West Ham United have entered into talks regarding a deal to bring Jesse Lingard to the London Stadium this summer.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh, who claim that opening talks have been held between David Moyes’ side and Manchester United regarding a deal for the 28-year-old attacking midfielder.
The report goes on to state that, following the arrival of Jadon Sancho at Old Trafford, Lingard is likely to fall further down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking pecking order, with the England international believed to be seriously considering his future at the club this summer.
Fans will be buzzing
Considering just how highly Lingard impressed while on loan at West Ham last season, the fact that the Hammers are believed to be making moves to bring the forward back to east London on a permanent basis this summer is sure to have the fans buzzing.
Indeed, over his 16 Premier League appearances for David Moyes’ side last term, the £19.8m-rated man scored nine goals, registered four assists and created three big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.1 key passes and taking 2.6 shots per game.
These returns saw the man Adrian Durham dubbed a “phenomenal” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.19, ranking him as the club’s best performer in the top flight of English football, helping West Ham secure a sixth-place finish in the league.
As such, with Moyes undoubtedly hoping to build off the back of a remarkable season in their upcoming campaign, as well as the rather exciting prospect of a jaunt in the Europa League, bringing Lingard back to the club on a permanent basis would certainly appear to increase the Hammers’ chances of success both domestically and in Europe.
However, with it being reported recently that Manchester United are preparing to offer the forward a new £130k-per-week deal at Old Trafford, as well as putting a rather hefty £25m asking price on the 28-year-old’s head, a deal for Lingard may be a difficult one for David Gold and David Sullivan to get over the line this summer.