Jesse Lingard could find an escape route out of Manchester United to find regular game time, with West Ham still keen to sign him on a permanent deal.
The England has made just seven appearances in the Premier League this season. That is nowhere near enough to see him named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup and unless something drastic changes under the new manager, we can’t see the former academy graduate sticking around.
The Mirror says West Ham want Lingard in January, just like they did in the summer when they couldn’t match United’s asking price.
Everyone knows the situation is different now – with United in a weaker position than before as Lingard can leave on a Bosman at the end of the season.
Speaking about the January transfer window during the week, Hammers boss David Moyes admitted he would be looking for attacking options in the market – since they’ve missed Lingard’s presence in the final third after he left in the summer following the end of his short loan stint.
Moyes said, as quoted by The Sun: “Maybe we can add to the front line in some way possible which might give us other alternatives as well.”
West Ham needed something extra last night as they 1-1 with Brighton, yet they still sit ahead of Manchester United in the Premier League table.
Although the Hammers were high-flying not too long ago, they suffered two defeats ahead of last night’s draw, at Wolves and Man City. It’s surely time for them to slip down the table?
It wouldn’t surprise us if Lingard returned to London next month.