JESSE LINGARD could snub a move to Tottenham because he would ‘prefer to move overseas’, according to reports.
The Manchester United star is set to be out of contract this summer, with a host of teams showing interest.
Newcastle and West Ham were particularly keen to sign the 29-year-old last month, although their offers were rejected by the Red Devils.
Spurs are another team who have “got in touch” with Lingard’s representatives as his deal comes to an end.
Although according to Football London, the England attacking midfielder has shown ‘some indications’ that he would prefer to play abroad next season.
Lingard has barely played for Man United this season and will be desperate to ensure he is a first-team regular at his next destination.
He has played just 106 minutes of Premier League football this season in 11 appearances.
The 32-cap international will also be keen to be fit in time for the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
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Lingard was a key figure in England’s run to the semi-finals in Russia four years ago.
But even his brilliant loan spell at West Ham last season didn’t quite earn him a place in Gareth Southgate’s final Euro 2020 squad.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are expected to take a hard look at the free transfer market – something chief executive Fabio Paratici has often done with former club Juventus.
Spurs are likely to consider moves for soon-to-be out-of-contract stars including Franck Kessie and Paulo Dybala.
Boss Antonio Conte has given a scathing assessment of his side’s work in the January transfer market.
He said Sky Sports Italy“It’s always difficult to make comparisons, but if I had to find something similar, it would be the lack of confidence that is inevitable when you start working at a club that hasn’t won for a long time.
Rather than strengthening the team, we have weakened it on paper
“I saw some situations from the outside that could develop, but when you go in there you realize that something… What happened in January was not easy.
“We lost four players in January. Four important players for Tottenham, and we only signed two.
“So even in terms of numbers, rather than strengthening the team, we weakened it on paper.
“Bentancur and Kulusevski are ideal prospects for Tottenham because Tottenham are looking for young players they can develop and grow, not ready players. That’s the problem.”
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