Man Utd’s Premier League rivals emerge as front-runners in Jesse Lingard transfer race

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West Ham are leading the race to sign Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard. Sheffield United and Aston Villa have also been mooted with moves for the playmaker.

Lingard, who was a shining light for England at the 2018 World Cup, has struggled to replicate the form he showed in Russia for some time.

This season, the 28-year-old has only managed three appearances, two starts against Luton and Watford in the EFL and FA Cups and a nine-minute cameo against Brighton.

But despite his lack of playing time United triggered a one-year extension in Lingard’s contract in December, a move by the club that surprised many.

Especially now it seems Lingard is destined to leave the club on loan this month. And his most likely destination is West Ham.

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According to the Evening Standard, the Hammers are leading the race to sign Lingard on loan, with Sheffield United and Aston Villa also keen on his services.

Of course, having worked with Lingard before, David Moyes is keen to reunite and get the best out of him.

Speaking about Lingard after he was left out of United’s FA Cup squad to face Liverpool, Solskjaer said: “Jesse trained this morning, he wasn’t in the squad.

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“So, of course, he wants to play football, we will have to see and I will sit down with Jesse and make a decision on what we’re going to do.

“So far, he’s been the ultimate professional, trained well with a small group this morning that were not in squad.

“I will sit down and see if anything comes up. I’m very happy to have him around us as I know he could have played today and done well.”

Lingard may not be the only one leaving the club this January, with Solskjaer hinting other players may follow.

“Well, I don’t want to go into individuals but we can probably allow maybe one or two more to go out [this month],” he said.

“But then one of the strengths we have is that we have had a fit and deep squad. Strength in depth.

“So, we don’t want to give our advantage away by easing off on our players.”

One player who has come in is Amad Diallo. Signed from Atalanta the 18-year-old has already been making the right impressions.

“Amad has looked really comfortable and he’s settled in really well in training,” Solskjaer told ManUtd.com.

“It shows how technically adept he is and, of course, we’ll give him time to settle and adjust. But hopefully we can see him on the pitch in not too long.

“He’s definitely done well in training.”

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