Some good news tonight, being reported in this evening’s BBC Sport Commentary, that Newcastle are very close to signing Gareth Bale on loan.
Gareth Bale – near to signing loan deal with Magpies
We were told that when we sold Sebastien Bassong to Tottenham, some agreement had been reached to take two of their players on loan, but the deals would be done closer to the transfer window, and we of course didn’t know who the players were.
The 6′ 0″ Cardiff-born left back or left winger first played for Wales when he was just 16 years old.
He was a product of the Southampton youth system and played 40 times with 5 goals for Southampton, before moving to Spuirs in 2007 where he has played 24 times with 2 goals.
At the age of 16 years and 275 days, Bale became the second youngest player ever to play for the Saints (after Theo Walcott no less), when he made his debut on 17 April 2006.
He played the whole game as Southampton defeated Milwall 2-0.
Bale completed a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur on 25th May 2007, with a four-year deal, with Tottenham making an immediate payment of £5M, with further additional payments that could see Bale’s transfer go up to as much as £10M.
However, since Harry Redknapp arrived at Spurs, Gareth hasn’t seen much action and a move to Newcastle would seem a good career move at this time.
As long as Newcastle in the deals that we have first refusal of these players at a set transfer price some of these loan signings, if they do well, could end up as Newcastle players.
This has to be really good news though, if it’s true.
Gareth has played 20 times for his country Wales, with 2 goals and is famous for his free kicks.
He made the senior Welsh squad at the end of the 2005–06 season and then played his debut on 27th May 2006, as a substitute in a 2–1 win over Trinidad and Tobago.
That made him the youngest ever player to play for Wales, when he was just 16 years and 315 days