Latest on Bale and AVB's opinion on Townsend's England call up
There has been a lot of activity at Tottenham over the past 24 hours, notably the deal of Erik Lamela from Roma looks very close to completion with a fee reported to be in excess of £25m for the Argentine forward.
The club has also been given permission to speak to Ajax’s Christian Eriksen, with the Dutch club holding out for £12m, with Spurs believed to have offered £8m with Franco Baldini and Daniel Levy believed to be in Amsterdam yesterday to discuss the deal.
The Romanian said: "I couldn’t sleep for two days after I found out the first time that I’m not going to Tottenham, I even shed some tears.
"But now I am close to joining Tottenham and I am very happy about that."
Tottenham have reported to have contacted Lazio over the availability for Brazilian playmaker Hernanes. According to the Daily Star, Lazio would like to keep him but the player has yet to sign a new contract.
Whilst all this activity is going on, the Gareth Bale deal nears completion for a world record fee, but things may end on a sour note as Andre Villas-Boas indicated the club may fine the player for not showing up for training earlier in the week.
The Spurs boss said: “I don’t think it’s the correct behaviour.
“It’s up to the club now to decide if it’s a fineable offence.”
Away from transfer news, the manager has also criticised England manager Roy Hodgson over the selection of Andros Townsend, saying that he would have appreciated being consulted by Hodgson beforehand.
"I wasn't contacted in any way or form by Roy Hodgson regarding the player call-up. I would have preferred to give my opinion on the fact that he gets caught up too soon.
"If there is to be any continuity with the future of Andros in the national team, it's a great step for him. It means that there is confidence from the manager in him, it means that something is going to be built."
Tottenham are currently preparing for the second leg of their Europa League match with Dinamo Tbilisi. Spurs hold a 5-0 lead from the first leg, with the second game at White Hart Lane tomorrow night.
Spurs have also been drawn away to Aston Villa in the third round of the Capital One Cup, a tie which will take place on the week commencing 23rd September.
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