Has the biggest obstacle to Tottenham re-signing Bale been removed?

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...

Tottenham increased Harry Kane's wages last week. Was that a pre-emptive move?

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur poses for the camera as he is Awarded with the EA SPORTS Player of the Month for December on January 11, 2018 in Enfield, England.

Tottenham Hotspur handed Harry Kane a new contract last week, reportedly increasing his wages to £200,000 per week including bonuses, The Guardian reported.

He may not be the only one, with Dele Alli also set to increase his earnings from £60,000 per week to £100,000, The Evening Standard report.

Kane's deal in particular raises the club's previously restrictive wage barrier, and it also lays the groundwork for a marquee signing.

The big name in the frame is former Spurs ace Gareth Bale, with The Independent reporting he is keen on a return to Tottenham.

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale (C) vies with Juventus' Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini (L) and Juventus' German midfielder Sami Khedira during the UEFA Champions League quarter-...

Kane's increased contract makes it easier for Spurs to tempt Bale back, as it saves having to re-negotiate with the striker afterwards.

If Bale was to return, it would have been on big wages regardless, where he would have been the club's top earner as he would have to take a dip from his Real Madrid salary in any case.

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF leaves the pitch following his side victory in the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Bale coming back as Tottenham's highest earner would have led to Harry Kane's agents pushing for a raise, along with several of Spurs' other top players.

Tottenham appear to have been saving themselves the complication, by doing all of this early, ahead of a potential big name addition.

Now all that's missing is the Welshman...

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