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65-year-old Spurs boss has dismissed suggestions that a deal which would see the Welsh wing wizard move to Camp Nou over the summer has already been put in place

Harry Redknapp has rejected claims that a deal between Tottenham and Barcelona has already been established for the transfer of Gareth Bale at the end of the season.

Bale has attracted interest from a number of Europe's top clubs since bursting onto the scene with a hat-trick against Inter last season, and the Catalans are believed to be in the market for a new left-back as they seek a long-term successor for Eric Abidal.

Redknapp, though, was keen to play down the story which broke in Madrid-based newspaper Marca earlier in the week, which indicated that the two clubs have already agreed a fee.

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"I don't know anything about [the story linking Bale with Barcelona]. I wouldn't think there is the slightest bit of truth in that," the Spurs manager told reporters.

"Not a chance, I wouldn't have thought."

The Welsh international has previously conceded that it would be difficult to turn down the attentions of the La Liga giants should they come calling for his services, and Barcelona full-back Daniel Alves has remarked before that the 22-year-old would be a perfect fit for the side's dynamic and open style of play.