Jesse Lingard’s representatives are reportedly seeking out potential options for the midfielder to go on loan in January.
The Man Utd star has slipped down the pecking order at Old Trafford and is largely on the fringes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
A short-term injury did briefly disrupt Lingard’s campaign, but even so, he has barely featured for his club this season.
So far he has made just two appearances – both in the EFL Cup – and his lack of opportunities has forced his agents to look for solutions elsewhere.
According to Sky Sports , Real Sociedad are one of the clubs who have held initial talks with Lingard’s management team.
Lingard had been in discussion with clubs over the summer regarding a potential switch, and looks almost certain to leave United when his contract expires at the end of the season.
United do retain the option to extend the 27-year-old’s stay at the club, though Solskjaer has only selected him among his squad for a total of three fixtures in the Premier League and Champions League.
A move to Sociedad could appeal to Lingard, who has been linked with a move abroad previously.
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The Basque club are currently second in La Liga while the fate of their Europa League progress hinges on their final group game on Thursday.
Whether United would allow Lingard to leave on loan with just months remaining on his contract is another matter, and the club could push for a sale instead in order to recoup some cash.
David Moyes is thought to be keen on linking back up with Lingard at West Ham, while there is significant interest from Everton and West Brom, as well as Scottish clubs Rangers and Celtic.