Jesse Lingard was one of the success stories of last season after rejuvenating his career on loan at West Ham. The midfielder scored nine goals in 16 appearances for West Ham and also earned himself two call-ups to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
West Ham enquired about inserting a buy-option in the loan deal six months ago but their efforts were rebuffed by Manchester United, who insisted that no such clause was to be discussed.
After featuring for England in their Euro 2020 preparations, Lingard has returned to training at Carrington but the club’s £30m asking price has reportedly deterred West Ham from making another attempt to sign him permanently. That’s according to The Athletic, who have provided an update on the 28-year-old’s future.
Lingard has entered the final year of his contract at the club and according to the report, Manchester United feel that an extension would protect his transfer value.
Lingard is also said to be open to staying at Manchester United in a bid to fight for his place at the club despite not making a single Premier League appearance for the club last season.