Manchester United legend Gary Neville has delivered some potentially great news for West Ham United over Jesse Lingard’s future.
Lingard has been a sensation since signing for West Ham on loan from Man United in January.
The midfield playmaker evoked memories of Michael Owen with one of the solo goals of the season in the win over Wolves on Monday night.
Brilliant Lingard a revelation for West Ham again but future long-term remains unclear
And he also laid on another two brilliant assists.
West Ham are desperate to sign Lingard permanently in the summer but that remains uncertain.
The Hammers did not have a set option to buy agreement in place with Man United as part of the loan deal.
peculation 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.
Lingard wants to play week in, week out
David Moyes once again admitted this week he does not know whether Lingard can be signed permanently.
At 28 – 29 next season – Lingard has said he wants to play week in, week out for the rest of his career after spending two years in the wilderness at Man United.
It is also key to his England chances for the Qatar World Cup next year.
Neville believes Lingard has the quality to be a back-up squad player at Man United.
But the Red Devils legend delivered good news for West Ham when discussing Lingard’s future on Sky Sports after the Wolves game.
Man United legend Neville has good news for West Ham over Lingard hopes
“If Jesse wants to play – and he does want to play, you can see that – then he’s going to need to leave (Man United),” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“Because he’s not going to play every single week I suspect in a Manchester United team that’s trying to get to second/first in the league.
“If he is willing to go back there and compete and be a player, that type of in and out player – like Daniel James – then there’s no doubt he could do that role. But (I’m not sure he does).”