Negotiations are continuing between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid over the proposed transfer of Gareth Bale, with Spurs apparently insisting that Spain Under-21 international Alvaro Morata is included in any deal.
The 20-year-old striker was the top scorer at the Under-21 European Championship in June, and Real Madrid are unwilling to let him leave, instead hoping to include either Fabio Coentrao or Angel Di Maria in the deal for Bale.
A world record fee is also expected as part of the deal, with reports of what the bid could be ranging from £85million all the way up to £105million.
One player that has been linked with Spurs as a replacement for Bale is Roma’s Erik Lamela, and the Italian club are apparently set to offer the 21-year-old a new contract in order to try and stave off interest.
Lamela’s current deal runs until 2016, but he is only earning around £1million net per year, and Spurs would be ready to more than triple his wages in an attempt to lure him to White Hart Lane.
Roma want to extend Lamela’s contract until 2018 and give him a pay rise after his fantastic season in Serie A where he scored 15 times. Spurs might hope that Roma’s lack of European football might help them tempt Lamela away from Italy, although he would likely cost well over £25million.
QPR striker Andy Johnson is hoping that Harry Redknapp will be able to convince Jermain Defoe to drop down a division to join him at Loftus Road.
Defoe is likely to be a back-up option at Spurs next season after the signing of Roberto Soldado, and Johnson believes he might consider a move to QPR, although there might also be interest from the Premier League as well if he was open to leaving White Hart Lane.
Spurs have given no indication they are prepared to sell Defoe, but the strike could look for regular playing time ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
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