Jesse Lingard is not keen on the idea of joining Sheffield United this month, according to a report.
Lingard seems to be coming towards the end of his time at Manchester United, despite the club extending his contract until 2022 recently.
The midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, and has not featured at all in the Premier League this season.
That hasn’t always been his fault, necessarily. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Lingard has had to self-isolate at various points so far due to being in close contact with people who have tested positive for Covid-19.
However, even if available, Lingard would find it hard to break into the United first team. Indeed, last season he only started nine league games, and did not complete 90 minutes in any of them.
Therefore, there have been rumours of a January exit for the England international, who has not played for his country since 2019.
Sheffield United would be one suitor for the 28-year-old, as they look for reinforcements to help their battle against relegation.
They only picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday, at the 18th attempt. There is a long way to go if they are to escape the drop, though, as they are still nine points from safety – a figure which could yet rise.
However, it seems Lingard does not want to be a part of their fight against the drop. According to The Athletic, he would be “reluctant to drop into a relegation battle”.
He has held talks about a potential move, but has not been convinced. Lingard would not be eager to move to Bramall Lane this month, even if it was just on loan.
Therefore, he is willing to wait for other offers which may be more appealing. For example, there has been talk of a surprise switch to Inter Milan.
Such a move would see him reunite with former Man Utd teammates Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku. It is not yet clear how strong Inter’s interest is, though.
Sheff Utd chasing Scottish striker
Even though they look set to miss out on Lingard, Sheffield United will still be scouring the market for potential reinforcements this month.
Goalscoring has been a major concern for them this season, as they have only scored nine goals – the lowest of any team in the league.
Therefore, they could be in the market for a new striker. Reports recently indicated their interest in Hibernian’s Kevin Nisbet.
The 23-year-old has only been at Hibs since the summer, but teams in England could soon come calling for him.
Nisbet is the joint-top scorer in the Scottish Premiership so far this season, but could still fit with the Blades’ budget.