Birmingham boss wants to keep Manchester United starlet

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Birmingham City boss Lee Clark is hoping to keep Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard at the club for as long as possible.

The United forward is only on a one month contract but after his incredible four-goal debut against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday Clark is unsurprisingly keen to keep him on for longer.

The Warrington-born Lingard helped himself to a 13-minute hat-trick in the first half before adding a fourth just after half time at St Andrew's to hand the Blues a convincing win.

And Clark is hoping to keep Lingard on past the agreed date of October 20th in an attempt to improve their league position - they currently sit 18th after eight games.

"What we have got to try and do is continue to win games and for Jesse to enjoy his football to make the stay longer," Clark told the Birmingham Mail.

"That's what we aim to do because, you know, we certainly don't want him here just for the short term. We want him here for as long as possible.

"The month will be up quite quickly. Manchester United need to see that he is developing as a player and is enjoying the environment where he is playing."

The 20-year-old Lingard will play no part in Wednesday's Capital One Cup clash against Swansea City at St Andrew's because United do not want him to be cup tied. 

The nature of the loan deal means that - if extended - the longest the player could remain at Birmingham would be until the end of February.

Clark confirmed he had been in touch with Red Devils manager David Moyes about Lingard's stunning performance. 

"I sent a text to David Moyes after the game Saturday," he added. 

"I see by the television footage that he was at the Hawthorns.

"He just replied saying he was delighted for the lad."

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