Jesse Lingard is still waiting to find out whether or not he will be handed a contract by West Ham United.
So is there a chance that Lingard will not be handed a deal by West Ham?
West Ham deal for Jesse Lingard still not forthcoming
Sean Whetstone – a reporter with close links with Hammers owner David Sullivan – has provided an update on the Lingard situation.
He took to Twitter last night and said that the jury is still very much out on Jesse:
One thing I can guarantee you is that Moyes will not be handing out a contract to the 30-year-old if he’s not deserving of one.
There is absolutely no room for sentiment at the very highest level of the game, and giving Lingard a contract will block the path for one of our youngsters, so he absolutely has to add value to Moyes’s squad.
The former Manchester United man was excellent for West Ham during his four-month loan spell at the London Stadium in the 2020/21 season, with nine goals and four assists in 16 Premier League games to his name.
That was a long time ago of course, but if he can prove to Moyes and his staff that he is still capable of making a difference at the very highest level, he could be a decent short-term addition for us.
With AFCON coming in the new year, West Ham are set to lose all of our left wingers – Said Benrahma, Maxwel Cornet and Mohammed Kudus.
Sure, Kudus isn’t a natural left winger, but he can play there if need be. So, with all of those players set to jet off to the Ivory Coast in early January for around four weeks, the addition of Jesse Lingard could well be a very smart one from West Ham.
The 30-year-old can play on either wing, in the attacking midfield position or even as a false nine, and that would provide Moyes with a very solid option.
However, if Jesse is not up to speed, there is absolutely no way he will be offered a contract by the Hammers. It’s all very much up in the air right now, and it will be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of weeks.