Manchester United appear to have softened their stance on Jesse Lingard amid renewed speculation of a move to West Ham United.
David Moyes has made no secret of his desire to bring Lingard back to West Ham following his sensational loan spell last season.
But this summer Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has publicly maintained Lingard is part of his plans.
The midfielder, in the peak years of his career, faces being a bit-part player at Old Trafford once again, though, with Solskjaer having signed the likes of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo to add to his embarrassment of riches.
Lingard faces bit-part future at Man United after playing starring role with Hammers
But the talk is the 28-year-old West Ham target was happy to be part of the Red Devils squad despite playing just five minutes in the two games he has been available for so far.
And now with the transfer deadline looming on Tuesday night, Man United appear to have softened their stance on letting him leave.
Man United soften stance on Lingard leaving claims Sky Sports reporter
That’s according to an update from Sky Sports this morning.
“The only way he could possibly leave is the situation regarding (Man United signing) Cristiano Ronaldo,” Sky Sports reporter David Reed said in Transfer Talk on Monday (9.28am).
“And we’re hearing this morning that Jesse Lingard is still in Manchester United’s plans but if an offer or a concrete offer does come in then it would be discussed between all parties and they would come to a collective solution for that.
“One thing is for certain whatever happens to Jesse Lingard in these final 24 hours, it will be dealt with, with the utmost respect by Jesse Lingard himself, by Manchester United the club and by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well.
‘There’s no doubt Jesse Lingard will be wanting to play regular football’
“There is a huge amount of respect for the time spent at United by Jesse Lingard from the club’s point of view.
“They have a great relationship the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jesse Lingard…
“He only managed really to get into that England squad because of his form at West Ham United. He’ll be looking to continue that this season, there’s no doubt Jesse Lingard will be wanting to play regular football, it’s just whether Manchester United can offer that at this stage.”
In other news, West Ham fans baffled over Abraham as Moyes nears £31.5m signing.