Journalist Pete O’Rourke has given his verdict on West Ham United’s bid to sign Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard.
The lowdown: Deal on the cards
It comes as the Hammers decide to bring the 29-year-old back to the London Stadium after a successful loan spell in 2021.
According to a report from Sky Sports, the east London club have ‘made an offer’ to sign Lingard this summer, with the former England regular officially becoming a free agent on July 1.
Hearing the speculation, a respected football media viewer had his say on the potential transfer…
The latest: Lingard ‘ticks all the boxes’ for West Ham
Speaking to GiveMeSport, O’Rourke claimed Lingard’s return to the London Stadium would be a smart choice for all parties.
He said: “I think we all know West Ham’s desire to bring Jesse Lingard back to the club. They tried to do it in January but couldn’t do it.
“He ticks all the boxes I think for David Moyes and I’m sure Jesse Lingard would love the opportunity to return to West Ham.”
The verdict: Long to come
Looking back, Lingard may regret the decision to stay at his boyhood club this time last year, having breathed new life into his career with West Ham and earning a place in the English setup as a result.
Upon his return to Manchester, the 32-cap star was on the periphery of business at Old Trafford, failing to complete 90 minutes at any stage of the 2021/22 season despite rejecting a stay summer in east London as he wanted to fight for his place in the Red Devils’ first XI.
Should West Ham re-sign Lingard?
No, had a chance
For the Irons, re-sign the man hailed by journalist Josh Bunting for a ‘sensational’ Performing in a Manchester derby in 2019 would be a smart move as David Moyes attempts to appropriately provide the attacking options at his disposal.
With insufficient attacking depth at the moment, it’s an area of weakness that the addition of the versatile Englishman would go some way to addressing.