Tottenham transfer news: Bale update and Chichires

Baldini heads to Madrid whilst Spurs prepare for Europa League test.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has said that Spurs will not be title contenders this season despite the big summer of transfer activity at White Hart Lane.

The signings of Roberto Soldado and Paulinho each broke the club’s transfer record and it is likely to be broken again today as Willian should complete his medical which will lead to the £30m transfer of the Brazilian forward from Anzhi Makhachkala.

Villas-Boas said of Spurs’ title chances: “I don’t agree that we can be contenders for this season because everything is happening, everything is changing.

“We have to create a team from all these new players that we have bought.”

However, the manager did not rule out it could be a realistic target in future seasons.

Spurs’ sporting director Franco Baldini has travelled to Madrid indicating that Gareth Bale’s transfer to Real is now imminent. The only stumbling block appears to be whether it will be a cash deal or whether it will include a Madrid player – namely Fabio Coentrao.

Baldini is also believed to be conducting negotiations over trying to bring in Roma duo Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic, with the former a priority.

Former player, and manager, Glen Hoddle has asked whether Real Madrid can afford the world record transfer fee for Gareth Bale – with the Independent reporting Real still owe a portion of the transfer fee for Luka Modric from last summer.

Hoddle said: “A big question is have Madrid got the money? Spurs don’t have that big transfer fee at the moment.

“It’s all pie in the sky at the moment because only they know if they have the money.”

The Daily Express is reporting that Steaua Bucharest defender centre-back Vlad Chichires. Earlier reports suggested that Spurs were prepared to bid £3m but that figure seems to have more than doubled to £7m for the 23-year-old Romanian international.

Tottenham are in Europa League action tonight in Georgia against Dinamo Tblisi in the first leg of their play-off for the group stages.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is prepared for a tough test against a side that won their domestic double last season.

"It's not an easy game, playing away against a team with experience of the Champions League and the Europa League.

“It's a big game for them in front of their own fans so it should be a really good game to play. I hope to win.”

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