Jesse Lingard told West Ham the complete opposite to what Newcastle chief Amanda Staveley has claimed says a Hammers insider.
It was widely publicised that West Ham and Newcastle were battling it out to try and sign Lingard from Manchester United in the January window.
Last week Newcastle chief Staveley suggested that the long-term West Ham target wanted to join Newcastle in January.
When speaking to The Athletic, the Newcastle United co-owner insisted that the Toon tried everything to bring Lingard to St James’ Park from Man United in January.
West Ham were desperate to bring Lingard back to the London Stadium both in the summer and right up to deadline day in January as well (The Athletic’s David Ornstein).
Lingard completely reinvigorated his career during a scintillating four-month spell at West Ham last season.
But Stavely told The Athletic, the 29-year-old wanted to go to Newcastle over the Hammers in January.
“Well Jesse wanted to come to us,” Staveley told The Athletic last week.
“We did everything. We never stopped. From the start to the finish, we did not stop working.”
Lingard will be available on a free transfer in the summer and both clubs reportedly remain interested.
Jesse Lingard told West Ham the complete opposite to Newcastle chief Amanda Staveley claims says insider
And there is new hope for West Ham despite Staveley’s comments.
That’s because Lingard allegedly told West Ham the complete opposite to what Newcastle chief Staveley has claimed according to a Hammers insider speaking to Claret and Hugh.
“With Manchester United no longer able to stand in his way or look for outrageous loan fees, the Hammers believe they may be in the box seat for the Manchester United’s midfielder,” Claret and Hugh states.
“David Moyes remains seriously keen to bring the player to the London Stadium and although Magpies director Amanda Staveley clams the player was keen to join Newcastle in the window that’s at odds with what he had told London Stadium sources.
“The reality was that the player was swinging more and more towards agreeing a deal with the Hammers and an offer of £100k a week given there is no transfer fee involved could well land him in July.”