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Real Madrid hope to announce Bale signing today

Real Madrid hope to announce an agreement with Tottenham over Gareth Bale's signing later today.

The Mail on Sunday says Bale's world-record £86million move to Real Madrid was being worked on deep into Saturday night in a bid to finalise the deal before the Spanish club's game against Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu this morning.

Although the transfer window does not close until 11pm tomorrow, insiders revealed the final details of the 24-year-old Welshman's move were thrashed out and Bale will be presented to Madrid fans tomorrow.

The deal is almost certain to see Tottenham receive the fee in three instalments spread over two years.

It will eclipse the £80m Real paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and the finalising of the move will be a massive relief for all involved.

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