The Daily Mail claims Sheffield United are prepared to cover the £100k-a-week wages of Jesse Lingard to bring him to Bramall Lane.
The Blades are desperate for a couple of January additions, with a left-sided defender and a creative midfielder thought to be high on the wishlist of Chris Wilder.
A number of names are being banded about already, with Lingard’s the lastest to come to the fore after he fell down the pecking order at Manchester United.
The report, which stems from the Manchester Evening News, suggests the Blades could be willing to cover Lingard’s mammoth wages despite having little to spend on actual transfers.
Things are becoming increasingly desperate for the club in terms of Premier League survival, with no win in 13 games.
A big money loan splurge on Lingard, then, would seem to be something of a last throw of the dice by Wilder and the United board.
Lingard would be great but £100k-a-week seems ludicrious
Just as signing Marcos Rojo on lower wages than that would be, the notion of us paying £100k-a-week for Lingard seems a bizarre one.
There is some logic there, in terms of you’re looking at a few million pounds between now and the end of the season for a player of proven Premier League quality. That is, of course, cheaper than most permanent options available to us.
It could happen, and might well come off but the thought of seeing United spend £100k-a-week on one player is uncharted territory for us Blades.