​Gareth Bale is encouraging Real Madrid to sign Liverpool's teenage striker Ben Woodburn sooner rather than later - to avoid Barcelona snapping him up ahead of them. 

The teenager became his club's youngest ever goalscorer when he netted against Leeds in the EFL Cup at the end of last year, and ​Diario Gol report that Bale sees his countryman as the future of Real's attack. 

It's reported that the 17-year-old could be available for as little as £1m if the Champions League holders move quickly, with a number of Europe's top clubs keeping an eye on the Nottingham-born starlet. 

The 17-year-old forward was called up to the Welsh senior side for the first time last month as Chris Coleman looks to tie down the promising youngster's international future - with England lurking. 

Speaking after he called the youngster up to his squad to face the Republic of Ireland, Cole am said: 

"He's done very well at Liverpool surrounded by top players and he deserves a shot. I'm not experimenting with this squad. We can't afford to do that. This is a massive game for us. I've gone with the ones I think are going to be best.

"He's only young but he's capable of playing if we need to call upon him. It's not about giving him a cap and then that puts (the question of England) to bed. We have watched him for a long time. This season he has taken it to another level. He's come on for Liverpool and more than held his own. He has earned his spot with us."

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