Ex-Spurs boss hails 28-y/o as 'great signing for Tottenham', touted move would be sensational
COMMENT By Richard Parks
Little wonder Harry Redknapp has claimed Gareth Bale “would be a great signing” for Tottenham this summer.
The superstar may have fallen from grace a little at Real Madrid but the qualities that have made him such a danger to defenders for the last decade remain very much intact.
Bale’s record this season is actually pretty decent – 14 goals and eight assists from 33 appearances in all competitions – but it will be a savage blow that he has been an unused substitute in two of Real’s last three Champions League matches and was hauled off at half-time in the other one.
There will certainly be widespread interest across Europe in signing the dazzling attacker.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo previously reported that Spurs were lining up a move in this summer’s transfer window to re-sign Bale, while Manchester United are also expected to be in the hunt for his signature.
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Redknapp, who managed Bale for most of his six years at Tottenham, would love to see the Wales international back in the Premier League and feels he could make a huge impact were he to return to White Hart Lane for a second spell.
“He’s an amazing player. He can play so many positions and in so many systems, there are so many strings to his bow, he’s such a fantastic talent.
“Going back to Tottenham – if he comes back [to the Premier League] he would only go to a top-six club, but it would be nice to see him go back to Spurs.”
It would certainly be a sensational capture were Bale to return to Spurs. But it is unlikely given the cost of the deal, with his transfer fee and wages surely out of reach for the Londoners, who operate in a different bracket in the market to the big spenders.
Nevertheless, it would be no surprise were the Welshman to head back to the Premier League after losing his place for the big games at Real, where injuries have taken a major toll.
His talent is not in doubt, and his numbers still remain impressive in terms of goals and assists.
Redknapp is right. Bale would be a brilliant signing for an ambitious English club.