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How Tottenham could line up next season with Bale, Reguilon, Doherty and Hojbjerg

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Tottenham are working on a sensational deal to re-sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, while his team-mate Sergio Reguilon is set for a medical in north London on Thursday ahead of a £25million transfer.

In an ideal world, Mourinho could then field a mercurial midfield trio of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, provided of course the latter can get fit and fulfil his potential.

Signing the pair would potentially transform Jose Mourinho's strongest XI, at least on paper, and allow the Spurs manager to alter his system with more ease.

The 23-year-old Spaniard is quick and direct, so Mourinho may opt to release both full-backs and instruct Hojbjerg to drop between the centre-backs in possession.

Bale first joined Spurs as a 17-year-old left-back but he would return as one of the most decisive forwards in the world, having almost exclusively played in a front three for the past decade.

Whether the system would work in practice remains to be seen but it is clearly a tantalising prospect for Spurs fans.

Reguilon's signing could also signal a shift to a more symmetrical back four, with Mourinho have previously used Ben Davies as an auxiliary centre-half, allowing right-backs Matt Doherty or Serge Aurier to fly forward.
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