Real up pursuit of Bale, whilst Spurs close in on Villa

Real Madrid look set to make their first official bid for Tottenham”s Gareth Bale soon.

Madrid are desperate to add Bale to their squad and are willing to make a £60million bid plus winger Angel Di Maria.

Offloading a player who has been a consistent starter with Real for the past three years proves how highly they rate Bale.

Real have been criticised for the way they”ve gone about attempting to sign Bale, after a member of the Madrid hierarchy told Bale to hand in a transfer request to force through a move.

Bale has never mentioned his desire to leave Tottenham and after a fantastic season under new coach Andre Villas-Boas last year, he may well stay another year to improve (what little he can improve) his game.

Villas-Boas has countless time reiterated the fact Bale won”t leave this summer and reassurances from Chairman Daniel Levy. After years of selling their best players (Luka Modric left Spurs for Real Madrid last season too) Spurs fans can be pleased with the defence Tottenham have put up this year as they try to keep a hold of their main man.

Should a deal to Real happen, which at the moment looks unlikely, Madrid would have to offer a world-record bid for the player.

Bale would then team up with the current world-record transfer in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo whose future is still undecided. New Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti doesn”t want to sell the Portuguese international and has said it would be an “honour to manage him”.

Tottenham”s striker search

Spurs have upped their pursuit of Barcelona”s David Villa with the club”s new technical director Franco Baldini set to hold talks with the players representatives in London this week.

Arguably Tottenham”s lack of a world-class striker cost them a place in the Champions League last year, with them too over-reliant on Bale to do the business.

Despite a promising start to the season Jermaine Defoe struggled and lost his place to the heavily criticised Emmanuel Adebayor who managed just three Premier League goals all season!

Villa, now 31, would probably be one of two centre-forward targets for Villas-Boas given the players age. The former Valencia man still has a couple of very good years left in him, however you feel Tottenham would also want to bring in someone with the future in mind.

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