Tottenham have learned from West Ham's Lingard blunder amid new signing update - pundit
Frank McAvennie claims Tottenham may have learned from West Ham with the club close to a deal for Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.
The former Hammers hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Spurs won’t make the same error his former side made with Jesse Lingard.
Football Insider revealed on Wednesday (July 21st) that Spurs’ director of football Fabio Paratici is in advanced talks over a loan-to-buy deal for Gollini.
Sky Sports report Tottenham have agreed to pay £13million to buy Gollini if he plays a certain number of games.
Lingard joined West Ham on loan in January and proved to be a revelation as the club qualified for the Europa League.
However, there was no option to buy in the loan deal meaning Lingard’s return to London is far from guaranteed.
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McAvennie claims Tottenham have avoided this error as Gollini comes in on a try-before-you-buy basis.
“There’s a few managers like that, who like to look at players before they buy,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Allardyce used to do that. If he wasn’t sure if the money was right he would loan them for six months and have a look.
“I’m not fond of getting players on loan unless there’s an injury crisis.
“But a loan deal with the option to buy, I can understand that. The player may not fit in, he might not hack it.
“It means you can get rid of him instead of having a player tied down for another four years.
“It’s a gamble, maybe they have learned from what happened with West Ham and Lingard.
“Why there wasn’t an option to buy in that deal I will never know. What a massive error that was.
“Is he going to improve the team? You’ll know that after a few months. It makes sense.”