West Ham United are desperate to sign Jesse Lingard permanently in the summer but that remains uncertain.
Lingard has been sensational since signing for West Ham on loan from Manchester United.
Hammers fans want to see the attacking midfielder on a permanent deal but West Ham had no set option to buy agreement in place with Man United.
Lingard Hammers future unclear
Speculation has been rife over whether West Ham can get a deal done.
Some reports claim Lingard could cost the Hammers as much as £20million. Others claim Man United want him back (The Sun). And some state the likes of Leicester and Roma are interested.
David Moyes has once again admitted this week he does not know whether Lingard can be signed permanently.
But has the Scot already put the wheels in motion on signing a back-up?
That’s after strong links to three players this week who all play in Lingard’s position.
Has Moyes put wheels in motion on Lingard back-up plan as West Ham are linked with trio?
They say there is no smoke without fire.
All four players have similar statistics this season in terms of goals and assists. But only Lingard is doing it in the world’s toughest league. And he has already proved he is the perfect fit for West Ham.
But the fact all three of those attacking midfielders would play in the position Lingard has made his own at West Ham suggests Moyes is not putting all his eggs in one basket.
One could also argue it suggests the Scot is not confident of being able to sign Lingard permanently from Man United.
Insider claim will give fans hope
So West Ham fans will be heartened by a report from insiders Claret and Hugh which claims quite the opposite.
Claret and Hugh state that West Ham are in fact now highly confident of signing Lingard in the summer.
West Ham fans are hoping that proves accurate, so good has Lingard been since his arrival.