Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Pastore lined up to replace Bale?

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A select round-up of transfer news relating to Tottenham Hotspur, including Gareth Bale, Emmanuel Adebayor, Javier Pastore and Federico Fernandez.

Daniel Levy is reportedly refusing to discuss a potential move with Gareth Bale, and has also rejected point blank any advances from Real Madrid to negotiate about the player.

The Tottenham Hotspur chairman is adamant that Bale will not be sold this summer, despite reports that Real Madrid are ready to break the world record £80million they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

Some have also reported that Spurs rejected a bid of £51million plus Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria, although given the intricacies of a part-exchange bid, and the relatively tiny amount of them that actually happen, it is likely that a straight cash bid will be Madrid’s best option.

Despite their stance on Bale, there has been speculation over who could replace the 24-year-old at Spurs if he left, and PSG’s Javier Pastore is one name that has surprisingly been linked with a move to White Hart Lane.

The Argentine cost PSG £36million two years ago, but has been inconsistent during his time at the French club, and could be allowed to leave for less than his original price-tag.

Pastore can play in almost any attacking position, and is a more creative player than Bale, but cannot get near matching the Welsh player’s goal threat, netting just four times in 34 league appearances last season.

Besiktas are still hopeful they can complete a move for Emmanuel Adebayor if they escape their match-fixing ban to participate in next season’s Europa League.

The Turkish club are apparently ready to meet Spurs’ £6.6million asking price, but believe they will only be able to tempt the Togolese striker to them if they have European football.

Besiktas have been granted entry to the Europa League preliminary stages until a final decision is made on the 30th August, which will give them very little time to complete a deal if their ban is overturned.

Finally West Brom are hopeful of completing a deal to take Napoli defender Fedrico Fernandez to the Hawthorns on loan next season. Spurs have also been linked with the 24-year-old centre back this summer.

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