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Tottenham eye Bale replacement

PastoreTottenham Hotspur fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are consistently worrying about the future of star player Gareth Bale with reports suggesting that Real Madrid have now stepped up in their interest in the Welsh international.

The most recent reports in Spain indicate that the Bernabeu club will pay £100million to land Bale after Carlo Ancelotti made him their prime summer transfer target.

That has already led to discussion among Spurs fans about who they can replace the former Southampton man with and today’s Daily Star reports that the club are looking at Argentina ace Javier Pastore as they face up to life without Bale.

The attacking midfielder joined current club Paris Saint-Germain in a £36m deal from Palermo two years ago and would certainly cost Spurs more if they are to land the 24-year-old.

Any offer around the £100m mark will be difficult to resist for Spurs and the club have reportedly identified Pastore as an possible option should a deal be concluded to take Bale to Madrid before the start of the new season.

Former Tottenham boss David Pleat said: “They were talking £50m, £60m earlier in the summer.

“This could rise to something crazy like £100m.

“At that stage, even Tottenham, who have resisted strongly, may have to look at it. How do you resist that type of money? Manchester United couldn’t resist it for Ronaldo.”

Pastore, who can operate down the middle or on the flanks, has been a slight disappointment since his arrival at PSG but he would still be a top-class replacement for Bale at White Hart Lane with director of football Franco Baldini already making enquiries about his availability.

Meanwhile, Spurs are likely to have Valencia striker Roberto Soldado at the club in the next few days after an agreement was reportedly reached to take the 28-year-old to White Hart Lane.Antonio Sese, a former director at Valencia, tweeted: “They tell me that Roberto Soldado will be transferred shortly.
“They (Tottenham) will pay the release clause. Great management.”Signing Soldado will come as a relief to Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas who has struggled to find a top striker this summer thus far.

Where should Spurs look to replace Bale? Let us know your thoughts below.

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