The Mirror have claimed that Everton, West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion have joined Celtic and Rangers in pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard – as he looks set to enter the latter stages of his contract.
Lingard, 27, is in the final year of his £75,000-a-week contract (Spotrac) and is yet to make a Premier League appearance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season. He has only made the bench in two of their 10 outings.
Sky Sports claim the 24-time England international’s representatives are exploring a loan move in January for the midfielder and talks are underway with La Liga side Real Sociedad. But he could stay on these shores, too.
Carlo Ancelotti and Slaven Bilic are both interested, while a reunion with ex-Manchester United boss David Moyes is also on the cards. Celtic and Rangers are keen, but it remains to be seen if the Scottish sides can afford his wages.
TBR’s view – Where is best for Lingard?
Real Sociedad – another of Moyes’ old clubs – would be an exciting move for Lingard. He would link up with ex-teammate Adnan Januzaj, as well as former Premier League stars David Silva and Nacho Monreal.
However, staying in the Premier League should be key for Lingard – if there is a chance of regular game time. He might not get that at Everton, but at West Ham or West Brom, he certainly would.
A move to either side might get the best out of a player that was key to England’s 2018 World Cup hopes. He needs a bit of trust and confidence and Moyes or Bilic would be ideal for the midfielder.