Spurs line up £60m replacements as Bale edges closer to Real deal

TOTTENHAM are closing in on a £60m double swoop for forwards Willian and Erik Lamela, paving the way for their Player of the Year Gareth Bale to complete a £93m move to Real Madrid.

Bale has been the subject of continued interest from the Spanish giants and with Spurs poised to sign tailor-made replacements it would free the Welshman to move, in a deal that would take Real left-back Fabio Coentrao to White Hart Lane.

Real manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed at the weekend that Coentrao “has asked to leave” and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas expressed his desire to reinforce his defence following Sunday’s win over Crystal Palace.

Willian, 25, arrived in London yesterday to undergo a medical ahead of his proposed move from big-spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, while Spurs technical director Franco Baldini is due to meet with representatives of Lamela, 21, and his club Roma in London this week.


Willian – Anzhi Makhachkala
■ Style: Playmaker, right-footed
■ Club career: 274 games, 40 goals
■ International record: 2 caps, 0 goals

Erik Lamela – Roma
■ Style: Pacey winger, left-footed
■ Club career: 102 games, 25 goals
■ International record: 3 caps, 0 goals