Spurs close to £43.7m deal to sign 28-year-old goal machine

Daniel Levy is not in any mood for delays this summer and the streak of new contracts from last week is a clear evidence of that.

Based on reports from Spain highlighted by the Daily Star, the Tottenham chairman is working on a deal to bring Gareth Bale back to the club.

It is a move which appeared to be unlikely when the Welshman left White Hart Lane a few years ago, but after losing playing opportunities under Zinidine Zidane, the transfer has become a reasonable idea.

Tottenham are believed to be close to agreeing a deal which would cost £43.7million for the 28-year-old who finished as top scorer in his last season in England.

Applauding the move is former Spurs star Gary Lineker, who believes that Bale still has a lot in his locker to offer his next club.

“It looks like he is set to leave Real Madrid but he has done terrifically well there and won pretty much everything.” said Lineker

“The rumours are that Madrid are looking to sell him and it will be interesting to see who jumps in for him because he has a massive amount of talent – if you can get him on the pitch.

“Unquestionably, going abroad has improved him. He was brilliant in his last couple of seasons at Tottenham and he is a wonderful footballer. It’s always good to get different experiences of different styles which he’ll have got by playing in La Liga.

“He will have learned so much, there’s no question about that. And he will be a better player for it.

“He’s certainly played well the last two or three games and scored a couple of great goals. Gareth’s only real problems are his lack of consistency in terms of playing time and the injuries he’s picked up in the last couple of years.”

After starting his career as a left-back, Bale, who reinvented himself as a goal machine on the right side of the front line, has been back in goal-scoring form for Real Madrid in his last couple of appearances.