Former Manchester United midfielder Lee Sharpe believes that Sir Alex Ferguson should attempt to lure Gareth Bale away from Tottenham as the winger is turning into the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 41-year-old was at Manchester United when Ryan Giggs was just beginning his career and he believes another Welshman would improve the current squad.

Gareth Bale
Lee Sharpe has urged Manchester United to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford. [Reuters]

Sharpe was interviewed on Manchester United's official TV channel and was quizzed on who he would most like to see arrive at the club.

"I would buy Bale. I think he's slowly turning into the next Cristiano Ronaldo," said Sharpe.

"I'm not quite sure if he's got the footwork and trickery but he has pace, power and, with his set-plays and finishing ability, I think he's a phenomenal player. If we could go out and buy anybody, it would be him."

Bale has been in superb form for Tottenham this season and once again demonstrated his goal threat when he opened the scoring in the north London derby at the weekend. It was the midfielder's 20th goal of the season and his ninth in his last seven appearances.

His superb performances have seen him draw comparisons to Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo and there is a belief that the Spanish side will be interested in signing the Wales international in the summer.

While Bale has gradually improved at Tottenham, it was revealed last week that Giggs repeatedly encouraged the winger to make the move to Manchester United when he was still at Southampton.

The 23-year-old instead made the move to White Hart Lane and, after a difficult start to his Spurs career, has now become a vital part of the side which is hoping to qualify for the Champions League for just the second time.