The Athletic journalist David Ornstein has claimed Jesse Lingard is close to making a decision on his next move after becoming a free agent following his Manchester United exit.
The England international, 29, departed boyhood side United at the end of June upon the expiration of his contract, bringing an end to a 22-year association with the club.
Lingard has since attracted plenty of interest from across the Premier League with Spurs and Everton making contact about a move, while Newcastle have also emerged as suitors (Mirror).
The free agent has also received interest from the United States with ESPN claiming two Major League Soccer sides have approached his representatives about a potential deal this summer.
However, Ornstein has now revealed Lingard’s preference is to stay in the Premier League and he is set to make a decision on his next move with three offers currently on the table for him.
He told The Athletic Football Podcast: “His preference is to remain in the Premier League with three proposals on the table. West Ham have been linked, Everton and various other clubs.
“It’s not been as smooth as he’d hoped because he would have liked to have been at a club in time for pre-season, but he’s very close to a decision now we’re assured, and we’ll pick up on that as the week goes on.
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“This is a fascinating case of a player who has bags of ability and is proven at club and international level. This is probably his last big move and there’s so much riding on it. He’s finally got control of his career post-Manchester United.”
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Lingard could be a good addition for Spurs as he would add to the homegrown quota but also add some creativity from the central and wide areas.
While they should at least keep his name on the list, there will be other options out there that will suit the club much better.