In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Premier League striker Dean Windass has tipped West Ham to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent basis this summer.
Having fallen down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, the England international made the switch to the London Stadium on loan in January to enhance his opportunities.
He scored a brace on his debut at Aston Villa before netting the crucial second in the win over London rivals Tottenham last month, which has seen West Ham emerge as genuine top-four contenders.
Lingard’s contract at Old Trafford expires next summer, which could lead to him being available to West Ham at a cut-price.
And Windass believes that it’s a deal that he thinks will happen once the window reopens.
He exclusively told Football FanCast:
“He’s hit the ground running. I think Lingard will sign for West Ham. His days at Manchester United are numbered.”
Windass might be right here. Whilst Lingard is a United Academy graduate, he’s approaching a stage in his career where he must be playing regularly.
And if he isn’t part of Solsjkaer’s plans moving forward, then a permanent move to West Ham would be a positive deal for all parties.
Not to mention that West Ham are on course to finish in Europe, which could therefore improve Lingard’s chances of getting an England recall.