Report: Nottingham Forest make offer for Tottenham target who's like 'early 2010s Bale'
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Report: Nottingham Forest make offer for Tottenham target who's like 'early 2010s Bale'

Nottingham Forest have reportedly made an offer for Jesus Vazquez, a player also on the radar of Tottenham Hotspur.

Back in March, both Spurs and Arsenal reportedly sent scouts to watch the Valencia left-back in Spain Under-19 action.

Indeed, Tottenham and the Gunners weren’t the only clubs said to be in attendance.

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Apparently, Spurs and Arsenal were joined by Liverpool and Manchester City in scouting Vazquez.

Now, according to COPE – via Sport Witness – Forest have tested the waters with a bid for the 19-year-old.

Apparently, the Reds – and Feyenoord – have ‘already approached’ the La Liga side to ‘make their proposals.

COPE claims these weren’t just declarations of interest, but a ‘hard and fast offer’ of more than €5m (£4.3m).

The Spanish outlet also claims Valencia ‘urgently need to sell’ players this summer.

However, Vazquez is said to be untransferrable, and Forest’s offer has apparently been met with a negative response.

In addition, the player reportedly wants to stay put, believing he will flourish under new manager Gennaro Gattuso.

Nonetheless, if Valencia need to make money, then Forest – or indeed Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool or City – could well try to test their resolve further by deadline day.

Forest, Spurs and others eyeing the latest graduate from ‘the Valencia left-back factory’

Forest, Tottenham and their fellow Premier League suitors would be signing a top talent in Vazquez.

He made his Valencia breakthrough last season and has already clocked up 18 competitive appearances.

Earlier this year, Breaking the Lines compared Vazquez to Gareth Bale when he played at left-back for Spurs.

“Watching him is like watching Gareth Bale from his left back days at Tottenham,” they wrote.

“He is over 6 feet tall like Centelles, and carries the ball into advanced positions like Bale used to.

“He even looks like that early 2010s Bale with the hairstyle.

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“There is something different about the way he defends 1v1 or holds off markers while moving with the ball.

“He does not look as fast as Bale was, or as any before him, but he manages to cover a lot of ground smartly.

“He also seems to be a significantly better dribbler than any of the Valencia left backs before him, not afraid to take on players, with a composure that belies his years.

“While most of the other left-backs favoured going on the outside and whipping in crosses or playing smart cutbacks, Jesús favours going inwards with the ball at his feet.

“He likes to play through that more crowded area and open up space in his own way, either through dribbling or through combinations with teammates.

“Based on the way he plays, we may see him actually follow the Bale trajectory of playing in more advanced roles in future.”

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