Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has hailed Tottenham's handling of the Gareth Bale saga.

Ollie wrote in the Sunday Mirror: "For a start, it was a brilliant bit of strategy for Tottenham to go out and spend the money they will be ­collecting from Real Madrid BEFORE the world-record sale was concluded.

"If everybody knows you have buckets of money swilling around, then the asking prices go through the roof.

"And have you looked at the quality Spurs have been bringing in?

"Roberto ­Soldado, Etienne ­Capoue, Paulinho - these are top players who can have an impact in Premier League games, and that's prior to tying up some ­others before the deadline."

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