Spurs Made Audacious Late Move To Bring Gareth Bale Back
Tottenham Hotspur made a late bid to try and bring Gareth Bale back to north London from Real Madrid on Thursday night, with just a day left of the transfer window.
There's been speculation about Bale leaving Real for the past couple of years and he nearly left for China last summer but ended up staying.
According to the Times, Spurs have attempted to bring him back and Daniel Levy travelled to Madrid to hold a meeting with Real president Florentino Perez about the move.
The newspaper say that on Thursday night the Premier League side believed they'd made a breakthrough with talks, although a fee had yet to be decided, but the transfer window closes at 11 pm UK time on Friday and there's little movement by the looks of things.
Levy had initially opened talks with Perez about the possibility of the north London club selling Christian Eriksen, who eventually moved to Inter, to the 13 times champions.
During those conversations thoughts turned to the possibility of bringing Bale back, who left Spurs in 2013 for a then world record fee of £85 million.
The 30-year-old is actually out of Los Blancos' squad for the Madrid derby against Atletico on Saturday afternoon.
Asked about the possibility of Bale moving, manager Zinedine Zidane said, "Gareth is here with us and I am counting on him. I am not contemplating this possibility."
The former Southampton winger's agent Jonathan Bennett told ESPN earlier this month that his client was 'going nowhere' in January and was 'very unlikely' to leave the club in the summer either.
In 146 games at Spurs Bale scored 42 league goals with 21 of those coming in his final season in 2012/13, to earn him a move to Madrid.
Jose Mourinho has already brought Steven Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes into his team this transfer window but they have most desperately in need for a striker in January.
The club have lost Harry Kane to injury for several months, potentially till the end of the season, and have attempted to bring in both Olivier Giroud and Krzysztof Piatek into the club with no success.
Could Bale arrive in the next few hours?