Mathias Normann failed to make the grade at Brighton and Hove Albion but he could return to the Premier League with Spurs or Manchester United.

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are interested in signing Norway international Mathias Normann from Russian outfit FC Rostov, according to Goal.

It’s fair to say both Spurs and United have not enjoyed dream starts to the Premier League season. They have fewer points put together (20) than Liverpool have accumulated on their own so far with Mauricio Pochettino and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coming under huge pressure as a result.

Tottenham and Manchester United are teams in transition, caught between a fading old era and an exciting new one, with shiny new signings required if they are to force their way back into Champions League reckoning.

And 23-year-old Normann, a skilful and technically gifted attacking midfielder, apparently finds himself at the centre of a tug of war between two fallen giants.

Goal adds that Rostov would demand up to £20 million for Normann, who spent two years with Brighton and Hove Albion until January 2019 before moving to Russia.

He has been a big hit at Rostov, winning the Russian Player of the Month award recently while making a first ever appearance for the Norwegian national team, which is easier said than done given the wealth of young talent available to the Scandinavians at the moment.

United have one considerable advantage too. Normann worked with Solskjaer during a loan spell at Molde and a reunion at Old Trafford could be a dream come true.

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