Jesse Lingard remains a priority for West Ham manager David Moyes ahead of the January transfer window, according to emerging reports…
Football Insider claim that the Irons will ‘maintain dialogue’ over a potential move after failing to secure him during the summer following his successful loan spell at the London Stadium.
Talks are set to continue behind the scenes with the 28-year-old’s representatives but there are several hurdles to overcome, including Manchester United’s £30m asking price and convincing the player to move down south permanently.
Lingard should hardly be surprised by his lack of game time at Old Trafford this season, with the likes of summer signing Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes ahead of him in the pecking order, and now there’s the small matter of Cristiano Ronaldo, too.
After providing nine goals and five assists to rank as Moyes’ second-best player in 2020/21, he should’ve snatched at a potential return to east London and continued his cult hero status amongst the fanbase as a first-choice regular – something which would bolster his claims to make England’s squad for the World Cup in 2022.
Of course, as evident above, the chances of that happening aren’t completely dead in the water, even despite the arrival of attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic in this transfer window.
Both Moyes and his assistant Stuart Pearce were very keen to see Lingard back at the club this summer, publicly expressing their interest on numerous occasions, so if the club’s new recruitment team can seal him in January, then you’d imagine that the pair will very much be delighted.
After their final day win over Southampton in May, the 58-year-old Scot 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.”
This was then reiterated by Pearce during an interview on talkSPORT just a week before deadline day.
“We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year,” the Hammers assistant boss said, before later adding: “He’s a special lad and was very good around the players – the players really like him.”
The £19.8m-rated dynamo certainly seems to still be a key target for Moyes, so it’s now on the club to deliver at the turn of the year when the transfer window reopens for business.
Many around the London Stadium would love to see Lingard back in the claret and blue.