The Guardian reports that Manchester United striker Welbeck is seeking an exit from the club in a bid to play more games in his preferred striker role.
The 23-year-old started just 15 Premier League games for Manchester United last season, scoring nine goals and making one assist. The majority of his starts, however, came on the left-wing.
With Manchester United trio Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez all vying for that lone-striker role up top, Welbeck is left with little alternative other than to play out of position, or to perhaps look to move on.
Despite Louis Van Gaal’s appointment as Manchester United's manager, and the traditional clean slate for players, the Red Devils striker has made his discontent clear, and hinted that it’s now time for a change.
'I’d like to play centrally, I’ve been playing on the left for a while and it’s got to the time when I want to stake a place up front', Welbeck is quoted by The Guardian.
With Tottenham reportedly showing an interest, the England international’s advisors are said to be in talks with Manchester United, warning the club that Welbeck could move on this summer.
When asked directly if he’s looking for a move, the Spurs target responded by saying: 'I’d rather not answer that question', before explaining his centre-forward situation: 'It does get frustrating. You want to play in a certain position and you’re not getting the opportunity to do that. It’s the same for everyone else when they are being played out of position and they don’t really like it'.
Welbeck’s comments could entice Tottenham to make a bid for him this summer. The North Londoners are keen to bolster upfront, as Roberto Soldado has been linked with a La Liga return following a poor debut campaign at White Hart Lane, and the future over Emmanuel Adebayor remains uncertain.
With two years left on Welbeck’s existing contract, a £15m bid and a guaranteed striker role could be enough to seal the deal on what would be one of the most intriguing Premier League transfers this summer.