Tottenham Hotspur have been backed by the bookmakers to land both Erik Lamela and Willian amid rumours Real Madrid are on the verge of completing the signing of Gareth Bale for a fee in the region of £93 million, Sky Sports understands.
Willian, who joined Anzhi from Ukrainian giants FC Shakhtar Donetsk for a rumoured fee of €35 million, has also been linked with a summer move to Anfield, but Spurs are the favourites to sign the Anzhi ace.
In fact, Sky Bet has suspended the betting on Willian’s next club after a number of significant bets, including some at 1/10, for Spurs to beat Liverpool to the signing of the Brazil international.
“Having seen Spurs and Liverpool see-saw between favourites on Monday, the money has all been for the Brazilian to head to north London, with punters still backing the move to happen at odds as short as 1/10,” said Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer.
The Brazilian ace, 25, is expected to move to White Hart Lane in a £30 million deal sometime in the very near future.
Furthermore, Spurs are now 1/3 to sign Argentina international winger Erik Lamela, who is also currently valued at around £30 million, from A.S. R0ma, with Bale 4/1 to leave North London before the transfer window closes, according to Sky Bet.
Spicer added: “Lamela has also been well backed to join, with both deals seemingly dependent on Bale leaving, which is looking more likely by the day.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has insisted he will be adding to his squad before the end of the transfer window.
When asked about Willian, he said: “I have spoken about him in the past, very long ago.
“He is a player that I appreciate, but a player that belongs to Anzhi and I will respect them.”
Since arriving in Makhachkala, Willian has scored just one goal in 17 appearances in all competitions for Anzhi. Drought.
Larnell Cole attracting interest
Manchester United youngster Larnell Cole is reportedly attracting interest from a host of European clubs, as per Sky Sports.
Cole, 20, may be allowed to leave Old Trafford on loan in the coming weeks after an impressive 2012/13 campaign with the reserves.
The England youth international is the subject of interest from a number of clubs in the Championship, with select Bundesliga and Eredivisie also keen on his services.
“I am aware that he has created quite a bit of interest and I’m not surprised given his performances last season,” said Cole’s agent Peter Morrison.
“Larnell is an exceptional talent but it is important that if he goes on loan it’s to a club where he will not only play regularly but continue his development under the right manager as ultimately his aim is to play for Manchester United.”
United have already loaned out the likes of Luke McCullough, Reece James, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Sam Johnstone this summer, with recent speculation suggesting Michael Keane and Nick Powell could join Wigan Athletic F.C. on loan in the coming days.