Although it has been widely reported that West Ham United are struggling to reach an agreement with Manchester United over the possible permanent sale of midfielder Jesse Lingard, according to recent reports, the player himself is ‘open’ to the idea of leaving the club before the window shuts at the end of the month.
That’s according to a recent report from the Times, who claims Lingard has not ruled out the possibility of bidding farewell to the club he has spent the last 21 years with.
Over the last two years, Lingard, 28, has lost his starting place in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans.
Keen to ensure his career does not stagnate, the second half of last season saw the Englishman join David Moyes’ Hammers on a short-term loan.
Grabbing the opportunity to impress with both hands, the 28-year-old’s loan could not have gone better.
After featuring in 16 matches, in all competitions for the Hammers, Lingard racked up nine goals and five more assists.
However, now back with his United teammates, the midfielder’s long-term Old Trafford future remains uncertain.
Recent reports have suggested he could be set for an unlikely stay, however, according to the Times, although a move to West Ham United is still some way off, the player himself is not opposed to leaving the Red Devils during this summer’s transfer window.