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Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard claims that he turned down a chance to move to Anfield before he made the switch to Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old midfielder has been with Manchester United since he was 7 years old. Prior to joining their youth set-up, he says he received offers from a number of other clubs including Liverpool.

Lingard said: “It was left down to me to pick a club and I felt United were best suited to me personally.

“City, Liverpool, Everton and I think Crewe at the time [made offers] but I knew Man United was my home.

“I have a picture in a United kit when I was one year old. When I was seven I had trials and signed when I was nine.”

Lingard, who has made 183 appearances for United, has so far won the FA Cup, the Europa League and the League Cup with the Red Devils. He has also been capped 24 times by England.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa have made an enquiry regarding the availability of Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster. Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp is considering allowing Brewster to go out on loan during the second half of the season and Villa are the latest club to make some noise following strong interest from Crystal Palace.

Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher may also be allowed to leave on loan during the January transfer window as the Reds want both players to gain some valuable first team experience. A decision, however, has definitely not been made with regards Brewster just yet.