Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for want-away Manchester United forward Anthony Martial in January.

And Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has the perfect player for a swap deal already in his squad.

Spurs transfer chief Fabio Paratici is believed to have enquired about the availability of Martial during the summer transfer window.

And while Man Utd were unwilling to sell at the time, the latest reports suggest that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now prepared to let the Frenchman leave the club.

The 25-year-old is into his seventh season at Old Trafford after joining for a fee of £57.6million, a transfer record for a teenager at the time.

But Martial’s dwindling returns mean United are happy to cut their losses and sell, with a fee of £40m touted for the player.

And Spurs could consider a swap deal with their own unhappy France international.

Tanguy Ndombele was keen to leave Spurs in the summer after a disappointing two seasons at the club to-date.

The central midfielder was substituted early in the second half of Tottenham’s 3-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday, drawing criticism from a former Spurs manager.

“Don’t play the kid. If he’s clearly not fit then don’t play him because he’s letting the side down,” Tim Sherwood said on a Premier League broadcast.

And United are reportedly monitoring Ndombele’s situation as a potential long-term replacement for Paul Pogba, who himself is out of contract next summer.

Ndombele’s situation is just one of a number of problems facing Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who has overseen consecutive 3-0 defeats in the Premier League – to Crystal Palace and then Chelsea.

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And speaking ahead of Wednesday’s EFL Cup fixture against his former club Wolves, Espirito Santo acknowledged that there have been issues so far in his short tenure.

“We started the season with a lot of situations with players away and we built a way,” he said.

“We did quite well in the first matches. But of course, when things happen, [when] we have problems and results and performances don’t appear, the momentum goes. The good feeling goes away.

“Our fans deserve much, much better than what we did against Chelsea on Sunday,” Espirito Santo added.

“I was really pleased with the first half [which finished goalless] but the second half was not good.

“My message is clear: we are working very hard and the players are committed.”

Spurs return to Premier League action with a north London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.