Everton are reportedly interested in a move for Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard. The Daily Mail have suggested that Everton are keeping tabs on the England international, whose time at Old Trafford could be coming to an end.
The report claims that Lingard is valued in the region of £30 million, despite his recent struggles for form with the Red Devils.
He is also a player former Everton manager David Moyes knows well.
When Moyes left Everton for Manchester United in 2013, his first game in charge was a pre-season friendly against an Australian A-League All-Stars team.
United thrashed their opponents 5-1, with Lingard scoring the first goal of the Moyes era.
But he did not make his breakthrough at Old Trafford under Moyes. Instead, he was loaned out to Birmingham City and Brighton in the Championship. Indeed, as reported by Bleacher Report, Moyes instead ‘ignored’ Lingard’s pre-season form as he felt young Belgian talent Adnan Januzaj was more promising.
But that does not mean Moyes was not a fan. After his first goals for United in pre-season, as reported by ESPN, the former Everton boss heralded Lingard. Then, when discussing a potential recall from his Birmingham loan, The Telegraph reported Moyes as referring to Lingard as ‘the future’ at Old Trafford, along with another youngster, Nick Powell.
“Jesse played well tonight. I was actually hoping he would get a hat-trick because I think for a young boy to get that at Manchester United is a big thing.
“His performance was very good and he set up Robin with a nicely weighted pass for his goal. So not only did he play well, I thought he worked really hard and showed a lot of maturity.”
He even rejected an opportunity to sell Lingard. Former United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen wanted Lingard at Fulham but, as reported by The Mirror, Moyes vetoed the £5 million move.
By the following season, Moyes was gone and Louis van Gaal was the one to give Lingard his first big Manchester United chance.
But it is clear the former Everton boss was a big fan of Lingard’s and, if he was still at Goodison Park, would undoubtedly be keen on a player whose form has dropped dramatically since starring at the World Cup in 2018.
If Everton could get that form out of Lingard again, then the former Moyes prodigy might just be a hit signing at Goodison Park.