Tottenham make contact with Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard

Tottenham are interested in signing Jesse Lingard and have approached the Manchester United midfielder’s representatives over a summer move.

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard, 29, is currently out of favour at Manchester United having managed only eight Premier League games so far this season—all as a substitute. The attacking midfielder enjoyed a successful loan spell with West Ham last season and forced his way back into the England squad but has failed to cement his place in the Red Devils’ starting XI.

The 29-year-old has entered the final six months of his contract at Old Trafford and is now eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.

Lingard is expected to leave at the end of the season, with Tottenham sounding out the player over a move on a Bosman transfer. In fact, Spurs and Antonio Conte could offer Lingard an escape route in January but it is believed the England international wants to see out his contract at Man United.

West Ham have also been credited with an interest in the Red Devils outcast, with manager David Moyes keen to bring the 29-year-old back to the London Stadium.

Tottenham open to January offers for Bergwijn and Alli

Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn has been recently linked with a move to Ajax. The Eredivisie giants have been long-term admirers of Bergwijn and are believed to have made an initial bid worth around £15m for the player. However, Spurs have rejected that bid as it falls way short of their valuation for the Netherlands international.

Bergwijn, who joined Spurs from PSV Eindhoven in January 2020, is yet to start a Premier League game under new head coach Antonio Conte, managing only four appearances so far due to a calf problem. The north London club will consider offers for the speedy Dutchman but want to recoup as much as the £27m they paid PSV for his signature two years ago.

In addition to Bergwijn, the north Londoners are also open to offers for Dele Alli to exit. Alli has struggled for form and fitness in the last couple of years and is yet to impress Conte.

Jesse Lingard is a smart option for Spurs

Jesse Lingard did everything he can on a short loan spell at West Ham last season to get back into the Manchester United starting XI. He registered nine goals and four assists in just 16 matches, helping the Hammers finish sixth in the table and subsequently clinch a Europa League berth.

On returning to Man United this season, however, the Englishman has found himself on the fringes again. At 29, he is into the peak years of his career and should leave the Red Devils for greener pastures in the summer. A move to Spurs could do well for Lingard, whose versatility to play in different positions across the midfield and attack will appeal to Conte. A hard-working player with loads of Premier League experience, he could be a smart like-for-like replacement for Alli, if the Spurs man leaves in this window or at the end of the season.

All in all, Tottenham would complete a smart piece of business by signing Lingard on a potential free transfer from Man United.

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