Date: 19th July 2013 at 3:21am
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United have finally launched an audacious bid for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale in a move that’s been expected since the transfer window opened. 

According to reports the United board have decided to back new boss David Moyes by signing the PFA Player of the season.

The Mirror notes:

Manchester United are making a massive £60million bid for Gareth Bale.

Premier League champions United want Tottenham star Bale to be the first major signing of new manager David Moyes’ reign.

The move for the Welshman is thought to be one of the reasons why United’s vice chairman Ed Woodward is returning early from their pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.

Spurs are desperate not to lose Bale, last year’s Footballer of the Year, and have so far resisted United’s approach.

But the Old Trafford giants are keen to put the damaging publicity surrounding the future of Wayne Rooney behind them.

They know that buying Bale – who has been linked with Real Madrid throughout the off-season – would give Moyes, his players and the United supporters a huge boost.

The signing of Gareth Bale would arguably be the biggest United coup since we shocked the football world by convincing Kevin Keegan to part with Andy Cole. It certainly won’t be easy and much may depend on whether the player actively seeks a move away from White Hart Lane, but if a deal can be struck for Bale, then all of a sudden, the loss of Sir Alex and the problems with Wayne Rooney may start to seem less significant.

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