Football pundit Ally McCoist has claimed Gareth Bale should sign for Newcastle instead of Cardiff, after reports over a potential move to the Bluebirds emerged recently.
The Welsh international is out of a contract after his deal at Real Madrid came to an end this summer and has been closely linked with a move back to his boyhood club in the transfer window.
But McCoist claims that the former Galactico would be selling himself short by doing so and insists that the Welshman still has ‘an awful lot to offer’ a Premier League side.
Ally McCoist claims Gareth Bale (above) should move to Newcastle in the summer window
Speaking on talkSPORT, McCoist said: ‘I’m looking at it and clearly there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to go back and play for your hometown club.
‘I think it’s admirable, to say the least. However I still feel that he’s got an awful lot to offer at the highest level, I really do.
‘You watch him in the internationals and he’ll be all geared up for the World Cup in Qatar and I just think that surely there are Premier League clubs out there.
‘Automatically, I just think that Newcastle would be ideal.’
The 32-year-old is a free agent after his contract at Real Madrid came to an end last season
Ally McCoist (above) claims that Bale still has ‘an awful lot to offer’ to a Premier League side
Wales legend Dean Saunders agreed with McCoist’s claim and insisted that Newcastle are ‘going in the right direction’ for Bale.
Speaking with talkSPORT, Saunders said: ‘If I could pick a club for him to go to now, I’d say sign for Newcastle. They’ve got a project; they’re going in the right direction – he would slot in.
‘The fans right now in Newcastle, because I’ve been there and I worked there – and I realise how much they love the club – right now they could sell 80,000 season tickets.’
McCoist and Saunders claim that Eddie Howe’s Newcastle would be a great move for Bale
As Wales prepare for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, Bale will be hoping to sign for a club where he can maintain his fitness levels ahead of the tournament in December.
The five-time Champions League winner made a sensational loan return to Tottenham in the 2020/21 season and thus a move to Cardiff wouldn’t be out of the question.
Despite an impressive 11 goal return from his 20 Premier League appearances at Spurs, Bale remained on the periphery of the Madrid squad last year – only making five appearances in LaLiga.
The Welshman will be hoping to secure a new club ahead of the World Cup later this year