Tottenham Hotspur latest: Bale, Vertonghen and Sunderland loss

André Villas Boas

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The weather that battered the Hong Kong pitch that Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland were set to play on earlier today, Wednesday, was perhaps a metaphor for the endless barrage of headlines being force-fed to fed-up Spurs fans linking Gareth Bale away from Bill Nicholson Way.

The rain-soaked So Kon Po Stadium in Wanchai was so severe that it postponed play for half an hour and reduced each half by 5 minutes. The delay did not perturb the Spurs, who went ahead through Gylfi Sigurdsson on the 27 minute mark following good wing play by Kyle Walker. However, their lead was short-lived as Cabral levelled for Sunderland prior to a Wes Brown header to make it 2-1. David Moberg Karlsson sealed the pre-season victory for the Black Cats late in the second half.

The 3-1 loss will aggravate club boss Andre Villas-Boas further as Jan Vertonghen suffered an injury, believed to be ankle ligament damage, and could miss the start of the season.

Tottenham failed to make the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy and will instead line-up against South China FC in the third and fourth place play-off which will be decided at 18:00 local time (11:00 if you're watching in the UK) on Saturday, July 27. 

No Tottenham daily round-up would be complete without mention of Welsh winger-come-forward Bale. Following rumours he had already signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid last night, a number of Lilywhite elder statesmen have spoken out over the situation. Michael Dawson said: 'Gaz is a Tottenham player and the manager has come out and said he's staying', Ledley King said: 'As far as I'm aware Gareth is happy playing football at the club,' while former player David Ginola was non-committal: 'We would love to see Gareth playing for Spurs next season. But it’s not up to us. Things in life are not as simple and we’ll see.'

A Real Madrid legend has also got involved in the discussion as Zinedine Zidane, who has been brought back to the club as a coach, has tagged Bale as: 'The number one [target].

Real's policy regarding Bale has been written about by HITC and their pursuit is believed to become even more aggressive following the £31.8 million agreement Madrid have that sends Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli. 

Meanwhile, one of Tottenham's own targets - Porto striker Jackson Martinez (whose goals:games ratio is 26:30) - has reiterated his happiness in Portugal

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