Toshack reveals Bale bid

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Wales manager John Toshack claims Gareth Bale was the subject of a 'big-money bid' over the summer.

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Wales manager John Toshack claims Gareth Bale was the subject of a 'big-money bid' over the summer. The Tottenham ace has become one of the hottest properties in the Premier League after his sensational form in 2010. Bale penned a four-year extension at White Hart Lane in May but that did not stop other suitors expressing an interest in the 21-year-old during the recent transfer window, according to Toshack. The Wales boss, who is with Bale preparing for a Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro on Friday, would not confirm which club had made an approach when he spoke glowingly of the player at a press conference on Thursday. The former Real Madrid manager said: "It was a big-money bid - it's big money to me anyway. You'll have to ask Tottenham, they know about it. "Gareth is aware people are looking at him and people are interested." When pressed on the identity of the club, Toshack said: "I wouldn't do that out of confidence for the people who have informed me."

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Bale, who joined Spurs for £5million in 2007, only became a regular in the north Londoners' side in the second half of last season. Toshack has been an admirer since first calling up the Cardiff-born player, who now has 24 caps, but believes there is much more to come from the youngster who made his international debut at the age of 16 just over four years ago. He added: "He's still a young lad and there's things he has to learn but there are a lot of people looking at him and taking an interest in him. "I just hope he can take his club performances into our games at international level. "He's in Champions League football now which is another platform for him to show what he can do and if he steers clear of the injury problems he has had he's got everything going for him to be a big, big player."

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