Tottenham will confirm the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid after they secure a deal for Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, reports in Spain claim.

Eriksen is reportedly in talks with Spurs after Ajax confirmed today that they had given the player permission to enter into negotiations with the north London club.

"Yes, Levy was here and Eriksen has been given permission to speak to Tottenham," Ajax director of football Marc Overmars told De Telegraaf over the situation.

And as the Bale transfer saga continues to drag on - the winger didn't report to training for Tottenham for a third day in a row today - Spanish paper AS is claiming that Andre Villas-Boas and Daniel Levy are planning on announcing the move only when they can confirm that Eriksen will be at White Hart Lane and ready to play.

The paper also claims that Madrid are feeling relaxed about Bale making the move to the Spanish giants despite the deadline day fast approaching. The deal has already been completed and all that must take place now is the confirmation and public announcement.

"There's no need to panic," a club executive told the publication. "It's just a question of hours. Bale will play at Madrid."

Tottenham would be in an advantageous position if they can announce the sale at the same time as landing Eriksen, with the positive news taking the sting off losing their top player as they aim to qualify for the Champions League.

Eriksen has been on the radar of a number of clubs this summer and garnered attention from numerous English sides including Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.

He has admitted to being picky over where he will go, insisting that if he is to leave a club which is consistently winning trophies and playing Champions League football it will need to be for a destination that represents a step forward in his career.