West Ham leading race to land Jesse Lingard on short-term loan

West Ham United are reportedly leading the race to sign Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard on a short-term loan.

Lingard, 28, has spent his entire career with United after joining their youth academy all the way back in 2000.

After climbing his way through the club’s youth ranks, Lingard later established himself as a senior first-team player.

The English midfielder has gone on to make 210 senior appearances in all competitions and has been directly involved in 53 goals.

Arguably, the 28-year-old’s finest moment came during the 2016 FA Cup final, during a match against Crystal Palace which saw the attacking midfielder bag the game’s winning goal deep into extra-time.

However, despite being with the Red Devils for over two decades, the 28-year-old has seen himself fall majorly out-of-favour with current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Having failed to feature at all during this season’s Premier League campaign, the midfielder looks all but certain to be shipped out on loan for the remainder of the season.

According to a recent report from the Telegraph, Lingard has become a loan target for Sheffield United and West Ham.

The report claims that although a deal has not been agreed with any club, David Moyes is favourite to land the midfielder due to his past working relationship with Lingard from when he managed United.

Solskjaer addressed the speculation surrounding Lingard after Sunday’s 3-2 FA Cup win over Liverpool.

When asked about Lingard’s future, the Norwegian boss said: “We’ll have to see and I’ll sit down with Jesse and make a decision about what we’re going to do.”

With less than a week left in the winter window, time is running out for Lingard to make a move in order to secure first-team, regular football.

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