Spurs look set to offer star winger Gareth Bale a bumper contract in order to try and fend off interest from other clubs. The Daily Mail reports that the Welshman currently receives around £30,000 per week from a contract that presently runs until 2014. While Spurs have a relatively modest pay structure compared to some of Europe’s top clubs, Bale’s pay rise could see the 21-year-old’s earnings leap to around £50,000 per week.
The former Southampton youngster is being chased by several of Europe’s top sides following some superb performances this season, but claims he is in no rush to move on: “Tottenham have shown against Inter they can compete on the biggest stage with the best teams so why would anyone want to leave? There is a terrific group of players at White Hart Lane. The feeling within the squad is amazing.”
van der Vaart doubtful for Bolton.
Rafael van der Vaart is considered a “major injury doubt” ahead of Spurs’ trip to Bolton this weekend. The north Londoners have never won a Premier League match at the Reebok Stadium, but hope to build on their impressive victory over European champions Inter earlier this week. Should the Dutchman be declared unfit to play, manager Harry Redknapp could be set to recall Wilson Palacios, Sandro or Jermain Jenas to “beef up a five-man midfield” according to The Guardian.
Van der Vaart was taken off as a precaution during the Inter match, just as had been at Manchester United last Saturday. Redknapp now looks likely to wait until Spurs’ final training session on Friday before making a decision on the 27-year-old’s inclusion.
Spurs submit Olimpic bid.
Today sees rivals Tottenham and West Ham go head-to-head in their bid to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London games. Both clubs are to submit their bids to the Olympic Park Legacy Company, though speculation has arisen that an unnamed, third bidder is also likely to tender a proposal.
According to The Guardian, the OLPC will announce the shortlist for prospective new occupants next week, and decide on its preferred bidder in January. A final decision is set to be made in March 2011 – and only then will Spurs or the Hammers know whether or not they are moving to the 80,000 capacity arena in Marshgate Lane. Once completed, it will be the third largest stadium in Britain behind Wembley and Twickenham.