Premier League outfit Aston Villa have, on Friday, been tipped to launch an outlandish swoop for soon-to-be free agent Gareth Bale.
The Claret and Blue, of course, have taken their place front and centre in the English football headlines for several weeks now.
This comes with those in a position of power at Villa Park having evidently come to the conclusion that the club's 14th place finish in the Premier League this past season proved some way off expectations.
In turn, a major recruitment drive has been kicked into gear, to reinforce Steven Gerrard's ranks ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
To this point, despite the summer window having only technically swung open late last week, the Villans have closed deals for all of Philippe Coutinho, Boubacar Kamara, Diego Carlos and shot-stopper Robin Olsen.
Teenage Rangers prodigy Rory Wilson, who racked up an eye-watering 49 goals at youth level last season, is also understood to be on the verge of a Villa Park switch.
And yet, as alluded to above, Gerrard and co. appear far from ready to rest on their laurels.
This comes with the Birmingham-based outfit now understood to be expressing an interest in a potential 6th summer signing, in the form of Gareth Bale.
As per a report from The Guardian, Villa are one of a number of Premier League clubs 'keeping an eye' on the iconic Welshman, with a view to next season.
This of course comes with Bale set to be available as a free agent come the end of the month, upon the expiration of his contract with Real Madrid.
Also understood to be in the race for the veteran winger are both Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.
It now remains to be seen whether Bale himself would be interested in the prospect of linking up with Steven Gerrard's increasingly talent-packed squad.
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