West Ham’s chances of bringing Jesse Lingard back to the London Stadium this week have been bolstered considerably…
It’s now believed that the 28-year-old midfielder, who excelled during a short-term loan spell last season, is increasingly likely to make the return to the Irons, according to Eurosport journalist Dean Jones.
Speaking on ‘The Football Terrace’ YouTube channel, he said:
“Lingard looks like he’s giving up on now staying at [Manchester] United. West Ham are back on the tails of him, [to] see if they can get him in. I think that it’s quite likely, from what I’m told, that [it] does end up happening.
“Lingard is starting to accept that there is no way in at United, and after what happened at West Ham last season for him, and the way they’ve started this season, it’s a great fit for him.”
With only a few days to go in the transfer window, this latest development will be music to the ears of many at the club.
Hammers boss David Moyes made no secret of his desire to sign Lingard permanently following the final game of the 2020/21 season. He told reporters, via the Evening Standard:
“I hope Jesse’s here, we’d like to keep him, he’s done an exceptional job for us but there’s no guarantees, he’s not our player. But I hope Jesse realises we’ve been good for him as well, and that he joined a club on the up.”
And more recently, assistant manager Stuart Pearce reiterated their intention to re-sign the loan sensation.
“We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year,” he revealed to talkSPORT last week. The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that. He’s a special lad and was very good around the players – the players really like him.”
Of course, it’s not only Moyes, Pearce and the players that would love to see the £19.8m-rated dynamo back in east London. The fans have been desperate for the club to stump up the cash to seal him permanently.
Lingard is unlikely to feature much for United – he was not involved against Leeds and played just four minutes from the bench during their draw with Southampton last weekend, so perhaps it’s no surprise to see his intentions change.
West Ham have until Tuesday 11pm to complete a move for the attacking midfielder and that seems very possible following this fresh update. On the above evidence, the London Stadium will surely erupt at the announcement of Lingard’s return.