This summer Gareth Bale has never been out of the headlines with his proposed move to Real Madrid the top transfer story in the papers.

Tottenham owner Joe Lewis and chairman Daniel Levy are extremely good negotiators renowned for their toughness regarding the sale and purchase of players.

This summer they have held true to their reputation, giving Madrid president Florentino Perez no breathing space at all by refusing to budge from their €85million-plus asking price for Bale.

Serious doubts linger in the air over whether Real possess the funds to bring the Welsh superstar to Madrid. Perez has tried to arrange a deal where smaller payments will be made annually but Lewis and Levy will not accept anything other than the full payment immediately.

As this saga goes on and Bale continues to signal none of his intentions to the press, it is becoming increasingly hard to see any deal being struck in the near future. This means Gareth Bale may end up staying at Tottenham Hotspur after all.

This would be great news for Spurs fans.

Opinion seems to be split between fans on whether keeping the Premier League's best player or taking the huge sum of money and reinvesting it into new players would be a better idea.

After Spurs performance against Crystal Palace it appears the former of those two options would be more beneficial.

Last season Gareth had to bail out Spurs time and again with wonder goals as they had a lack of cutting edge as a team and could not seem to break opponents down at times.

This summer Tottenham have spent very well, bringing in excellent signings across the board. Brazilian anchor man Paulinho and Spanish poacher Roberto Soldado are two players who seem to have helped put pieces in the Spurs jigsaw, but one piece still remains missing. Gareth Bale is that piece.

The football Tottenham play is very easy on the eye, often keeping very good possession and utilising their speedy wingers. They do not possess the killer instinct that a Manchester United or a Chelsea possess however and often their build up play is too slow and they only look very dangerous on the break due to players like Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe.

Spurs have an excellent squad but they need to quicken up their passing in the final third in order to break through the opposing defence more often. That is where they need Gareth Bale. A player who has incredible finishing ability from outside the box, Bale is pure pace and would quicken up Spurs' play instantly.

He also provides them with a more direct approach which is what they need on basis of Sunday's performance against Palace.

Players such as Moussa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Soldado would thrive with Bale in the team and one would expect the latter to share the goalscoring load for Tottenham with Bale.

Although Bale may want to leave and although Real Madrid are seriously thinking about paying his ridiculous price tag, Tottenham must try to keep him as he is the one piece of the puzzle they need to have a very successful season and claim that Champions League spot they so desperately want.

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