Harry Redknapp has told TalkSPORT that clubs like Leeds or Everton should be considering a move to sign Gareth Bale. The Wales superstar is a free agent, after being released by Real Madrid this summer.
Bale, 32, scored the all-important goal – via a hefty deflection from Andriy Yarmolenko – to send Wales to their first World Cup since 1958 on Sunday. It means the likes of Dan James and Tyler Roberts could feature in Qatar.
However, the 103-time Wales star remains without a club. Reports from Fabrizio Romano earlier on Wednesday suggested that Getafe have spoken to Bale’s agents – allowing him to remain in Spanish football.
But a return to these shores have also been touted. Rangers, Newcastle and Tottenham are all considered possible destinations for Bale. But Redknapp says the likes of Leeds and Everton should take a gamble on Bale.
“I would take a gamble with him if I was in the Premier League,” said Redknapp. “If I was an Everton or Leeds. Good clubs. That take gambles. I would take a little gamble on him.
“The wages are a problem. But if he wants to play, then he’s not going to get £600k-a-week anymore. Them days are finished. He has had that. He doesn’t need it. I still think he can do it at the top level for another year.”
Redknapp: Leeds should consider Bale – would he suit us?
Before we consider the negatives, lets look at the positives. Firstly, we need competition for Patrick Bamford – and more-importantly, cover, given Bamford’s injury issues. Bale can also play out wide or as a 10.
He would reunite with James and Roberts, and he would create a huge buzz of excitement if he was to join. He has 54 goals in 166 Premier League appearances, an excellent record given he played as a defender or a midfielder.
But the negatives far outweigh the positives. His injury record of late has been hell-like. Knee, calf, back and muscular issues limited him to seven club appearances in 21-22.
He does not have the work rate to start a press. It would see Leeds stutter, as have Manchester United with Cristiano Ronaldo. Even though his wages will obviously reduce wherever he goes, he will still be on a big contract.
Even on a pay-as-you-play deal, Bale would still be incredibly expensive. So, injuries, style, wages and the fact he is only using a club to get fit for the World Cup – he simply does not suit us.