Tottenham Hotspur are still confident they will be able to complete a deal for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, and have been boosted by reports the 28-year-old is considering handing in a transfer request to help push through the move.
Soldado has been a target for Spurs for several seasons, and apparently came close to joining the London club last summer before opting to stay in Spain.
However the striker is now keen to move to the Premier League, and with Valencia in need of funds due to their precarious financial situation, Spurs are hopeful the Spanish club will accept their £24million bid.
Valencia have insisted that Soldado will only leave if his £25million release clause is met, but there is speculation club president Amadeo Salvo, who has rejected an offer from Spurs, is at odds with the rest of the board at the Spanish club, who want to sell.
Madrid have stepped up their interest in Bale in the past few days, with reports in Spain suggesting the Spurs forward had even agreed a six year deal at the Bernabeu.
However Andre Villas-Boas has responded to speculation by saying the club are counting on Bale for the future, and Spurs will offer the 24-year-old a new contract worth over £150,000 per week to try and keep him this summer.
Real Madrid have themselves convinced a player to sign a new contract to keep him away from potential suitors, and it is bad news for Spurs, who had been linked with a move for Jese Rodriguez this summer.
Liverpool were also reportedly monitoring the 20-year-old’s forward situation after he impressed at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey this summer.
However Rodriguez has decided to sign a new four year deal at Real Madrid after being promoted to the senior squad for the coming season. So far the youngster has only made one first team appearance at Madrid.
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