Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard will not be leaving Old Trafford on deadline day despite reported interest from Newcastle United and West Ham United in a loan move for the player.
The England international, 29, has been a bit part player for the Red Devils this season and was expected to make a deadline day loan move away from Manchester.
However, Sky Sports broke the news within the last hour that the Manchester United boar have decided NOT to sanction a move despite the player having interim head coach Ralf Rangnick’s blessing to go.
Here is the latest news on Lingard’s now increasingly unlikely deadline day move:
Jesse Lingard to remain at Manchester United
Jesse Lingard’s next move has been one of the biggest ongoing stories of the 2022 January transfer window and transfer deadline day.
In the final day of the window it was Newcastle United who emerged as the favourites to land the England international on loan while West Ham were still in the mix.
It was believed that United preferred for the attacker to go to St James’ Park instead of the London Stadium as they would not want to strengthen one of their top four rivals in the Premier League.
In an unexpected turn though, the 29-year old is set to remain at Old Trafford baring another late turn around.
As reported by Sky Sports, United boss Ralf Rangnick was happy to let Lingard leave and the players was keen on a move in order to get first team football and try and force a way back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
However, the United board have stepped in to prevent the player leaving and his future is now increasingly uncertain while his contract is also due to expire at the end of the season.
Lingard has made just 14 appearances for United this season and scored two goals but spent the second half of the 2020/21 season on loan at West Ham where he impressed.
While at the London Stadium, Lingard scored nine goals in 16 appearances.
Why won’t Manchester United let Jesse Lingard leave?
It’s unclear why the Manchester United board blocked the move, if that is indeed the case.
The player wants to leave, the head coach was happy to let him leave and it looked for all the world that a deal would be struck somewhere.
The best guess is that the terms of a deal were not to the board’s liking.
West Ham did offer an improved bid earlier today but it seems like the Old Trafford hierarchy were holding out for even more including a potentially significant loan fee.
Is a deal still possible? Odds of Lingard leaving drastically drop
It’s transfer deadline day and stranger things have happened so never say never.
However, the bookmakers are now fairly convinced that Lingard is remaining at Manchester United in this transfer window.
SkyBet have the player priced at 1/33 to remain at Old Trafford while Newcastle United are 16/1 to sign the player and West Ham are 20/1.