Date: 17th December 2013 at 2:34am
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were ready to pay £100m for this past summer, but their move for the former Spurs star didn’t even get off the ground because the Welshman was adamant that he wanted to join .

joined Real for £85m and his since carried on the impressive form that saw him shoot to stardom at White Hart Lane. Seen as the heir to ’ throne, Bale was frequently linked with a move to but it failed to materialise when Real Madrid came knocking.

But The Telegraph have revealed that were ready to try pip the Spanish outfit to Bale’s signature, and incredibly were even willing to take Emmanuel Adebayor as part of the deal.

In a piece on Andre Villas Boas’ failed stint at White Hart Lane, Jason Burt claimed:

“Spurs held talks with Manchester United, who were willing to pay £100?million and might also have taken Adebayor, but Bale was adamant that he only wanted to go to Madrid.”

Whilst the Adebayor claim is hard to believe given United’s attacking options, Burt’s article is in line with other reports as well as ’ own utterances.

Given the club’s willingness to spend that amount on Bale, you question the reluctance to put in a head turning bid for .

It also provides a ray of optimism, the club are willing to spend and spend big and with the team’s current problems opens the door to big bids not only in January but also next summer.