Tottenham Hotspur could make a move for free agent Jesse Lingard if he fails to come to an agreement with West Ham, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The Lowdown: Lingard’s offers
With the midfielder now out of contract following his departure from Manchester United, the 29-year-old has recently been at the centre of numerous of transfer rumours.
According to a report by ESPN, the former England international is travelling to the United States to meet with a series of MLS teams ahead of a proposed move this summer. However, the same report also cites West Ham and Everton as clubs who remain interested in the free agent’s services.
The Latest: O’Rourke’s claim
O’Rourke believes that there is a possibility that the attacking midfielder could snub his former loan club in favour of Champions League football with Spurs this summer.
Speaking with GiveMeSport, the journalist said of Lingard: “West Ham obviously will probably offer him more of a guarantee of regular first team football.
“That probably couldn’t be guaranteed at Tottenham right now under Antonio Conte with the quality of the squad he’s now got at his disposal.
“But Champions League football is on offer at Tottenham and West Ham can only offer Europa Conference League football so that might be a big decision in where Jesse Lingard does end up moving this summer.
“I still think Tottenham will be thinking if West Ham can’t agree a deal with Lingard, then they might make a move for him.”
The Verdict: Good addition for squad depth
During Lingard’s time at Old Trafford, former United coach Michael Carrick previously praised the 29-year-old for the hard work that he put in to establish himself at the highest level, describing him as a ‘dynamic’ midfielder with a ‘unique’ playing style.
Should Spurs sign Lingard?
Yes, absolute no brainer!
Following the addition of Yves Bissouma to Antonio Conte’s squad, the arrival of the 32-cap England international would add further depth to the Lilywhites’ options in the middle of the park, with a more creative outlet able to come off the bench.
When you consider that Lingard would also be adding to Tottenham’s homegrown quota, this could be a move which makes perfect sense for both parties.
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