Bale

Real Madrid are set to step up their pursuit of Gareth Bale this month and are putting together a £33 million offer, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Spanish newspaper Marca are even claiming an offer has already been made as Tottenham brace themselves for another transfer window, determined to fend off overtures for their star player.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas dismissed Real’s chances of landing the winger last week and insisted it was “completely impossible” that Bale would be allowed to leave the club in the January window.

However, Real are thought to be determined to sign Bale in a bid to get their faltering La Liga campaign back on track. They are currently 3rd, seven points adrift of second placed Atletico Madrid and a whopping 16 points off leaders Barcelona.

With manager Jose Mournho’s job on the line, he is determined to sign Bale by any means necessary as he seeks to re-establish Real as a domestic force, and is said to be willing to earmark £56 million to cover the overall package required to bring the Welshman to Spain’s capital.

Bale put himself back in the shop window on Boxing Day with a hat-trick against Aston Villa, and his teammate Sandro says he is so good that he could play for Brazil.

He said:

“He’s one of the best in the world and I love playing alongside him. He’s good enough to play for Brazil. I’d love to have him in our team but he was born in Wales – it’s a shame.

“I’ve played with a lot of good players but Bale is one of the very best. He is so good. It’s easy to talk to him because he is a great player and a great guy as well.

“He has everything. He is comfortable with the ball, he’s quick and he’s clever. He’s also strong too. Now he’s a dad he’s in a good place personally too. He’s got more responsibility and that has made a difference on the pitch.”

Bale has scored 10 times for Tottenham this season, and has made 179 appearances for the club since joining from Southampton in 2007.

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This article was first posted on January 3, 2013