Tottenham are preparing to offer Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar a lucrative loan deal with an option to buy the Frenchman in the summer, according to reports.
Lemar, who became Atletico’s club-record signing in 2018 when he joined from Monaco, has failed to make his mark in the Spanish capital.
The 24-year-old has only managed three goals in 64 appearances, with none of those coming this season despite 21 outings in all competitions.
Indeed, Atletico head coach Diego Simeone made no attempt to hide the winger’s dissatisfaction, admitting that he has failed to live up to expectations.
Lemar has been linked with a move to North London in recent weeks and, according to The Independent, Spurs are readying a sizeable offer for his services.
The newspaper claims that chairman Daniel Levy could tempt Lemar with a January loan deal worth €6m (£5.1m) to try to get him accustomed to life in the capital.
Spurs are also reportedly considering an option to buy the player for €60m (£51m) as part of the deal if the Frenchman begins to enjoy life at the club.
The Independent adds that Lemar, who was close to joining Arsenal in 2017 before his move to Atletico, is keen to seek pastures new in the winter window.
Elsewhere, Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for Spurs midfielder Harry Winks in the January market.
The Red Devils are low on midfield options due to injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.
According to The Athletic, senior United figures have discussed England international Winks as a solid potential addition.
Read more of the latest transfer stories in Tuesday’s Paper Talk.