West Ham have begun talks with midfielder Jesse Lingard after Manchester United confirmed the Englishman was free to go out on loan.
Sportsmail reported the Hammers’ interest at the weekend, but the club must first solve the conundrum of landing either Craig Dawson or Said Benrahma on a permanent deal before the side are allowed to add another domestic loan. Craig would seem the likelier of the two with the star’s option to buy at around £3 million.
United have interest from Newcastle, West Brom and clubs abroad in Lingard. The 28-year-old star, who is eager to kickstart his career and play frequently, is understood to favour West Ham, in spite of not featuring under David Moyes when the Scottish manager was in charge at Old Trafford during the 2013-14 term.
The player’s agents opened talks with a number of outfits in the summer, but nothing materialised.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had wanted to keep Jesse, but after conversations between the duo, the Norwegian chief has agreed to heed his request.
The playmaker has only played for the Red Devils three times this campaign, featuring in EFL Cup victory against Luton and Brighton and this month’s 1-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup.
Lingard has played 210 matches for his boyhood club, netting 33 times, including the winning goal versus Crystal Palace in the 2016 FA Cup Final.
Amad Diallo’s arrival earlier in the transfer market has further weakened Jesse’s position, with the £37 million recruit from Atalanta set to be in senior team contention imminently.
According to Spanish outlet SPORT, Manchester United and their league rivals Chelsea are interested in Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.
The 23-year-old star is out of contract in 2022 and talks regarding an extension at Camp Nou have hit a standstill.
Considering his potential, it is fair to say that the Frenchman has underachieved at the club.
He joined Barcelona 2017 from the Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in a then club-record sum. While Dembele has shown flashes of brilliance, a consistent run of form is yet to be achieved.
Dembele was linked with a move to Manchester United last year but chose to stay and fight for his place in the Barcelona starting eleven instead of switching to Old Trafford.
Inconsistency and Injuries have marred his time in Catalonia, but new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman seems to have put his trust in the talented Frenchman.
The star’s situation has led to both United and Chelsea keeping a close eye on him. While a move this month appears to be difficult, a summer move appears more realistic.
The winger has only made 93 appearances for his side in three and a half years. During this same time, Dembele has missed an incredible 85 games because of injury.
Barcelona are keen to part ways with Dembele if he does not pen a new contract.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have a void to fill on the right wing and Dembele could be the perfect solution.
However, Ousmane’s injury record continues to be a major worry.
As the Argentine press and media continue covering goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s situation at Manchester United, they seem excited about the possibility of seeing the player at another Premier League side.
Marca is one of the many publications who say the goalkeeper now has the chance to transfer to Brighton & Hove Albion in this transfer window.
Following the exit of Mathew Ryan from the Seagulls, their report says there is now the ‘possibility’ of Sergio moving to replace him.
Even though the 33-year-old Argentine star has been linked with a return to his homeland, Marca now state that the chances are ‘low’.
Racing are understood to be ‘dreaming’ of Romero’s signing, yet the player is not thinking of going home just yet.
Sergio Romero’s contract with the Red Devils expires at the end of the season, but with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirming he does not count on the goalkeeper, then his move this month becomes more likely.
Many South American outlets have been happy to see the former national team shot-stopper linked to Brighton, especially because he would be a teammate of Alexis Mac Allister.
In other news, West Ham United have allegedly touched base with Manchester United regarding a potential loan deal for out-of-favour forward Jesse Lingard.
The 28-year-old star has been on the periphery of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s roster this term and has only made a trio of appearances for his side in cup competitions.
Solskjaer is supposedly content to let Lingard depart on loan for the second half of the campaign, with Real Sociedad and Nice having previously been touted with an interest in the England international, who hasn’t played a single minute of PL football in the 2020-21 term.
According to Sky Sports News, the Irons are now in the hunt for his signature and are keen to seal a loan deal for the player until the end of the season.