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Gareth Bale | Midfielder | #11

Team: Transfer Target
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 163

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Speaking to the BBC, Hal Robson-Kanu reveals his agent has received offers "from around the world" after deciding to run down his contract with Reading after 12-years at the club.
The Wales forward has been a revelation at Euro 2016, scoring twice and grabbing the headlines with a wonderful goal in the quarter-final win over Belgium. Robson-Kanu decided against taking up "good offers" pre-tournament from "progressive clubs" and it’s a gamble that looks to have paid off. "I've made no secret of my desire to play in the Premier League and if that's the best place for me then I'll be there. I made a decision to [leave] Reading and felt it was best for myself and my career. I've been aware of clubs coming in for me in the past, bigger clubs and for whatever reason it didn't happen so it's probably one of the best decisions of my life." Robson-Kanu scored 7 goals from 13 starts [25 appearances] for Reading in the Premier League during their brief foray [2012/13] into the top flight. Mon, Jul 4, 2016 06:57:00 AM
Source: BBC Sport

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Manchester United are reportedly using David De Gea's potential move to Real Madrid as leverage to bring one or both of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to Old Trafford.

Starting with the preamble that swap deals almost never happen, Manchester United would certainly be wise to get as much leverage as they can out of a potential De Gea deal. Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have both been linked with moves away from the Bernabeu this summer but it seems unlikely that both will leave. The rumor is weakened by the fact that United don't have a great deal of leverage with De Gea having only one year to run on his current contract. If United overplay their hand the Spanish goalkeeper can just play out the season and move to Real Madrid for free next summer on a free.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 03:43:00 PM

Tottenham have announced that it has reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Gareth Bale.

I'm sure you'll all join us in saying, thank goodness this one is finally over. The deal is for a world record £85 million, which surpasses the previous world mark set in 2009 when Real Madrid paid Manchester United £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo. Tottenham have already spent most of the incoming fee on the likes of Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, but don't be surprised if the club add another big name or two before the transfer window ends on Monday night.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 03:44:00 PM

Tottenham have confirmed they have reached agreement with AS Roma for the transfer of Erik Lamela.

The deal for the highly-rated 21-year-old is estimated at £26million and the purchase should finally enable Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid to go ahead for a world record fee of £86million. Lamela was outstanding in Serie A last season, scoring 15 goals from midfield, with pace and close control his main assets, and is capable of playing on either wing or as a number 10 behind the main striker. He is available to play in the North London derby this weekend.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 10:19:00 AM

Italian club Roma claim that Argentine forward Erik Lamela is to join Tottenham for about £25.7million (30million euros).

The deal for the 21-year-old also includes up to £4.2million in bonus payments and takes Tottenham's spending to nearly £85million this summer. The sale could finally enable Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid to go ahead for a world record fee of £86million. Lamela was brilliant in Serie A last season, scoring 15 goals from midfield and will soften the blow felt by the loss of Bale.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 01:27:00 PM

Tottenham may fine Real Madrid target Gareth Bale after he failed to show up to training for a second day, manager Andre Villas-Boas has said.

It appears a deal with Madrid is essentially done but Spurs want to sign a replacement before it is officially completed. This is the cause of Bale's frustration, but his behaviour has become unprofessional. The cause of the delay was the Willian / Chelsea saga, but the club are now close to completing a deal for Roma's Erik Lamela and at that point Bale should move for around £85million. It's a shame for all at Tottenham that it has come to this, but it would better for everyone if the transfer was wrapped up as quickly as possible.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 11:34:00 AM

Roma's attacking midfielder Erik Lamela is set to complete his move to Tottenham in the next 24 hours with personal terms close to being finalised.

The deal for Lamela - who was brilliant in Serie A last season, scoring 15 goals from midfield - is expected to smash Tottenham's transfer record for the third time this summer, with a fee of £30million being reported. The deal will likely be concluded once the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid is finalised later this week.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 03:23:00 AM

Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Tottenham target Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala, according to Sky sources.

