The end of the January transfer window is in sight, and Jesse Lingard is one of several players whose future is still undetermined. We have taken a look at the best betting apps to find the latest odds on where the Manchester United man might be plying his trade at the start of February.
Lingard has been at Old Trafford, on and off, since the year 2000. He was sent out on loan four times in the early part of his career, before embarking on a temporary stint at West Ham United last term.
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The England international was excellent at the London Stadium, but The Hammers were unable to agree a deal to bring him back to the club on a permanent basis last summer. Fast forward a few months and Lingard is closer than ever to leaving Manchester United for good.
Whether that happens in January or in the summer remains to be seen. Lingard is out of contract at the end of June, so letting him leave now would allow United to receive a fee. On the other hand, it would reduce the attacking options in Ralf Rangnick’s squad for the remainder of the season.
If Lingard does leave, there are numerous possible destinations. Let’s take a look at where he might end up.
Jesse Lingard Next Club Betting*
|West Ham||6/4||Paddy Power|
|Any German Club||16/1||BetVictor|
|Any Spanish Club||20/1||BetVictor|
|Any Italian Club||20/1||BetVictor|
|Any French Club||20/1||BetVictor|
*Odds correct as of January 31st, 2022
Could Jesse Lingard Be Another New Boy At Newcastle?
Newcastle are the favourites to sign the England international, with BetVictor offering odds of 5/4 on a switch to St James’ Park.
If The Magpies were sitting comfortably in mid-table right now, they might opt to keep their powder dry until the summer. January is a notoriously difficult time to do business, and two additional factors increase the likelihood of Newcastle paying over the odds.
First, they suddenly have cash to burn – and everyone knows it. Second, they are locked in a relegation battle which could go right down to the wire.
Newcastle are unlikely to be outbid for any of their transfer targets this month. If Manchester United decide to sell Lingard, they are likely to be most receptive to a bid from Eddie Howe’s side.
Although, talks on a move to St James' Park for Lingard have broken down on several times in the last few weeks.
The only real question mark is whether the attacking midfielder would be willing to sign a three-or four-year deal with a club that could be in the Championship next season. Lingard has ambitions of going to the World Cup in Qatar, so a move to Newcastle would be a risk given their current below par Premier League standing.
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A Few More Months At Man United?
Even at the time, it was puzzling that Manchester United decided to keep hold of Lingard last summer. It would have made sense had he gone on to become a prominent part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
But Lingard did not start a single Premier League game before the Norwegian was dismissed, and his nine top-flight appearances to date total just 88 minutes.
It would surely make sense for United to cash in while they still can, particularly as Anthony Elanga has emerged as a first-team option in recent weeks. However, that might not suit Lingard.
He will have a better choice of clubs if he waits until the summer, when a transfer fee would not be required. And he could expect to bolster his earnings with the sort of generous signing-on fee that is often awarded to free agents.
Despite all the rumours, several of the leading football betting sites see this as a distinct possibility with tasty odds of 5/2 available on an extended stay at Old Trafford.
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A Return To West Ham For Lingard?
Lingard was superb in the second half of last season. His nine goals and four assists helped West Ham sustain their top-four push until late in the campaign.
David Moyes will no doubt be wondering whether the 29-year-old can repeat the trick this season. Paddy Power rate their chances of signing Lingard before the deadline at 6/4.
The player would probably welcome the chance to return to a place where he thrived so recently, and to a squad and manager he already knows. The issue is Manchester United.
The Red Devils beat West Ham 1-0 on Saturday to move above them in the table. But the Hammers, for now at least, are direct rivals for Champions League qualification. United will not want to strengthen a team who could go on to pip them to fourth place.
Although West Ham assistant manager Stuart Pearce hasn’t given up hope of Lingard returning to the London Stadium just yet.
A Move Overseas Is Possible
English players have been more open to moving abroad of late, with Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham two players who only saw their stock rise after leaving England. Lingard could follow suit, although it is a long shot: betting sites offer 16/1 on him joining any German club, and 20/1 on a move to Italy, France or Spain.
Lingard is much older than Sancho and Bellingham when they went overseas. That could make a difference. But, it is also a question if foreign clubs can match the wages on offer in the Premier League.
Lingard reportedly wanted £100,000 per week to join West Ham before the start of the season. He will likely find that most La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A clubs are unwilling or unable to meet those demands.
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Is Tottenham Calling As Antonio Conte Seeks Reinforcements?
Antonio Conte has not been shy in letting the world know he wants to bring in fresh blood this month. The Italian is said to be an admirer of Lingard’s, who is 25/1 with UK bookmakers to join Tottenham Hotspur.
Conte supposedly tried to bring him to San Siro when he was in charge of Inter, and he may well be pushing Daniel Levy to sanction a deal right now.
Again, though, Manchester United will be loath to strengthen a direct rival in the race for the top four. Tottenham are seventh at present, but they have as many as three games in hand on the teams above them. Selling Lingard to Spurs for what would be a modest fee would not seem to make any sense.
The player himself would probably be interested in joining up with Conte in north London, but Lingard’s desire will not be enough to get a deal done with just hours of the window remaining.