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Man Utd set bargain price for first-teamer as clock ticks down on new contract hopes

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bruno Fernandes, Jesse Lingard, Cristiano Ronaldo Man Utd goal celeb v West Ham at the London Stadium

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard could reportedly leave the club for just £15million in the January transfer window, if he doesn’t agree a new contract by then.

The England international’s current deal expires in the summer and the Red Devils have made an improved offer for him to remain at Old Trafford. Indeed, The Sun claims that the 28-year-old has been offered £135,000-a-week to stay put.

However, Lingard is yet to agree to the proposal, as he wants assurances over how much game time he will get going forward.

The attacking midfielder has made just three Premier League appearances so far this campaign. None of those games have been starts, although he has often impressed off the bench.

Lingard has scored twice in his three games as a substitute and hopes to get a regular run in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side after the international break.

But with competition for places at Old Trafford fierce, Lingard is set to face a big decision in January.

The Sun adds that United would consider offers of just £15m for the midfielder. Indeed, they would rather cash in than lose him for nothing next summer.

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World Cup a must for Lingard

Lingard has already openly admitted that he would look elsewhere for regular action, if it is not coming at Old Trafford. His main aim is to be in the England squad for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

He said: “Obviously, the World Cup is a long way away but you need regular football. I was so close to going to the Euros. I think it plays a huge part and it’s a big factor.

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“If you’re playing over 20 or 25 games, you know you’re knocking on the door. I’m not doing any harm at the moment – if I keep performing well you never know what might happen so I keep confident in myself and when I get time on the pitch I’ve got to carry on doing what I’m doing.

“You want to start games. When I’m a sub I’m always ready to play. It’s one of those things I’m going through at the moment. But I think on recent performances hopefully we’ll see a change in the next few weeks.”

West Ham, where Lingard excelled on loan last season, are said to be the favourites for his signature. However. Newcastle have now emerged as a likely destination after their newfound wealth.

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