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Tottenham Hotspur shortlist Gareth Bale’s replacement following loan expiry

Tottenham Hotspur have already shortlisted a few candidates to replace the Welsh winger, Gareth Bale who leaves the club in the summer.

Gareth Bale was finally showing signs of his former self in the past month, as the Welsh winger managed to score four goals in his five Premier League outings. On loan from Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur fans were optimistic that the four-time Champions League winner would extend his stay at the club in the summer.

However, Bale stated last week that he will return to Real Madrid after his loan expiry, which means that Spurs will have to replace him in the summer. The club have already shortlisted a few potential candidates who can fill the void left by Bale. One of them is the exciting Argentinian forward from Stuttgart, Nicolas Gonzalez. Spurs were scouting Gonzalez in the January transfer window, but they are now ready to make an offer for the Argentine, as reported by Sky Sports.

Gonzalez got his fair share of the limelight after he scored 15 goals in all competitions for Stuttgart last season. He played a pivotal part in the promotion of Stuttgart back to the Bundesliga, where he has managed to score six goals this season. His contract at the German club expires in 2024 and it is expected that the German club will listen to offers around 27 million pounds.

Jonathan Bamba is another player on the list for the summer. His tally of six goals and nine assists this season has helped Lille to become the unexpected Ligue 1 title contenders. The club sits in second place, with 63 points and level on points with Paris Saint-Germain who are at the top of the table due to their superior goal difference. Bamba’s contract at the club runs out in the summer of 2023 and he is valued at a price of around 22.50 million pounds.

Spurs will be considering more options as the summer window approaches. The acquisition of Nicolas Gonzalez should be the club’s main priority in the summer. The Argentine is a flexible option to have in the forward line. He can play as an out and out striker and can also play on the left-wing. All of his six goals in the league this season have come playing as the central striker, and he can be a good cover for Harry Kane should he get injured. A deal of around 25-30 million pounds should be a fair one for both parties concerned.