Tottenham in pole position to sign No.11 Man United transfer target

Man United are trailing Spurs in the race to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. The 31-year-old winger has been deemed surplus to requirement by the French manager who was rendered a virtual spectator during last campaign’s run-in as Real Madrid went on to reclaim the La Liga trophy from the Blaugrana.

Gareth is said to be keen on a come back to England and Man United in particular, but Red Devils decision to focus on their pursuit of Jadon Sancho could see them again miss out on signing a footballer they first attempted to recruit during the ill-fated summer of 2013 when David Moyes and Ed Woodward presided over a disastrous window.

Los Blancos are said to be prepared to let Bale depart for as little as £18m but his huge £600,000-a-week salary has proved a stumbling block with regards to a possible exit. The Los Blancos are under pressure to trim their wage bill hugely this summer and are unlikely to make major signings to their team.

Wales international scored 56 goals in 203 games for Spurs between 2007 and 2013 after arriving from the Saints in a deal worth an initial £5m in May 2007. He played a pivotal role in Wales run to the semi-finals of the Euro 2016 four years ago in France and is determined to be in peak physical condition for next summer’s competition.

The Welsh forward is, therefore, reluctant to spend another campaign in the wilderness and wants to resurrect his career in familiar surroundings. Spurs season began disappointingly last weekend with a 1-0 home defeat with Everton and Jose Mourinho has thus far been frustrated in his attempts to add to his side’s attack.