Sheffield United are interested in signing Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United in January, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Chris Wilder is said to have spoken at length with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about getting Lingard during Thursday night’s Premier League defeat to the Red Devils.
The midfielder has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford under Solskjaer. It’s almost a year since the Man United manager started Lingard in a league game. His last start came on New Year’s Day.
The 28-year-old has only been included in two match day squads for top flight games since then. His only appearances this season have been in the Carabao Cup.
Lingard is in the final year of his current contract, although an automatic 12-month extension is expected to be triggered. However, this is only so the Red Devils can get a fee for the England international.
The only stumbling block in the Blades landing Lingard is his wages. He earns £100,000-a-week, so the South Yorkshire side would need the majority of that covered by his parent club.
The best paid players currently at Bramall Lane on around £30,000-a-week.
Jesse Lingard is exactly the sort of player Sheffield United need
Signing someone who has only played twice this term may not exactly inspire Blades fans, but he is the right sort of target.
Lingard is a proven Premier League performer, having made 133 appearances in the division to date.
But Chris Wilder is said to like him because of his experience in the EFL. He thinks this would make him a good fit at Bramall Lane.
Lingard spent time on loan in the Championship with Birmingham City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County earlier in his career.
There have been question marks about Wilder’s signings this summer.
The focus has been on acquiring young talent who need developing, but short-term solutions are what are needed currently.
Lingard can also fill a role where Wilder is lacking options. He plays as an attacking midfielder and offers creativity and a goal threat behind the strikers.
Let’s not forget that it was only a little over two years ago that Lingard was a starter for England as they reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.
Targeting him is a positive move.