Tottenham Hotspur latest: Lamela on verge, Baldini in Madrid and 5-0

Roberto Soldado

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Tottenham Hotspur may have gotten their Premier League season off to a strong start having captured maximum points last weekend versus Crystal Palace, and they may have secured some of the best signatures available in the summer market, but that has not stopped their name being linked with one surprising name - Lukas Podolski, of hated neighbours Arsenal.

With Santi Cazorla's experimental shift to the left, Olivier Giroud taking up the front-man role and the rumours of additions in the form of Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Angel di Maria (perhaps making room for Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale), there seems little room for Podolski, and the player will want guarantees of regular football in a World Cup year.

But to Spurs? Yes, say reports, there has been contact.

Talks have also been held in Real Madrid, with Franco Baldini present in Spain in order to discuss the sale of Gareth Bale, according to Press Association Sport, in reports also published by ITV and Sky Sports.

Any transfer of Bale to Real will likely see the Welshman eclipse the world record fee Madrid paid Manchester United in order to gain Cristiano Ronaldo, with the consensus fee for Bale being £82m with a player, likely Fabio Coentrao.

From exports to imports and Willian, the £30m+ Brazilian, has successfully passed his medical ahead of his big-money move (the third time Spurs will break their own record for most expensive signing this summer). According to the press, the Anzhi midfielder will sign up for five years.

Italian media, meanwhile, have all but said arrivederci to Erik Lamela. The Italian branch, Sky Sport, claim that all that is left for the deal to be made official is an agreement on the transfer fee, with the current £30m offer (inclusive of bonuses/add-ons) not desirable enough for AS Roma.

Reports indicate that Lamela's representatives are also in Madrid, in separate talks with Baldini, ahead of a prospective six-year switch to White Hart Lane.

Sky Sports meanwhile quote AVB to have doubted his club's own Premier League title chances: 'I don't agree that we can be title contenders for this season coming because everything is happening, everything is changing.

'We have to create a team at the moment from all these new players that we have bought. We haven't had lots of time to work with them, but we believe that in the future we can definitely achieve it.'

And lastly, in their Europa League play-off trip to Georgia, Tottenham trumped Dinamo Tbilsi by an emphatic 5-0 scoreline, with goals coming from academy product Andros Townsend, summer acquisition Paulinho, goal-happy forward Roberto Soldado (x2) and Danny Rose.

Who needs Bale anyway?

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