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Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 12

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 12

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    By the time this week's Tottenham Hotspur transfer tracker finishes, the new Premier League season will have begun.

    Tottenham travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace on Sunday. Even with three signings already made—plus a few departures—it would not be surprising if Spurs' business in the transfer market was not yet complete.

    Considering this week also sees many players across Europe on international duty, transfer activity in the Premier League could possibly take a backseat.

    Then again, when has actual football ever stopped gossip and players moving?

    Make sure to check back here throughout the week for all the latest news and rumours relating to Tottenham's transfer activity.

    LAST UPDATE: Saturday, August 17

Osvaldo Talk Heats Up

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    Saturday, August 17

    According to the Daily Star's Gary Jones, Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo is favouring a move to Tottenham over a switch to Southampton.

    Along with Spurs, Inter Milan are said to be the only other club Osvaldo is willing to join.

    The Daily Express' Charles Perrin reported on Thursday that Saints had a bid accepted for the Italy international.

    Current Spurs Technical Director Franco Baldini—of course, formerly of Roma—may prove to be the decisive element in convincing Osvaldo to join his new club.

Tottenham Sign Capoue

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    Thursday, August 15

    A day after the departures of Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, Tottenham have strengthened their midfield options with the acquisition of Etienne Capoue.

    The France international's transfer from Toulouse was announced via TottenhamHotspur.com.

    It might be an innocuous reference to his versatility, but the aforementioned article notes the "powerful defensive midfielder...can also be employed at centre-half."

    What Capoue's new manager Andre Villas-Boas specifically has in mind for him is not yet certain.

    powerful defensive midfielder, who can also be employed at centre-half

Levy Planning Further Recruits in Attempts to Convince Bale to Stay?

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    Thursday, August 15

    The Daily Express' Tony Banks believes Tottenham owner Joe Lewis will sanction even more heavy spending this summer in order to convince Gareth Bale to stay.

    Spurs have already spent well over £40 million on Nacer Chadli, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue.

    Ajax's Christian Eriksen and Roma's Erik Lamela are, according to Banks, Spurs' priority transfer targets for the rest of the summer window.

    Moves for Anzhi Makhachkala man Willian and Dinamo Zagreb's teenage prodigy Alen Halilovic could also be on the horizon.

    The Daily Mail's John Drayton reported yesterday that a deal for the latter could already be close to completion.

    Conceivably, one or two of these rumoured targets could have been identified as the attack-minded replacements for Bale if he ends up leaving.

Huddlestone and Livermore Join Hull

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    Wednesday, August 14

    Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore have joined Hull City on a permanent and season-long loan deal respectively.

    Tottenham Hotspur announced the midfield duo's departures via their official website.

    Huddlestone featured for the last time in a Spurs shirt this past weekend, coming on as a second-half substitute against Espanyol.

     

Parker Set for QPR Move?

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    Tuesday, August 13

    The Daily Telegraph's John Percy reports Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker is close to completing a transfer to Queens Park Rangers, where he will be reunited with his former boss Harry Redknapp.

    Redknapp confirmed the deal to Percy, and indicated a medical will take place on Tuesday.

    A fee of £3.5 million is said to have been agreed for Spurs' 2012-13 player of the year winner.

    Parker was not selected for Tottenham's squad to face Espanyol this past weekend.

    Playing opportunities were likely to be limited for him given the team's depth in midfield following the signings of Lewis Holtby and Paulinho this year. As well as the return to fitness of Sandro ahead of the season.

Defoe and Sigurdsson Definitely Staying? Willian to Join Them?

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    Tuesday, August 13

    The Daily Express is carrying quotes from Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas that has him confirming that Jermain Defoe and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be staying in North London.

    "They are players we count on 100 per cent. Sigurdsson is completely in our plans," Villas-Boas is reported to have said.

    "Defoe is a hero for Tottenham and has been doing well. He faces competition which he has always faced during his career."

    This flies in the face of stories such as that written by the Daily Mail's Joe Bernstein earlier this week. That article had Spurs willing to sell Defoe to Queens Park Rangers for £6 million.

    Sigurdsson may be about to face increased competition for his place, at least if a story in The Sun today is anything to go by.

    Antony Kastrinakis writes that Spurs are preparing to battle it out with Liverpool for the signing of Anzhi Makhachkala attacker Willian.

Gareth Bale Latest

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    Tuesday, August 13

    Gareth Bale may not be a priority for Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti's after all.

    According to Pete Jenson and Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph, Ancelotti has informed Real president Florentino Perez that Bale is not "integral to his plans this season."

    The Mirror's Darren Lewis disagrees, and reports that Ancelotti is keen to get a transfer completed sooner rather than later.

    The Italian is said to want to allow Bale more time to settle than Luka Modric was given following the latter's own transfer from Tottenham in 2012.

    Monday, August 12

    Ian Herbert and Glenn Moore of The Independent explore in detail the possibility of Manchester United bidding for Tottenham's Gareth Bale.

    The long-running saga of Real Madrid's interest in the Wales international has made Tottenham "seemingly more receptive to the English champions," according to Herbert and Moore.

    Spurs' recent transfer history with United—particularly the latter's prolonged pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov in 2008—would certainly give both sides pause for thought.

    As would Spurs' likely hesitation to sell Bale to a Premier League rival.

    Depending on Bale's eagerness to leave White Hart Lane, it certainly seems feasible United would consider competing with Real for the player's signature.

    Not least if a slow start to the season heightens the need for new boss David Moyes to make a big-name signing.

    Both this Independent story and an article in the Daily Star by Jack Wilson also note that United forward Javier Hernandez could be included as part of any such move. 

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