By Wayne Veysey

30th Mar, 2018 | 3:23pm

Pochettino pal: Tottenham would love to re-sign attacker this summer

By Richard Parks

Tottenham would love to re-sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer, according to Guillem Balague.

The Sky Sports Spanish pundit and transfer expert, who is friend of Mauricio Pochettino and wrote the manager’s recent book Brave New World, claimed Spurs are keen to capture forward Bale for a second spell.

But Balague dismissed the likelihood of the Real superstar, 28, returning to White Hart Lane even though he is increasingly convinced his time at the Bernabeu is coming to an end.

In a question-and-answer session on the Sky Sports website (Friday, 1.04pm), Balague believes Spurs do not have the finances to re-sign Bale, who future is up in the air as he is struggling to make the starting XI following a series of injuries.

“I am convinced Real Madrid want to sell Gareth Bale,” Balague told Sky Sports. “That is not Bale’s preferred choice, he would like to stay. Obviously somebody will have to buy Bale but I don’t think it will be Spurs; it doesn’t make sense for him to go back and it would cost Spurs too much to bring him back – other teams are better prepared and have a greater desire and financial possibilities.

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“Of course Spurs would like to have Bale back but their targets are different. You only have to compare their expenditure to the highest in the Premier League to see they don’t have the kind of money it would take to sign Bale.”

Football Insider verdict:

Mauricio Pochettino is on the record as being a firm admirer of Bale, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to represent Tottenham. Would he be a great signing for Spurs? Without doubt. Is it likely to happen? Not really. Bale would provide the final piece of the jigsaw in Pochettino’s young and vibrant team which has made Europe sit up and take notice with its stunning transformation this season. The main stumbling blocks are the price – Bale is likely to cost £70million-plus – and the wages needed to persuade the player to return to the club where he made his name. These will surely be insurmountable hurdles for Tottenham.

In other Tottenham news, it can be exclusively revealed that a centre-back has agreed contract terms with Spurs.

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