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Gareth Bale has been deemed surplus to requirements by Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United are tailing Tottenham in the race to sign Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale.

The Wales international has been deemed surplus to requirement by Zinedine Zidane who was rendered a virtual spectator during last season’s run-in as Real went on to reclaim the Spanish league title from Barcelona.

According to ESPN, United’s interest in Bale is genuine but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer priority remains Jadon Sancho, but a move for the England international hinges on Borussia Dortmund caving on their valuation of the 20-year-old winger.

Bale represents a back-up plan, but United’s stance has opened the door for Spurs who are primed to launch an audacious bid for a player who helped cement the north London club’s status as a credible Champions League force during his time at White Hart Lane.

The 31-year-old is said to be keen on a return to the Premier League and Old Trafford in particular, but United’s decision to focus on their pursuit of Sancho could see them again miss out on signing a player they first attempted to recruit during the ill-fated summer of 2013 when David Moyes and Ed Woodward presided over a disastrous window.

Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United’s transfer priority (Picture: Getty)

Real are said to be prepared to let Bale depart for as little as £18million but his astronomical £600,000-a-week salary has proved a stumbling block with regards to a potential exit.

The Spanish champions are under pressure to trim their wage bill significantly this summer and are unlikely to make major additions to their squad. And, in an effort to move Bale on, they are prepared to allow him to leave on loan and heavily subsidise his wages.

Bale scored 56 goals in 203 appearances for Spurs between 2007 and 2013 after arriving from Southampton in a deal worth an initial £5m in May 2007.

He played a pivotal role in Wales run to the semi-finals of the European Championships four years ago in France and is determined to be in peak physical condition for next summer’s tournament.

Bale is, therefore, reluctant to spend another season in the wilderness and wants to resurrect his career in familiar surroundings.

Tottenham’s campaign began disappointingly last weekend with a 1-0 home defeat against Everton and Jose Mourinho has thus far been frustrated in his attempts to add to his side’s forward line.

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