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Newcastle United have been revealed as the clear favourites to sign Gareth Bale, according to every bookmaker in the UK.
Steve Bruce’s side now top the market of where the Welsh wizard will end up following the upcoming transfer window, priced as short as 3/1.
One bookie is offering odds of 5/1 on the sensational switch, although that still makes Newcastle favourites in the market.
A move to any Italian club is the new second favourite for where Bale will ply his trade next season, followed by any MLS club at 8/1.
Former side Tottenham are 10/1 longshots to secure Bale’s services for next season, despite being odds-on favourites just months ago.
Manchester United are also 10/1 to attract the forward, followed by Juventus (12/1), Inter Milan (12/1) and PSG (14/1).
Other Premier League sides like Chelsea are as short as 13/2 but as long as 25/1, whilst Spurs’ rivals Arsenal are 33/1.
Leading football stats site, WhoScored.com, revealed that Bale had a direct hand in 120 goals in 171 LaLiga appearances, with 26 of those coming from the bench.
Amazingly, during his time in Spain, only 5 players have had a hand in more goals (Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo, Benzema, Griezmann).
Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: “Things have all gone a little quiet on the Newcastle front, but these fresh reports linking them to Gareth Bale should reignite the St. James' Park faithful.
"The proposed takeover is still in the balance, but should it go through without a hitch, the signing of Bale wouldn't quite seem so unrealistic."
Gareth Bale next club odds:
Newcastle United - 5/1
Any Italian club - 8/1
Any MLS club - 8/1
Tottenham - 10/1
Manchester United - 10/1
Juventus - 12/1
Inter Milan - 12/1
PSG - 14/1
Chelsea - 25/1
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