News and gossip from the past 24 hours at White Hart Lane.
Once again Gareth Bale is the hot topic of the day, beating down on frustrated Tottenham Hotspur fans like a blisteringly quick combination of punches from American super featherweight supremo Gary Russell Jr.
This time, it's not a written jab from Marca or a left hook to the body from an outspoken player on the books at Real Madrid, but it's from Los Blancos president Florentino Perez, who believes the prospective £86m fee is too inflated, even for a forward of the Welshman's stature.
Speaking to ESPN Deportes TV, Perez said: 'We do not usually talk about other players out of respect to the player, the club and the president, with whom I made a good friendship last season during the signing of Luka Modric. [But] €100 million (£86m) seems a lot to me, a lot for everything.'
Barring the uncertain future of Bale, Tottenham's transfer policy has been immense so far this season with the additions of Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Roberto Soldado for a total expenditure of £50m.
However, that figure could very soon be increased by a further £9m as negotiations with Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, who can also slot in at central defence, look increasingly positive. Club president Olivier Sadran even stated 'he will go there' when asked about the move.
The BBC even ponder that Capoue's imminent arrival could spell the end of Scott Parker's career at White Hart Lane as the Englishman is sought-after by both West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers. The Sun, though, believe QPR made a formal approach for Tottenham hotshot Jermain Defoe.
In other transfer news, the player sale at Anzhi and Willian's open desire to play in England has prompted rumours he is Tottenham bound, but the club are also allegedly interested in Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye.
There is actual football to mention as a Tottenham XI gave a knockout performance at Cambridge City, battering them 5-0. Playing at the Glass World Stadium, goals came from Nabil Bentaleb, Yago Falque (twice), Ryan Fredericks and Cristian Ceballos.
Senior professional phase coach Chris Ramsey was pleased with the result, telling the club's official website that 'these games… are always a test because the other team will come out and put every effort in, it’s a huge occasion for them and you have to weather the storm somewhat before getting back to your own game.
'The lads applied themselves well and did a professional job. They certainly didn’t treat it like a Testimonial. We scored some fantastic goals and hopefully we’ll take that form into the season.'
Elsewhere, Jan Vertonghen hopes to be fit enough to feature at the start of the season, against Crystal Palace.
Oh, one more and this is the last round before the bell rings: former Spur Louis Saha retired on his 35th birthday. He said: '[I] want to thank all managers, all staff, all team-mates, all opponents and all fans for all the support and love towards me during my career.' Adieu.
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