Everton has joined the race to sign Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard.
Lingard who spent the second half of last season at West Ham United has returned to parent club United and is currently with them for the preseason.
The Sun is reporting that Everton has now joined the race for the signature of the 28-year-old as new manager Rafael Benitez seeks to add more creativity and supplement leading scorer, Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
During his short stint with the Hammers, Lingard scored nine goals and provided four assists in just 16 league appearances at the London Stadium with the team also keen on signing him permanently.
The Hamers are however reluctant to meet United’s £30m asking price for a player who has entered the final year of his contract at Old Trafford with the Red Devils unwilling to settle on anything less.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskajerhas revealed that Lingard is keen to fight for his place at Old Trafford but going by the midfield options that are t his disposal, more game time might be difficult to find at Old Trafford.
Everton has already signed Asmir Begovic and Andros Townsened, whilst talks are ongoing over the arrival of Bayer Leverkusen winger Demarai Gray.