West Ham emerged as arguably the league’s most improved team from last season. The club are willing to make this a habit and have already handed out a new contract to manager David Moyes. Next on the agenda of the club, is securing transfers during the current window.
Jesse Lingard emerged as one of the most instrumental factors in West Ham’s Europa League spot finish in the league. The Manchester United attacking midfielder became the heart of the attack during his spell with the London club.
There is uncertainty around Lingard’s future at the moment but now according to Claret and Hugh, West Ham United are closer than ever to signing the player on a permanent basis.
The England international has reportedly held talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his future with the Red Devils. Lingard’s primary agenda over his future is game-time, as he has been deprived of it over the last few years.
Manchester United currently deem Lingard surplus to requirement at the moment
The Red Devils have a stacked attacking unit courtesy of their signings in the past few transfer windows. Recent signings like Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, and Donny van de Beek all bode against Lingard.
The 28-year-old could be seen once again warming up the bench if he chooses to remain with his parent club. Solskjaer would not mind keeping the player with the current squad, but would not be able to promise the game time Lingard demands.
Lingard found himself as a regular during Solskjaer’s early days. He found himself eventually frozen out due to poor form. The emergence of Greenwood and James has nullified his stance on the flanks. In addition, the impact of Bruno Fernandes and the potential of Donny van de Beek hinder him from playing behind the striker as well.
Moyes views Lingard as a priority signing
David Moyes and West Ham both unanimously view Jesse Lingard as a top signing due to the lasting impact he created.
However, the manager has warned the club of Lingard’s potential demands on his contract. The club are currently working on a limited budget since the onset of the pandemic.
Manchester United are also currently eyeing West Ham’s Declan Rice as a potential central defensive midfielder. However, Lingard has stressed to his club that he wishes not to be used as leverage to recruit players.
Both the clubs will begin their pre-season shortly and the sooner Lingard makes his decision, the better it would be for the teams.