Brazilian winger Bernard has confirmed he will visit Shakhar Donetsk, but denied that he is set to move to the Ukranian team, who are so far the only side to meet Atletico Mineiro’s £21.8million asking price for the 20-year-old.
Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with the player this summer, and apparently made a bid of around £15.7million earlier in the transfer window, whilst Porto were considered favourites to sign Bernard after his father suggested that they would be his preferred destination.
Shakhtar have a recent history of signing talented young Brazilians, including the likes of Willian and Fernandinho, but Bernard has suggested he would prefer not to move to the Ukrainian side as it might harm his chances of being selected for next summer’s World Cup.
Besiktas are reportedly considering switching their attention from Emmanuel Adebayor to Jermain Defoe, after failing to find an agreement with the Togolese striker.
Defoe is also a target for QPR, and could be allowed to leave White Hart Lane this summer after Spurs completed the signing of Roberto Soldado yesterday.
However if the England international left, Spurs would be left with just Adebayor and Soldado up front, with Clint Dempsey leaving for Seattle, meaning they would likely have to sign another striker before selling Defoe.
Gareth Bale returned to training at Spurs yesterday to allay fears he would go on strike to try and force through a move to Real Madrid.
Bale, who missed the weekend’s friendly defeat to Monaco with an injury, reported back for treatment despite Andre Villas-Boas giving the squad the day-off.
Cardiff City are considering another move for a Spurs squad player, with midfielder Tom Huddlestone reportedly in their sights.
The Bluebirds recently missed out on Etienne Capoue, and have identified Huddlestone, along with Stephane Mbia, as possible alternatives to the France international.
Huddlestone has also been linked with Sunderland and Fulham this summer after Spurs signed Brazilian midfielder Paulinho.
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