Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Mls-tottenham-hotspur
While Real Madrid is busy telling the free world it wants to sign Gareth Bale, England’s reigning player of the year might have other ideas. Tottenham is bracing itself for transfer bids, as rumors of interest from both the Spanish giant and Manchester United Bale gather steam. Bale hasn’t publicly said he wants to leave White Hart Lane, but he recently told friends that he’s open to joining United, according to the Star. “Gareth Bale has told pals he fancies a move to Manchester United,” the report says. “United are ready to offer £60 million [$91.5 million] in an attempt to take him to Old Trafford, and Tottenham last night refused to comment on whether an official bid had been made. “Spurs are desperate to keep hold of their star player, and chairman Daniel Levy has made it clear he would reject all advances for the player. “But Starsport understands the brilliant winger is interested in a move to the Premier League champions.” Bale’s scored 26 goals (in all competitions) in an outstanding 2012-13 campaign, which saw him lead Tottenham to a fifth-place finish in the Premier League. The Welshman is happy at Spurs and enjoys a close relationship with manager Andre Villas-Boas, teammates and fans. But he is also eager to play in the UEFA Champions League again — something Tottenham can’t offer this season. Real Madrid and United enter the 2013-14 season with new managers, who are looking to add firepower to their respective squads. Real has backed new boss Carlo Ancelotti with £61.6 million ($94 million) worth of new signings (Isco, Casemiro, Asier Illarramendi, and Daniel Carvajal), while United has added Wilfried Zaha and Guillermo Varela for £17.5 million ($26.7 million) ahead of David Moyes‘ first season in charge. Both clubs see Bale as a marquee signing that will please anxious fans and power their respective trophy hunts. PSG is also among Bale’s suitors, but the French champion might have some catching up to do in order to land the 24-year-0ld. Real Madrid’s charm offensive is well into its second year, while rumors of United’s interest emerged toward the end of last season, though the club has not commented on them. Recently, Bale spoke glowingly about Spanish soccer, music and culture. While Spain may pique his private interests, his next professional destination could be Manchester. Have a question for Marcus Kwesi O’Mard? Send it to him via Twitter at @NESNsoccer, NESN Soccer’s Facebook page or send it here. He will pick a few questions to answer every week for his mailbag.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184, keeps MMA rumors alive

Ronda Rousey beats Cat Zingano in 14 seconds

Dick Vitale will not call Duke-UNC rematch either

PHOTO: Auburn coaches, players wear ribbons for Mason

Dustin Penner apologizes after sending rape joke on Twitter

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Cowboys to use franchise tag on Dez Bryant

Report: Panthers officially parting ways with Greg Hardy

Could the Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG: Inglewood stadium would be a terrorism target

Former Knick Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Report: Blackhawks, Caps discussed Patrick Sharp trade

McCown plans to embrace mentoring role with Manziel

Chris Sale out three weeks with foot injury

NHL analyst calls out media over Blackhawks report

Alabama recruits aim to bring the dynasty back

WATCH: Jon Jones, Rumble Johnson prank Dana White

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Ray Rice addresses domestic violence case, his future & more

Kentucky raffling off Wildcats-themed motorcycle

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell throws down monster alley-oop

WATCH: Tyler Hansbrough, Festus Ezeli ejected for fight

WATCH: Russell Westbrook literally gets dent in his face

WATCH: Knicks' Alexey Shved tosses wild pass into stands

Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184

Rousey beats Zingano in 14 seconds

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Could Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG plays dirty with Inglewood stadium

Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Westbrook got dent in his cheek

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.