Bizarre Jesse Lingard January West Ham loan move is not out of the question says Manchester United expert after new speculation.
Another week, another round of speculation linking Lingard with a return to West Ham.
Lingard reportedly has no future at Manchester United after talks over a new contract collapsed last month (Daily Mail).
Lingard posted a picture of himself celebrating during his time at West Ham on the day Sky Sports reported talks over a new Red Devils contract had collapsed. He also commented on a West Ham post about a goal he scored to which Declan Rice responded.
There were doubts over whether Man United would allow Lingard to sign for West Ham in January given the Hammers are fighting it out with the Red Devils for a Champions League spot.
Things have been quiet on the Lingard front for a couple of weeks.
That was until transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano claimed in The Guardian that West Ham and Newcastle are both exploring a loan deal for Lingard in January.
On the face of it that would be a bizarre move for Man United to sanction given Lingard is out of contract in the summer.
Bizarre Jesse Lingard January West Ham loan not out of the question says Manchester United expert
One would expect the Red Devils would look to sell Lingard and get some money in for him rather than lose him for nothing at the end of a loan spell.
But now our man at United in Focus Coombs has explained that a Lingard loan move to West Ham in January is not out of the question at all.
“Here’s two reasons for you (why Lingard West Ham loan move is possible),” Coombs told Hammers News.
“If West Ham are paying 50-100% of his wages, that’s fairly decent.
“And likewise, if he wants the move to West Ham then he will just turn down our efforts to offload him to Newcastle, say, and we would be stuck with a player who is not going to play and knows he is leaving.”
Let’s hope that is the case because goodness knows West Ham’s attack needs Lingard’s pace, energy and quality if we are to maintain the high standards set this season and last.
David Moyes has never hidden his desire to bring Lingard back to the London Stadium.
It was only because the since departed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blocked a move in the summer that Lingard remained at Old Trafford in the belief he would get more game time after his sensational West Ham loan spell.
Well next month, after all the talk, that could finally become a reality.