West Ham may face a problem in January if we are to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United with Newcastle allegedly making first contact with the 28-year-old.
Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring Lingard to the London Stadium (Claret and Hugh) but it seems as though Newcastle have made the first move.
Highly respected journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that the Toon have already initiated contact with Jesse:
West Ham will have to get a plan in action and fast, because David Moyes needs Jesse Lingard back at the London Stadium as a matter of urgency.
The 28-year-old was integral to the Hammers’ sixth place finish in the Premier League last season. Our attacking players’ current lack of form has highlighted the need to get Lingard back in East London.
The Manchester United man’s current deal at Old Trafford expires in the summer.
He could leave Man United on a free transfer in six month’s time or perhaps he will leave for a nominal fee in January.
Manchester United are demanding around £10 million for the 32-capped England international according to the Daily Star.
West Ham blow with Newcastle allegedly contacting Lingard
With the Magpies’ new-found wealth, they will be able to throw incredible amounts of money at the 28-year-old – far more than we will be able to.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe will be desperate to bring Lingard to St James’ Park. West Ham simply cannot afford to let it happen though.
Whether the Hammers sign Jesse Lingard or miss out on him in January could be the difference between finishing inside the top four and losing out on a Champions League place this season.
He loved his time at the London Stadium. He loved his teammates and the fans at West Ham. And the feeling was mutual.
Jesse’s preference is surely a return to the London Stadium. That may mean little, however, if Newcastle offer him a huge financial package that we are unable to compete with.
Time will tell as to whether Lingard puts money over happiness. Newcastle are deeply embroiled in relegation battle and the prospect of playing for them at the moment is hardly an appealing one.
Hopefully West Ham can get a deal for Lingard done and dusted as soon as possible. Newcastle initiating contract with the English attacking midfielder, however, will make our job of bringing him back that little bit harder.
And the prospect of losing out on his signature to the Magpies is a really concerning one.