Tottenham - featuring news on Bale, Carroll and reaction to the North London derby.
The Gareth Bale saga has drawn to a conclusion with a deal agreed to take him to Real Madrid for a world record £85.8m.
In a statement on the club website, Bale said: 'I’ve had six very happy years at Tottenham but it’s the right time to say goodbye. We’ve had some special times together over the years and I’ve loved every minute of it.
'Tottenham will always be in my heart and I’m sure that this season will be a successful one for them. I am now looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my life, playing football for Real Madrid'.
In the meantime, Tom Carroll may be on his way to Loftus Road on loan after QPR manager Harry Redknapp enquired about the promising youngster. According to a report in the Daily Mail, Carroll believes that this is a season where he needs regular football to develop his potential.
The Daily Mirror is reporting that Redknapp may also target Emmanuel Adebayor and Benoit Assou-Ekotto, after failing to convince Jermain Defoe to move to Loftus Road.
There are also deadline day rumours mentioned on Sky Sports News that Andre Villas-Boas may want to bring Hulk to White Hart Lane.
Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Fabio Coentrao will remain a Real Madrid player after interest from Spurs. There were rumours he could’ve been arriving at White Hart Lane as part of the Bale deal.
The Real Madrid manager said: 'Fabio is staying. I understood that he wanted to go, but really it was not the same desire for everyone'.
Away from transfers, Spurs are currently licking their wounds after a 1-0 defeat in the North London derby. An Olivier Giroud goal ended Tottenham's unbeaten start to the season, leaving them on six points after their opening three games.
Andre Villas-Boas, however, believes Spurs were unlucky to leave the Emirates Stadium empty handed.
'It’s very fine margins. Arsenal did well because they closed the spaces down and in the end, it was difficult for us to break through.
'I think bearing in mind the way we finished, we should have got something out of the game'.
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