According to TEAMtalk, Glasgow Rangers are interested in bringing Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard to Ibrox.
Lingard finds himself surplus to requirements under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he hasn’t featured for the first team since the 3-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion in the fourth round of the EFL Cup at the start of the season.
Even though Steven Gerrard’s side are stacked to the brim with striker/attacking midfielder options, the Ibrox boss is always on the lookout to bolster his firepower by adding some more experience and pedigree to his attack.
Although Alfredo Morelos has struggled at times this season so far, Jermain Defoe has been decent this campaign and versatile forward Kemar Roofe has been able to hit the ground running, but having options is never a bad thing.
It’s fair to say that Lingard, despite his obvious struggles, would be an upgrade on most if not all of the options that are currently available, so it’s easy to understand why Rangers have taken an interest in securing his services.
The 27-year-old has scored 33 goals and supplied 20 assists in 209 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils, having broken into the first team from the academy ranks.
It’s the silly season at the 54-time Scottish champions once again, isn’t it?
If, and that’s a big if, they can somehow afford his colossal wages, which are reportedly worth £100,000-per-week, then, of course, it’s worth taking a punt on the former England international.
There is, of course, the remote chance that Lingard may be prepared to take a pay cut to increase his playing time ahead of the Euros next year, but even that’s a bit of a stretch of the imagination.
However, if by some miracle things do work out in their favour, Wilson must sanction an audacious swoop for the versatile midfielder, who is currently valued at £12.6m via Transfermarkt.
Michael Carrick was effusive in his praise for his former teammate as he identified his best attributes, saying: “I think his movement – he moves off the ball very well. It’s something that sounds quite simple, but it’s difficult to defend against.”
He added: “How he plays, he is unique in some ways. You don’t see so much of that in the game as everyone wants to get on the ball and do something on the ball. Off the ball, he’s very effective.”
Last season, Lingard played nine games in the Champions League, scoring two goals and supplying one assist, whilst he averaged 1.8 shots per game, via WhoScored.
If the interest is genuine, his experience could prove to be invaluable, as he has played at the highest levels of the game and would be a useful option out wide.