Manchester United are hoping to exploit the confusion surrounding Harry Redknapp’s departure as Tottenham manager by pouncing for Gareth Bale this summer, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Redknapp was sacked early on Thursday morning despite guiding the club to fourth place last season, although Spurs were denied Champions League qualification because of Chelsea’s victory over Bayern Munich in the competition’s final.
With Spurs chairman Daniel Levy relieving Redknapp of his duties and Champions League football not on offer at White Hart Lane next season, huge doubts hang over the north London club's ability to keep hold of their best players.
Luka Modric looks likely to leave the club with United in the hunt, and now doubts over Gareth Bale’s future have been raised. According to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils may be preparing to swoop for the Welshman.
Bale himself admitted last season that he may be tempted to leave Spurs should they miss out on Champions League football, which they ultimately did, while his agent revealed earlier this week that it was a ‘problem’ that Spurs weren’t rubbing shoulders with Europe’s elite.
Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for Bale over the past 12 months, however the valuation placed on his head by Spurs proved too high and instead they have set their sights on Valencia's Jordi Alba.
That leaves the path clear for United to make an approach for Bale, although they could face competition from rivals Manchester City.
United have been active in the transfer market already, bringing in Shinji Kagawa and Crewe youngster Nick Powell, although with a price tag of over £30 million placed on Bale, Sir Alex Ferguson may consider looking elsewhere.
Leighton Baines is on United’s radar, and any potential move could be helped if Toffees boss David Moyes becomes the new manager of Spurs.