Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood believes his team would be challenging for the Premier League title if Gareth Bale had stayed at the club, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.
The Wales international joined Real Madrid in a world-record deal last summer and scored the winning goal in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on Wednesday.
But Spurs have struggled to make an impact on the top four this season, despite a major spending spree on the back of Bale's transfer fee.
Sherwood is quoted as saying:
Last year, he [Bale] scored 21 goals for Tottenham and made nine assists.
He scored a winner in eight of our games. We could do with him right now.
If you put what he accumulated last year on top of what we've got, we would probably be challenging for the title.
Cardiff City have called on the Premier League to scrap the result of their game against Crystal Palace in the wake of a "spying' row," reports Ian Gordon of The Sun (subscription required).
West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel will not be returning to Real Betis, despite the La Liga club chairman admitting he made a mistake in firing him in November, reports Brendan McLoughlin of the Daily Star.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admits he will not survive in the job if this season is repeated next year, amid talk of a takeover at the club, reports Stuart James of The Guardian.