Instant hit Jesse Lingard will likely be a West Ham United player next season and could be signed from Manchester United for just £10 million.

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That’s according to West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh, who have direct links to the club’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

The claim will come as a massive boost to West Ham fans after Lingard’s superb debut in the win over Aston Villa in midweek.

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Lingard a class apart on Hammers debut

The Man United loan ranger looked a class apart at Villa Park despite only having played twice in seven months.

Playing between the lines, he provided an excellent link for Michail Antonio, who assisted Lingard for his two goals.

All the talk after the game was ‘can we keep him’.

And fans were bitterly disappointed to read reports from the likes of The Athletic saying West Ham had no option to buy in the deal with Man United.

But Claret & Hugh have provided an update which will delight Hammers fans.

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Insiders with close links to owners give exciting update on West Ham’s hopes of keeping new star

“Sadly the Old Trafford club hedged their bets on the deal by refusing to attach an option to buy to it,” Claret & Hugh report.

“But he looks likely to become a Hammer next season regardless.

 

“With a year left on his deal he will likely be available for around £10 million and David Moyes has revealed that the board have been backing him fully with his window choices.”

The exciting update will have West Ham fans feeling hugely positive about the future.

There is money in the bank to sign another striker in the summer.

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Signing will prove West Ham are going places under Moyes

And Frank Lampard’s dismissal at Chelsea has reportedly ended their interest in Declan Rice.

So West Ham have every chance of building on what is promising to be their best season for 35 years.

Signing players like Lingard will send a clear message that West Ham are a team going places.

Victory over Villa consolidated West Ham in fifth place in the Premier League table, just two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

And with strugglers Fulham up next on Saturday evening, the Hammers could go fourth again before Liverpool face the daunting task of league leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

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