West Ham are leading the race to sign Jesse Lingard on loan for the remainder of the season, although the Manchester United forward is still unsure where he will play the remainder of the campaign.
Lingard has only made two starts for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season and hasn’t played a single minute in the league in the current campaign, having fallen down the pecking order.
It is understood that Solskjaer was keen on keeping the 28-year-old at Old Trafford as he wants a great team as they try to compete for three trophies. However, after conversations between the two, the United manager reluctantly agreed to let Lingard go on loan.
It is understood that a number of clubs have expressed interest including Sheffield United, West Brom and various overseas clubs, but West Ham is leading the way and Lingard would prefer to stay in the Premier League.
However, while David Moyes’ side are currently the favorites to land the 28-year-old, it is understood that despite progress with Solskjaer last week, talks are still ongoing and Lingard is no clearer on where it will be for the rest. campaign and hope for a breakthrough this week.
“Jesse trained this morning, he was not in the squad,” Solskjaer said after Lingard was ruled out of the FA Cup clash to face Liverpool. “So of course he wants to play football, we’ll have to see and I’ll sit down with Jesse and make a decision on what we’re going to do.
“So far he’s been the ultimate, well-trained pro with a small group this morning that wasn’t on the squad. I’ll sit down and see if anything comes up. I’m very happy to be there. ‘to have around us because I know he could have played today and done well. “
Lingard has made more than 200 appearances for the club, which he joined when he was just seven years old.
United triggered a contract extension just before Christmas, which means his current contract runs until the end of the 2022 season. He is highly regarded at Old Trafford but with limited playing time he is looking for an exit.
United expect a quiet window last week in terms of entries, but there are possibilities for a few exits, with Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo struggling for any game time.