Southampton boss George Burley has spent much of the last three weeks fending off questions over Bale's future, but it seems Newcastle are not even at the auction.
Burley: "I've told Gareth I feel he needs to be here this season and next season, that would be ideal for his development.
"I haven't changed my opinion. You can't beat playing first-team football for the development of a young kid. At a big club it's harder to get into the team, which is understandable. It's best for the player to be in this league, at a good club, where he can find his feet."