According to Peter O’Rourke who spoke to GIVEMESPORT, both West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing the player but the Hammers could see off the competition as they will be able to offer him more regular minutes.
In full, he said: “West Ham obviously will probably offer him more of a guarantee of regular first team football.
“That probably couldn’t be guaranteed at Tottenham right now under Antonio Conte with the quality of the squad he’s now got at his disposal.
“But Champions League football is on offer at Tottenham and West Ham can only offer Europa Conference League football so that might be a big decision in where Jesse Lingard does end up moving this summer.
“I still think Tottenham will be thinking if West Ham can’t agree a deal with Lingard, then they might make a move for him.”
Despite impressive periods during his time at Manchester United, Lingard’s career has stagnated over the past couple of seasons, and as a result he has left Old Trafford in search of more minutes.
He showed just how good he can be during an exceptional loan spell at the London Stadium in the second half of the 2020/21 season. This may give the Hammers the edge due to him having played under David Moyes before.
During that spell he was directly involved in 14 goals in just 16 appearances and was vital in helping the club break into the top six – their highest finish this century – the move wasn’t made permanent last summer but now he’s a free agent the club need to do everything to sign him.
He’s exactly what Moyes needs at the club and has been described as “outstanding” by journalist Simon Peach.
This means there is a danger of them being priced out by Spurs and others, with teams in MLS also ready to offer a lucrative contract.
However, if Lingard wants to further his career and have any chance of getting back into the England setup then he should go wherever he will get the most game time.
While he would play a lot in the USA, he’s still more than capable of playing at Premier League level, so West Ham and its familiar surroundings should be first on his list.