Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Vertonghen scan results, striker chase, and Bale

Bale In Net

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Tottenham staff and fans alike are crossing their fingers that Jan Vertonghen will be fit for the start of the season, and if not the North London derby three games in. The Belgian defender picked up an injury in Spurs' 3-1 Barclays Asia trophy defeat to Sunderland yesterday and has been told he faces a race to get fit.

He underwent a scan on the injured ankle today, which revealed he has 'sprained ligaments', from which recovery time is usually around three-four weeks. The first game of the season is August 18. Tottenham's physio staff will be treating him in a bid to ensure he has every chance of a speedy recovery.

Spurs are still in the hunt for Roberto Soldado of Valencia, but there have been no big developments on that story today. Early on there were hints the striker could submit a transfer request to force a move but so far no news of that happening has been forthcoming. On HITC today we take a look at reports linking former Spurs striker Helder Postiga with the Mestalla as a replacement for Soldado.

Former Tottenham player and manager Ossie Ardiles has perhaps controversially compared Soldado to Luis Suarez, describing him as 'tricky and inteliigent'. Rivals Arsenal are continuing their pursuit to sign the Liverpool striker, whose ban would rule him out of the early North London derby in any case.

The Daily Star continue to bang the drum about Gareth Bale and Real Madrid, claiming an 'exclusive', that a flood of bets have been placed on him being sold to the Spaniards.

The Metro speculate that Real Madrid are ready to offer left-back Fabio Coentrao as part of a new bid. Madrid may put their money where their mouth has been in the forthcoming days or weeks after earning £34.5 million from selling Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli.

The Mail counter, claiming that Spurs are willing to offer him a 'bumper new contract' in a bid to convince him to stay at the Lane. The suspicion remains that his agent will continue to have him keep his options open.

Finally, the Standard report that a 'close friend' of Bale hints the Welshman will choose to stay, due to his newborn child and unwillingness to uproot his family and move to Spain so soon.

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