Jesse Lingard in talks with Everton after Manchester United release

Jesse Lingard is in talks with Everton over a move to Goodison Park after the expiration of his Manchester United contract.

The Liverpool Echo report that discussions have taken place with the Toffees already and two recent developments may accelerate matters.

Richarlison has just left Everton to join Tottenham and Frank Lampard needs a replacement but also must comply with Financial Fair Play.

And Lingard is now officially a free agent after his United deal ran out on June 30, leaving him now completely free to announce his next move.

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Lingard in Everton talks

The report says that Lingard to Everton may well work out for a number of reasons.

Lingard can stay in the North West, and not have to relocate his family after his long spell at United.

From Everton’s point of view, he is a proven Premier League performer and shone on loan at West Ham last time he played his football away from Old Trafford.

The lack of a transfer fee may also appeal to Everton, although Lingard’s wages for the stage he is at in his career may be a stumbling block.

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The Telegraph report that Lingard also has interest from Tottenham, even after they sealed the signing of Richarlison.

They could offer Champions League football and he appeals to them as a free transfer who would boost their homegrown quota ahead of next season.

Spurs have been linked with Lingard plenty in the past, but he would probably only be a squad player there, so he could encounter the same issue which saw him have an underwhelming 2021/22 season.

Lingard knows a successful move in the summer is his only way to boost his slim chances of getting into England’s squad for World Cup 2022, and must choose carefully.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.