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Jesse Lingard has snubbed a move to America, though a new lucrative option has opened up alongside three offers to remain in the Premier League, per a report.
Lingard, 29, is officially a free agent after his 22-year association with Manchester United concluded on June 30. The forward has ambitions of forcing his way back into Gareth Southgate’s plans for England. With the Qatar World Cup less than six months away, Lingard must choose his next step carefully.
Two MLS sides were reportedly ready to break the bank to bring Lingard on board. However, according to the Athletic’s David Ornstein, Lingard will not be moving to the States.
Instead, the attacker is now considering a surprise move to Saudi Arabia. Such a move could reportedly net him an extremely lucrative £10m-a-year salary (approx. £192,000-a-week).
Moving to Saudi Arabia would do little to raise his chances of featuring for the Three Lions. His chances in that regard will instead be boosted by setting the Premier League alight as he did while on loan at West Ham in 2021.
On that front, the report states Lingard has three offers on the table from Premier League sides.
Who’s in for Jesse Lingard?
While Ornstein does not explicitly state which clubs they are, it’s hinted Everton and West Ham are two of them.
Indeed, Sky Sports did report the Hammers had tabled an offer to Lingard in June. Everton, meanwhile, are seeking a replacement for Richarlison.
The identity of the third team isn’t speculated, though both Tottenham and Newcastle have been linked in recent times.
Spurs have a Champions League campaign to juggle and will require greater strength in depth. The Magpies, meanwhile, came close to landing Lingard on loan in January.
Regarding when a decision will come, the Athletic add Lingard wants his future determined by next Friday (July 22).
Lingard career at a crossroads
But for his outstanding loan spell at West Ham, Lingard’s career has never truly taken off at club level.
At 29, his next move could be both his biggest and last. And with competition fierce in England’s attacking ranks, he must tread carefully.
A move to Saudi Arabia will produce the highest wages. However, excelling in such a comparatively inferior league won’t impress Southgate.
From a footballing perspective, remaining in the Premier League would be to his benefit and a return to West Ham looks the best fit on paper.
What’s more, with West Ham now a regular in Europe under David Moyes, there will never be a shortage of opportunities in a Hammers shirt.
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