Tottenham Hotspur have no plans to open talks with former Manchester United player Jesse Lingard this summer, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano on Twitter.
The Guardian recently stated that Tottenham are monitoring Lingard’s situation at this moment to see if there are any opportunities to sign him. However, Romano has claimed that the England international is not on Antonio Conte or Fabio Paratici’s transfer shortlist during the current transfer window.
Lingard has saw his contract at Old Trafford expire this summer, which has made him a reported target for West Ham United and Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest. However, Spurs are thought not to be in the mix to sign him despite their intention to bring in a creative attacking player ahead of the new campaign (Evening Standard).
Lingard is expected to take a final decision over his future shortly, with his stance set to be revealed in the coming days.
Tottenham will not open talks to sign Jesse Lingard. He’s not a target on Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte’s list for this window. ⚪️ #THFC
Lingard will decide his future soon, matter of days.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 19, 2022
The 29-year-old is on the back of a difficult season at Old Trafford, having been largely sidelined by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick during that period. However, Lingard did showcase his worth at West Ham United, where he was on loan with them in the 2020-21 campaign.
Lingard featured in 16 Premier League fixtures for West Ham last season, and he also scored nine goals alongside five assists (Transfermarkt) which was a solid return indeed. In fact, his performances were a major catalyst in their qualification to the Europa League back then.
We have also been linked with a move for Leicester City’s James Maddison (Paul O Keefe) and Lucas Paqueta (Jacque Talbot) of Olympique Lyonnais, who are similar players to Lingard. One could say that Maddison and Paqueta are better than Lingard. However, the latter is more attractive in the sense that he is a free agent right now.
However, with this latest update, perhaps the north London club does not intend to take a risk on Lingard and bring him to N17. The 29-year-old looks closer to moving to West Ham than any other destination right now, which certainly should make us wary with the Hammers looking to raise their level under David Moyes.