Jesse Lingard will leave Manchester United this summer unless he is given assurances from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his playing time, with West Ham and Everton keen to secure his signature.
England international Lingard has been at Old Trafford for two decades, playing 210 matches for the first-team and helping the club win the Europa League, FA Cup and EFL Cup.
The 28-year-old has not been a regular starter for several seasons, however, and spent the second-half of last season on loan at West Ham, scoring nine goals and making five assists in 16 appearances.
Lingard returned to Old Trafford keen to revive his Manchester United career, but it remains to be seen whether Solskjaer sees him as a key member of his squad for this season.
He was left out of United’s matchday squad for the opening-day fixture against Leeds United after testing positive for coronavirus earlier in the month, and faces a battle to regain his place following the arrival of £73m signing Jadon Sancho.
Lingard’s career appears to be at a crossroads and The Times say he is prepared to leave before the summer transfer window closes at the end of August if he does not feel he will feature regularly under Solskjaer this season.
The attacking midfielder still hopes to break back into the England squad – having been named in Gareth Southgate’s initial squad for Euro 2020 before dropping away as the group was trimmed – but knows that is off the table unless he plays regularly.
West Ham have made public their desire to sign Lingard on a permanent deal, while fellow Premier League club Everton have also been linked with a move.
Arsenal expressed interest in signing Lingard earlier in the summer but a move to the Emirates was always unlikely and the club have instead opted to sign former loanee Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.
Hammers coach Stuart Pearce reiterated West Ham hoped to sign Lingard in an interview with talkSPORT earlier this week.
He said: ‘We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year.
‘The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.
‘He’s a special lad and was very good around the players – the players really like him.
‘His ability shone out last year and gave us a great option in our squad. You never know, but at this moment in time it looks like he is fighting for a place in the United line-up.’
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