By Alex Taylor
Tottenham, Everton and West Ham are ready to battle it out for Manchester United starlet Jesse Lingard, according to reports.
The Mirror claim that the forward, who is currently in talks with United over a new £40,000 a-week contract, is the subject of interest from an array of Premier League clubs.
New manager Jose Mourinho was quick to dispel rumours that he is not interested in the development of youth players upon his arrival, but if reports are to be believed, he could allow the 23-year-old to leave Old Trafford this summer.
All three of the reported clubs are in need of new striking options next season as they look to drag themselves up the table.
Both Tottenham and West Ham impressed with their efforts throughout the 2016-17 season, finishing third and seventh respectively, and will be looking for new talent to help build on their impressive domestic campaigns.
Everton are keen to make further additions after another disappointing season in the Premier League.
They are expected to be on the hunt for high-profile goal-scoring options in the current transfer window to help rectify last season’s problems in front of goal.
Lingard featured 41 times for the Red Devils last season, scoring seven goals and providing four assists along the way.
The youngster failed to fully establish himself as a regular first team player in the Premier League but 19 starts and a total of 25 appearances is not necessarily a bad return in a competitive United team.
The forward played a large part in his side’s FA Cup triumph too, scoring the winning goal in the final of the tournament to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in extra time.
In other Tottenham transfer, Federio Fazio has agreed personal terms with Espanyol.