Jesse Lingard, a former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder, has signed a two-year contract with South Korean club FC Seoul.
Jesse Lingard signs two-year contract with FC Seoul ahead of surprising transfer.
The 31-year-old has finished a medical exam and is in Seoul to finalize his move.
Lingard has been without a club since he left Nottingham Forest last summer.
He was hesitant to join Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia after a trial in October.
Lingard became angry after repeated enquiries went unanswered, and this month, despite a lack of Premier League interest, he fired his agents, including members of his own family.
West Ham were among the clubs that were hesitant to sign Lingard last month, despite his good loan spell in 2021.
Lingard views his move to six-time K League champion FC Seoul as a positive decision, believing that South Korea will provide him with a better lifestyle.
He also intends to pursue his off-field interests in Esports, fashion, and food enterprises in Korea.
Jesse Lingard is close to joining the Korean Giants
Former Manchester United player Jesse Lingard was greeted by fans at the airport as the 31-year-old arrived in South Korea ahead of his unexpected move to FC Seoul.
Lingard has verbally agreed to a two-year contract with a third-year option with the K League 1 club.
The midfielder has been a free agent since last summer, when his contract with Nottingham Forest expired.
Lingard moved to the City Ground from Old Trafford the previous summer, when his contract with United expired.
The Englishman has been heavily connected with a return to West Ham, where Lingard spent six months on loan in the second half of the 2020/21 season, scoring nine goals and giving four assists in just 16 appearances.
Lingard, on the other hand, chose newly promoted Forest because they provided a significantly higher wage package than West Ham.
Interestingly, the contract was only for one year, with speculation that Lingard was expecting to impress for his new deal before testing the free agent market again the following summer.