Out-of-favour Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov could make a surprise return to former club Tottenham Hotspur.
The 30-year-old Bulgarian international has found first team opportunities hard to come by of late, and found himself altogether left out of the United squad for last night’s Barclays Premier League fixture at Newcastle.
Despite being on course for the golden boot as the domestic top goalscorer, Berbatov has fallen down the pecking order for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
In addition to last night's snub, Berbatov was left out of both Champions League quarter final clashes with Chelsea and only featured in last weekend’s FA Cup semi final showdown at Wembley due to Wayne Rooney's untimely suspension.
In that game, Berbatov missed two golden first half opportunities to give the Red Devils the lead over local rivals Manchester City, and many point to that performance as the reason why he was overlooked for Manchester United at St James' Park yesterday evening.
Berbatov is yet to sign an extension to his contract at Old Trafford, which runs until next summer, and the £30.75million record signing from Spurs could end up moving back to White Hart Lane in the summer.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Manchester United will be lucky to recoup half of the transfer fee spent on their now third-choice forward with his current valuation thought to be around £7.5million.
At that price, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp may well be interested in bringing the striker back to his old stomping ground, as Spurs look to continue building on their impressive European form by developing a squad capable of challenging on a more consistent basis.
Redknapp has been quoted saying that he feels Tottenham are only two or three marquee signings away from becoming genuine title-challengers.
Berbatov would surely fall into that category, and calibre of player Spurs are looking for, should Manchester United be prepared to sell in the summer.