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Tottenham Hotspur want to sign Manchester United midfielder

Spurs are reportedly lining up a shock move to sign Morgan Schneiderlin, just 12 months after the Frenchman moved to Old Trafford.

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Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, and have asked intermediaries to "test the water", according to the Daily Mail.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino worked with Schneiderlin during his time in charge of Southampton, and still holds an admiration of the Frenchman. The White Hart Lane club also tried to sign Schneiderlin two years ago, only for the Saints to reject their offer, causing the player to vent his frustrations via social media.

But last summer, it was United who won the race to sign Schneiderlin, fending off rival interest from both Spurs and Arsenal to capture the France international for £25 million.

However, since making the move to Old Trafford, Schneiderlin has failed to nail down a regular berth in the Red Devils’ first-team line-up, and has only played five minutes of Premier League football since José Mourninho took over as manager — having come off the bench for the closing moments of the club’s 3-1 victory away at Bournemouth in the opening game of the season.

The Daily Mail’s report claims that Spurs have been discouraged by the response they have received from Old Trafford, and that Schneiderlin is unlikely to be sold before the transfer window closes at 11pm BST tonight. But the North Londoners will monitor the 26-year-old’s situation with a view to a January bid.