It appears that Cardiff City have made their first move to try and entice Gareth Bale to move to back to Wales permanently.

The story, strangely enough, comes from France, where Foot Mercato published an article as an exclusive revealing the details of what the Championship side have put forward.

Talk of Bale potentially heading to Cardiff City has been rife even before his contract at Real Madrid ended, but there have been big question marks, especially when it comes to the wages the Bluebirds could offer him.

After all, the Welsh star has been used to a rather luxurious wage in Spain, and while he has made it clear on numerous occasions that money wasn’t the reason why he would choose his next club, he is also unlikely to play for free.

Numbers aren’t included in the article from Foot Mercato, but the website do reveal Cardiff City have offered Bale ‘a two-year contract with an option for an extra year’.

As for the forward, he ‘isn’t against’ the idea of returning to Wales, and is ‘taking more time to reflect’.

However, over at Cardiff City, they are ‘rather confident’.

Let’s see…