Saturday, May 18News That Matters

Tottenham to Sign Gareth Bale.

Tottenham are hopeful of signing Gareth Bale permanently next summer for as little as £13.5 million, according to reports in Italy.

The Wales international rejoined Spurs from Real Madrid on loan this summer after falling out of favour at the Bernabeu following the return of Zinedine Zidane as head coach in March 2019.

That deal did not include an option to buy. However, Calciomercato reports Jose Mourinho is keen to strike an agreement to sign Bale, who has made six appearances so far since his return to north London, on a permanent basis.

Bale will have one year remaining on his contract when he returns to Real Madrid next summer, and the reported £13.5m fee Tottenham hope to agree is what he would receive in wages for the 2021/22 season.

Former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch has backed Harry Kane to score 200 Premier League goals.

The England captain struck his 150th goal in the English top-flight on Sunday afternoon as Spurs secured three points against West Bromwich Albion.

The England captain joined a select group of players to reach the 150-goal landmark, which includes the likes of Michael Owen, Jermain Defoe, Robbie Fowler, Thierry Henry, Frank Lampard, Sergio Aguero, Andy Cole, Wayne Rooney, and Alan Shearer.

However, only Shearer (260), and Rooney (208) have surpassed the 200-goal mark. Yet Crouch has backed Kane to join them.

Speaking to the repoters, Crouch said: “The numbers are staggering. He’s got 201 for Tottenham now and he could end up with 300 for the club before he finishes.

“He’s a certainty to join Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney in the 200 club for the Premier League but beating Shearer’s total of 260 will be a tall order.

“Kane is not only Tottenham’s best scorer, he’s also their best creator. He’s like two men rolled into one.

“The best compliment I can pay him is that if you wanted someone to take a shot to score from 25 yards to save your life, I’d pick Kane every single day.”

Vorm gives insight on life under Mourinho

Former Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm believes now is the right time to judge Mourinho’s Tottenham tenure.

The Portuguese coach will celebrate 12 months at the club later this month, and Spurs currently find themselves second in the Premier League after eight games.

And speaking to Voetbal International, via Tribal Football, Vorm confirmed he got on “very well” with the 57-year-old.

“Five or six years ago you couldn’t have imagined that he would become a Tottenham coach,” explained the ex-Swansea City man. “He has a certain way of working and playing and that takes time. Now you can see his style more clearly at Tottenham. Now you can start judging him a bit more.

“Mourinho really insists on winning a prize. I get along very well with him.

“Look, people also have a certain image of Louis van Gaal. I also worked very well with him with the Dutch national team. I also think Van Gaal is a nice man and I see similarities with Mourinho. Of course, I had a certain image of him.

“But when you work with him, it is different. I like a clear way of communicating and Mourinho is very direct. Take it or leave it.”

Asked whether he felt Spurs could now take the next step and win silverware under Mourinho, he added: “That is one of the reasons that Mourinho is now there.

“In terms of football it may not be as spectacular as under Pochettino, but with him they hope to take the next step.”

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