Tottenham Hotspur have actively tried to re-sign forward Gareth Bale from Real Madrid on deadline day, that is according to The Times journalist Matt Lawton.
This suggestion comes after Zinedine Zidane ruled out a transfer for the Welshman in his latest press conferences (via @TomAllnuttAFP).
Deadline day has seen plenty of twists and turns in a short space of time when it comes to the Bale transfer saga.
It was first reported by Lawton that Spurs had made a “breakthrough” in their efforts to sign the Welsh international on the final day of the January transfer window.
However just 20 minutes after the news of a potential transfer broke, it had already been ruled out by Los Blancos manager Zidane. Indeed speaking about whether Bale would be leaving the club he said: “Gareth is here with us and I am counting on him. I am not contemplating this possibility,” (via @TomAllnuttAFP)
Perhaps many wondered then why it had been reported that Tottenham had made strides in the efforts to bring in the forward. Indeed, it has now been revealed by Lawton that whilst Spurs don’t expect to sign Bale, they have been trying to do a deal.
Posting on his official Twitter page, Lawton said: “All I can say, if Bale doesn’t sign for Spurs today, it won’t be for the lack of trying. There have been real efforts made to come up with a deal that gets over that obvious hurdle concerning his wages.”
So it seems that there was an interest from Tottenham in re-signing Bale and efforts were made to get him. However, based on Zidane’s comments and the latest report from Lawton it looks as though the Wales international will be staying at the Santiago Bernabeu for the time being.
It isn’t really a surprise in all honesty, given the huge wages he is currently earning in Spain. Indeed according to the Guardian, the most recent contract Bale signed in 2016 is worth £350,000-per-week after tax.
Spurs would probably have had to completely break their wage structure to get him in and that isn’t something that you would imagine Daniel Levy would have done. They may have made efforts to agree a contract worth less than his one in Madrid, but it looks as though the 30-year-old will now not be moving in this transfer window.
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