Talks this week: Tottenham keen on 24-year-old PL attacker - report
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham are monitoring the situation of Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claim that the 24-year-old is set to hold talks about his future at Old Trafford this week and Spurs are hovering in the background.
It is understood that United are keen to keep the England international, but there has been no new deal agreed for a player whose current contract expires at the end of next season.
The report details Lingard wants to be paid alongside the middle-band of the United squad and is looking for a five-year deal, but it’s understood the club were more inclined for a four-year contract.
Lingard has become an important member of Jose Mourinho’s squad this season and has made 25 appearances across all competitions.
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The versatile ace can play in either a wide or central position and has been preferred on the wing by Mourinho.
He has managed just four goals and supplied three assists this campaign, but is renowned for being a big-game player.
Lingard has scored goals in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Community Shield final in the past and is also a member of England’s senior set-up.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs should certainly consider a move for Lingard if he becomes available in the summer as he would be a perfect fit at White Hart Lane. The 24-year-old is still a player with great potential and he has been unable to showcase his full ability regularly since breaking through United’s academy. He is a player with top-flight experience and has shown his qualities on the big stage. Spurs will need to be looking at bolstering their squad in the summer to continue fighting at the top-end of the table and Lingard would be an excellent addition. He is a hard working player that could fit into Mauricio Pochettino’s style and would add to the English core at the heart of the team.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a BBC pundit believes they must agree a new deal for their defender.