West Ham United assistant manager Stuart Pearce has kicked off the charm offensive with a view to potentially signing Jesse Lingard from Manchester United in January.
West Ham fans were gutted that Lingard did not return on a permanent basis after his amazing spell on loan from Man United last season.
The 28-year-old hit nine goals and laid on six assists in 16 games to help West Ham into the Europa League.
Moyes was desperate to bring Lingard back to West Ham but Man United ace snubbed return
David Moyes was desperate to bring Lingard to West Ham in the summer window.
But the midfielder reportedly snubbed a return to West Ham. And he has played just five minutes so far this season.
With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho signed by the Red Devils over the summer, Lingard’s hopes for ‘regular game time’ look wildly optimistic.
And reports already abound that West Ham could get their man in January as Lingard will be desperate to keep his place in the England squad ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Moyes ‘spokesman’ Pearce kicks off charm offensive with a view to potentially signing Lingard in January
Moyes usually stays tight lipped when it comes to transfers.
But the Scot recently told the press that Pearce is a ‘great spokesman’ for West Ham after he went public on the club’s interest in Lingard (Football.London).
Well now Moyes’s ‘spokesman’ Pearce has kicked off the charm offensive with a view to signing Lingard in January (talkSPORT).
“He’s (Lingard) missed the opportunity to leave (Man) United in this transfer window,” Pearce told talkSPORT when confirming West Ham’s move.
“He can reassess his situation come January once again and decide whether there’s an opportunity to move clubs, he holds the cards, Jesse.
‘Jesse missed an opportunity… he holds the cards in January… too good to be on fringes at Man United’
“The most important thing for him at the moment is his football and he’s playing the odd game for United and also playing extremely well for England and those performances for England might help him get in the United side.
“I think he’s too good a player to be sat on the outside of it not playing and he’s at an age where he needs to be playing.”
Pearce joins a long list of pundits and high profile West Ham and Man United legends who have told Lingard he has made a mistake by remaining at Old Trafford.
Pearce’s comments come after Lingard reportedly rejected the offer of a new deal at Man United this week (Evening Standard).
In January Lingard will be free to speak to foreign clubs about a pre-contract agreement for a free transfer move in the summer.
So West Ham could well land their man for a bargain fee as Man United seek to raise some money if it becomes clear the player may be tempted abroad for nothing.