Jesse Lingard to be 'offered a pre-contract' by Al Ettifaq for 2024
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Jesse Lingard is allegedly set to be offered a pre-contract, with a view to joining Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq in the next transfer window.
However, Gerrard will have to wait to sign Lingard as the Saudi League currently has a limit on how many foreign players can be included in a matchday squad.
Clubs are allowed a maximum of eight in a team, and Al Ettifaq, having ten, will need to shift some players if they want to sign Lingard.
It’s said that Gerrad is extremely “keen” to have the England international in his squad after he played and scored in a friendly game against Al Khaldiya earlier this month.
In 2021, he joined West Ham on loan before returning to United for the 2021/22 season. After being released from his contract, he signed for Forest on a year-long deal in July 2022.
Despite becoming their highest-paid player for the 2022/23 season, he made just 17 appearances for the club and failed to provide any goals or assists in the league.
According to Romano, the final decision to join Al Ettifaq - who are currently seventh in the Saudi Pro League - remains with Lingard.
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