Tottenham and Liverpool have been handed a boost in their transfer pursuit of Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus after he chose to delay putting pen to paper over a new contract, according to a report.

The Mirror claim on their website that the 29-cap Germany international’s current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2019, and while the Bundesliga heavyweights are keen to see him commit his future to the club, the player himself is waiting to see how the club operate in the summer transfer window.

As a result, the report states that Premier League sides Spurs and Liverpool are ready to pounce on the 28-year-old’s contract situation and bring him to England, with the speed machine now back to playing action after having recovered from a ruptured ligament.

He has made five appearances this season, his first coming at the start of February, and has scored two goals so far.

Football Insider verdict

Reus is a superstar of the game but his injury troubles have limited his playing time massively. At 28, he is not the future talent he used to be, and this is when he should be at the top of his game. How he performs between now and the end of the season will show whether he is suffering any adverse effects from his layoff, but with a year left on his current deal, the end of the campaign will be the time to pounce for a deal. What Spurs and Liverpool will not want to allow is for Dortmund to prove themselves in the transfer window and secure some new signings which convince Reus to stay. An early deal in the summer is a must if they want to guarantee his capture, which would be a major coup for either team.

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