Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Bale returns and Defoe deal unlikely

A round up of the latest news stories concerning Tottenham Hotspur.

Real Madrid have had a world record offer of £85 million on the table for Gareth Bale for over a week. Bale is reportedly heartbroken that Spurs won’t do business with the Spanish club, with Tottenham’s chairman Daniel Levy thought to be holding out for a fee the other side of £100 million.

Another possible reason for the delay could be Tottenham’s desire to have Luka Modric included in the deal, which would see the Croatian return to White Hart Lane. Spurs originally sold Modric to Real Madrid for £33 million

Tottenham Hotspur could target Roma’s Erik Lamela as a replacement for Gareth Bale. Bale could well complete a move to Real Madrid this summer in a world record transfer, which would give Andre Villas-Boas the luxury of being able to make several signings with the resulting fee.

They have also been linked with a move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as a potential replacement. Liverpool are maintain their ‘not for sale’ stance in relation to the striker, but Brendan Rodgers has hinted that a bid of around £50 million could force Liverpool into doing a deal.

Wales legend Ian Rush is actually encouraging Bale to snub the move, following David Pleat’s comments that it will be difficult for him to adjust to life in Spain.

“There are challenges in moving abroad and it can take time to adjust, and I feel the ideal age to play overseas is when you are nearer 28,” said Rush.

As for the player, it’s business as usual as he returned to training with Spurs ahead of the new season.

Jermain Defoe is a target for Stoke City according to today’s reports. They suggest that Stoke are looking to snap up the forward for a fee of around the £3 million mark, with Spurs valuing the player at around £6 million. Any potential deal seems to rest on the fee with Stoke unwilling to pay big money.

Defoe has also made comments about potential new signing Roberto Soldado, which suggest he’s not thinking about a move away from the club.

“I can see why Spurs fans would be excited about Soldado coming because I am excited myself about the prospect of playing with him,” he said.

In another transfer story, the president of Romanian club Steaua Bucharest has claimed that a deal has been done for Vlad Chiriches.

“He is a great player. I hope he can establish himself in England with Tottenham. It will not be easy, even if he is extremely good. I am sure he will be able to but it will not be easy because opponents in England are extremely good,” said Romanian national coach Victor Piturca.

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