Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Bale and the “new Neymar”

Gareth Bale

A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.

Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to double Gareth Bale’s wages in an attempt to stave off interest from Manchester United in the 24-year-old, who has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer. Spurs are adamant the forward will not leave White Hart Lane, and hope a new contract will put the issue to rest.

However there are also reports that Bale is set for crunch talks with Spurs about his future, with a move likely to depend on how willing the Welsh player is to put in a transfer request. Manchester United are apparently willing to offer £60million for Bale, although Spurs might prefer the 24-year-old him move abroad if they were forced to sell him.

Christian Benteke returned to training with Aston Villa today to end speculation the 22-year-old would go on striker in an attempt to force through a move to Spurs. Spurs are however still favourites to sign the Belgian striker this summer after he revealed he wanted to leave Villa Park, but may have to meet Villa’s £25million price-tag.

Spurs are also apparently considering a move for Brazilian youngster Neilton, who has been dubbed the “new Neymar”. The 19-year-old play’s for Neymar’s former club Santos, and can operate either on the wing or up front. Spurs could offer £7million for Neilton, although any move might depend on his chances of obtaining a work permit.

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has said he does not want to leave the Italian club this summer despite reports linking the 23-year-old with a move to Spurs. The playmaker is apparently a target for Spurs, who might have hoped that having former Roma director Franco Baldini on their board would have helped their chances of signing him.

Hugo Lloris has hailed the signing of Paulinho, suggesting that the arrival of the Brazilian midfielder was a demonstration of Spurs ambition.

"It's a big thing for us to have a Brazil international in the team," Lloris told The Sun.

"It shows that the club is still developing and improving. We have some great players in our team now."

On HITC today, we ask which of Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson will make more of an impact next season, and ask if a desire for revenge can inspire Spurs to spend big in the transfer market. We also look at whether Spurs target Bernard is worth £20million.

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