Jesse Lingard’s contract negotiations with Manchester United have been put on hold after discussions about a new agreement so far have not been able to find a solution.
The English striker’s existing contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season and he could sign a pre-contract deal with a potential club in January.
In July, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær assured Lingard that he would be part of his plans this season, but he has only started one match – the League Cup in the third round defeat against West Ham in September.
Lingard, 28, has played eight club games this season, scoring twice in five Premier League games, with a switch either on loan or a permanent exit in January not ruled out.
Sky Sports news has been told that both parties “remain willing to work through it” in the midst of a stalemate in the discussions.
England coach Gareth Southgate left Lingard out of his squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino due to his lack of playing time.
During the international break in October, Lingard said he needs “ordinary football” if he is to achieve his ambition to play for England at the 2022 World Cup.
Lingard entered this season on the back of a successful six-month loan spell at West Ham, scoring nine goals and making five assists in 16 appearances under former United boss David Moyes.
However, the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo late in the summer transfer window has meant that United academy-educated Lingard’s playing opportunities are limited.
United visit Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, before meeting Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday ahead of a third consecutive away game against Chelsea on November 28, live on Sky Sports.