Man United are reportedly set to extend Rangers linked attacker Jesse Lingard’s contract [Daily Mail].
TEAMtalk reported earlier this month that both the Gers and Celtic were ‘looking into the possibility of taking Lingard north of the border.’
28-year-old Lingard has won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League at United, making over 200 appearances in the process.
He’s fallen down the pecking order recently, though, failing to appear at all in the Premier League so far this season.
Given that his current deal expires in the summer, as things stand, he would be free to enter negotiations with interested clubs when the January transfer window opens.
However, the Daily Mail reports that United will take up their option to extend his deal by 12 months to ensure they don’t lose him for free at the end of the season.
It’s suggested that he could be loaned out for the remainder of the campaign with a view to a sale in the summer.
It’s a sensible business decision from United and one that makes it even less likely that the England international will end up at Ibrox.
Due in part to his high wage demands, the chances of Lingard moving to either of the Old Firm were already slim, but if a significant transfer fee would also be required, only clubs with bigger budgets will consider a move.
A more likely target for Rangers is a promising EFL forward that Ibrox scouts have allegedly already watched on several occasions this season.