Date: 9th June 2022 at 10:58am
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Journalist Sean Casey has claimed on the NUFC Matters YouTube channel that Newcastle are looking to sign Gareth Bale.

The 32-year-old’s contract with Real Madrid expires this month, putting an end to a nine-year spell at the club he joined for a then world-record fee of £86m.

During his time in Spain, the Wales captain scored 106 goals in 258 games, and won a host of trophies including five Champions Leagues.

However, the move has ended acrimoniously, with the former Spurs attacker falling out of favour. This season, the two-time PFA Player of the Year only made five league appearances, and made more appearances for Wales this campaign than he has for club.

With the £528k-per-week star due to play at the World Cup for his country in the autumn, Casey believes that the need for game time could help the Magpies secure a shock signing.

“I think it’s absolutely got legs in it. I tweeted a while back – I said there was an interesting guest in the crowd, and I was told his agent was at one of the games.

“It was thought that the club were in talks with him, they had talks with the agent, they talked about the structure of a deal.

“Back then, what I got was that if Wales don’t qualify, he’d go to a Cardiff; if Wales qualify for the World Cup, he will look at coming to somebody like a Newcastle and play a higher level of football to keep himself at that level.

“I’ve heard as well that he was around as well last week, he was up and around the club and stuff like that.

“Is it true or not? Let’s see what comes out in the wash, but I 100% think there’s legs in the Gareth Bale [links]. If it’s a pay-as-you-play [deal] and he’s a player that’s looking for fitness before a World Cup, I think it’s an absolute no-brainer.”

Our Thoughts on Casey’s Bale Claims…

Despite the lack of appearances for club this year, there is still a lot of evidence to suggest that Bale is still a top player.

In the World Cup qualification play offs matches against Austria and Ukraine, he has the highest WhoScored rating, scoring two goals to fire Wales to Qatar.

If we also look at the season before, when he was on loan at Tottenham, the Southampton Academy graduate scored 11 goals, and only Harry Kane had a higher WhoScored league rating.

His performances for the north London club caused his then-caretaker manager Ryan Mason to call him “world-class” after he scored a hat-trick against Sheffield United.

“I said all along Bale hasn’t and won’t lose that ability in the final third to produce moments of excellence. He’s a world-class player – he’s proved that over many years.

“The most pleasing thing was his attitude; his running for the team. You feel confident he’ll take the chances.”

If Eddie Howe can convince Bale to come to St James’ Park, it would be an outstanding signing.

AND in other news, Newcastle now lead race to sign “lively” £49.5m-rated talisman…

 

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