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Thursday’s transfer rumors – Spurs enquire about Bale

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All the latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and much more.

Tottenham Hotspur want to re-sign Gareth Bale

Spurs have opened lines of communication with Real Madrid with an interest in bringing Gareth Bale back to North London.

The player’s agent has said his client is staying in the Spanish capital. However, it is understood the club are willing to let him go.

The only sticking points might be Real’s transfer fee demands and Bale’s huge wages. (Mail)

Hertha moves ahead of Spurs in the race for Piatek.

Hertha Berlin is now the front runners to sign AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek.

Spurs were only willing to take the Polish striker on loan.

While it appears that Jurgen Klinsmann’s side is close to reaching Milan’s £23.5m valuation. (Sky Sports)

United enquire about Rakitic

Manchester United want to further bolster their midfield following the signing of Bruno Fernandes.

The Red Devils have reached out to Barcelona to enquire about the availability of Croatian Ivan Rakitic.

United look at the 31-year-old as the ideal player to help their injury-plagued midfield until the summer. (ESPN)

Kalou in line for Premier League return

Former Chelsea player Salomon Kalou may be about to make a Premier League return.

The midfielder has emerged as a surprise target for West Ham manager David Moyes.

The Hammers have enquired about the 34-year-old Ivory Coast international’s availability. (Express)

Koulibaly to stay in Napoli until the summer

Manchester United’s primary defensive transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly will not be leaving Naples until the summer.

Napoli is resided to losing their star defender, and United are willing to pay the 100 million euro asking price.

However, it appears both clubs have agreed to put the deal on hold until the summer. (Sun)

Dortmund to offload Alcacer to fund Can deal

Having already spent their winter budget signing Erling Halland, the German side must now sell to buy.

If Borussia Dortmund can sell Paco Alcacer to Spanish side Villarreal they will be able to conclude the deal to sign Emre Can.  (Marca – in Spanish)

Can may be stuck in Turin

Emre Can’s exit from Juventus may be on hold.

Even though Juve signed Can on a free, they are demanding a transfer fee of 23 million Euros.

This appears to be out of Dortmund’s budget and as such have yet to launch a formal bid. (Kicker – in German)