Birmingham City are more than interested in keeping hold of Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard until the end of the season.
Lingard’s current loan spell is due to end on January 1st, which if he does return to Manchester will not play for Birmingham City again as, on Thursday he received a red card for a nasty lunged challenge on Wigan Athletic’s Jordi Gomez, you can watch his nasty tackle here.
Lingard, 21, is very much liked down in the Midlands by fans and players of Birmingham City and manager Lee Clark would love to keep him.
Speaking after their 0-0 draw with Wigan, Clark said:
“Hopefully it isn’t Jesse’s last bit of action in a Birmingham shirt
“We’ll have to talk to Manchester United now because the loan officially runs out after the Barnsley game on New Year’s Day.
“I need to try to convince David Moyes that to help his development and to help Manchester United, it would be better for Jesse to stay here.
“I know he’s talked about bringing all his loan players back to enhance his own squad but hopefully he gets one or two of his transfer targets in January and he might not need to bring those lads back.
“Jesse has been playing in a tough league in the Championship, he’s playing every week, he’s doing terrifically well and he’s learning all parts of the game.
“Ultimately David decides because he’ll know whether he’ll be coming back to be part of his playing squad or whether it’s him staying with us and getting another 22 to 23 Championship games under his belt.”
Lingard arrived at St Andrew’s back in September 2013, scoring four-goals on his Birmingham debut.