at the end of next season it will be easier to sign the 23-year-old.
Spurs know that Bale will be key to their transfer business this summer, with reports that Paulinho and David Villa both sought reassurances the 23-year-old would not be sold early in their negotiations with the London club.
One man who is likely to leave White Hart Lane this summer is midfielder Scott Parker, who has been made available for £2million. Spurs signed Parker for £6million two years ago, but the 32-year-old is unlikely to be a first team regular next season following the arrival of Brazilian Paulinho.
Harry Redknapp is apparently aiming to be reunited with Parker at QPR, who are reshaping their squad in the hope they can return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Sunderland and Fiorentina have both also been linked with Parker in the past few weeks.
Another player who had seemed set for the exit this summer was Emmanuel Adebayor, with Besiktas linked with a £4million move for the striker, who scored just five Premier League goals last season.
However the striker, who has three years left on his contract at White Hart Lane, is apparently adamant he will not be forced out of Spurs this summer, and seems keen to stay in the Premier League. Tottenham signed Adebayor after an excellent season on loan, but a mixture of injuries, international duty and poor form disrupted his year, and the Togolese player might be sold as part of Andre Villas-Boas’ attempts to rejig his attacking options.
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