Madrid request a favour from Bale

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Gareth BalePA PhotosReal Madrid want Gareth Bale to hand in a tarnsfer request to Tottenham.

Real Madrid are hoping summer target Gareth Bale hands in a transfer request to Tottenham to force through an £80 million move to the Spanish capital. According to The Sun, Madrid have long eyed the Welshman as the perfect fit in their plans to reclaim domestic and European glory, but have been thwarted time after time by a stubborn Spurs side unwilling to sell their most valuable of stars. And now Bernabeu officials are hoping that the lure of playing for Los Blancos will tempt Bale into handing in a formal request and finally push through the deal.

But the loss of Bale could be softened by the arrival of Barcelona's David Villa, with the Mirror claiming the Spanish striker has told his advisers he wants a move to the Premier League. The World Cup winner has been targeted by a number of clubs since it became public knowledge that the Primera Division champions would offload him in the summer. But England is the 31-year-old's preferred destination and Tottenham will need to battle Arsenal and Liverpool for his signature.

The young guns are also making waves in the rumour mill with Chelsea's Kyle Scott and Derby County midfielder Will Hughes the hot names on the market. The Daily Mail is reporting that Chelsea teenager Scott is wanted by European rivals Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid. The 15-year-old has yet sign professional terms with the club, but the Blues will be wary of letting one of their best young talents be lured away by one of their biggest competitors. Meanwhile, according to the Mirror, Newcastle are preparing a £10 million transfer for 18-year-old Hughes. The Derby player had a great season in the Championship this campaign and has already attracted interest from Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City. However, Newcastle have stolen a march on their rivals and will look to quickly snap up this promising talent.

And finally, in managerial news, Phil Neville is being touted as a possible replacement for Gus Poyet at Brighton and Hove Albion. The Telegraph reports that the club is making plans for life after Poyet following Albion's Championship semi-final loss to Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, Neville's old club, Everton, have added former Schalke manager Ralf Rangnick to their shortlist of candidates to take over from the departed David Moyes.

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