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Saturday 21 October 2017

Bale still hoping for his big move to the Bernabeu

Gareth BALE is still hopeful of securing a move to Real Madrid despite Florentino Perez appearing to cast doubt on the deal yesterday.

Real have maintained a constant public campaign to try to woo Bale this summer, with a number of senior players admitting they would love the Tottenham forward to join them at the Bernabeu.

Real president Florentino Perez appeared to question whether the nine-time European champions would be willing to stump up the world-record fee required to persuade Spurs to sell their prize asset.

"One-hundred million euros seems to me like a lot of money, all things considered," Perez said.

Some construed Perez's comments as evidence that Real were going cold on the deal, but sources close to Bale (above) insist that talks are still ongoing over a transfer.

With more than three weeks left until the transfer window closes, the transfer saga still has plenty of potential to rumble on.

Tottenham reportedly want at least one Real player plus cash in return for Bale, with Portugal left-back Fabio Coentrao the most prominent name mentioned of late.

Bale, meanwhile, was expected to sit out Tottenham's friendly against Espanyol today.

The 24-year-old, like any injured player would, has been taking part in one-to-one sessions as he bids to recover from a foot injury. But even though he has been selected for Wales' game against the Republic of Ireland next week, Andre Villas-Boas is unlikely to play the forward at White Hart Lane today.

Bale's income is set to increase next season regardless of which club he plays for after it was confirmed that the forward's application to trademark his 'Eleven of Hearts' celebration logo has been successful.

The Intellectual Property Office have confirmed that the logo, which includes a number 11 inside a heart shape made of two hands, has been trademarked.

Bale's advisers have plans to introduce the symbol on to a number of products which will be revealed to the public at a later date.

That could stand to make him up to £3million a year, according to Nigel Currie, director of sports marketing agency brand-rapport.

He said: "The possibilities are huge for Gareth Bale. Once he has that right he can cash in on it and become a more well-known player. A third of his overall income could be made from his image rights, potentially up to £3million a year."

Meanwhile, Tottenham are closing in on the signing of versatile Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue.

The 25-year-old is expected to sign for Villas-Boas' team in the coming days.

The France international, who can operate in midfield, is set to become Villas-Boas' fourth signing of the summer after the recent arrivals of Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Roberto Soldado.

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