Tottenham are expected to confirm the stunning White Hart Lane return of Gareth Bale in the coming days.
The Real Madrid outcast will fly to London today (Friday) ahead of sealing a £20million loan move back to Spurs.
Bale underwent a medical at Madrid’s training ground on Thursday, and lawyers have drawn up contracts.
Spurs hope to announce the deal on Friday, alongside the confirmation of Sergio Reguilon’s permanent switch from the Bernabeu.
After a stunning spell first time around, fans will be desperate for the 31-year-old to don the Spurs shirt once again.
But they will be forced to wait with the winger still nursing a minor knee injury picked up on international duty at the start of this month.
As well as recovering from injury, Bale will also need to regain match fitness after scarcely kicking a ball in anger for the La Liga giants in recent months.
Once the formalities are completed and the deal is announced, he will be placed on an intensive training programme with Spurs medics, with the hope he could return in around four weeks.
Spurs have three Premier League fixtures before the next international break in October, meaning Bale could target the visit of West Ham on October 17 to make his second debut for the club.
Despite the move appearing all but done, Jose Mourinho remained coy on Bale following Spurs’ Europa League win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
He said: “I cannot comment, I don’t comment on something that I don’t know. For me, at this moment, until I’m told Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player, I still think and feel and respect the fact that he’s a Real Madrid player, so I’m not going to comment on a Real Madrid player.”