Manchester United striker Jesse Lingard has left the Premier League champions for his second loan spell of the season, with the youngster dropping down to the Championship once again, this time with Brighton and Hove Albion.
Lingard spent four months on loan with Birmingham City earlier this campaign, where he made an immediate impact by scoring four times on his debut for the Blues in a league encounter with Sheffield Wednesday.
Birmingham had hoped to extend the 21-year-old’s stay at St Andrew’s, but Manchester United manager David Moyes recalled Lingard as both Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney struggled with injury.
This appeared to suggest Lingard may get an opportunity to make his bow in the senior set-up, but it soon became apparent he would be required to rejoin the club’s under-21 ranks.
Moyes has now decided to provide Lingard with more meaningful experience away from Old Trafford for three months, and Brighton manager Oscar Garcia is delighted to be able to welcome the young forward to the club.
"We are delighted we have finally secured Jesse until the end of the season. He is one of the most exciting young English strikers and has already created a lot of interest following his successful loan spell at Birmingham City earlier this season,” Garcia told the official Brighton website.
"We worked hard to secure a talent who has already shown he can play at Championship level, and I am very pleased to have added Jesse to our striking options for the rest of the season.
"He has an excellent pedigree, having come through the academy at Old Trafford, and there is no doubt that he has a lot of talent and ability; I am really looking forward to working with him.
"There were many clubs interested in signing him, so we are very grateful to David Moyes and all those at Manchester United for allowing him to come to us here at Brighton & Hove Albion."