Former Premier League striker Dean Windass is stunned that Jesse Lingard was not among the big-money movers on transfer deadline day.
Manchester United creative midfielder Lingard spent the second half of last season on loan with West Ham United and rediscovered his best form, scoring nine goals and adding five assists in 16 appearances.
Lingard has returned to Old Trafford following the temporary switch and only been handed four minutes of action so far this season.
West Ham boss David Moyes confirmed that he was still keen to make a late swoop for the 28-year-old, who is thought to be on £75,000-a-week at United, less than two weeks before the transfer window slammed shut.
Windass believes Lingard will be starved of action with his current employers, particularly following the return of club legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
He exclusively told Football FanCast: “I’m surprised he has stayed. Clearly, he didn’t want to go back to West Ham.
“There’s always discussions on the phone behind closed doors and if he had been on the phone to Moyes and said ‘I want to come back’, that deal would have been done.
“Those discussions never took place and I’m very surprised. I can’t see Jesse getting a game at United.”