Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Wales left-back Gareth Bale from Southampton for an undisclosed fee.

The 17-year-old was close to joining Spurs during the last transfer window but stayed at St Mary´s and helped George Burley´s side into the Championship play-offs.

Manchester United had expressed an interest in the Wales teenager in January, with boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitting Spurs were ahead of them in the race to him.

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