Manchester United are ready to submit a £60m bid for Tottenham star Gareth Bale, as David Moyes maintains the search for his first Old Trafford signing.

The Premier League champions also hope to divert attention from the ongoing Wayne Rooney transfer saga with Chelsea and improve morale amongst the United squad.

A move for the Welshman is one of the main reasons for Red Devils' vice chairman Ed Woodward's early return from the club's pre-season tour, the Daily Mirror has claimed.

But Spurs remain desperate to keep last season's PFA Player of the Year and top goalscoring midfielder, whose willingness to stay at White Hart Lane is still unclear.

United, however, have made the 23-year-old their top target - despite being linked with Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, as well as resigning Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

The Red Devils are even prepared to break their £30.8m transfer record to prise Bale away from his uncompromising chairman Daniel Levy before the start of the season.

Club officials could also give Moyes the backing to splash out on at least one of their major La Liga targets, most likely the Spain international and former Arsenal captain Fabregas.

United are aware that Manchester City have already bolstered their squad and, with Rooney on his way to a revived Chelsea team, the upcoming campaign will be highly competitive.

Meanwhile, it is hoped that a couple of significant recruits would not only improve the Reds on-field chances, but also put to rest damaging publicity over Rooney's departure.


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