Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sanctioned the transfer of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United during the transfer window in January, and the final decision is now on the club’s board, sources told ESPN.
Solskjaer wanted to keep Lingard at Old Trafford before the busy second half of the season, but after talks with the midfielder agreed to be allowed to move to find regular football from the first team.
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Despite considerable interest from abroad, the 28-year-old Lingard wants to stay in the Premier League and Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion are among the many suitors.
England manager Gareth Southgate and assistant Steve Holland have given brilliant references to a number of managers after Lingard played a key role in preparing for the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
The final decision on Lingard’s immediate future will be made in the coming days. Lingard found difficulties he could get this season by participating three times and starting twice.
His two starts came in the cups, against Luton in the Carabao Cup in September and against Watford in the FA Cup earlier this month. He has not yet played in the Premier League this season and was last included in the league match against Aston Villa on New Year’s Eve.
United have called for a one-year extension of Lingard’s contract before Christmas, which will keep him at the club until 2022, but he is desperate for first-team football and has asked permission to leave on loan.
He has scored 33 goals in 210 appearances for United since passing through the academy and made his debut under Luis van Gaal in 2014. He scored decisive goals in the 2016 FA Cup final under Van Gaal and the FA Cup final. the league for 2017 under Jose Mourinho.
Limited 24 times by England, sources told ESPN that Southgate and the Netherlands are aiming for Lingard to win regular matches and return to a dispute for the national team.