Jesse Lingard ‘to train with Saudi Pro League club for a month’ after West Ham spell
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Former Manchester United star Jesse Lingard is reportedly set to train with a Saudi Professional League side after his latest spell with West Ham United.
Lingard is currently a free agent after he left Premier League club Nottingham Forest upon the expiration of his one-year deal at the City Ground.
Since then, he has spent time training with his former club, West Ham, as he continues his search for a new club.
According to the Daily Mail, Lingard’s performances in training have impressed Hammers boss David Moyes, who refused to rule out a move for the Englishman.
However, Moyes wanted to be assured about his commitment before making a final decision on the 30-year-old.
Now, according to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, Lingard is set to train with Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq for a month.
“Up to Lingard and Ettifaq if they want to proceed together, Steven Gerrard will be key to decide too.”
This summer, Jordan Henderson, Dmarai Gray and Gini Wijnaldum all moved to link up with Gerrard at Al Ettifaq.
Back in June, Lingard spoke about a potential move to Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I'm considering all options. I've never ruled out any team or club out, so for me it's just picking the right team and it's got to be right for me.
“Saudi Arabia are doing big things, and in the next couple of years or so, it will be one of the hotspots to go to.”
Lingard continued: “I'm not really surprised that the big names are moving out there. Like I say, they're doing big things and it's something I would consider as well – I've not ruled that out either.
“It's got to be right for me at the end of the day. I've got to go on my gut feeling but I'm still hungry and striving for success.”
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