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Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Benteke 'anxious' and Salvio

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Tottenham have been linked with an audacious swoop for Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio. The Argentine has a release clause of €52 million, but the Portuguese side are willing to listen to offers a substantial way below that. Manchester City are also interested in the former Atletico Madrid man.

The Mirror report that Christian Benteke is anxious for Tottenham to step up their pursuit of him and even wants a deal completed this week. He is supposed to report back for training on Thursday, or face a fine, and would rather not have to make the decision. Spurs are said to be planning on opening the bidding at £20 million but Aston Villa want their £25 million asking price met.

The Star still believe Real Madrid want to sign Gareth Bale this summer, and will step up a bid depending on if and when they sell Gonzalo Higuain.

Roma signing Tin Jedvaj has admitted Spurs tried to sign him before he sealed his move to the Serie A club, but says he is happy with his new surroundings.

Gary Hooper, a striker at one time claimed to be on the club's radar, is tipped to move from Celtic to Championship side QPR in a £5 million switch.

Both Danny Rose and Andros Townsend are said to be in Andre Villas-Boas' goodbooks, with the Evening Standard reporting that the manager wants the club to have greater strength in depth to sustain a push on all fronts in 2013/14.

Spurs have kicked off a pre-season friendly against Swindon Town this evening. the game began at the time of writing, with Spurs' starting line-up as follows: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Stewart, Naughton; Bentaleb, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson; Bale, Ceballos, Defoe.

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