West Ham continue to monitor Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard, transfer insider claims DeanJones.
David Moyes’ side have been fond of the 29-year-old for the last two windows and can sign him on a free transfer after his contract with the Red Devils expires later this month.
What’s the latest on Lingard?
After months of uncertainty over his future at Old Trafford, Lingard’s boyhood club recently announced that he will finally be leaving the club once his contract expires.
Lingard returned to United after his impressive loan spell with the Hammers last summer and was hoping to earn a starting spot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But he didn’t get much-needed regular playing time, with the England international starting just two Premier League games throughout last season.
As a result, United have confirmed Lingard will not extend his stay with the club, meaning he is on the market.
West Ham tried to sign him 12 months ago and then in January, and Jones believes Moyes’ side are planning a third attempt to convince Lingard to return to the London Stadium, where he has scored nine goals in 14 games and was described as “incredible”. ‘ by talkSPORT’s Andy Goldstein.
What did Jones say about Lingard?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “They are always looking for good options. Jesse Lingard, we know they’ve garnered huge interest and are still watching. So if they’re watching Jesse Lingard, they must want someone of that style.
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Why are West Ham so desperate to sign Lingard?
Putting aside all his affiliation with Moyes and the fact that he has performed well for the Hammers in the past, one standout aspect of this transfer is that it wouldn’t cost the Londoners a dime.
Salaries aside, which could prove an issue given Lingard is demanding £150,000 a week, West Ham have the option of signing a proven international footballer and someone with 74 goals in his club career for absolutely nothing.
Last season proved dreadful for Lingard, who scored twice and was barely looked at despite United’s disastrous form, but he would provide competition for Moyes’ side and instantly improve West’s front line Ham.
Going deep in the Europa League has stretched Moyes’ squad, ultimately costing them a place in next season’s competition, meaning additions like Lingard should help prevent that from happening again.