Real Madrid are preparing a summer bid for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.

The Guardian says Real Madrid are preparing an offer for the player in the summer. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes that a massive price tag could serve as a deterrent for interested parties.

Bale is one of the hottest properties in European football and Real are monitoring his - and Tottenham's - situation closely. The Wales winger, who has scored 13 goals for Tottenham this season, plus four more for his country, is on record as stating his admiration for the Spanish champions.