Yesterday we reported that Tottenham‘s Gareth Bale was Real Madrid’s number one transfer target and it appears that the plot has thickened with Jose Mourinho preparing a swap deal involving the Spurs winger, according to The Mirror.

Bale is valued at around £30million according to the Spanish club and a deal involving £12million left back Fabio Coentrao is set to be discussed with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas already keen on acquiring the Portuguese’s services.

However, the man who scouted the 23-year-old Welsh winger for Southampton when he was a youngster is not convinced that Bale won’t continue to have injury problems.

“Gareth struggled with injuries and was affected by a growth spurt. He was quite small but, like many teenagers, just shot up,” Southampton scout Rod Ruddick said.

“His back was out of alignment, which meant he would struggle to run properly and at full pelt.

“He was almost released and who knows what might have happened? You have seen players fall out of love with the game after a rejection.”