West Ham star man Declan Rice is not Manchester United’s top central midfield target this summer, Football Insider has learned.
The Premier League giants were linked with Rice again last week, including as part of potential part-exchange deal for Jesse Lingard.
But a United source has told Football Insider the club have other targets for midfield ahead of Rice.
The club’s recruitment team will pursue other players in that position before exploring any deal for the England international.
This means any transfer involving Lingard will likely have to be negotiated as a stand-alone deal.
Sky Sports‘ Kaveh Solhekol revealed last week that the Hammers will “do whatever it takes to try and sign” Lingard permanently this summer.
The attacking midfielder has excelled since moving to the London Stadium on loan in January, with his nine Premier League appearances yielding eight goals and four assists.
However, the London club do not have an option to buy in Lingard’s loan agreement and any transfer would be reliant on a fee being agreed with Manchester United.
The 27-times England international is under contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022, after the club triggered a 12-month extension in his current deal last December.
Lingard has not started a league game for United since New Year’s Day 2020.
The arrival of Bruno Fernandes in January of last year was crucial to pushing Lingard down the pecking order in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.