Gareth Bale back to Tottenham in 2018 would be worth the wait

Tottenham's Welsh Defender Gareth Bale (R) vies with Shakhtar Donetsk's Croatian midfielder Darijo Srna (L) during their Uefa Cup, Round of 32, second leg match against Shakhtar Donetsk at...

Tottenham may not sign anybody this summer at this rate, but what if it was all worth it?

Tottenham Hotspur have confounded their supporters this summer with their lack of transfer activity.

After finishing second last season, Spurs are in a perfect position to kick on but have had struggles identifying and signing starters for their side.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy told The Guardian that spending by Premier League was unsustainable - but this could turn out to be a giant bluff if the right player becomes available.

That player may not be around this summer, and Tottenham discovered last year that spending for the sake of it is a bad move, see Moussa Sissoko.

Over in Spain question marks hover over the future of a certain Gareth Bale, sold by Tottenham for a record fee in 2013.

Tottenham's Welsh Defender Gareth Bale (R) vies with Shakhtar Donetsk's Croatian midfielder Darijo Srna (L) during their Uefa Cup, Round of 32, second leg match against Shakhtar Donetsk at...

It appears despite speculation that he won't be sold this summer, but if he cannot hold down a first team spot this season due to injury or other reasons, then the Welshman will face questions.

Buying Bale back has long seemed impossible for Tottenham, but as they move into their new stadium next summer, there won't be a better time to re-sign the winger.

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on December 26, 2012 in...

The first step in doing this is to save as much money as possible, and that means being prudent this summer.

If Spurs stick to their guns and don't splash out this next month then next summer they will be armed with an increased spending pot.

Re-signing Gareth Bale in a year would justify a quiet summer 2017, even though it will require a patient and uncertain year ahead.

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