Tottenham still appear to be winning the race to sign Wales left-back Gareth Bale from Southampton.

The 17-year-old has also been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal but Spurs look set to move early in the summer transfer market, as they did a year ago when they brought Dimitar Berbatov to the Premiership from Bayer Leverkusen.

While Berbatov led the attack for Spurs in his first year at White Hart Lane, Bale is expected to bolster a defence that conceded 54 league goals last season.

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