Tottenham Hotspur are set to swoop in for Morgan Schneiderlin in the January transfer window, according to reports.
The French midfielder has struggled to find regular game time since Jose Mourinho took over the Old Trafford hot seat in the summer.
The defensive midfielder was signed by Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2015 with hopes that he would ease the burden off of Michael Carrick and replace him as the team’s midfield anchor man.
However, not only has Schneiderlin failed to achieve that objective, he now also finds himself behind Carrick in the pecking order under Mourinho. He also faces further competition for a place in the starting XI from the likes of Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini.
The 26-year-old has played only six minutes of Premier League football so far this season – a stat that hints at exactly how much of a struggle life under Mourinho has been for the Frenchman.
Tottenham are said to have been monitoring Schneiderlin’s situation at Old Trafford for a while now, and are set to sign the midfielder on loan in the January transfer window. And according to Bleacher Report, Spurs may even attempt to make the deal permanent in the summer should the loan move go through.
It was reported earlier that Jose Mourinho is keen to cut his losses on unwanted players as he aims to trim his squad. As a result, Schneiderlin could be one of the first casualties of Mourinho’s new stance.
The former Southampton star will not go cheap, as he put pen to paper on a four-year contract with the club just last year, but it is understood that the Red Devils are willing to let him leave for a fee around half of the £25 million they paid the Saints to bring him to the Theatre of Dreams last summer.
AC Milan have also shown an interest in signing the midfielder on loan till the end of the season with an option to buy in January, while Crystal Palace are also keen on a move for him.