Tottenham to splash Bale cash

  • Last Updated: August 29 2013, 9:12 BST

Tottenham are poised to eclipse Manchester City as the summer's big spenders as Gareth Bale finally nears the exit.

Gareth Bale: On the verge of a world-record move to Real Madrid
Gareth Bale: On the verge of a world-record move to Real Madrid

Bale is on the verge of completing his protracted move to Real Madrid for a world-record £86m fee but Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is closing in on three transfer targets to collectively strengthen his squad.

Deals are in place for Roma forward Erik Lamela and Steaua Bucharest centre-back Vlad Chiriches, who have both arrived in London ahead of medicals, while chairman Daniel Levy is in talks with Ajax over a £9m move for Christian Eriksen.

Lamela's arrival, for a fee rising to £30m, would see Tottenham break their transfer record for a third time this summer following the £17m and £26m outlays for Paulinho and Roberto Soldado, respectively.

But their overall spend during this window would surpass £100m, beating the figure of around £90m that Manuel Pellegrini has forked out at Manchester City.

There could be an acrimonious end to the Bale saga after Villas-Boas criticised the winger's conduct with his next move still to be sealed.

"He is involved in a big transfer to Real Madrid and, if it happens, we wish him all the best, but the fact that he hasn't turned up is not the correct behaviour," Villas-Boas said after Bale missed a second day of training.

"I gave the player the weekend off. Monday was a day off for the squad. It is up to the club now to decide if it's a fineable offence. I've given my opinion on it, it's up to them to decide whether they act on it or not."


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