David Ornstein provided a big transfer update involving West Ham United and Jesse Lingard this morning when writing for The Athletic.
Hammers boss David Moyes is a huge fan of the 29-year-old Manchester United ace.
Jesse was sensational for West Ham during a four-month loan spell at the London Stadium last season, bagging nine goals and four assists in just 16 Premier League games.
He returned to Old Trafford in the summer, however, desperate to prove himself with his boyhood club once again. It hasn’t worked out for him back at Manchester United, however.
The Daily Express then claimed that Manchester United will demand £20 million for the 29-year-old in January.
It’s clear that he needs to leave Old Trafford if he is to have any chance of playing regularly and subsequently force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
It seems as though Jesse won’t be going anywhere in January though.
David Ornstein provides Jesse Lingard transfer update
The Athletic journalist has sources in very high places. Everything he says usually has real substance.
And because of that, when he speaks, football fans listen.
Ornstein told the Athletic that Lingard is likely to stay at Old Trafford until at least the summer:
“The January transfer market opens for business in under two weeks and one of the players most heavily linked with a move is the Manchester United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard. It has led to speculation that the 29-year-old could leave Old Trafford on a permanent basis, with West Ham United and Newcastle United among a number of suitors reportedly keen to sign him. Regardless, it is believed Lingard has decided he will not be making a switch during the upcoming window, choosing instead to stay and battle for a way into interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s plans.”
That really is somewhat of a surprise.
Most West Ham fans thought it was almost a certainty that Lingard would come back to the London Stadium in January given his lack of game-time for Manchester United this season.
We have to believe that his reasons for staying at Man United are personal rather than footballing ones.
Things could all change of course and this may well be a power play from Jesse and his agents.
In other news…Report: West Ham told to pay £21 million for 24-year-old who flopped with London rivals
David Moyes cannot afford to put all his eggs in one basket though and must start exploring deals for alternative targets immediately.