Tottenham transfer rumours and news: Gareth Bale first option, Sandro Ramirez bid set, Moussa Dembele not interested in loan

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Could Gareth Bale return to Tottenham Hotspur?

It sounds highly unlikely but, according to the Real Madrid winger’s leaked contractual agreements, the Welshman’s former club have first option on him should he choose to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.

Essentially, if Los Blancos were to accept a bid from any other Premier League club before June 30 2019, Spurs would have 72 hours to match the offer, which Real would then have to accept.

It may still sound far-fetched, but that did not stop Mauricio Pochettino from addressing the possibility yesterday. "I think if we have the option to sign him - why not?” he asked. “He's a great player and a player that can improve our squad."

Moving on to more realistic targets and Fulham’s Moussa Dembele, who would be reluctant to return to the Championship club on loan if he moves to White Hart Lane this month.

The London Evening Standard reports that the Cottagers’ are keen to cash in on their 19-year-old forward but Dembele, no relation to his Tottenham namesake, would prefer to wait until his contract expires this summer and then assess his options.

Staying in the Football League, Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has claimed that the club have received no official bids for teenager James Maddison.

The midfielder caught Tottenham’s eye last summer but a move to White Hart Lane collapsed. He has since matured at the Ricoh Arena, with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool also sniffing around.

However, despite reports of offers coming in for the 19-year-old, Mowbray denied any official moves.

“There has been no formal approach or bid. I’m sure every club in the Premier League is aware of the talent down here, not just James Maddison, but as in formal bids, no.”

The name of Barcelona’s Sandro Ramirez has also cropped up again.

According to the Daily Express, Mauricio Pochettino is ready to meet the 20-year-old’s £9million release clause.

The Argentinian boss is, however, reluctant to include a buy-back option in the deal, despite the Catalan club’s desires.

Real Betis have already seen a loan bid rejected for the forward, who has found his first-team opportunities limited under Luis Enrique this season.