Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Capoue close and Willian on radar

A select round-up of transfer news relating to Tottenham Hotspur, including Etienne Capoue, Willian and Gareth Bale.

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly agreed an £8.6million fee with Toulouse for their defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue, who can also play in central defence.

Toulouse president Olivier Sadran has confirmed that Capoue is on his way to Spurs, and the 25-year-old’s arrival could signal the departure of either Tom Huddlestone or Scott Parker.

Capoue’s versatility will be handy in covering for Spurs at centre-back, with injuries and the departure of Steven Caulker leaving the team short in that area, but the France international is a far better midfielder than a defender, and could be rotated with Sandro, Paulinho and Mousa Dembele in the middle of a 4-3-3 formation.

As well as being a tenacious defender, Capoue is a fine passer, and can play dangerous through balls from deep.

The Gareth Bale saga is still some distance from being resolved, with Real Madrid and Spurs reportedly £18million apart in their valuations of the player.

Daniel Levy and Florentino Perez have had direct talks in America this week, but the Spurs chairman has stood by his price-tag of £104million, whilst Real Madrid have only offered £84million.

There have also been suggestions that Bale would not be very welcome in Real Madrid’s dressing room, with several senior players, including Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, unhappy at the proposed move.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also rumoured to be displeased by the club’s pursuit of Bale and the idea he might lose his world record for the most expensive player ever.

Willian could be available this summer for less than the £30million Anzhi Makhachkala paid for him in January, after the Russian club put all of their players on the transfer list in an attempt to slash their budget.

Spurs and Chelsea have both been linked with the Brazilian before, and he has said recently that he hopes to move to the Premier League to help his chances of getting into the Brazil squad for the World Cup next year.

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