Ex-Man Utd midfielder set for first transfer abroad

Lingard made 17 Premier League appearances last season

FORMER Man United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard is in closing stages with a move to South Korean side FC Seoul.

The 31-year-old will fly to Asia to sign a two-year deal and complete his medical in the coming days.

His contract will include an option to extend by a further year.

Seoul FC coach Kim Gi-Dong initially thought that the transfer was “unrealistic” a few weeks ago.

And that “it would be great for the K-League as more foreign fans would be interested in our league”.

Last summer, Lingard left Premier League outfit Nottingham Forest after his contract expired at the end of the season.

He has been a free-agent since, but has spent time training with West Ham United.

As well as Saudi side Al-Ettifaq, even when a potential transfer fell-through.

Lingard came through the youth system at Manchester United where he went on the make over 200 appearances for the Red Devils.

Whilst winning an FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League for his boyhood club.

Towards the end of his spell, he had an eye-catching loan spell at West Ham in 2021.

Where he was awarded Player of the Month for April as he helped West Ham to a sixth-placed finish and a spot in the Europa League.