Tottenham morning round-up: Including Bale and Adebayor

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Mourinho also rules out letting Mata go to the Lane

As the transfer deadline inches ever nearer, Real Madrid vice-president Fernando Fernández-Tapias has accused Tottenham of ‘dragging their feet’ over Gareth Bale’s world record transfer to the club.

Madrid’s vice-president also said that they have a great team without Gareth Bale and thinks the transfer will go through, even though he has said Spurs ‘keep putting it off.’

It is understood that Bale will complete his transfer to the Bernabeu once Spurs announce the signings of Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen.

Former striker Les Ferdinand has urged Tottenham fans to remember Bale for the good times, despite him repeatedly missing training sessions with the first team recently.

Ferdinand said: "What Gareth has done for the club over the last few years has been fantastic.

"No-one wanted to see it end this way, but sometimes when a saga goes on for this long unfortunately it doesn't end as smoothly or as nicely as everyone wants it to but I just hope that everyone remembers the good things that Gareth has done and they wish him all the best for the future."

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been linked with a move to Schalke according to reports in German newspaper Bild, though there is some speculation over the transfer fee being a stumbling block, along with Adebayor's wages.

Spurs chances of signing Chelsea’s Juan Mata seem to be remote after Chelsea warned both Tottenham and Arsenal off signing the player with the club signalling their intentions of keeping hold of the Spaniard.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has expressed his desire to keep hold of Mata and he said before their Super Cup match: “He will be a very important player for us. We have a lot of players in these positions but every big team has many options.”

Away from the transfer news, Tottenham are safely through to the group stages of the Europa League after an 8-0 aggregate win over Georgian side Dinamo Tbilisi.

After already having a five goal from the first leg, two goals from Jermain Defoe and a great strike from Lewis Holtby secured Spurs’ passage to the group stage at White Hart Lane last night. They will go into today’s Europa League group stage draw amongst the top seeds.

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