Tottenham have approached Manchester United about the possibility of taking Alex Buttner on loan, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 24-year-old Dutch full back has struggled to dislodge Patrice Evra as first choice since arriving 16 months ago, and is now deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

Spurs have fitness concerns over Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen and are therefore desperate for cover in the left back position.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto is on loan at QPR, and is understood to be unwilling to return.

Buttner joined Manchester United from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2012 for a deal worth £5million.

He has managed just 19 appearances in that time, six of which have come this season.

David Moyes has made no secret of his desire to sign a new left back, with United having two bids for Leighton Baines rejected in the summer.

Tottenham are keen to take Buttner on loan for the remainder of the season, with the view to a permanent transfer in the summer should he impress.

However they are set to face a battle for his signature with London rivals Fulham.

Rene Meulensteen is keen to be reunited with the player he coached at Manchester United, and hopes the offer of guaranteed regular first team football will be enough to persuade Buttner to make the move to West London.

The Dutchman is also attracting interest from Italian clubs Roma and Genoa, who are set to offer a similar deal.

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