Gareth Bale tipped to join Manchester United

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The odds of Gareth Bale joining Manchester United have been slashed by bookmakers after yesterday's flurry of bets. 

As reported by the Mirror, Betfair Sportsbook have shortened the odds of the Welsh international returning to English soil in the upcoming transfer window.

Flurry of bets 

In fact, the bookmaker has revealed that after a flurry of bets yesterday, Bale is now at 6/4 to complete a stunning move to Manchester United. 

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The former Tottenham man has endured a tricky time at the Bernabeu of late, having been the subject of criticism from a number of different outlets in the Spanish capital, and now it appears that his time in Spain could be approaching its end. 

Bale, of course, enjoyed a fine debut season at the club after helping Carlo Ancelotti's side secure Champions League silverware last term, but it appears that things have turned sour for the 2012/13 Premier League Player of the Year. 

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On the prospect of Bale completing a move to Old Trafford, Football Trader for Betfair, Michael Bowers said: “Bale has been backed to 6/4 to go to United after seeing considerable support for him over the course of the day.

"He will be hot property in the Premier League despite a relatively poor run of form for Real, and could well be exactly what Louis Van Gaal needs in his armoury with Falcao looking likely to leave at the end of the season.”

Premier League interest 

It now remains to be seen as to whether the Red Devils step up their interest in the versatile forward, but they may well have competition in the race to bring him back to the Premier League. 

In fact, the same report from the Mirror has claimed that the duo of Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in the La Liga man. It certainly looks set to be an interesting summer, and it could prove quite the battle between the Manchester duo and Chelsea to secure his signature. 

Huge signing

There's no doubt about it, despite United already possessing an array of attacking talent at the Theatre of Dreams, Bale would make a great signing for the club as they go in search of long term success under the Louis van Gaal regime. 

Perhaps, after teaming up with Angel di Maria in Spain last season, Bale could even get the best out of his former Madrid teammate. A front four of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Angel di Maria and Gareth Bale would no doubt spark fear through the rest of the Premier League. 

One thing's for sure, despite his inconsistent form in Spain, he won't come cheap, but may well be worth the gamble. 

Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City fans: Do you think Bale will return to the Premier League this summer? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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