Manchester United will go head-to-head with Real Madrid for the signing of Tottenham star Gareth Bale, reports The Independent.

David Moyes is yet to make a marquee signing for his new club and reports suggest that the former Everton boss is interested in signing the Wales international.

Bale is widely expected to join Real Madrid this summer for over £80m, breaking the world-record transfer fee when Real signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez were expected to meet in Miami earlier this month to negotiate the transfer of the 24-year-old.

However, the meeting is understood to have collapsed and the Spanish giants have, at the moment, cooled their interest to sign the former Southampton player.

While Perez revealed last week that Real Madrid are unwilling to pay £85m for Bale, he said: "To pay €100million (£85m) seems a lot to me."

Red Devils' boss Moyes has been alerted and is considering bidding for the Welsh wizard.

Manchester United will find it difficult to meet Tottenham's asking price for Bale, but the Premier League champions are keen to include Mexican striker Javier Hernandez in the deal which would see the 25-year-old move to the White Hart Lane.

It also remains unclear whether Manchester United would be able to agree personal terms with Bale, who has his heart set on move to the Spanish capital.


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