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Report: Tottenham Hotspur to scupper Manchester United bid for Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur could scupper Manchester United's hopes of signing Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale due to a "first refusal" clause, according to a report.

Tottenham Hotspur could scupper Manchester United's hopes of signing Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale, according to a report.

The Red Devils continue to be linked with the Welshman, despite a series of injuries limiting his game time at the Bernabeu.

Recent reports have claimed that Bale's asking price has been lowered to £62m, a figure which United are seemingly prepared to pay to bring the former Spurs star back to England.

According to The Express, however, Daniel Levy had a clause inserted into the terms of the deal which gives Tottenham the chance to match any offers Real receive from the Premier League.

The report goes on to claim that the clause is valid until June 2019, which would mean that Spurs have first refusal on bringing Bale back to the United Kingdom.

Bale has played 10 times for club and country this season amid two separate spells on the sidelines.

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1Barcelona1512303873139
2Atletico MadridAtletico1610602571836
3Valencia16104236162034
4Real Madrid1695230111932
5Sevilla169251919029
6GironaGirona166552022-223
7Villarreal166462220222
8Leganes166371214-221
9EibarEibar166371828-1021
10Getafe165562016420
11Real Sociedad165562828020
12Celta Vigo165472723419
13Athletic Bilbao164661619-318
14Real Betis155372329-618
15Levante163851522-717
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18AlavesAlaves1640121225-1312
19Malaga1532101328-1511
20Las PalmasLas Palmas1531111134-2310
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City18171056124452
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd18132339112841
3Chelsea18122432141838
4Arsenal18103531201133
5Burnley189541612432
6Liverpool1787234201431
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs1894531181331
8Leicester CityLeicester187562726126
9Watford186482733-622
10Everton176472129-822
11Huddersfield TownHuddersfield186391630-1421
12Southampton184681724-718
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton184681423-918
14Crystal Palace184591528-1317
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham184591732-1517
16Bournemouth174491520-516
17Stoke CityStoke1844101939-2016
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1843111627-1115
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom182881224-1214
20Swansea CitySwansea173311922-1312
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