Spurs linked with Bale replacement

English Premier League

In a development that could spell bad tidings for Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly identified a potential replacement for the Welsh forward.

Bale has struggled to hit top form since returning to Spurs from Real Madrid at the start of the season and looks unlikely to have his loan deal turned into a permanent stay, particularly as the club has now reportedly begun looking for alternative options. 

Italian publication TuttoSport claim that the North Londoners have joined Juventus in pursuit of Sampdoria star Mikkel Damsgaard (20) in a bid to bolster their attacking options for next season.

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The Denmark international has enjoyed a break-out season in the Serie A where he has contributed a handy two goals and four assists in 20 appearances during the 2020/21 campaign, despite being used sparingly by coach Claudio Ranieri.

Damsgaard joined Sampdoria from Nordsjælland for a reported figure of €6.4 million (R113 million) in July but has seen his value more than triple in the space of less than a year as a result of his strong performances throughout the season thus far.

Should Spurs push on with their reported interest in the pacey forward, it is believed that the club would need to part ways with around €20 million (R355 million) to secure his services.

Bale, meanwhile, is looking less and less likely to be a feature at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next season after seemingly falling out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho in recent times, putting any talk of a permanent move in serious doubt.

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