Tottenham move ahead of Man Utd in Gareth Bale transfer race with talks opened

Tottenham have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Gareth Bale and have started negotiations with Real Madrid, according to reports. The Wales star wants out of Real this summer and is keen on a return to the Premier League.

Spurs are desperate for attacking reinforcements with Jose Mourinho keen to finish in the top four at least.

Tottenham got off to the worst possible start in the Premier League losing to Everton at the weekend.

Mourinho made it clear after the match he needed investment and contact with Real over Bale has now been initiated.

It moves Tottenham ahead of United in the race as they are only looking at Bale as a possible aternative to top target Jadon Sancho.

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ESPN claim while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on a loan move for Bale, it isn’t a priority.

Real Madrid have told the Welshman he can leave the Bernabeu this summer.

Bale is keen on a move to United but Tottenham now have the advantage after making their move for the 31-year-old.

The winger previously scored 56 goals in 203 appearances for Spurs between 2007 and 2013.

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Bale gave an update on his future while on international duty with Wales earlier this month.

He explained: “It’s one of those situations if those options arise it’s something I would look at, for sure. We’ll see what happens.

“We have plenty of time in this transfer window and I guess a couple of others as well. Time will tell.

“It’s not really in my hands, the decision is in Real Madrid’s hands. They make things very difficult to be honest.

“Whatever goes on at Madrid doesn’t really affect me. Everyone knows how passionate I am to play for Wales and how much I love coming away with Wales.

“When I come here I’m very happy, comfortable and feel welcomed. It’s nice to be back at a place where you are a little bit more appreciated and supported by your fans no matter what.

“I come here excited to play football and motivated to do well and get back to playing football where I belong.”

Tottenham’s next Premier League match is against another of Bale’s former sides in Southampton on Sunday.

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