Tottenham closes in on agreeing deal for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale


Tottenham are edging closer to agreeing a deal with Real Madrid to sign Gareth Bale.

Bale’s advisors are talking to Spurs about a potential loan move from Real.

There are other clubs still interested in signing Bale, who Real would prefer to leave on a permanent deal.

Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, spoke to AFP about a potential deal with Spurs: “It’s close but not done. It’s a complicated deal.”

It is understood Bale would like to return to Spurs – where he spent six seasons between 2007 and 2013 – if a deal can be agreed with Real Madrid.

Bale’s representatives are also speaking to other Premier League clubs, but Real Madrid have not agreed a deal with anyone.

Manchester United may turn to Bale should they be unsuccessful in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho, and the likelihood of the 31-year-old returning to play in England is now looking much more realistic.

Bale told Sky Sports News earlier this month he would consider a move to the Premier League if Real Madrid let him leave and is open to joining United on loan or in a permanent move.

Tottenham are also in talks with Real Madrid over a deal to sign left-back Sergio Reguilon, while Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost is among a number of options the club are looking into to improve their attack.

Jose Mourinho said before the season opener against Everton, which Spurs lost 1-0, that he “needs a striker”.

Mourinho has spent in the region of £30m on the signings of free agent goalkeeper Joe Hart, right-back Matt Doherty from Wolves and midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton this summer, but so far back up for Kane has proved elusive.