By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham had an enquiry rejected for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin on deadline day, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Spurs had a move blocked for the 26-year-old midfielder after Jose Mourinho told him that he was in his plans.
The France international is currently behind Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini in the club’s pecking order for the central midfield positions and he has only played seven minutes of football this season in four matches, including the Community Shield.
The Mail report that the Portuguese boss is planning to use Schneiderlin with his side competing in both the Premier League and the Europa League in the new campaign.
It is said Spurs are likely to make another move for Schneiderlin in January if his game time at Old Trafford doesn’t improve.
Mauricio Pochettino managed the combative midfielder when the pair were at Southampton together.
Schneiderlin, who also played with current Spurs duo Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld at the south coast club, built up a formidable partnership in the centre of the park with the Kenya international.
The Frenchman moved to England in 2008 with Southampton and played a key role in taking the Hampshire based club up from League One to an established Premier League side before he eventually moved to Manchester United in a £24million move in 2015.
Schneiderlin has three years left on his current contract, but if his game time doesn’t improve he may look to move with one eye on playing for France at the 2018 World Cup.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Paul Merson has hit out at Moussa Sissoko for ignoring the phone calls of Everton manager on Ronald Koeman deadline day.