A West Ham United insider has made a huge new claim which could be a game-changer for David Moyes’s hopes of finally sealing a transfer for Jesse Lingard in January.
Moyes was desperate to bring Lingard to West Ham on a permanent basis in the summer following his sensational loan spell last season.
In the end, though, the attacking midfielder remained at Manchester United where he is a bit-part player under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Moyes was desperate to sign Lingard but Solskjaer blocked Hammers return
Speaking recently, Moyes revealed he knew early on in the summer window that Solskjaer was not going to let Lingard join West Ham after a conversation with the Red Devils boss (Evening Standard).
West Ham’s promising start to the season hit a bump in the road with defeat at home to Brentford last time out.
And in some games the Hammers have clearly missed Lingard’s pace, energy, quality and cutting edge.
January game-changer for West Ham’s Lingard hopes as insider makes huge new claim
Some West Ham fans still hold out hope Lingard may join them in January as it becomes increasingly clear the 28-year-old isn’t getting the regular game time he craves.
Particularly after he snubbed a new contract at Man United recently.
Now a potential game changer has emerged for West Ham’s hopes of bringing Lingard back to the London Stadium in January.
According to a Man United source connected to West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh, Solskjaer is now willing to sell Lingard – who is out of contact next summer – in January for just £10 million.
Man United now happy to sell Hammers target for £10m after second contract snub
It comes as the insiders claim Lingard has rejected a second contract offer from Man United.
“Lingard is still holding all the cards but United would now rather get £10m in January than zero in July,” Claret and Hugh’s Man United source reports.
“It’s hoped an agreement can be found but United believe a number of clubs would be takers at the major discounted price.”
That price, £10m, represents a third of the fee West Ham were reportedly being quoted in the summer.
Benrahma no Jesse replacement and West Ham are missing his speed and quality
Some West Ham fans have been trying to make a case for Said Benrahma being the natural replacement for Lingard.
But they are two very different players. Moyes used Lingard in that second striker role to great effect.
And he was a massive reason why West Ham were second to only Manchester City when it came to fast break and counter attacking goals.
Any deal West Ham can do to get Lingard in for just £10m must be seen as money well spent.
Perhaps the Lingard West Ham love story is not at an end after all.