By Josh Powell | Sports writer
The ‘Gareth Bale hype-machine’ is on full blast after another devastating display from the Welshman against West Ham at Upton Park. Tottenham’s star winger made it eight goals in six games and is currently the top scorer in the Premier League since the turn of the year.
The most exciting player to watch in the league this season has made himself favourite to be the PFA Player of Year with Paddy Power slashing his odds to 8/13.
However, his goal tally and dominance for Tottenham has also put him in the shop window for clubs across Europe and there are odds of 11/8 on Real Madrid being Bale’s next permanent club.
Ever since he tortured Inter Milan two seasons ago in the Champions League Madrid have been linked with the winger and speculation is only set to increase with Real struggling in La Liga and Bale putting in performances like he did on Monday night.
If the Welsh Wizard does believe his future lies away from White Hart Lane then it won’t just be Madrid lining up as a potential suitor.
Manchester United are odds of 5/2 to be his next permanent club with the Pep Guardiola powered Bayern Munich coming in as third favourites at odds of 6/1. Carlo Ancelotti’s PSG aren’t short of a few quid, neither are European Champions Chelsea, and Spanish League leaders Barcelona are always going to be an attractive prospect. All three clubs are at odds of 12/1 to be Bale’s next destination.
The consistency of the Welshman this season has meant that he is firm favourite for the PFA Player of Year at 8/13 with goal-machine Robin Van Persie as second favourite at 6/4. ‘Lovable’ Liverpool striker Luis Suarez might wind up opposition fans but he is deadly in front of goal and he is at odds of 25/1.
Bale currently has odds of 25/1 to scoop the coveted Ballon D’or but these are sure to shorten should his form continue.
A Paddy Power spokesman said; ‘We sympathise with Spurs fans who must be half hoping Bale reins it in a bit and plays more like Adebayor for the rest of the season. Although it would be a shame to see him leave the Premier League the prospect of a Bale / Ronaldo combo at Real Madrid has world domination written all over it.’
Gareth Bale’s next permanent club
11/8 – Real Madrid
5/2 – Manchester United
6/1 – Bayern Munich
8/1 – Manchester City
12/1 – Chelsea
12/1 – PSG
12/1 – Barcelona
PFA Player of the Year
8/13 – Gareth Bale
6/4 – Robin Van Persie
25/1 – Luis Suarez
40/1 – Juan Mata