Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Caulker exit and Bale updates

A select round-up of transfer rumours relating to Tottenham Hotspur, including Steven Caulker, Gareth Bale and Vlad Chiriches.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the Spanish club are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur about a move for Gareth Bale.

"It is difficult to talk about Bale because at the moment he is not a Real Madrid player," said Ancelotti. 

"I believe the club is in talks to find a solution and we will see what happens.”

Various news outlets have today suggested that an £87million fee has been agreed with Spurs for the player, with some reports that once Spurs have signed replacements for Bale he will be announced as a Real Madrid player, perhaps with Alvaro Morata heading in the other direction.

Spurs have sold 21-year-old defender Steven Caulker to Cardiff for £8million, with the England international signing a four year deal with the Bluebirds.

The deal came as a surprise to many Spurs fans, as Caulker was highly rated as a promising player who had come through the youth system.

Caulker might have wanted to play regularly in the hope of securing a place in the England squad for the World Cup next summer, and was behind Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson in the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

However Spurs are now dangerously short of options at centre back, especially with Vertonghen picking up an injury recently, and Kaboul returning after missing almost the whole of last season.

One man they were hoping to bring in to add depth to their options was Steaua Bucharest’s Vlad Chiriches, but that move might fall through as the Romanian club’s owner Gigi Becali cancelled the deal from prison.

Chiriches agent, Ioan Becali, had previously suggested the deal was 99% completed and that Chiriches was on his way to London.

However if Spurs can no longer sign the £6.9million rated defender, they might look at Sporting Lisbon’s Thiago Ilori, who has also been linked with Liverpool this summer.

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