West Ham United are expected to make another move for Jesse Lingard when the transfer window reopens in January…
That’s according to ever-reliable Irons insider ExWHUemployee, who delivered a fresh claim on the situation to supporters on a recent episode of his ‘The West Ham Way’ podcast.
“I believe that they’ll try and make a move for Jesse Lingard again. As we all know, he hasn’t got his chance at Manchester United and his contract is up in the summer.
“He seems to be not really valued at the club and I think he’d be interested in a move back.
“His brother, who also acts as his agent, has made it very clear Jesse misses his time here. Also, Lingard keeps speaking positively about the club, so I feel a move would be for him.
“The only slight concern is that apparently, Newcastle have him on their radar as well.”
West Ham’s admiration for the Manchester United midfielder is no secret, especially after a successful half-season loan spell that helped steer the east London outfit into the Europa League.
The 27-year-old dynamo scored nine goals and provided five assists in 16 appearances, via Transfermarkt, playing a crucial role in the no.10 position behind Michail Antonio. He even played a false nine in the absence of the 31-year-old at times.
And following the final game of the season, a 2-1 win over Southampton, manager David Moyes made his intentions very clear.
“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,” he said, via the Evening Standard. “But I hope Jesse realises we’ve been good for him as well, and that he joined a club on the up.”
The irony is the fact that the Hammers are level on points with Manchester City in fourth place, whilst the Red Devils are three points behind them in the table and before their win over Spurs, they were sitting outside the top six.
Assistant manager Stuart Pearce stoked the fire once again during the summer transfer window, reiterating the club’s desire to sign him permanently.
“We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year,” he told talkSPORT.
“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.”
Similarly, the London Stadium faithful have always been just as keen to see him return to the club, as seen by reactions relayed by Hammers.News earlier in the season.
Therefore, this latest claim from one of the most trustworthy insiders is sure to leave those around West Ham absolutely buzzing with excitement. It remains to be seen if a deal can be done but what is clear is the fact that Lingard is getting very little game time despite United’s struggles.
He’d surely welcome a switch back to east London.