Man Utd: Solskjaer hints at future role for Lingard
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Manchester United value Jesse Lingard at £25million amid interest from West Ham, reports say. The England international sparkled at the London Stadium last term. But, with the deadline creeping closer, it remains to be seen what happens.
Manchester United decided to loan Lingard to West Ham in January.
And the playmaker made a big impact over in the capital, helping the Hammers qualify for the Europa League by scoring nine Premier League goals and registering four assists.
Since then, West Ham have retained interest in the England international.
But they’re yet to present United with an offer for the 28-year-old, who has failed to start the Red Devils’ opening three matches of the new campaign.
And the Manchester Evening News say United value their prized asset at £25m, with the player having just a year left on his contract.
However, it’s stated it’s ‘highly unlikely’ they’ll receive an offer close to that figure given the lack of time to do a deal.
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West Ham may now look at alternatives.
And they appear to be closing in on the signing of CSKA Moscow star Nikola Vlasic, despite his price tag being the same as Lingard’s.
United are happy for the England international to stay as they look to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2013.
But several players could leave Old Trafford.
Daniel James is expected to join Leeds, having come close to moving to Elland Road back in the January transfer window of 2019.
James was strutting his stuff for Swansea at the time and ended up joining United a few months later instead after the club missed out on Jadon Sancho.
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Diogo Dalot was wanted by Borussia Dortmund but is expected to stay.
And United don’t want to lose Dean Henderson, despite the shot-stopper being the subject of interest from ‘various clubs’.
Speaking last week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Lingard was vital to the club’s cause.
“I think Jesse’s first priority is to get into our team,” said the 48-year-old.
“I think whenever your employer is Man United, I think that’s your first priority and always is.
“I think we, together, can have great moments.
“Of course, as a manager, with players in a squad like I’ve got now, it’s difficult. It’s difficult to say that ‘this weekend you’re not playing’.
“Of course, I have to leave players out, never mind from the starting XI but from the squad.
“But they all have to remember and know they’re going to have to play a part if we’re going to be successful.
“Jesse is back to his fitness, he played really well in the behind-closed-doors game on Tuesday and he’s come back bubbly and in good shape.
“He’s got a big part to play.”
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