Merson and Nicholas give resounding verdict on chances of Tottenham re-signing Gareth Bale

Charlie Nicholas and Paul Merson believe it's impossible for Spurs to re-sign Gareth Bale.

Pundits Paul Merson and Charlie Nicholas have told Sky Sports that they think a return to Tottenham for Gareth Bale would be impossible.

Bale, 26, joined Spurs all the way back in the summer of 2007 having starred at Southampton, but with just six goals in his first 76 goals for the club, many had questioned whether Bale would ever live up to his huge potential at White Hart Lane.

However, 49 goals in his next 127 games for Spurs made him into one of the world's biggest stars, and he ended up leaving Spurs for Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

The Welsh international has enjoyed a successful spell in Spain so far, but reports from The Independent last week suggested that Spurs have first option on Bale, so if any club wants to sign him, Tottenham will be given the chance to match the offer and seal a stunning return to North London for Bale.

Of course, the needed to sign Bale would be huge, and most likely out of Tottenham's price range even if they do qualify for the Champions League or win the Premier League title this season.

Now, former Arsenal players Paul Merson and Charlie Nicholas have told Sky Sports that they think any deal to take Bale back to Spurs is 'impossible', because Tottenham have a new stadium to pay for and ultimately can't afford Bale - and think only a handful of clubs truly can.

"There's every chance that the clause exists, just like Arsenal had with Cesc Fabregas," said Nicholas. "However, it's an impossibility and the reason for that is because they have to build a new stadium. If you buy the stadium and then pay £70m for Bale and then his wages, how many players are they going to be have sell? It's never going to happen. It's not feasible."

"He is world class and it would be great to see him back but Spurs have got a sweat on trying to keep hold of Harry Kane, let alone being able to spend £80-90m to bring back Bale," Merson added. "I'd love to see him back in the Premier League, he's absolutely world class, and if he does decide to leave Real Madrid, then I'm sure England would be the only option for him. However, with the sort of money you'd be talking, only Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United are capable of paying for him."

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