England's Jesse Lingard celebrates after scoring his side's third goal...

England's Jesse Lingard celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup 2022 group I qualifying soccer match between England and Andorra at Wembley stadium in London, on Sept. 5, 2021. Former Manchester United player Jesse Lingard could be the next Premier League star to join the Saudi Arabian league. The England international, who is a free agent, is training with Saudi club Al-Ettifaq after leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of the last season. Credit: AP/Ian Walton

MANCHESTER, England — Former Manchester United player Jesse Lingard could be the next Premier League star to join the Saudi Arabian league.

The England international, who is a free agent, is training with Saudi club Al-Ettifaq after leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of the last season.

Al-Ettifaq is coached by Liverpool great Steven Gerrard and signed England midfielder Jordan Henderson in the offseason.

“I’ve watched him for many years so I’m aware of the talent,” Gerrard told Al Arabiya's sports program FilMarma. "Jesse is out of a club at the moment, he is not contracted, so he’s free to train with anyone else. So he’s coming to use our facilities, he’s coming to train with our players, to maintain his fitness.

“Jesse knows there’s an opportunity for him to try to convince us to come to the club.”

The Saudi league has embarked on a spectacular spending spree this year by luring some of soccer's biggest stars to the oil-rich kingdom.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane have made the move from Europe's biggest leagues, and a slew of other top players have followed suit.

The 30-year-old Lingard graduated from United's academy and left the club in 2022. He signed a one-year contract with Forest and has been a free agent since that deal expired.

Lingard has also trained with West Ham this season. He had a successful loan spell at the London club in 2021.

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