Tottenham are plotting a sensational loan move for Gareth Bale as they look to offer him a route out of Real Madrid.
Spurs have been regularly linked with re-signing the Welsh superstar, 31, and have explored potential deals in the last two summers without reaching an agreement.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club are keeping tabs on Bale’s freeze-out at Real and may make a late-window move for him.
Any deal would be a temporary one and involve Real paying a considerable portion of Bale’s reported £600,000-a-week wages.
Spurs were in contact with Bale’s camp last summer about a possible loan return to the capital for their former attacker.
But terms could not be agreed and a free transfer was eventually brokered to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning before Real pulled the plug at the eleventh hour.
Relations have soured even further between the Spanish giants and Bale over the subsequent 12 months and he has been a bit-part figure this season.
He was left out of Real’s 24-man squad for Friday’s Champions League defeat to Man City after Zinedine Zidane claimed “he preferred not to play”.
Bale has appeared indifferent in recent weeks, including pretending to be asleep as a substitute as Real went on a 10-game winning run to become Spanish champions.
Tottenham are interested in offering Bale the chance to reignite a career that has fallen flat in recent seasons.
He has won four Champions League and two Spanish titles at Real and remains the star man for the Wales national side, where his performances have remained of a high standard.
In other news, Tottenham have agreed the terms of a £45m signing.