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Landing this 78-goal ace would finally turn Tottenham into genuine title contenders

Tottenham supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side put their Champions League disappointment behind them with a routine 4-1 victory at Bournemouth on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men bowed out of Europe’s elite competition last week after losing 4-3 on aggregate to Serie A champions Juventus, this all after salvaging a 2-2 draw from the first leg three weeks earlier to give them a great chance of qualification. And their European hangover appeared to affect them early on against Eddie Howe’s Cherries as Junior Stanislas gave them a seventh minute lead, only for a brace from Son Heung-min as well as strikes from Dele Alli and Serge Aurier to seal a convincing win for the North London club.

Subsequently, there have been many upbeat Spurs fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their team can build upon Sunday’s fine victory with another when they travel to Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup this weekend.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Tottenham supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Gareth Bale is set to leave Real Madrid this summer.

And with Spurs reportedly interested in a move for the Welsh wizard, it’s a deal they simply have to strike during the close season, as his arrival would finally turn Pochettino’s side into Premier League title contenders.

Ultimately, Spurs haven’t been far away in the last few league seasons, having finished third behind Leicester City and Arsenal back in the 2015/16 campaign, and second to champions Chelsea last time round.

Yet there remains question marks over whether Tottenham have it in them to turn that pressure into a sustained title challenge, and those doubts may well have been increased following their defeat to Juventus last week, in which defender Giorgio Chiellini afterwards suggested that they lacked the ‘mental toughness’ to get the job done.

Yet landing Bale would certainly aid with that, as not only would they be acquiring a world class forward player, but they would be landing someone who knows what it takes to win trophies at the highest level.

Ultimately, the 28-year-old has played a key part in helping Zinedine Zidane’s side win three Champions League crowns in the last four seasons, netting the crucial second goal in their 2014 success over Atletico Madrid, before firing home in the penalty shootout two years later to again see off Diego Simeone’s men.

Thus, the Wales international has brought his best game to the big stage, and that appears to be exactly what Spurs need in their bid to move up to the next level, and thus challenge for major honours.

Add in the fact that, on his day, Bale is comfortably one of the best forwards in European football, and not only would he significantly benefit Tottenham, but his arrival would also send out a huge statement of intent to the rest of the division, and indeed the rest of the squad, some of whom could well be questioning Spurs’ desire to challenge the country’s and continent’s elite.

Thus, landing the 78-goal Real ace would finally turn Pochettino’s side into genuine Premier League contenders.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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