United loaning Nani to Tottenham would be a risk in CL qualification battle

Tottenham Hotspur have ‘opened talks’ with Premier League champions Manchester United over a potential loan deal for winger Nani.

According to reports in The Express, Spurs are hopeful of beating Juventus to sign the out of favour Portuguese international. The 27-year-old recently signed a new contract with the Red Devils to extend his stay at Old Trafford until 2018 but manager David Moyes is reportedly willing to let him leave this month if the right offer comes in.

Nani has been linked for several months with a proposed move to Italian champions Juventus but, as The Mirror reported this week, the Serie A giants are now thought to have ‘ended their pursuit’ after failing to agree a fee with United for the player.

Moyes could, however, now look to Spurs who are reportedly keen on bringing in another winger after summer signing Erik Lamela expressed his desire to leave White Hart Lane just five months after arriving for £30 million from AS Roma.

Recent claims from Lamela’s father that he is ‘unhappy’ at the North London club could be compounded by his exclusion from the squad that faced Manchester City in Spurs’ 5-1 home defeat on Wednesday evening. Although manager Tim Sherwood was quick to insist the 21-year-old lacks match fitness, could his late ‘interest’ in Nani open the door for the Argentine to leave?

Tottenham could face competition from some of Nani’s other suitors ahead of the transfer window deadline at 11pm this Friday – Monaco and Inter Milan have also been linked with interest for the winger who has started just five games for United so far this term in the Premier League, playing only once for a full 90 minutes.

It would represent something of a risk for David Moyes to allow Nani to move on loan to Tottenham given that Spurs will likely be fighting with them for a top four finish as we head into the business end of the season but keeping the player on the books may well prove more costly than the points he could add to Tottenham’s challenge.

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