Solskjaer confirms Lingard ‘likely’ to confirm West Ham loan switch

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as confirmed that Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is ‘likely’ to complete a loan move to West Ham.

Lingard is expected to complete a loan move to the London Stadium in the coming days after falling down the pecking order, with the 28-year-old failing to make a single Premier League appearance so far this season.

The England international has made just three appearances across all competitions and will now leave the club on loan in search of regular first-team football, having agreed a deal to join West Ham despite interest from the likes of Newcastle and West Brom.

West Ham will pay a fee of £1.5m for the versatile midfielder and will cover his wages in full, with Lingard having confirmed a move was close on social media on Thursday night.

Solskjaer has now discussed the deal and says it is ‘likely’ a move will be finalised in the coming days, revealing his hopes that Lingard can revive his stalling career with regular opportunities in the capital.

“It’s likely that Jesse’s loan deal with West Ham is going through,” Solskjaer said at a press conference today.

“We want Jesse to come back here revitalised and having shown at West Ham how good a player he is. He’s just been unfortunate with a couple of issues. Some periods he had to stay away from us with Covid isolation and close contact.”

Should the deal be finalised, Lingard will join a West Ham side currently fifth in the Premier League and could make his debut in this weekend’s home clash with Liverpool.

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