Lingard flies to South Korea after agreeing shock deal to join FC Seoul 

Former Manchester United star Jesse Lingard was on his way South Korea on Sunday night after agreeing a shock deal to join FC Seoul.

The 31-year-old posted a picture on Instagram at the airport with his luggage featuring his JLingz fashion label as he prepared to check in for a Korean Air flight.

Lingard has been without a club since leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of last season, and training stints with West Ham and Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq were dead ends.

He is not bound by Thursday’s January transfer deadline and the deal is expected to be completed in the coming days.

Lingard is expected to arrive in South Korea on Monday for a medical and join the team’s training camp in Kagoshima, Japan, with a ‘substantial’ pay packet on offer, according to the BBC .

‘I heard about it two to three weeks ago and I thought it was unrealistic,’ Seoul’s manager, Kim Gi-dong, said.

‘I asked our director of football about it and he replied to me: yes, it’s true, we are in contact with the player, but the deal is not confirmed yet.

‘If he comes, of course, it would be great for K-League as more foreign fans would be interested in our league.

‘And if he comes as he was not playing for a while, we need to give him time to adapt rather than expect an instant impact.’



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