Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard is one step away from securing a loan move to another Premier League side, reports say.
Lingard has tumbled down the pecking order at Old Trafford for almost two years now. This season, in particular, the 28-year-old forward has failed to record a single Premier League appearance, featuring only three times in cup competitions. Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t count on the former England international, it’s become clear that the latter’s career in Manchester is edging to a close. The Manchester United youth academy graduate last left the club to join Brighton in 2014 before establishing himself as a permanent fixture in the Red Devils first team.
However, a string of Lingard’s underwhelming performances stretching back to the beginning of 2019/20 have forced Solskjaer’s hand. The Norwegian manager has given the green light to the winger’s departure, having previously deemed him surplus to requirements. Though Newcastle United and West Brom both took an interest in Lingard’s services, a third party got to the player’s signature first. Indeed, as per Sky Sports, West Ham United and Manchester United have reached an agreement over a six-month loan.
BREAKING: West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Jesse Lingard on loan from #MUFC for the rest of the season.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 28, 2021
Lingard will undergo medical checks ahead of completing a temporary switch to London, with West Ham expected to fork out around €3million to cover the expenses. It seems that the Hammers see the slightly forgotten forward as a gamble worth taking despite the amount of game time Lingard has had over the past 12 months. He’ll at least have a chance to play more regularly and help West Ham secure what would be an outstanding top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
The fact that David Moyes opted to bring in his former pupil suggests Andriy Yarmolenko could be on his way out of the London Stadium. The Ukrainian winger was a transfer target for several Chinese clubs last summer, but the Chinese government’s restrictions eventually prevented that move from happening.