Report: Tottenham considered front-runners to land Real Madrid player

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ESPN have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have now moved ahead of Manchester United in an effort to sign Gareth Bale.

While reports have indicated that Spurs hold an interest in re-signing the winger (El Espanyol), it was suggested recently that United may step up their interest in the Real Madrid man, with a deal for Borussia Dortmund’s  Jadon Sancho proving increasingly difficult (Daily Star).

ESPN have now revealed that United’s interest in Bale is serious but they continue to view the 31-year-old as fall back option with Sancho being their priority.

Spurs are now said to be the favourites to land the Wales international, with the North Londoners already holding negotiations with Los Blancos.

It is suggested that the La Liga champions are willing to sell Bale for £18 million but a subsidised loan deal with Madrid sharing a portion of his £600,000-a-week salary is also said to be on the table.

The report claims that Bale is prepared to return to Tottenham this transfer window as he looks to get regular first-team football under his belt ahead of the Euros next summer.

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It seems to be clear that Zidane is desperate for Bale to leave. If Madrid are ready to sanction a loan deal for Bale, then I would expect Daniel Levy to make an offer. However, Spurs fans should not be getting their hopes up because the 31-year-old’s wages will be a huge stumbling block to any deal.

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