Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Bale, Willian and Europa League

All the latest news and views from White Hart Lane.

Club news is relatively quiet as Andre Villas-Boas readies his Tottenham Hotspur selection for Thursday evening's Europa League play-off tie against Dinamo Tbilisi, in Georgia. Spurs should navigate their way through to the tournament proper untroubled, however, long European trips can often prove arduous.

Tottenham, though, are embarking on good form having knocked South China for six at the end of last month, before tying Espanyol 1-1 and securing a confidence-building three points on their debut game for the 2013-14 Premier League campaign. The only recent blemish, of course, being the 5-2 reverse to money-laden AS Monaco.

Spurs beat Crystal Palace 1-0 last weekend, with the sole scorer being new boy Roberto Soldado from the penalty spot. Having scored on his first competitive appearance for the Lilywhites, he joins illustrious company that includes all-time White Hart Lane greats such as Martin Peters, Ricky Villa, Clive Allen and Jimmy Greaves - who actually scored a hat-trick.

The transfer news is, of course ongoing. So lets kick off with what's real... and that's Scotty Parker's switch to Fulham, a far sight better than the QPR transfer that had been speculated by the media in recent weeks. Parker should be re-named the Bendy Bus, for the Englishman has traveled to near enough all the corners of the capital city playing for Charlton Athletic (south-east London), Chelsea (west), West Ham United (east) and Spurs (north).

Then there's what's not real. Such as the £93m supposed bid from Real Madrid that will secure the services of yes, you know, Gareth Bale. The Daily Star say the fee has already been agreed. While Real goalscoring legend Raul admits that the Welsh forward is a 'wonderful' player, he also concedes that Tottenham over-estimate the player's worth.

'Bale is a wonderful player. I understand the Real Madrid board is working hard to assemble the best team possible. But the price is too high. Tottenham overestimate the price of Bale,' said the Spaniard, who now represents Al Sadd, of Qatar.

If that is indeed the actual price, then that could perhaps explain Spurs' continued assault on a number of good quality summer window targets, such as a potential £60m double-swoop for Anzhi star Willian and Roma winger Erik Lamela. The latter's agent, though, rubbished the reports, claiming he was not even in London.

Lastly, The Independent identify the man responsible for Tottenham's significant dips into the transfer market... the club are perhaps the best (Premier League) bidders so far this summer, but it's not all AVB, no... it's former England national team assistant Franco Baldini.

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