By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

19th Jun, 2022 | 7:10pm

Sky Sports pundit warns Everton off move for Gareth Bale

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Gareth Bale is “on the decline” and is not the sort of player that Everton should be signing in the transfer window says Kevin Campbell.

The 32-year-old Wales star is available on a free transfer this summer after leaving Real Madrid and Harry Redknapp thinks he is someone who the Toffees should take a “gamble” on.

Club manager Frank Lampard’s uncle, Redknapp, told talkSPORT on 8 June that the one-time world’s most expensive player has another top year in him and if he wants to play he would not expect the huge wages he was on with the European champions, but Sky Sports pundit Campbell thinks the move would be the kind of expensive folly that has plagued the Farhad Moshiri years.

“Listen, Harry Redknapp can say what he likes from the comfort of his sofa,” Campbell said, speaking exclusively to Goodison News.

“I think Everton are going in a different direction.

“I think if Everton are going to get a star player it’s not going to be one that’s on the decline.

“I think if they’re going to invest that sort of money you might as well invest it and go for a younger one.

“A marquee signing who you can build the team around.

“Has Gareth Bale still got talent and quality? He does. But he’s on the decline, let’s be honest. 

“And Everton don’t want to be doing that again.”

Bale proved he can still cut it in the Premier League during his loan move back to Tottenham in the 2020/21 season, scoring 11 top flight goals in just 20 appearances.

The souring of the relationship at the Bernabeu eventually froze him out there, and he was not a key man back in North London, but he has been the undisputed leader for his national team for years.

If he was willing to cut his wages massively then there would be worse moves to make, but if the club had to come up with a load of cash to throw at him then it is surely too risky for a club in the position the Toffees are currently.

In other Everton news, a highly-rated midfield player that the club were interested in has had his release clause met.

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