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Rumour Mill-Can We Bale Him Out?

One Sunday Paper today (The News of the World) believes that Owen Coyle is set to make a loan bid for Spurs' Welsh International left back,Gareth Bale.

The 20 year old defender who can also play on the wing joined Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton in May 2007 completing a four-year deal for 5 million. Further additional payments though could see Bale's transfer fee reach 10m. He signed a new four-year deal with the club in August 2008

He has found opportuntities limited mainly due to a number of injuries. He missed most of 2008 with ligament damage.In June 2009, Bale had to undergo surgery for a knee injury ruling him out for up to eight weeks.

Whether Harry Redknapp would be prepared to release Bale on loan is another matter. Their regular left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto is set for duty with Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations in January, so they made wish to retain Bale as cover.

Nottingham Forest are also considering a permanent bid for the player so the Clarets will face competition if the rumour is true. We already have a plethora of left backs with Jordan, Kalvenes and Easton in the squad so I am not quite sure if this has any legs unless the player's ability to play on the wing is another factor.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 20 2009

Time: 8:03AM

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Interesting link but do we need another left-back?
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20/12/2009 08:05:00

Morning all, Spurs fan here. I think you've hit the nail on the head with the point about the African Nations Cup - when Assou-Ekotto goes away Bale will be our only real recognised left-back so I honestly can't see Harry letting him go. I hope he does get an opportunity for a run in the team as he has everything needed to be a very good player, just lacking in confidence of late I think. Anyway, good luck to you lot for today. I've got a lot of time for Owen Coyle, the man's a true gent. And the way he has you playing is a breath of fresh air - definitely one of the more watchable teams in the league at the moment.
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20/12/2009 09:02:00

not sure I can see this happening, if as we assume our first choice LB (Benoit Assou-Ekotto) goes to the african cup of nations, we dont have any other logical replacement. If he returns fit and before the end of the window, then I would possibly see the logic, but unless we buy another player to cover BAE, I really dont see the sense in loaning/selling our only natural cover, although I think he would really benefit from playing regular football.
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20/12/2009 11:30:00

I cant see this happening either - Would also seem a little harsh on Jordan who has been one of our better players this season in my opinion.
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20/12/2009 11:52:00

A red herring? Easton, Eckersley, Kalvenes, Jordan, Mears, Duff, Alexander. With 7 full backs that we have used as full backs, 8 with Elliot lol(Sheff U away), do we need another one......YES if he is better than this list!!!!!!!!
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21/12/2009 08:59:00

I get the impression he was doing OK at Southampton but the injuries took their toll when he came to Spurs
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23/12/2009 15:43:00


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