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Toshack: Tottenham rejected 'big-money' Bale bid

Wales boss John Toshack has claimed Tottenham rejected a "big-money bid" for Gareth Bale this summer and revealed there is still interest in the player.

Toshack: Wales need strong start

Bale, 21, struggled to make an impact at Spurs following his 2007 move from Southampton, but he finally made the breakthrough at the start of this year and has gone on to become one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the Premier League.

Toshack - who has many contacts around Europe from his years working at clubs including Sporting, Real Madrid, Besiktas and Saint-Etienne - said: "It was a big-money bid - it's big money to me anyway. You'll have to ask Tottenham, they know about it. Gareth is aware people are looking at him and people are interested."

The likes of Manchester United and AC Milan have been credited with an interest in Bale but, asked about the identity of the club, Toshack said: "I wouldn't do that out of confidence for the people who have informed me."

He added: "He's still a young lad and there's things he has to learn but there are a lot of people looking at him and taking an interest in him.

"I just hope he can take his club performances into our games at international level. He's in Champions League football now, which is another platform for him to show what he can do, and if he steers clear of the injury problems he has had he's got everything going for him to be a big, big player."

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