Tottenham set their price after taking the first step for the Nigerian winger

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Tottenham are said to have taken their first step in signing a much-loved Anderlecht winger this summer.

Jose Mourinho is expected to be active in the summer market, after a disappointing season so far for the north London side.

And according to Belgian media, Anderlecht winger Paul Mukairu is very much on Spurs’ radar.

Exit Voetbal24 (as cited by Sport witness) claims that Mourinho is keen to land the 21-year-old.

Mukairu has only been part of the Belgian squad since the summer, being on loan from Turkish club Antalyaspor.

Figures such as Roma and Bayer Leverkusen have already shown interest in the player, but Spurs are seen as favorites.

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The report adds that Tottenham are ready to pay ‘more than € 5million’ for the youngster. Indeed, Voetbal24 added that “the top London club strongly believe in Mukairu’s potential and would like to attract the winger”.

Mukairu has scored four goals and collected four assists in 20 appearances for Anderlecht. The Belgian side has a call option for 2.5 million euros.

Local media say a deal will be struck, with Anderlecht looking to make a quick profit in the future.

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If Mukairu made it to London, he would face competition from a squad filled with large players.

Bale has ‘nothing to prove’

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has said Gareth Bale has nothing to prove, insisting his ‘special qualities’ can help the club by the end of the season.

The Welsh international is just starting to come to life after a dismal start to his second spell with Spurs. He was harassed by injury issues that prevented Mourinho from offering him several minutes.

There seemed to be friction between the two a fortnight ago when Bale posted a photo on Instagram suggesting he had trained well before telling Mourinho he didn’t feel fit enough to play against Everton in FA Cup.

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But Bale showed signs he is returning to somewhere near his best with an impressive 45-minute display at West Ham. He landed a pass, passed defenders and hit the crossbar with a fierce effort.

And Mourinho is “totally convinced” of the quality of Bale and hopes to start delivering more at the end of the season. Read more…

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