Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 26

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 26

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    One week remains in the summer transfer window, and all indications are that Tottenham Hotspur's dealings are not yet over.

    The White Hart Lane club have completed the majority of their business already.

    Unlike in previous years, they are unlikely to be among the teams scrambling to complete transfers in the window's closing hours.

    Even so, a busy week still lies ahead for manager Andre Villas-Boas, technical director Franco Baldini and chairman Daniel Levy.

    For all the latest transfer news and relevant rumours relating to Spurs, make sure to check back here throughout the week.

    LAST UPDATE: Tuesday, September 1

Assou-Ekotto and Carroll Join QPR on Loan

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    Tuesday, 3 September

    Tottenham's final activity of the summer transfer window was confirmed just prior to its closure on Monday night.

    The club announced via their official website that Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tom Carroll had joined Queens Park Rangers on season-long loans.

    Both players will be reunited with their former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

Bale Joins Real Madrid

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    Sunday, September 1

    Tottenham have announced, via their official website, the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid 

    In a statement, chairman Daniel Levy described Spurs' "great reluctance" in selling a player they ultimately decided would "not be sufficiently committed to our campaign in the current season."

    Bale told that the club "will always be in my heart", but said it was "the right time to say goodbye" as a move to Real was a "dream come true."

    BBC Sport reports that Spurs did indeed get a world record fee for Bale in the end.

    The La Liga club will reportedly pay them £85.3 million (100m euros) for the Welshman who has signed a six-year contract.

    Saturday, August 31

    The Daily Mail's Pete Jenson reports that Real Madrid believe they have "persuaded" Tottenham to sell them Gareth Bale for £78 million.

    If true, that would make him less expensive than previous record buy Cristiano Ronaldo. Something the ego-riven club would regard as a positive given the seemingly overly-sensitive status of their superstar.

    Spurs would receive the money in a single payment, rather than in multiple installments, as Jenson believes would be the case for a higher fee.

    Tuesday, August 27

    There are varying reports today about the status of Gareth Bale's potential transfer to Real Madrid.

    The Daily Telegraph's Ben Rumsby has the player and the Spanish club still confident of an imminent unveiling at the Bernabeu.

    Darren Lewis of The Mirror believes complications may be afoot, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy still unhappy about Real's negotiation tactics.

    Meanwhile, despite Manchester United manager David Moyes saying no his club being in for Bale, rumours are still flying that they are indeed the club behind the mystery bid (see below).

    The Mirror's Richard Beech writes as much, though there is little yet to substantiate genuine interest from the Premier League champions.

    UPDATE: Monday, August 26

    Real Madrid might not be the only club pursuing Gareth Bale in this final week of the transfer window.

    BBC Sport's Dan Roan reports Tottenham have received an offer for the player from a mystery club.

    Monday, August 26

    Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail reports that Tottenham Hotspur have agreed an £86 million fee for the transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

    According to Ashton, should payments by Real be made ahead of schedule, it could end up costing them 10 percent less.

    Hopes that full-back Fabio Coentrao might be included as part of the deal are said to have been dashed as the player is unwilling to leave Spain.

    Ashton writes that club chairman Daniel Levy flew out to Spain to join technical director Franco Baldini and Bale's agent, Jonathan Barnett, in concluding negotiations. 

Luongo Joins Swindon on Permanent Deal

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    Sunday, September 1

    Tottenham have announced via their official website that Massimo Luongo has completed a permanent transfer to Swindon Town.

    Luongo had joined the Robins in the summer for a second loan spell after he had performed well for the League One club last season.

    BBC Sport reports the Australian midfielder will cost Swindon £400,000 and has signed a three-year contract.

...and Eriksen Made Three

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    Friday, August 30

    Tottenham have announced via their official website the signing of Christian Eriksen.

    The Denmark international's arrival from Ajax made it three transfer announcements on Friday alone for the North London club (see next two pages).

    Wednesday, August 28

    Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has confirmed to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf—here via Sky Sports—that Christian Eriksen has been given permission to talk to Tottenham.

    "Yes, (Daniel) Levy was here and Eriksen has been given permission to speak to Tottenham," Overmars said before adding "there is no agreement yet until it's signed."

    Sky Sports reports the fee for the Denmark international, who is in the last year of his contract, could be anywhere between £8-12 million.

Lamela Completes Tottenham Move

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    Friday, August 30

    As confirmed on their official website, Tottenham have completed the signing of Erik Lamela from Roma.

    The Argentinian is Spurs' second signing this Friday following the purchase of Vlad Chiriches (see next page).

    At the time of writing it had not been confirmed whether Lamela had been registered in time to be selected for Sunday's game with Arsenal.

    Wednesday, August 28

    Roma have announced on their official website—in English here, via The Guardian—that Erik Lamela is set to join Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £25.8 million.

    Tuesday, August 27

    The Daily Star's Nick Lustig reports that Tottenham are edging closer to completing a deal for Roma attacker Erik Lamela.

    Meanwhile the Daily Express' Ben Jefferson suggests that Chelsea have rejected Spurs' interest in their attacking midfielder Juan Mata.

    Monday, August 26

    We begin the final week of the transfer window with Tottenham unsurprisingly being linked with a host of targets.

    Naturally, with Gareth Bale looking likely to leave, a couple of these are attacking players.

    Tom Sheen of the Daily Mail believes Roma's Erik Lamela will arrive in London on Monday to complete a £30 million deal.

    Mike Walters of The Mirror reports that Lamela will cost a little less, but that Spurs are preparing to spend the aforementioned price on Zenit St. Petersburg attacker Hulk.

    Sheen also reports that Spurs are inquiring "about a loan for Roma left-back Federico Balzaretti," though their chief defensive target appears to be Steaua Bucharest's Vlad Chiriches.

    On Sunday, the London Evening Standard quoted Steaua manager Laurentiu Reghecampf as confirming a deal had been agreed for the Romania international.

    Chiriches may play in their Champions League match on Tuesday before leaving.

Spurs Sign Chiriches

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    Friday, August 30

    Tottenham Hotspur have completed the transfer of Vlad Chiriches from Steaua Bucharest.

    The club announced the signing of the Romania international via their official website on Friday morning.

    Chiriches is Tottenham's fifth signing of the summer transfer window so far.

    BBC Sport reported that he has joined for a fee of around £8.5 million.

Tottenham Pursuing Hernandez?

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    Thursday, August 29

    The Mirror's Alan Nixon reports Tottenham are interesting in buying Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

    Reports earlier this month surfaced suggesting the Mexican could be involved in a part-exchange for Gareth Bale.

    With the Welshman seemingly on his way to Real Madrid (see later in the article) any move for Hernandez on Spurs' part would be a straight deal.

    Nixon believes Spurs would have to pay £15 million for Chicharito, though the move may be dependent on David Moyes being able to bring in a forward to replace him.

Spurs Stepping Up Interest in Mata?

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    Wednesday, August 28

    Despite Chelsea seemingly declaring Juan Mata not for sale, The Mirror's Darren Lewis believes Tottenham are monitoring a situation they feel could still change.

    It would be surprising to see Chelsea let the talented Spaniard go.

    New boss Jose Mourinho is still figuring out his line-up, and given Mata's proven quality, there will surely be room for him.

    Still—if Spurs' interest is genuine—it is understandable why they are keeping track in case he becomes available.

    Elsewhere, the Daily Star's Jack Wilson reports that Spurs are targeting Valencia's Ever Banega.