Gareth Bale is awaiting for permission to fly to London and complete his season-long loan move from Real Madrid to Spurs with the clubs edging closer to an agreement.

Seven years after leaving north London for the Spanish capital, Bale is set to make a sensational return to the Premier League by rejoining his former club.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho asked chairman Daniel Levy to get a deal done for the Wales international after his side were well off the pace in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Everton.

Despite interest from United, Spurs was Bale's first choice and he is set to get his wish within the next 48 hours.

Gareth Bale is close to joining Tottenham

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According to Sky Sports, Bale is on standby to take a private from Madrid to London on Thursday with the two clubs in the process of drawing up contracts.

According to the report, Bale will need at least a month to be fully match fit having played just four matches since February.

Meanwhile, former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood has backed the move to sign Bale after being unimpressed with how the team performed in their 1-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday.

“I think it’s a good deal,” Sherwood told talkSPORT.

Gareth Bale could be on his way back to Tottenham
Gareth Bale could be on his way back to Tottenham

“Spurs didn’t look good. I know it’s hard to be critical after just one game, but they didn’t look fantastic, especially in forward areas.

“We know what Jose is like, he likes big players, he brought Zlatan in on a free transfer when he was at Manchester United and it worked to great effect, they picked up a trophy.

“I think it’s an easy sell to [Spurs chairman], Daniel Levy because Real Madrid will be absorbing probably around three-quarters of his wages, which still makes him a high earner at Tottenham but it’s a no-brainer to do.

“I don’t think Daniel would need too much convincing, because he knows what he’s done at the club before.

"Gareth will come in with hero status and is going to lift everyone.

“But the pressure will be on him because everyone will say, ‘go on Gareth, do what you did before’, which was absolutely incredible.”