Kevin Phillips believes that a move to Tottenham Hotspur could be a good fit for Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard this summer.
Lingard excelled during his loan spell a West Ham United in the second half of last season, playing a key role in helping the Hammers to pip Spurs to a Europa League spot.
His performances saw him rewarded with a call up to the England squad, although he just missed out on Gareth Southgate’s final list of 26 for the European Championships.
Reports indicate that West Ham wish to sign Lingard permanently this summer but are concerned that Tottenham could beat them to the 28-year-old’s signature.
It has even been suggested that Spurs could demand Lingard in a swap deal for Harry Winks amidst United’s interest in the Tottenham midfielder.
Phillips believes that the England international would be a smart acquisition for the Lilywhites, insisting that Nuno Espirito Santo might be the man to get the best out of the United star.
When asked about Tottenham’s rumoured interest in Lingard, the former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “I think it will be a brilliant move for him if they can do it.
“It’s all new at Spurs. They’re in transition with the new manager coming. We’ve seen what Nuno did at Wolves in terms of the way he likes to play and get the best out of his players.
“I don’t see him staying at Man United. They might like him to stay but I don’t see him being guaranteed week in, week out football and he’s got used to that at West Ham.
“You don’t want to go back there and just sit on the bench after tasting what he did. So I think Tottenham would be a fantastic move for him.
“He’s top class when he wants to be, the type of player that Nuno probably likes that can get in the box and score goals.”
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I remember a lot of Spurs fans turning their noses up at the idea of signing Lingard last summer but he certainly showed at West Ham that he can be a useful asset under the right system. If Nuno decides that Dele Alli is not part of his plans, we can do a lot worse than replacing him with Lingard.
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