Lingard is currently without a club following his release from Manchester United and he’s been linked with a move to north London.
What’s the latest news involving Lingard?
The report states that the 29-year-old is currently ‘under consideration’ at Tottenham, who are attracted to Lingard being able to improve their homegrown situation for both the Premier League and Champions League.
West Ham and Everton are also in the race to sign the attacker, who Spurs see as a central creative player.
Richarlison’s arrival means that Tottenham now have depth out wide, but their interest in Christian Eriksen earlier this summer suggests that Conte is still hoping to sign a number 10.
And O’Rourke reckons that Lingard would relish the chance to link up with Conte and play in Europe’s elite competition.
What did O’Rourke say about Lingard?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s maybe not top of their targets right now but if they’re not able to get other targets, there’s no reason to think Tottenham wouldn’t move for Jesse Lingard on a free and I think that Jesse Lingard would jump at the chance of going to Spurs and playing Champions League football next season.”
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What role would Lingard play for Tottenham?
If Tottenham do sign Lingard and view him as a central player, where he spent the majority of his loan spell at West Ham, then it wouldn’t exactly be the most inviting prospect for the free agent.
While he would be the only notable central attacking player in Conte’s squad, Spurs have only played with a midfield three on a handful of occasions under the Italian’s guidance.
The two fixtures were against Liverpool before Christmas and Leicester in January, although those decisions only came about because Conte was without key players in both games due to Covid-19 and various injuries.
Therefore, while Lingard might look at a move to Tottenham as a great opportunity to sign for a club playing in the Champions League, in terms of regular game-time, West Ham or Everton might be more suitable.