Jesse Lingard underwent his medical at West Ham, ahead of Manchester United’s loan transfer for the remainder of the season.
Lingard should have been signed up at noon on Friday to make his debut against Liverpool on Sunday, which is a possibility with his medical exam now over.
Lingard has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, failing to make a Premier League appearance this season, and has looked to move away to get more first-team minutes.
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It is understood that Newcastle and West Brom have approached Lingard’s representatives over the disgraced England international’s loan, but the 28-year-old has rejected their offers.
The total cost of a potential deal is estimated to be over £ 3million, including loan fees and Lingard’s salary.
United have triggered a one-year extension of Lingard’s contract, which now runs until summer 2022, to protect his value ahead of a possible transfer.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly been reluctant to let Lingard go this month as his team face a busy and, potentially, unpredictable schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Lingard would have personally pleaded his case to be allowed to go elsewhere.
The Norwegian was asked about Lingard – and Brandon Williams, who is attracting interest from Southampton and Newcastle in a possible loan transfer this month – this week and left the door open for a potential exit.
Solskjaer said: “They are still part of the club, of the team, training well. No deal has been made for any of the players who are not yet out – there is still a bit of time, of course. .
“A lot of clubs have shown interest in our players, so let’s see what happens.
“For me it is also important to take into consideration our wishes and plans, but also the players of course, because they are people and Man Utd players from start to finish.”
Transfer Talk podcast: Can Lingard relaunch his career at West Ham?
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth on the Transfer Talk podcast:
“It seems like a bargain for all parties when you watch him. Lingard, hopefully for his good, will get some regular first-team football and West Ham can try to make the most of him, maybe the form that sent him to the World Cup in Russia with England.
“If that happens then Lingard comes back to Man Utd and one of two things happens: he resurrects his career at Man Utd which would be great for the club and Lingard, or he goes to market this summer and Man Utd would likely get higher fees than if they sold him now without having Premier League football this season.
“I spoke to someone close to Lingard this week and he says Lingard is very grateful to Man Utd for facilitating the move and supporting him. Now all he wants to do is show what he can do, play well, play regularly and come back in the summer to then give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man Utd a decision to make, which maybe they didn’t think they had to.
“They probably thought Lingard would be about to leave because, to my knowledge, he doesn’t think his career at Man Utd is over. It may look like that at the moment because they are sending him on loan, but as far as he’s concerned he wants to do his best and maybe, you never know, go back to Man Utd and be a regular there again. “
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