Danny Murphy has welcomed Gareth Bale’s return to form, but insists he will only be a plausible permanent signing for Tottenham if he lowers his wage demands.
Bale has endured a difficult campaign since returning to London on loan from Real Madrid in September, but has hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks with six goals in as many games.
His double in the 4-1 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday made it four wins on the bounce for Jose Mourinho’s side, and lifted them to sixth in the table.
A mood of optimism has returned to the club, with only two points separating them and fourth-placed Chelsea.
While former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Murphy has acknowledged the improvement in Bale’s performances, he remains dubious as to the prospects of a prolonged stay for the 31-year-old.
Tottenham are paying a sizeable chunk of the 87-cap Welshman’s reported £600,000-per-week salary, and Murphy believes that wage could be a stumbling block.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “If he wants to fit into the wage structure…at the level he’s earning. no chance.
“Why would you disrupt the whole harmony of the club and pay him more than anybody else? It would be ludicrous, so it would depend a lot on Gareth Bale.
“With the injuries he’s had and how much he wants to be happy and content playing where he’s playing. It would be a conversation wouldn’t it, from the chairman, manager and player to see how that progresses, but what I am enjoying is the fact that he’s proven me and quite a few other wrong.
“He’s got himself physically back to a level I didn’t think he was capable of to be honest.
“I like what I’m seeing, but it’s in its infancy his great form. Yes, he’s scored some goals and yes, he’s looking much, much better, but he’s only done it against teams that you kind of expect him to do it against.
“So yeah, let’s see how he goes, but him playing like he is in that Tottenham team alongside Harry Kane, Moura and Son is exciting for Spurs fans, it really is.
“And actually, those four at it gives them a helluva chance of now pushing to get in the top four and also gives them a chance in that cup final against City in April.”
Tottenham are next in action on Thursday when they take on Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League’s round of 16.