Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has continued to eye several targets he wants to sign for the club and his search has taken him to a direct rival club, Tottenham Hotspur. According to several reports from multiple sources, the Italian manager is interested in signing Gareth Bale from Spurs this summer, amid reports that the Wales international winger may not be making his switch to Tottenham permanent.

Bale joined Spurs from Real Madrid last summer on a season-long loan with an option to buy, but it continues to look highly unlikely that the London club will exercise the purchase option at the end of the season. Mourinho was the manager who engineered the winger’s transfer to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the summer as he looked to add some more firepower to an attack that already had Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son in it.

Mourinho has now left Tottenham and Ryan Mason is the current caretaker manager, but Bale has continued to flourish for the club. In their last Premier League clash against Burnley, the pacy winger scored a hat-trick, further showing his importance to the Spurs team. However, Ancelotti has not stopped to see if he can convince the player to make a switch to Merseyside in the summer.

Bale played under Ancelotti at Real Madrid when the Italian manager was still the head coach of the Spanish La Liga giants and the pair had a remarkable relationship in Spain. Ancelotti will now be looking to convince Bale using their past manager-player friendship record as a key factor in his proposal.

Reports claim that Everton are willing to offer the player a two-year deal with an option to extend for a further year, but as things stand, he looks likely to either remain at Tottenham or return to Madrid in the summer.