Spurs plot shock £30m transfer bid for Man Utd midfielder Jesse Lingard as Mourinho seeks reunion with 'ignored' ace

TOTTENHAM are plotting a shock £30million transfer bid for Jesse Lingard, according to reports.

The Manchester United midfielder, 27, has seen his career stagnate over the past two years since Jose Mourinho left Old Trafford.

But according to the Daily Star Sunday, the Special One is hoping to reignite his career in North London.

Lingard has struggled for game time and form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has not started a Premier League match since January.

The report adds the England international was fuming at being left out of the matchday squad for the opening game of the season against Crystal Palace.

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It is even suggested Lingard has tried to reach out to the club for showdown talks over his future – but has been ignored.

The playmaker who came through the United academy and has 207 first-team appearances, came back from pre-season in peak condition but it appears he is not part of Solskjaer's plans.

Bruno Fernandes is the first-choice No10 and has been in fine form since arriving last season.

So Mourinho may hope to capitalise on Lingard's frustration and try to get the best out of him again – especially with Dele Alli's future unclear.

Speaking during the 2018 World Cup, Lingard credited his then-United boss for his support and help.

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He told talkSPORT: "[Mourinho] has been great with me. He’s put that trust and faith in me to play me in big matches week-in, week-out.

"It’s only up to me to repay that faith by playing well and putting on good performances.

"He’s played a massive part in my development and I can only thank him for that."

Spurs completed the signings of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid on Saturday.

They join Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty and Joe Hart as the summer arrivals.

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