West Brom have reportedly joined several clubs in the race to sign Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard this summer.
Lingard has also been linked with Leicester, Everton and Newcastle, with the 27-year-old potentially chasing regular first-team football.
The England man has found opportunities tough to come by at Old Trafford this season.
In-form strike trio Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have made it impossible to secure an attacking berth. While, the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata are all preferred as No.10s.
Indeed, the report on The Independent claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be willing to allow Lingard to leave. With the Red Devils boss looking to bring in fresh faces to create better competition for places.
The midfielder is currently under contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2021. And the fact that Lingard could leave for nothing next summer has seemingly prompted United in doing business now.
Lingard’s form has been in decline for months, but the report adds that the player is not actively looking for a move.
Lingard on the decline
But Lingard has not started a Premier League game since New Year’s Day, with his last United appearamce coming in the FA Cup last month.
In the 20 appearances he has made this season he has failed to score a goal or register an assist.
Those stats look even worse when you consider the impact his virtual successor Fernandes has had at Old Trafford.
As for the Baggies interest, they will need to secure promotion back to the Premier League to even consider a deal.
Slaven Bilic’s men are currently top of the Championship, five points clear of third-placed Brentford with four games to go.
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