Jose Mourinho has reportedly backed Tottenham Hotspur 's bid to re-sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, after the north London side moved ahead of Manchester United in the race for Bale's signature.

Both sides have been linked with the Welshman but Spurs are the frontrunners, with the player's agent, Jonathan Barnett, publicly admitting talks are ongoing about the move.

Barnett told BBC Sport Wales: "Gareth still loves Spurs. It's where he wants to be."

He then told AFP: "It's close but not done. It's a complicated deal."

With the transfer now looking close, ESPN are reporting that Mourinho is of the opinion that he can 'revitalise' Bale after he struggled with injuries at Real.

Jose Mourinho has backed Tottenham's bid to resign Gareth Bale

The Portuguese tactician has since addressed the speculation at his most recent press conference, admitting he tried to sign Bale when he was manager at the Bernabeu.

"I'm not going to comment on Gareth Bale - a Real Madrid player," he said. "I tried to sign him for Real Madrid which was not possible during my time there.

"But the president followed my instinct and followed my knowledge and the season I left he brought Gareth to the club."

Mourinho tried to bring him to Real Madrid when he was manager at the Bernabeu

Mourinho has been vocal about the need to sign a new striker to lift the burden on Harry Kane, saying: "I want, I need a striker. But I want to make it very, very clear that the club – the structure above me – knows that I need a striker and also wants a striker.

"Are we going to get one? I honestly believe so. For the balance of the squad, the team needs it.

"Especially after the gift we had from the EFL and Uefa, that gives me after 20 years of football a unique experience of playing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday for two consecutive weeks. We realise that more than ever we need [a new striker]. So, yes, we’re working on it.

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"The other day Jurgen [Klopp] was saying that Liverpool is not a club of oligarchs and that belongs to countries. We are the same. We cannot go to the market and spend a fortune on players.

"But we all – we all, I want to make that clear – are working hard to give a good balance to the squad and that good balance would to get one more striker to the team."

Despite not being an outandout striker, he is said to believe Bale could help do just that.