Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard is set to be “the talk of January” as a number of clubs will be eager to pounce on his uncertain future, according to Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge.
Lingard will have just six months of his £75,000-per-week contract remaining when the transfer window opens at the turn of the year.
What’s the latest news involving Lingard?
Lingard spent the second half of last season on loan with West Ham United as he made a last-ditch bid to break into England’s squad ahead of Euro 2020.
He went on to shine at the London Stadium, with nine goals and five assists in 16 appearances allowing him to grab a place in Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad for the tournament before failing to make the final cut.
The 28-year-old’s form led to West Ham boss David Moyes publicly admitting he was keen to prise Lingard away from Old Trafford on a permanent basis.
However, he returned to his parent club and opted to stay with his boyhood club after gaining boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s blessing.
But Solskjaer remains hopeful of Lingard committing his future to the Red Devils by agreeing a new deal.
What has Michael Bridge said about Lingard?
Bridge believes Lingard, who has won 32 caps for England, will be in demand when the January transfer window opens for business.
He reckons more than half of the top flight’s clubs will be eager to do business, with them looking to make the most of Lingard’s precarious contract situation.
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One of the clubs Bridge is certain will be in the hunt for the attacking midfielder is Newcastle.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think Lingard will definitely be the talk of January.
“I’d imagine Newcastle will go for him. I’d say about 12 Premier League clubs will probably register an interest.”
How has Lingard performed this season?
Lingard chose to remain at Old Trafford due to wanting to force his way into Solskjaer’s plans, but he is still waiting for his first Premier League start of the season.
However, he has scored two goals in the competition, with one of those being a late winner on his first return to West Ham since his loan spell came to an end.
As a result, he has now found the back of the net 35 times for United.
Lingard, who is valued at £19.8million by Transfermarkt, has won three England caps since the season got underway in August and netted twice in a World Cup qualifying clash against Andorra last month.
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