Jose Mourinho keen to hijack Man Utd transfer plan with Gareth Bale offer

Tottenham are racing to secure a deal for Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale amid fears Manchester United will beat them to the Welshman.

Bale, 31, left north London in 2013 for £86m but could return in a loan deal with Los Blancos paying half his wages.

Manchester United made the first move over the weekend, as their plan to sign Jadon Sancho looks dead in the water.

But the Sun report Daniel Levy and Tottenham are putting together an 11th-hour package to secure Bale's return.

Madrid are desperate to offload the winger, who has clashed with Zinedine Zidane during both his spells at the club.

Levy believes Bale's return would appease fans, who were left dismayed by the dismal showing at Everton on Sunday.

Spurs have landed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty, as well as Joe Hart on a free.

But Mourinho desperately wants a new attacker brought in before October 5.

United have been linked with Bale on several occasions in the past, but he is believed to have rejected a move to Old Trafford twice during the respective reigns of Louis van Gaal and Mourinho.

Bale still has two years remaining on his current Real contract, meaning the Spanish club face paying him another £28million if they fail to find a buyer.

The Welshman has struggled in his last two seasons at Madrid, registering just 17 goals in 62 appearances amid a number of injury setbacks.

And team-mate Luka Modric wants Bale's future sorted in the coming weeks.

“For almost 12 years we are playing together and it’s a difficult situation for him and for the club," he told The Times.

“Gareth needs to know what he wants to do. He is a grown man and needs to decide what is best for him.

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“Does he feel happy here or does he want to try something else?

"But for me, Gareth is still a great player and still has a lot to offer in football.

"It just depends on him, if he has enough hunger or desire to keep going. I think he has but whether his situation finishes here or continues, he can still be an important player.”

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