Tottenham is plotting a move for Gareth Bale and has stolen a march on Manchester United in their efforts to bring him back to England.
Real Madrid is keen to offload the Wales star this summer with the relationship between both club and player frosty.
It was reported this week that he could be available for as little as £18.5million with the Red Devils, the favorites.
But talkSPORT understands Spurs have already held tentative talks with the LaLiga giants and have the edge over Man United.
“Things are really hotting up when it comes to Gareth Bale,” talkSPORT’s transfer guru Alex Crook explained. “We are hearing that Tottenham is plotting a potential homecoming for the Wales superstar.
“I think that toothless performance against Everton really highlighted just how badly Jose Mourinho needs extra options in attack.
“We know Real Madrid are open to letting Bale leave after the relationship there has broken beyond repair and we understand that Spurs are interested in a possible loan deal with the Spanish giants paying a big chunk of his £600,000-a-week wages.
“Bale himself is also aware that Manchester United have him on their long list of options if they can’t get the Jadon Sancho deal over the line.
“The fact that Spurs have already held tentative talks with Real probably gives them the edge at the moment.
“It’s been wrongly claimed that Gareth Bale is happy to just sit on his contract and spend his days on various golf courses.
“I think there is a desire now to play regular football, not least of course because he’s got a big summer ahead next year with Wales and the European Championships.”
Alex Crook was speaking to Jim White and Simon Jordan and the latter doesn’t think Tottenham will sign him.
“[Bale] needs to play. It’s no good sitting at Real Madrid making a point. It’s no good your agent sitting there saying ‘he’s got a contract’. He needs to play. I don’t see him going to Tottenham. I don’t see how they can justify the expenditure.
“Even if Real Madrid are prepared to pay a significant portion of his wages. Even if they pay half, we are talking about breaking the wage structure at Tottenham. Even if there’s no transfer fee, I can’t see Spurs paying £300,000-a-week.”