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Redknapp Lines Up Bale Replacement

Could be a Spurs player, but at what price?

With Tottenham taking to the Champions League like a duck to water, they will certainly want to bring in some fresh legs pedigreed in Europe’s top competition – especially if someone is rumoured to heading for the exit door.

At 23, long range merchant Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma (known commonly as Pedro) is a two footed winger and striker with the world literally at his feet, having been part of the World Cup winning Spain squad. Tottenham are apparently interested in bringing the Spaniard to White Hart Lane in the summer transfer window.

Pedro has even made it through the Barcelona youth setup, graduating to senior level in 2007. Right now, he is just what Tottenham need if they are to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United on a regular basis at the very top, but there is a catch.

A number of sources currently speculate that with Gareth Bale rapidly being acknowledged as one of the finest players in Europe, he could be tempted by lucrative offers from Manchester United at home and any number from abroad, if the price was right. Bale has been an inspiration for Tottenham this season, doing an excellent job in holding an attack-minded midfield together for one so relatively young.

Off?

There won’t be many (if any) Spurs fans happy to see him go, but it is difficult to see where else the money required would come from. Ryan Giggs is reportedly to retire at the end of the season, and there are presently few better candidates to fill his boots than fellow Welshman Bale, who has recently drawn comparisons to Giggs after proving himself a capable Champions League participant.

So will it be stick or twist from Harry Redknapp in the summer?

HEAD TO HEAD

Bale | Pedro

Age: 21 | 23

Senior Top-flight and full International appearances: 96 | 82

Goals: 12 | 24

Assists: 17 | 10

Yellow cards: 11 | 5

Red cards: 1 | 0

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