Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: Latest Offseason Rumours for Spurs
With July over halfway done and preseason football underway, Tottenham faces an important month in the transfer window.
Despite a few good moves thus far this summer, the London club has quite a bit of work left to do before the start of the season.
At the top of this to-do list is the acquisition of a new striker, a need that the club has faced for the past year.
With such a crucial period facing the club, every rumor and piece of gossip seems to carry a lot of weight.
With that in mind, let's break down the most recent gossip swirling around White Hart Lane.
Here are the latest transfer rumors for Tottenham.
Spurs to Hold onto Bale
The word that Tottenham is hoping to hold onto Gareth Bale for at least another season should not come as a surprise to anyone.
After all, the Welsh winger is coming off of an incredible season in which he earned the PFA Player of the Year award.
However, reports of other clubs' interest in buying Bale just keep springing up.
The most recent team linked with a move for Spurs' top man is Manchester United, as the Mirror's Oliver Holt is reporting that new manager David Moyes is apparently lining up a £60 million bid for Bale.
However, the Telegraph's Jason Burt claims that such an offer will prove meaningless, as Tottenham will reject any bid for Bale this summer.
The thought of Gareth Bale moving to another club this summer might be a tantalizing prospect for many fans, but it seems as though Spurs are ready to go at least one more season with this fantastic talent in their squad.
Christian Benteke off the Market
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas' wish list for a new striker has gotten one name shorter as Christian Benteke has proved unavailable.
The Belgian had a breakout season this past year, scoring 19 Premier League goals for relegation-threatened Aston Villa in his first season after moving from Genk.
Despite being linked to a move away, Benteke formally decided to stay at Villa on Friday, as the BBC confirmed that he had withdrawn his transfer request and signed a long-term deal with the club.
A coup for Christian Benteke had seemed like a long shot for Spurs, but the Belgian would have fit in perfectly at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham cannot afford to have too many more striker targets slip through their fingers.
Spurs Target Neilton
According to the Metro, Tottenham are preparing a £7 million bid for Brazilian club Santos' young talent Neilton.
The 19-year-old has played just six matches for Santos in Serie A, scoring three goals.
However, the fact that he came up through the Santos academy and is garnering such attention has led to the nickname "New Neymar."
Given the fact that Santos were so hesitant to sell Neymar over the past few years, though, this could be a lose-lose situation for Spurs: The Brazilian club will not let him go if he has true talent while Spurs will be stuck with the bill if he is all hype.
Then again, the inclusion of new Spurs technical director Franco Baldini into this equation gives hope to the London club as they pursue another Brazilian.
Bernard Hints at Exit
Tottenham target Bernard could be readying himself for a move to Europe in the near future, putting many clubs on high alert.
The Independent is reporting that as many as five big European clubs, including Spurs, are putting together offers for the young Brazilian ahead of what might be his final match at current club Atletico Mineiro.
Bernard spoke about such a possibility in a press conference before Wednesday's second leg of the Copa Libertadores final:
Regardless of whether it is my last game, it will be one of the most important titles of my career. Libertadores is very important for the club and for the players.
I will do my best to make the fans happy, because moments like this may not happen again.
The statement comes just weeks after Cuca, the manager of Atletico Mineiro, conceded that the winger would probably be leaving the club this summer.
Even if Bernard does leave, though, Spurs will face tough competition for his signature, as Liverpool and Champions League-bound clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk are also interested in signing him.
Spurs After Next Bale?
According to the Mirror, Tottenham are interested in pursuing Real Betis' Alvaro Vadillo.
The 18-year-old Spaniard has racked up 18 appearances at Betis over the past two years and has become a fixture in Spain's U-20 squad.
As he has speed and skill on the left wing, Vadillo has earned comparisons to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, leading some to wonder if a move for the youngster might be a sign that Spurs are preparing for life after their Welsh wizard.
However, with Bale moving to a more central role so he can roam the park at all times, the acquisition of Vadillo might be a prudent signing for Spurs as they look to shore up their left side for seasons to come.