Willian was seen as the perfect Gareth Bale replacement and had already completed his medical and agreed personal terms with Tottenham, but Chelsea have made a last ditch attempt to scupper the deal and can offer a much bigger salary and Champions League football. One would question whether Jose Mourinho really needs another player in the Mata/Hazard/Schürrle mould, but that aside, landing the Brazilian playmaker would be a huge blow for Andre Villas-Boas and Daniel Levy.
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 05:24:00 AM

Real Madrid's long-running pursuit of forward Gareth Bale, 24, is close to a conclusion with Tottenham poised to accept an offer of £93m plus 25-year-old Portuguese wing-back Fabio Coentrao.

The majority of UK media outlets and numerous sources on Twitter are claiming this deal will finally be concluded in the next few days. While losing Bale is a blow for Spurs, the signings of Soldado, Chadli, Paulinho and Capoue plus the possible additions of Willian and Coentrao for roughly the same price as the club are selling Bale for would be quite phenomenal work by Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini.
Source: The Metro
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 05:41:00 AM

Tottenham are in pole position to sign Brazilian midfielder Willian after the player arrived in London for a medical at the club.

The Daily Mail are the first UK paper to go big with this story, stating the 25-year-old is on the brink of joining Spurs in a deal believed to be around £30million. The news first came from a trusted Russian journalist on Twitter this morning and is now being treated as a real possibility by most media outlets. Attacking-midfielder Willan would be a huge capture for Tottenham and would go some way to soften the blow if Gareth Bale completes his expected move to Real Madrid. Andre Villas-Boas has been well-and-truly backed in the transfer market this summer but will now be under increased pressure to deliver Champions League football.
Source: Daily Mail
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 06:26:00 AM

Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has refused to discuss the future of Gareth Bale but did reveal he expects the forward to miss the forthcoming games against Dinamo Tbilisi and Swansea City.

According to the Spurs boss, "The player is injured. He’s not available for selection and is not likely to start against Tbilisi or Swansea." The severity of the foot injury that is keeping the fantasy legend off the pitch is as much in question as the sincerity of it. Reading the tea leaves, Bale may have made a firm stance that he has played his last game in a Tottenham shirt as his much publicized exit seems inevitable.
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 06:11:00 AM

With his move to Real Madrid seemingly losing momentum Gareth Bale has been linked to a move to a move to Manchester United.

With little else of interest to talk about during Sunday's Community Shield match, it was made abundantly clear that the famous number 7 is now available at United for the right signing. With Wayne Rooney possibly leaving and United in need of a big signing to prove David Moyes can play with the big boys the rumor had to happen. As to whether the transfer will happen, it seems like a lot of money in both transfer fee and wages for United even if the do sell off Rooney. It would also still leave them with needs in their midfield and a lot less money to spend to fill those needs. File this under "unlikely, but fun to think about if you're a United supporter".
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 09:03:00 AM

Tom Ince has been linked with a variety of clubs this summer with Tottenham being the latest and highest profile of the group.

There have been a number of Spurs rumors today and all of them seem to assume that Gareth Bale will leave for Spain before the end of the current transfer window. While Ince isn't even close to a replacement for Bale's production, he could be a nice complimentary piece to the strengthening Spurs have already done down the middle. If Bale doesn't leave, it's hard to believe Spurs will be spending more with big money already spent on Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and, to a lesser extent, Etienne Capoue.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 10:19:00 AM

Spurs are also insisting on Real Madrid and Spain Under-21 international striker Alvaro Morata, 20, as being part of any deal that would see the Welshman move to the Bernabeu.

The Independent are reporting that negotiations between Tottenham and Real Madrid over the sale of Gareth Bale have been stepped up in the past 24 hours, but Spurs are insisting that Morata is included along with £80million. Andre Villas-Boas believes Morata and Roberto Soldado could operate together, but Morata can also play on the left of a line of three behind the striker, giving him more options.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 04:55:00 AM

Real Madrid have made a world record bid of over £85m to Spurs for Gareth Bale, Sky Sports understands.

Sky Sports also claim that the bid has been on the table for over a week and Bale is aware of it and is becoming more frustrated with the situation. This is the Luka Modric situation all over again for Tottenham, but this time the money on offer is absolutely crazy. If Daniel Levy decided to sell Bale then that decision must come soon so the club have time to reinvest the cash in new players to replace the Welsh attacker.
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 11:31:00 AM