Former Manchester United star Jesse Lingard was flocked by followers on the airport because the 31-year-old touched down in South Korea forward of his shock transfer to FC Seoul.
As relayed by The Peoples Particular person right here, Lingard is believed to have made a verbal settlement with the Ok League 1 aspect on a two-year deal, which incorporates an choice for a 3rd.
The midfielder has been a free agent since final summer season after his contract with Nottingham Forest expired.
Lingard had relocated to the Metropolis Floor from Previous Trafford the earlier summer season when his deal at United got here to an finish.
The Englishman had been hotly linked with a return to West Ham, the place Lingard spent six months on mortgage within the second half of the 2020/21 season, scoring a formidable 9 objectives and offering 4 assists in simply 16 video games for the Hammers.
Nonetheless, Lingard selected newly-promoted Forest, owing to a a lot increased wage packet than on provide from West Ham. Curiously, the deal was solely a one-year contract, with ideas that Lingard hoped to impress for his new deal after which as soon as once more take a look at the free agent market the next summer season.
A disappointing season adopted which noticed the midfielder wrestle with kind and health, finally shedding his place within the first group. Forest had been content material for Lingard to depart the membership on a free on the finish of the season.
On account of this unimpressive yr, the curiosity in Lingard’s companies on the high degree of soccer shortly dried up.
The 31-year-old has spent the final six months making an attempt to persuade a membership to offer him a brand new contract. At one stage within the January window, it was reported Lingard was contemplating as many as 26 provides, from as far afield as Saudi Arabia and America.
But it surely’s the provide from FC Seoul that the United academy graduate has chosen to just accept.
Sungmo Lee (BBC) posted on X (previously often known as Twitter) the response from the membership’s followers as Lingard landed at Incheon Airport forward of his medical with the Ok League 1 aspect.
Jesse Lingard had arrived to South Korea with quite a lot of followers ready for him at Incheon airport.
The switch just isn’t 100% confirmed but, nevertheless, if all goes as scheduled, he could have medical take a look at on sixth, and as soon as signal the contract, will be part of FC Seoul squad straight away. pic.twitter.com/Zd4h7Nq96x
— Sungmo Lee (@Sungmo_Lee) February 5, 2024
Lee reveals the 31-year-old can be assessed by the South Korean aspect tomorrow and “if all goes as scheduled…will be part of FC Seoul squad straight away.”
Lingard had even posted his personal airport replace on Instagram confirming his journey to South Korea. The midfielder uploaded an image within the first-class queue for bags check-in with Korean Air, with a ‘J-Lingz’ themed suitcase in his trolley.
The Ok League 1 doesn’t know the celebrity (in his personal thoughts) that’s about to hit it.