Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham Hotspur on loan from Real Madrid back in September and talk of him sealing a permanent move back to north London is already escalating.
After stepping off the bench against both West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion in recent weeks, Jose Mourinho made the decision to hand the Wales international his first Premier League start since May 2013 against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
Bale’s performance highlighted that he is still working his way back to full fitness, with his quality in the final third still not up to the standards expected of him.
However, with time, Mourinho will be hopeful that the Welshman, who has scored one goal and claimed one assist since returning to the club, will rediscover form somewhere close to what he showed during his previous spell in the Premier League.
But should the forward start to find his full potential once again and light up the Premier League with his talent and quality, Spurs may wish to test the water and lodge a bid to sign Bale on a permanent basis.
Mourinho, according to reports in Spain, is hopeful of landing Bale on a permanent basis in a €15million deal.
Meaning Daniel Levy, the Spurs boss, could be tempted to test Madrid's resolve and launch an offer for the 31-year-old.
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