United reignite interest in international defender

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Manchester United are reportedly preparing a summer bid for Welsh international defender Gareth Bale.

The Spurs defender has been in fine form at White Hart Lane during the later months of the season, and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is set to offer £20 million for his old target.

A former Southampton starlet who experienced a rapid rise to prominence after making his debut as a 16-year-old at St Mary's, a handful of clubs were chasing his signature in the summer transfer window of 2007 before he signed for Tottenham Hotspur.

The move was thought to be worth around £10 million, with £5 million being paid upfront for the left back.

Despite making a great individual start at the Lane (three goals in four games), Bale earned the arduous honour of playing in 24 consecutive Premier League games without being on the winning side.

Times have changed this season however, and after a difficult start to the campaign behind Benoit Assou-Ekotto the Welshman has come into his own.

Seizing an opportunity in January, Bale has featured heavily in both defence and midfield ever since, and his goals against Arsenal and Chelsea have fired the north London club into top four contention once again.

The Daily Express reports that Ferguson will make a fresh move for the defender, with the national paper suggesting that the two parties could discuss the matter after this weekend's Premier League clash.

The move is thought to hinge on whether Spurs finish in the final Champions League position this season, with the 20-year-old defender looking to further his game at the top level in europe.

With Patrice Evra currently in possession of the left back jersey at United, Ferguson could look to use Bale's versatility in the left midfield position. He could be seen as a potential replacement for compatriot and hero, Ryan Giggs.

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