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Inter want to loan Jesse Lingard to replace Christian Eriksen

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Inter boss Antonio Conte is considering making an offer for Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard if he can make room for his squad in January.

Lingard has yet to play a single minute in the Premier League this season and only made his third appearance of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Watford.

Jesse Lingard
Lingard came out of the cold to face Watford | Richard Heathcote / Getty Images

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to offload the 28-year-old in January and although there have been links to Sheffield United, 90 mins understand Newcastle United are eager to enter into a loan deal.

But Lingard may have another option, as the Mirror claim Inter are also interested in a loan deal. Ex-Chelsea boss Conte is on the hunt for new signings and has received rave reviews on the attacking midfielder from former teammates Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young.

The trio helped convince Conte that Lingard would be a solid replacement for unwelcome Christian Eriksen, who is on the transfer list at San Siro after a disappointing 12 months. He is expected to leave Inter on loan before the end of the January transfer window, amid interest from a number of suitors.

Christian Eriksen
Eriksen is free to leave Inter | Marco Luzzani / Getty Images

However, things were complicated by an ongoing legal dispute between Inter and Eriksen’s agent, Martinus Schoots, who appealed to the Italian sporting committee, CONI Collegio di Garanzia, for the missing payments resulting from the transfer of ‘Eriksen at the club.

Schoots claims he was promised a € 7million fee to negotiate the Dane’s exit from Tottenham, but he has so far only received € 1million – and that dispute has forced Inter to put the breaks on another transfer.

If Eriksen leaves, Conte could secure a loan deal for Lingard, which provides the pace of work needed to excel under the demanding manager.

Antonio Conte
Conte wants to sign Lingard | Jonathan Moscrop / Getty Images

Inter are not afraid to offer struggling players the opportunity to relaunch their careers. Conte has done wonders with Lukaku, Sanchez and Young, and it looks like Lingard could be United’s next outcast to benefit from Conte’s work.

Lingard is one of the many players Solskjaer hopes to retire in January. High incomes like Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are also heading for the exit door, with both defenders attracting interest from other Premier League clubs.

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