Fergie makes Bale transfer target No.1 - Exclusive
Published 23:00 12/02/11 By Steve Stammers
Manchester United have put Tottenham star Gareth Bale at the head of their summer wanted list.
Sir Alex Ferguson will have to pay out in excess of £40million for the exciting Welsh star and will face stiff opposition from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
But Ferguson sees Bale as the long-term replacement for fellow-Welshman Ryan Giggs who is nearing the end of his illustrious career at Old Trafford.
There will be fierce competition for Bale who has emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in the Premier League over the last two years.
Spurs have put up the ‘no sale’ signs around Bale but history shows Ferguson has a habit of getting his man.
He has in recent years signed both Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov from Spurs despite initial resistance.
Indeed, Carrick, who was brought through at West Ham by Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, could be used as a bartering tool by Ferguson.
Tottenham will now initiate their search for an alternative site for their new stadium after losing out to West Ham for use of the Olympic Stadium at Stratford.
Alexandra Palace, Pickett’s Lock and even a share of Wembley are all possibilities for the club who want a new 60,000-seater stadium.