Serie A giants Inter Milan would be foolish to move for Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon when the transfer window reopens next month.
The 27-year-old has made just three starts under Mauricio Pochettino this term, and is set to leave White Hart Lane with Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers frontrunners for his signature.
But despite his pace being an obvious asset, Roberto Mancini should place his interest elsewhere if they are to challenge for the Champions League positions come the end of the season in May.
Lennon has been at the club ever since signing on from Leeds United in 2005, but with the club’s recent big-spending has found himself spending the majority of his time watching on from the substitutes bench or playing in the reserves.
Last year was his least fruitful campaign in the capital, scoring just once in 33 appearances as the club toiled under both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood.
The arrivals of Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli have thrust him further down the pecking order, and with Pochettino keen to bolster his squad next month could be one of the biggest casualties to leave the club.
Redknapp worked with the player for three years at Spurs, and with QPR currently in the midst of a relegation battle could use his personal connection to ensure the player arrives at Loftus Road instead of the San Siro.
Inter moved quickly to deny reports linking the player to the club, but are still in the market for reinforcements as they set about moving in the right direction under Mancini.
Walter Mazzarri was sacked following his side’s turbulent start to the season, and Mancini’s previously successful time at the San Siro made him an obvious choice to help turn their fortunes around.
Lennon is a decent player and a hard-working individual, but a club with the prestige of Inter should not be moving for an ex-international who is past his prime and unable to break into this particularly underwhelming Spurs side.
They may yet depend hugely on using the loan system when bringing players in, and Adnan Januzaj would fit the bill given his current struggles at Manchester United. David Moyes’ Real Sociedad are favourites to win that race, but a spell at the San Siro could be too difficult to turn down.
Joel Campbell could be another alternative. Like Lennon he has pace and trickery, and after failing to break into the Arsenal team after a successful World Cup in Brazil may be the perfect player to help get Mancini’s second spell at the club off the ground.