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Bale to Spurs, Thiago to Liverpool

Gareth Bale is about to end his Real Madrid nightmare by returning to Tottenham Hotspur.

Reports reaching us have it that the Welsh international has arrived the UK having completed a medical for a return to North London.

Bale, 31, joined Real Madrid from Spurs in 2013 in a world record deal.

Former midfielder DarrenAnderton believes Bale will prove to be a shrewd addition, on an initial loan agreement, with the 31-year-old still boasting the match-winning ability that Jose Mourinho’s out-of-sorts side need to find.

The former Tottenham winger told talkSPORT, with Tottenham having opened the 2020-21 campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Everton in the Premier League and a nervy 2-1 victory over nine-man Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League qualifiers: “To come back to somewhere where you are loved really does make sense.

“It has to be great for all parties and after watching the game on Sunday [against Everton], oh boy do Spurs need it, someone who can go and win a game with a bit of magic and creativity and flair.

“He has a great mentality, he carried the Wales team, he carried the Tottenham team when he was here, winning games on his own. He is exactly what Spurs need. This is one that everyone is very excited about.

“He has still got that speed and once he gets going you can’t catch him. He scores goals, makes goals, he does it all.”

Bale is slightly longer in the tooth than he was the last time he turned out for Spurs, but Anderton believes the Welshman will be a more complete player for the highs and lows he has experienced in Spain.

The ex-England international added: “I think he is going to be a different player, mentally he will be even stronger because of what he has had to deal with at Real Madrid. He has had to take a lot of stick and has got on with it.

“Coming to Spurs, the expectation will be what he enjoys but he will not get carried away. I don’t think he has anything to prove.

“He has shown them every year that he is one of the best players in the world and should be playing for Real Madrid. Hopefully Tottenham will be able to benefit from it.”

Spurs will be back in Premier League action on Sunday when taking in a trip to Southampton.

Spurs lost 1-0 to Everton at home in the opening EPL match.

In the same vein, Thiago Alcantara is set to become a Liverpool player after a transfer fee of 25 million pound was agreed between Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

The 28-year-old Spaniard helped the Bavarians win the treble last season including the UEFA Champions League, but is deemed surplus.

He was a major player in the UEFA Champions League final where Bayern Munich pipped PSG 1-0 for the title.

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