Former Premier League striker Darren Bent has encouraged Newcastle United to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer.
The 32-year-old is out of contract in June. In the lead up to the winter transfer window, he was linked with a move to Newcastle.
Bale started as Wales faced Austria in the semi-finals of the World Cup play-offs on Thursday night.
The attacker has missed most of this season through injury. But he was on form against Austria as he guided Wales to victory.
The former Tottenham star netted a superb brace as the Dragons won 2-1. They will now face Scotland or Ukraine in the finals of the World Cup play-offs.
After this stellar performance, Bent (via HITC) suggested that Bale is a player Newcastle should be looking to sign:
“He is incredible, Gareth Bale, we have seen it time and time again.”
On Newcastle potentially signing him, Bent added: “That’s a superstar signing they are looking for. I think they (Newcastle fans) would be happy with it.”
“It was a massive game. We knew that. We had to perform and dig deep and use our experience in big games. It’s the perfect scenario,” Bale said (via BBC Sport).
“I can hit a free-kick if I am able to play. It was nice to see it go in. The early goal gave us that momentum and the second one was nice as well.
“I had some cramp at the end which I guess is normal but l will run into the ground for this country and we all did that tonight.
“That’s half the job done. We will enjoy tonight. There is still another tough game against either Scotland or Ukraine and we will be ready for that when it comes.”
Bale was then asked about him being criticised by Spanish media. Marca referred to him pre-match as “the Welsh parasite”.
The player insisted that he is “not fussed” about the “disgusting” comments:
“I don’t need to send a message,” he added.
“I don’t need to say anything, it’s a waste of my time. It’s disgusting. They should be ashamed of themselves. I am not fussed, end of.”
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