Crouch reveals two clubs who wanted to sign Bale before meteoric rise at Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Peter Crouch and Gareth Bale enjoyed some successful years together at Tottenham Hotspur, most notably the Premier League campaign that saw the club qualify for the Champions for the first time ever and the subsequent European campaign.

Spurs pipped Man City to fourth place in the league thanks to a famous Crouchy header, before Gareth Bale set the Champions League alight the following season.

Bale went on to rack up 203 games for Spurs, scoring 55 goals in that time before moving to Real Madrid and winning four Champions League titles (Wikipedia).

However, Crouchy has now revealed that Liverpool were apparently interested in signing Bale back in 2007 during their Southampton days.

He also added that Nottingham Forrest were keen on a £2m deal for the defender during his early years at Tottenham, before he broke into the first-team.

Crouch said that Bale lacked confidence and did not enjoy playing at left-back when they first crossed paths (Daily Mail): “When I was at Southampton there was a buzz about two kids at the Academy — Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale. We heard all sorts of positive reports and I knew there was interest from Liverpool about signing Gareth in the summer of 2007.

“Our paths did not cross for another couple of years, until we were together at Tottenham. The young lad I saw initially had some confidence issues and had not enjoyed playing at left-back. The talk was that he was going to go to Nottingham Forest for £2million.

“Then, though, he started to find his feet. He got faster, stronger. His confidence began to grow and gradually all those special things we had been told about when he was a kid started to come true.”

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