For the first time this summer the odds on Gareth Bale have moved from him being favoured to stay at Tottenham to him moving to play for Real Madrid as the Spaniards prepare a world- record breaking deal.

Paddy power have seen a significant amount of money put on Bale to move to the Santiago Bernabeu, and have cut the odds from 5/2 to ½.

Reports out of Spain are suggesting that Real Madrid are prepared to break the world record transfer fee of £80 million that they paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009 by offering Spurs £86 million for Bale.

The 24-year-old Welshman had a terrific season last year scoring 21 goals in the Premiership and winning both PFA and FWA player of the year awards, and yet despite such good personal numbers Spurs were unable to achieve a Champions League finish.

The change in the odds seems to contradict the news from White Hart Lane that insists their star player is not for sale.

Football Trader for Sky Bet Chris Spicer said: “The majority of bets throughout the summer have been on Bale remaining at Tottenham, but we’ve seen a sudden shift in interest in him leaving and we now offer 7/4 on him staying at Spurs.

“Reports suggest that Real Madrid have now made their move and that Bale is unhappy that it has been swiftly rebuffed.

“Our punters now seem convinced Real will get their man and Spurs will have to settle for their sizeable compensation.”