West Ham United have reportedly met up with Manchester United over a potential advance arrangement for undesirable attacker Jesse Lingard.
The 28-year-old has been on the periphery of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad this term and has only made a trio of appearances for the Red Devils in cup competitions.
Solskjaer is probably glad to allow Lingard to leave borrowed for the second 50% of the period, with Real Sociedad and Nice having recently been credited with an interest in the England international, who has not played a single minute of Premier League football in the 2020-21 campaign.
According to Sky Sports News, West Ham are now in the hunt for Lingard’s signature and are keen to strike a loan deal for the Manchester United man until the end of the season.
However, the report adds that the Hammers must make Craig Dawson or Said Benrahma’s move permanent before they can bring in another player on a temporary basis – with the latter potentially in line to complete a £20m switch from Brentford.
In order to avoid losing Lingard for nothing, United recently triggered a one-year extension in his contract to keep him on the books until 2022.