The News of the World is reporting that Manchester City are weighing up a potential £60m cash-plus-player deal with Tottenham in order to sign Welsh wizard Gareth Bale.
The flying winger has been in superb form for Spurs thus far this season and has attracted attention from some of Europe’s top clubs, though he has declared his happiness to remain at White Hart Lane.
Spurs have recently been linked with a move for former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor, however, and it is thought he could be offered as a makeweight in the deal.
It is not thought likely, however, that manager Harry Redknapp would entertain thoughts of doing business over the sale despite his interest in the Togolese striker.
Kranjcar set for exit.
Rumours are resurfacing that Spurs will offload Niko Kranjcar in January in order to fund new signings, though Imscouting.com believes that Everton’s interest in the Croatian international looks likely to be in vain.
The 26-year-old wants a permanent move away from White Hart Lane, though with the Toffee’s reported financial worries they are unlikely to be able to afford Spurs’ £3m valuation, and had instead hoped for a loan deal.
This is not thought to be of interest to Kranjcar, however, and the player has also been linked with a move to Everton’s bitter rivals Liverpool in recent weeks. Anfield remains a possible destination in January, as confirmed by the player’s father in past weeks.
Keane to Fulham.
Robbie Keane has now also reportedly attracted Mark Hughes’ interest, and the Fulham manager could make an approach for the out-of-favour striker in January, according to Imscouting.com.
Fulham will do battle with Aston Villa for Keane’s signature after the Villains’ interest was confirmed earlier this week.
The 30-year-old looks increasingly likely to be sacrificed in order to fund new faces in the new year, and has fallen behind the likes of Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch in the first team.
Should the nomadic striker move to either Craven Cottage or Villa Park, it would see him join the seventh club of his career, and would be his ninth transfer to date including a loan move to Leeds being followed by a permanent deal, and two spells at Spurs.