Sometimes in the transfer window, deals are about opportunity, as Manchester United increases the fee for a loan, Tottenham needs to act to get a deal done.
You may or may not agree but if there was one player who most cost Tottenham Hotspur at least the Europa League last season, it was Jesse Lingard. On loan with West Ham, Lingard seemingly sparked his career and definitely sparked the Hammers to a huge finish above Spurs. Now with his contract running down and Manchester United looking to cash in, Tottenham Hotspur must act on this opportunity and beat United to the punch in loaning out Dele Alli to Newcastle.
United trying to push Newcastle too hard
It is no secret to anyone following Premier League football that under their new ownership, Newcastle is desperate to avoid relegation. Further, with the wealthy associated with the Saudi-based ownership group, the assumption is the Magpies will pay anything to avoid that fate and a year or more in the Championship.
With getting all they can on a player otherwise about to leave on a free objective, there are reports that United is asking for more than a reasonable amount for Lingard on a six-month loan.
According to reports, United is asking Newcastle to pay Lingard’s £100,000-a-week wage, a £2.5m loan fee, and a £12m bonus if Newcastle stays up. The wages are to be expected when you want the player and a £2.5m loan fee is not unreasonable. However, the idea that United would get that kind of bonus is unreasonable and according to the same report, Newcastle is baulking at the fees and this is where Tottenham needs to come in.
United’s greed is an opportunity for Tottenham
Normally, it is Tottenham holding out to pay less or get more but in this instance, Spurs need to act on United’s desire to cash in on Lingard’s expiring contract. Newcastle has been linked with a lot of players and one of them is Dele Alli. After not even dressing for what would have been for the last time, Dele appears to be on the way out.
Alli has been rumoured to have spoken with Kieran Trippier, who signed with Newcastle from Atletico Madrid earlier in the window, about the club. It is also rumoured that in order to bring new players in Spurs are going to have to move some players out. While I’d much rather Tanguy Ndombele go before Dele, time is running short and this is an opportunity Spurs need to jump on.
Tottenham could ask for Dele’s wages, a reasonable loan fee, and even a small bonus but just be way under United. Dele needs a fresh start, Tottenham needs space in the locker room, Newcastle needs a player, and United, well who cares. Spurs need to make some deals, this is one they can and should make while the opportunity exists.