By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

14th May, 2021 | 7:30am

Kevin Campbell rubbishes reported Everton interest in Gareth Bale

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Kevin Campbell has rubbished reports linking Everton with summer interest in Real Madrid winger and current Tottenham loanee Gareth Bale.

Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda (via Diario Madridista) reported earlier this month that Bale doesn’t have a future at the Santiago Bernabeu, leading Carlo Ancelotti to ask Everton to sign him for free in the summer.

Inda didn’t provide much detail about how that deal might be structured or whether Madrid would be looking for a transfer fee, only that the Blues were keen on bringing the Welshman back to the Premier League on a permanent basis.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell expressed bewilderment at the reports before pouring cold water on the club having any chance of signing the four-time Champions League winner. Campbell said: “I’ll be honest, I don’t know where they get all this stuff from.

“Listen, I can’t see that happening. Gareth Bale has done well of late but I just can’t see it happening.

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“I very much doubt it. A player at the end of his career and costing that much? No.

Everton’s reported interest in Bale always seemed farfetched, particularly when the club’s finances are taken into consideration.

Bale’s salary demands would likely be substantial, and though Everton are blessed with Farhad Moshiri’s riches they aren’t quite able to throw money at the wall.

Additionally Bale’s age does present a problem, with Marcel Brands certainly not likely to give his approval to spend significant resources on someone with no long-term future or sell-on value.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are reportedly willing to shell out £21m for 24y/o defender open to Everton switch.

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