Gareth Bale’s Tottenham shirt number options – including iconic former jersey
The Real Madrid ace's representative, Jonathan Barnett, is currently locked in talks with Spurs over a sensational move back to the north London club.
According to Barnett, his client – who swapped the Premier League for La Liga seven years ago – is "close" to sealing a transfer to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs are set to beat their Premier League rivals Manchester United to Bale's services, which the Red Devils have wanted to acquire for several years.
With Bale's return to Tottenham seemingly imminent, Spurs fans' attentions have turned to what shirt number he'll be given by Jose Mourinho.
Upon his arrival at White Hart Lane in 2007, the former left-back was handed the No.17 shirt.
The Wales international was given the No.3 shirt the following season, which he wore until he was handed the No.11 shirt by Harry Redknapp ahead of the 2010-11 campaign.
Bale's second shirt number – No.3 – is currently available following Mourinho's decision not to give the number to left-back Danny Rose.
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The No.11 and No.17 shirts, however, are not available for the winger to wear – with Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko occupying those numbers respectively.
Given the advanced role he'll play in Mourinho's side, the Southampton academy graduate could be given the No.9 or No.14 shirts.
Recent occupants of those shirts, however, have failed to impress.
Roman Pavlyuchenko, Roberto Soldado, and Vicent Janssen all proved to be underwhelming No.9's, while Clinton N'Jie and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou failed to make any sort of impact while donning the No.14 shirt.
Bale, 31, left Tottenham for Real Madrid in September 2013 for a then world-record fee of £85.3million.
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