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Gareth Bale to Spurs transfer LIVE: Latest Tottenham updates as Real Madrid star flies in to complete loan

Gareth Bale is flying in to London today to complete a one-year loan move from Real Madrid to his former club Tottenham Hotspur in one of the transfers of the summer. 

Bale, 31, has enjoyed huge success in Madrid, winning four Champions League titles and two Liga crowns as well as the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup, two Uefa Super Cups and three Club World Cups. 

But his time with the club has soured particularly since the reemergence of Zinedine Zidane as manager, and he has made clear his wish to return to the Premier League.

Speaking last night after Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League, Jose Mourinho hinted at the move but refused to go into details, saying: "For me, at this moment, until I'm told Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player, I still think and feel and respect the fact that he's a Real Madrid player, so I'm not going to comment on a Real Madrid player."

Follow all the latest news below:

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LINEKER HAILS SIGNINGS

Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker has hailed the signings of Gareth Bale and Thiago Alcantara.

Bale is set to return to the Premier League after seven years in Spain, and will arrive on a season-long loan deal, whilst Thiago Alcantara will join Liverpool from Bayern Munich.

Lineker took to Twitter to post his thoughts on the two impending arrivals.

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BELOTTI NOT A TARGET FOR SPURS

Torino striker Andrea Belotti will not arrive in north London, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Rumours had circulated in recent days around a potential move for the 26-year-old, as Jose Mourinho demands a back-up striker for Harry Kane.

On his latest podcast, Here We Go, Romano gave the latest on the Belotti situation:

What’s happening is that for Belotti, an agent was working [on] the situation with Torino, made an enquiry with Torino, told [them] that Tottenham were ready to make a bid for a loan with buy option – so no obligation to buy, just a buy option – Torino president Urbano Cairo immediately said he won’t sell Belotti this summer and he won’t [sell] just for a loan.

He just would sell Belotti if you come with an important bid for a permanent deal, but it’s impossible that Tottenham, this summer, arrives [with] €60m to sign Belotti.

So, Belotti, in this moment, is absolutely not a Tottenham target.

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BUYBACK CLAUSE IN REGUILON DEAL

Real Madrid have the option to call back Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham after having inserted a buyback clause in the deal, states Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The Spanish outfit are selling Reguilon for €30m, but have the option to sign him back for the same amount.

They performed a similar tactic with Alvaro Morata, who was sold to Juventus in the summer of 2014 for €20m, but was brought back to Madrid two years later for €30m.

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BALE AND REGUILON FLYING TO LONDON

Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon are on their way to London to complete their moves to Tottenham, according to Italian journalists Fabrizio Romano.

Bale is returning to north London on a loan deal, whilst Reguilon is arriving in a £27m transfer.

Romano states that the duo’s medicals were completed in Madrid.

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MOURINHO REFUSES TO COMMENT ON BALE MOVE

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has failed to comment on the pending arrival of the Welsh star from Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 2-1 win against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria, Mourinho refused to be drawn in on commenting on the deal.

“I cannot comment, I don’t comment on something that I don’t know [about],” he said. 

“At this moment, until I’m told Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player, I still think and feel and respect the fact that he’s a Real Madrid player, so I’m not going to comment on a Real Madrid player.” 

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BALE A MAGNIFICENT FOOTBALLER SAYS POCHETTINO

Former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has given his verdict on his old side’s double swoop for Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon.

The pair are due to land in London today to sign for Tottenham, and Pochettino was asked for his opinion on the signings.

Pochettino told El Partidazo de Cope: "Bale is a magnificent footballer at an age that still has strength as well as experience and maturity.   

"He has been decisive in Madrid, he has won four European Cups, he has scored in important games… he has always been very affectionate with me."

Asked for his opinion on Reguilon, he said:

"It seems to me that he has a lot of spirit. He has great potential and will continue to grow.’ 

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