Former Tottenham star Chris Waddle has warned Tottenham that they could be left rueing a move for Gareth Bale if they paid over the odds to bring the Welshman back to North London.
Spurs are on the hunt for a striker this month having lost Harry Kane until at least April with a hamstring injury and several players have been linked with a move to the club.
Tottenham have been credited with interest in the likes of Kosovo international Vedat Muriqi and Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose, but another name to be linked is Bale, who left Spurs for Real Madrid in 2013.
The latest reports have suggested that the club are willing to pay just over £25m to bring Bale back but speaking to the Racing Post, Waddle insisted that Spurs must be cautious over a move.
“Gareth Bale might be a short-term solution to Mourinho’s goalscoring woes but I wouldn’t be breaking the bank to bring him back,” he said.
“I’m a big fan of Bale, I think he’s a wonderful player and Spurs fans would welcome him with open arms.
“But you’ve got to ask yourself what would you be getting for a vast sum of money. Is he on the pitch enough to make the investment worthwhile?
“You look at Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and they are on the pitch for 90 per cent or more of the season. Bale? Probably nearer 50 and he’s not getting any younger.
“If it was the right deal at the right price then without a shadow of a doubt you’d snap him up. But if you were expecting to have to fork out £300k a week or more then I’d be looking elsewhere.”
As for Tottenham’s reported pursuit of Jose, the North London club are said to have stalled in negotiations with Sociedad due to a difference in opinion over the transfer fee.
The two clubs are locked in talks over a possible deal for the Brazilian, but they are currently £11m apart in their valuation of the striker – with Spurs having offered roughly half of what the La Liga side want, according to the Daily Star.
Jose Mourinho is said to have identified the 28-year-old as his main transfer target in the January window and the player has told Sociedad that he wants to leave the club.