West Ham United will reportedly not try to sign Manchester United star Jesse Lingard in January even though David Moyes still ‘loves’ the player.
Lingard, 28, spent the second half of last season on loan with the Hammers after being overlooked by United. And it proved to be a fruitful move as the Warrington-born ace enjoyed a stunning spell in the East End. The England international bagged nine goals and assisted five in 16 appearances for the Irons.
He was concerned about the amount of action he would see with the north-west giants. And manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently confessed that he would love to give the forward more game time.
Lingard is now in the final year of his United deal. The Norwegian tactician has made it clear he wants the former Brighton loan man to extend his stay.
But it seems likely he will continue to warm the bench – not a tenable situation for an England international. West Ham have been mentioned as suitors on many occasions.
Moyes has made no secret of his admiration for the man with 32 England caps. But journalist Paul Brown feels the ship may have already sailed for a reunion.
“I get a bit of a sense that Moyes and West Ham have moved on from Jesse Lingard,” he told GIVEMESPORT. “They brought (Nikola) Vlasic in and I’m not sure there’s a place in the squad for him at the moment.
“The way David Moyes talks, he pays the right lip service in the fact that he loves Jesse Lingard. He hasn’t openly said he wants him in his team if he was available, but you get that impression.”
Winter rush on for Lingard
West Ham may not move for Lingard in the January transfer window but reports suggest other outfits might. And they are not just any clubs that have been linked.
Italian giants AC Milan and Spanish behemoths Barcelona have both been mentioned in connection with the player. And, unwilling to let him leave for nothing next summer, United may well sanction a mid-season exit.
Should that happen, any interested party could get a bargain as the buying club will have the upper hand in negotiations. Lingard has shown no signs that he will sign a new United deal and January could herald the start of a fresh chapter in his career.