Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Jesse Lingard.
In a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT, the Italian journalist revealed that, despite a number of reports linking Fabio Paratici with a move for the former Manchester United forward this summer, he has been told that Antonio Conte is not currently prioritising a move for the 29-year-old.
The transfer insider went on to state that Spurs will first need to offload a number of unwanted first-team players in order for the Italian sporting director to consider making a move for the former England international.
When asked for an update on Tottenham’s pursuit of the attacker, Romano said: “It will depend on how they sell these players. Then they will wait for the market and see what the possibilities are. But I’m told Lingard is not a priority for Tottenham as of now.”
Considering just how electric Lingard was during a loan spell at West Ham United in the season before last, Romano’s claim that Tottenham are not currently considering a move for the versatile attacking midfielder is sure to have left the Spurs faithful gutted.
Indeed, over his 16 Premier League appearances in 2020/21, the £16.2m-rated forward was in astonishing form for the Hammers, scoring nine goals, registering five assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.6 shots, making 1.1 key passes and completing 1.1 dribbles per game.
These metrics saw the 32-cap international average a stunning SofaScore match rating of 7.19, not only ranking him as David Moyes’ best performer in the league but also as the 20th-best player in the division as a whole – playing a key role in the Irons sealing an extremely impressive sixth-place finish that year.
As such, should Lingard – who is reported to be demanding a £150k-per-week salary from his next club – be able to recreate this form after a potential free transfer to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer, not only would the 29-year-old appear to make an excellent addition to Conte’s current attacking options, he would also very much be in contention to be one of the signings of the summer.