The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their side will hand them local bragging rights, with a victory over North-London rivals Arsenal on Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur go into the North-London derby this weekend searching for their first Premier League win at the Emirates since a dramatic second-half turnaround saw them recover from 2 down to claim a 2-3 victory in 2010. Gareth Bale was the man who instigated the fightback for Spurs on that day after he outpaced the Arsenal defence in typical fashion before poking the ball beyond Fabianski with the outside of his left boot.
Bale has since gone on to play for a Real Madrid side that have won the Champions League on a startling 3 occasions since his switch to the Bernabeu in what has been a hugely decorative career for the Welsh wizard.
However, Bale has been injury-prone throughout his time at Madrid, and The Mirror believe the Spanish outfit are now prepared to cash in on him because of his problems with injury over the years.
According to the reports, Tottenham are interested in bringing Bale back to North-London and face competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea for his signature.
Considering Bale’s record with injuries in recent years and the £70-80m fee Madrid are reportedly demanding, a transfer to Tottenham would represent a huge gamble for the club.
Bale’s wage demands could also prove to be a stumbling block in negotiations between himself and Spurs, unless the hierarchy at Tottenham are willing to re-evaluate the club’s wage structure in order to lure Bale back to the club.
However, signing a player of Bale’s calibre could prove to be the final step Tottenham need to take to achieve a Premier League title under Pochettino, so they may be willing to change their attitude with regards to the wage structure, in the event that Bale expresses a desire to return to The Lilywhites.
With Tottenham looking to compete on multiple fronts this season, they should be constantly looking to add new talent to their ranks and continuously improve the squad.
With that being said, here are two players who should follow Bale to Tottenham.