Tottenham beat Manchester United to sign Gareth Bale on loan who becomes highest earner ahead of Harry Kane

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Tottenham have completed the stunning loan signing of Gareth Bale to bring the former Spurs superstar back to north London. Bale was sold to Real Madrid in 2013 for a then world record £85.3million, but seven years later he has returned to English football. Getty Images Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid nightmare is over as he returns to Tottenham Spurs announced the loan signing of Bale on Saturday – shortly after Sergio Reguilon also joined from Real Madrid. The winger established himself as one of the world’s best players in Spain, helping Madrid win a remarkable four Champions Leagues and also two LaLigas, the Copa del Rey and three Club World Cups. But the 31-year-old’s relationship with Real and their manager Zinedine Zidane soured somewhat over the past few years and a move to the Chinese Super League last summer was cancelled at the eleventh hour. Bale has made more headlines for his off the pitch antics as his performances on it over the past 12 months. He’s spent most of his time on the bench in recent months and annoyed supporters by playing up to the cameras – pretending to sleep and use binoculars in the stands as a substitute during matches. Bale was even filmed playing golf on the same day Real were defeated by Man City in the European Cup having already irked fans with the infamous ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’ flag incident. Getty Images – Getty Bale’s last appearance for Spurs came in a pre-season friendly at Swindon Simon Jordan says Gareth Bale is not the answer to Tottenham’s problems But his nightmare in Spain is now over, for now, with Tottenham announcing the loan signing of their former Player of the Year, beating Premier League rivals Manchester United to his signature. Bale emerged as one of Europe’s top talents while in north London, winning the Players’ Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, and Player of the Year awards in the 2012/13 season. The Wales international has reportedly become Spurs’ highest-paid player as he’s set to pocket around £12m from Tottenham during the year-long loan spell. This equates to Spurs paying £300,000-a-week to their former player – which is far higher than current top earner Harry Kane makes – while Real will make up the other half of his huge £600,000-a-week salary. Star striker Kane is paid £200,000-a-week to see his title as highest earner claimed by Bale now the signing is completed. Getty Images Gareth Bale won four European Cups at Real Madrid but his past few years have been disappointing Not everyone thinks Bale’s switch to Tottenham is a positive, however, with former Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor telling talkSPORT he considers it a ‘panic buy’. “I do think it would be a good signing but I feel it’s a risky signing,” said Agbonlahor. “I feel it’s a bit of a panic buy. Jose Mourinho has lost the first game and is probably in the office of Daniel Levy at that training ground saying, ‘I need a big signing, I need a star’. “I just feel it’s a bit of a panic buy from Spurs. He hasn’t played much football. He’s been renowned for his problems with injuries. And if you are going to pay £300,000-a-week, you want guarantee of games. “You aren’t going to just come into Spurs and out of 40 or 50 games not be fit.” Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and gossip and in’s LIVE blog,

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