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Football Insider: Bale's Bernabeu deal stalls - again
GARETH BALE had further talks with Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas last night in the hope of pushing through a record-busting deal to Real Madrid.
Bale was forced to return from Spain on Monday after being told by Tottenham that his move, worth a reputed £86m, had still not been finalised.
And with Paris St Germain and Manchester United also expressing an interest, even if they have been reluctant to match the valuation, Spurs have stalled on agreeing things.
Bale did not turn up for training at Tottenham yesterday and instead went for talks with his advisors in London to discuss his next move.
Real are continuing talks with Tottenham to try to get something done, but for now Bale's frustration is growing while his dream switch to the Bernabeu stutters.
ANOTHER winger has left Liverpool after Oussama Assaidi completed a season long loan at Stoke City.
The Moroccan agreed to the switch after seeing a number of new faces arrive at Anfield to push him down the pecking order despite the departure of Stewart Downing to West Ham.
Queens Park Rangers had also shown an interest in Assaidi, but he has become Stoke's fourth signing of the summer along with Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa and Juan Agudelo.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes said: “Oussama had a few options and I'm delighted he has chosen us. He's an exciting player who is very direct and will add another dimension to what we already have.”
BLACKBURN are determined not to sell striker Jordan Rhodes to a Championship rival before the end of the transfer window.
Wigan Athletic are keen on taking the player to the DW Stadium but Rovers' managing director Derek Shaw has dismissed such talk.
Blackburn want to retain their £8m striker to boost their chances of promotion this season but are aware of Premier League interest in him.
Newcastle have considered him, but would not match the valuation with Blackburn keen to get back the money they paid for him.
Shaw said: “We've no plans to sell Jordan we don't want to sell him. He's not for sale. If it was a Premier League club it might be different because Jordan might want to go. But we have no plans to sell to another Championship club.”
FORMER Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has dismissed talk of a return to the Premier League by declaring a wish to stay in France.
The Lille player has been the subject of enquiries from both West Ham and West Brom in recent weeks but there has not been an agreement over a fee.
However, Kalou has suggested the English clubs might as well turn their attention elsewhere after adapting to life back in Ligue 1 since he joined Lille as a free agent last summer.
Kalou said: “I am happy in French football and I take a lot of pleasure from playing here in France.”
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