Report: Spurs were never serious contenders for Schneiderlin and have 'given up' on midfielder

The Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target will reportedly join Manchester United in a £24 million move.

Morgan Schneiderlin will join Manchester United as early as next week in a £24 million deal - with Tottenham and Arsenal having given up on the Southampton midfielder, according to the Daily Mirror.

Indeed, the Frenchman will head to Old Trafford despite long being linked with both the Gunners and Spurs.

But Tottenham were 'never serious contenders,' report the newspaper, due to their lack of Champions League football.

The Mirror suggest Europe has played a key part in Schneiderlin's decision to join Manchester United, with Arsenal also turning away from the Southampton man.

The mystery of Morgan

Despite the claim, it's difficult to imagine Tottenham were not in the running for the 25-year-old at any stage, such were their constant links with Schneiderlin.

The Saints midfielder may not have been able to attain Champions League football at White Hart Lane but one thing he would certainly get more of at Spurs than Arsenal or Manchester United would be game time - and that's definitely a big consideration for a player of his quality.

Still, all the current signs are indeed pointing towards the reported Tottenham target joining Manchester United. It remains to be seen how much Daniel Levy, Mauricio Pochettino and co will rue the loss.

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