Tottenham Hotspur are to ask Manchester United about the possibility of signing left back Alexander Buttner on loan until the end of the season, reports Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
The 24 year-old defender enjoyed a wonderful start to his career at Old Trafford in September 2012, with a wonder goal on his debut the standout moment, but the Dutchman has only made 19 appearances for the Red Devils in his year and a half spell at the club.
With Patrice Evra seemingly in no danger of losing his place to Buttner, and Everton left back Leighton Baines continuing to be linked to a Man Utd transfer, Buttner’s chances of increasing his first team football appear limited.
Opportunities might be more fruitful at White Hart Lane, with new Spurs boss Tim Sherwood forging a style of attacking football.
Tottenham have been in need of a left back for much of the season, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto sent out on loan, and Danny Rose suffering injuries.
It has meant that Kyle Naughton and Jan Vertonghen have had to fill in, and neither is the optimum solution for Spurs.
Naughton may not be of the requisite level, and Vertonghen would prefer to play at centre back.
Signing Buttner would enable Sherwood to have the Dutchman offer competition to Rose, and have Vertonghen play in his desired position.