Tottenham are planning to hold talks regarding the signing of Gareth Bale, but the Real Madrid star is unlikely to accept a wage cut, according to a report.
Bale has been linked with a move back to Spurs in recent months, having joined Spanish and European giants Madrid from the North London outfit in the summer of 2013 for £85million.
Earlier this month, it was reported in the Spanish media that Tottenham had made contact with Madrid over the signing of the Wales international winger.
It was claimed that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had made it clear that he was not going to pay more than €30million (£25.36m) for the 30-year-old.
It is reported that the Welshman would have to take a “substantial” pay-cut to his £600,000-a-week salary at Madrid, which he is not prepared to do.
Tottenham typically do not pay high salaries to even their best players, with star striker Harry Kane on £200,000-a-week including bonuses.
Bale has helped Madrid win La Liga and the Copa del Rey once each, and the Champions League four times since 2013.
However, the Santiago Bernabeu have never truly taken to Bale, who has also failed to convince head coach Zinedine Zidane that he deserves to start regularly for the team.
Injuries have affected Bale in recent seasons, just as they have this campaign, with the winger playing in just 12 La Liga games and only 101 minutes in the Champions League.
Madrid are top of the La Liga table with 46 points from 21 matches, three points clear of second-placed and bitter rivals Barcelona.
As for Tottenham, Jose Mourinho’s side currently find themselves sixth in the Premier League table with 34 points from 24 matches, six points behind London rivals and fourth-placed Chelsea.