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Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard reportedly doesn’t want to be used as a makeshift weight in a deal that would see the Red Devils sign West Ham star Declan Rice.
Lingard enjoyed a successful loan with the Hammers in the second half of last season and has been linked with a permanent change in a deal that could see England international Rice head the other way.
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign a midfielder this summer after practically securing a transfer for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
The Norwegian also wants a defender and Rice could fill both roles.
Rice played alongside Lingard last season and the duo helped West Ham qualify for the Europa League for the first time in four years.
David Moyes’ side finished sixth and Lingard’s nine goals in 16 games were the key to their success.
Former United boss Moyes has admitted he would like to keep Lingard and Rice at West Ham as he plans a Europa League run.
It has been suggested that West Ham could negotiate a transfer for Lingard in any offer United make for Rice, which is estimated to be worth around £ 80million.
however, ESPN report that Lingard would not be willing to be used as a weight in a deal for Rice.
The latter played for England at Euro 2020 and is expected to start the semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday.
Lingard is only one year old on his United contract and has already suggested he would be ready to go in search of frequent playing time.
The 28-year-old has appeared in just under half of Solskjaer’s games in charge and was cleared to leave on loan at the Hammers in January, suggesting his time with the Red Devils is almost over.
“Regular football is the most important thing for me,” Lingard said Air sports in June.
“After you got on loan and had a good run in the team, you started to see the real me, with the goals and the assists.
“I have never doubted my abilities, I have always believed in myself. I spoke to the manager in the preseason and said: “I need playing time”.
“He (Solskjaer) said, ‘we can discuss this in December’, and we talked again and he agreed to let me go on loan.
“I had various conversations with him during my time at West Ham. He was very supportive and it was a great loan for me.”
Rice is one of several transfer targets for United as Solskjaer prepares a Premier League title offer.
His England team-mate Sancho will complete a medical at Old Trafford ahead of a £ 73million transfer.
Sancho will complement Solskjaer’s attacking options and likely fill the manager’s problematic right-wing role, where no player has been entirely convincing.
18-year-old Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga has also emerged as a possible summer recruit.
Camavinga still has a year on his Rennes contract and the Ligue 1 team would prefer to see him leave this year instead of leaving for free next summer.