Jesse Lingard set to stay at Man United as Hammers target French alternative

Despite enjoying a hugely successful short-term loan during the second half of last season, Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is set to remain with the Red Devils after West Ham United turned their transfer attention to Lille attacker Jonathan Bamba.

That’s according to a recent report from the Express, who claim the Hammers would like to sign Bamba, who is currently valued at around £25m, as an alternative to Lingard.

Bamba, 25, joined Lille in 2018 following a free transfer from domestic rivals Saint Etienne.

Since arriving at the Stade Pierre Mauroy Stadium, the 25-year-old creative midfielder has gone on to feature in 130 matches, in all competitions, directly contributing to 46 goals, along the way.

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In light of what has been a decent three years with the club, Bamba could now be set for a big move to the Premier League following West Ham’s struggles to reach an agreement with United over the possible permanent transfer of Lingard.

United have been tipped to sign a new midfielder, but only if they’re able to offload at least one player before the summer window closes at the end of the month.

With Lingard looking increasingly more likely to be staying at Old Trafford, fans will now be wondering who could make way in order for the club to re-recruit.

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