Opinion: Tottenham signing attacker for £30 million would be a nightmare

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a shock move for Jesse Lingard, with a potential £30 million fee, according to the Daily Star.

Spurs have confirmed the return of Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid, while Sergio Reguilon has also joined the club on a permanent basis.

Tottenham fans are delighted by the news of the double arrival – but will surely be less enamoured by the latest rumour.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho managed Lingard during his time at Manchester United, but it seems very unlikely that the club would move for the attacking midfielder.

With Dele Alli and Lucas Moura likely to make way to fit Bale into a new-look, attacking Tottenham starting XI, the North London club have so many options to select from now in attacking midfield.

Adding Lingard to that cohort wouldn’t make any sense, with Spurs needing a back-up striker and potentially an additional central defender before the transfer window closes on October 5.

The United man has lost his way and fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, despite his talent, but the opportunity to play regularly simply would not be available at Tottenham.

If Daniel Levy can conclude a deal for a back-up striker, it will have been a massively successful transfer window for Spurs – while an additional defender would be the cherry on top.