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Reported Sheffield United interest in Lingard would end pursuit of another target

Sheffield United are apparently interested in signing Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United in the January transfer window.

Manager Chris Wilder has admitted there will be no permanent acquisitions in the new year. Instead, two loanees are being targeted.

And it seems that Lingard is high on the list of priorities.

Wilder is said to have spoken at length with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about the prospect during Thursday’s 3-2 defeat to his Man United side.

Lingard is certainly out of favour at Old Trafford, having not started a Premier League game since New Year’s Day.

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The major stumbling block appeared to be the 28-year-old’s £100,000-a-week wages. However, in a bid to avoid relegation, the Blades are ready to smash their financial restrictions and cover that in full.

It would make Lingard the best paid player at Bramall Lane by some distance, with the current top earners on around £30,000-a-week.

Yet with Wilder wanting a left-sided defender and a creative midfielder in the next window, the England international would fill the latter role.

Signing Lingard would stop Sheffield United elsewhere

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Despite his lack of game time recently, bringing in Lingard would be a coup.

The midfielder has played over 130 times in the Premier League and has 24 caps and four goals for England. Lingard was a starter for Gareth Southgate as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

Yet if Wilder can bring him in, it would end any hope of signing Marcos Rojo.

Rojo is thought to be another on the list of potential loanees. As a left-sided defender, the 30-year-old could fill the role at the back which has become problematic since Jack O’Connell’s injury at the start of this season.

Newcastle United are also believed to be interested in Rojo. Meanwhile, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider Leeds United should consider the Argentina international as well.

But Rojo also plays for the Red Devils. Premier League rules dictate teams cannot sign more than one player on loan from another side in the division.

Wilder will have to decide if Lingard or Rojo would be the better addition to his squad.

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