A new report has claimed Manchester United could snub West Ham United’s hopes of signing Jesse Lingard permanently.
Lingard has signed for West Ham until the end of the season, by which point he will only have a year left on his contract with Man United.
The midfielder was an instant hit with the Hammers, scoring a brace on his debut in a win over Aston Villa.
Lingard’s fast start has Hammers fans urging club to make move permanent
His all round display was so good it quickly had West Ham fans urging the club to make Lingard’s move permanent in the summer.
West Ham boss David Moyes told the press recently he will look at signing Lingard permanently if he maintains his excellent start. And of course if Lingard himself enjoys his time in east London.
“The situation here is Jesse’s going to get a good chance to look at West Ham, see what he thinks of us and whether he likes it, and we’ll get a good look at Jesse and decide what we think in five or six months’ time,” Moyes said last week (Daily Mail).
New report makes Man United plan claim which contradicts Moyes comments
But now a report from The Daily and Sunday Express claims Man United chief Ed Woodward is planning for the club to keep Lingard if – as is expected – Juan Mata leaves when his contract ends in the summer.
“Manchester United are reportedly willing to welcome Jesse Lingard back into the fold if he continues to impress on loan at West Ham United,” The Daily and Sunday Express claims.
“If Mata departs at the end of the season, it is claimed that Lingard is likely to stay if he impresses at West Ham.
“United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has previously said he wants Lingard to return to Old Trafford “revitalised”.”
But will Lingard want to stay at Old Trafford behind nine stars?
But will Lingard still want to remain a Red Devil after getting a taste of being a key player at West Ham?
After all replacing Mata in the Man United squad means very little. The Spaniard never gets a game either.
Lingard would still be behind Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Fred and – given the £40m outlay to bring him to the club – Donny van de Beek.
Even if used wide he would be behind Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Daniel James. And Anthony Martial sometimes operates in those positions too.
West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh recently stated that Lingard will be a Hammer next season if he enjoys a successful loan spell.
The site claims the club will sign him permanently for around £10m.