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Tottenham morning news: Including striker revelation and Lamela hype

Also features fixture changes and Bale... again.

It emerged last night that Spurs had failed in an attempt to sign former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato as they failed to meet the asking price of current club Corinthians for the Brazilian – according to Tim Vickery on TalkSport.

Apart from that story and everyone trying to get every last bit out of the Gareth Bale story, there isn’t much to be said about the fallout from Spurs’ transfers.

But the Bale story is that he found his wait to join Real Madrid stressful, and he understood the reasons why his move was protracted.

“I knew their interest from the start and I was always confident the move would go through but obviously the Chairman Daniel Levy had to do his business and do Tottenham well so I kind of understood that.”

Surely, one would think, there isn’t much more to write about on that subject from now on.

Given that Spurs have qualified for the group stages of the Europa League, there have been several games that have been rearranged as a result. They are:

- Cardiff City away is now Sunday 22nd September at 4pm

- West Ham United at home is now Sunday 6th October at 4pm

- Hull City at home is now Sunday 27th October at 4pm

Spurs’ home clash with Liverpool is provisionally arranged for Sunday 15th December but will be confirmed once the next round of TV fixtures are selected.

Ossie Ardiles has said he is excited about the direction the club is going in after the transfer window, and is excited in particular by the signing of fellow countryman Erik Lamela from Roma. Ardiles has followed Lamela’s progress closely since the forward made his debut for River Plate.

Ardiles said: “He is a brilliant player. Of all the really top players Tottenham have bought for this season, he is the one that excites me the most.”

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