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Opinion: Hammer blow for West Ham as fierce rivals reportedly set to poach 29-year-old in January window
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Opinion: Hammer blow for West Ham as fierce rivals reportedly set to poach 29-year-old in January window

West Ham could be dealt a real blow if Tottenham end up signing Jesse Lingard in the January transfer window.

Tottenham have made an approach to sign Jesse from Manchester United according to a report from Sky Sports.

The 29-year-old swapping Old Trafford for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would be a real nightmare for the Hammers fans.

Anyone but Spurs Jesse!

Lingard was sensational for West Ham during a four-month loan stint at the London Stadium last season.

The 32-capped England international bagged nine goals and four assists in 13 Premier League games for West Ham.

Jesse’s energy and drive was infectious and his quality really was head and shoulders above every other player at West Ham.

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Lingard has a really impressive work-rate as well and that is what has probably attracted Tottenham boss Antonio Conte.

The attacking midfielder is Moyes’s number one transfer priority this month according to Football.London. It seems as though the Hammers could face a real January transfer window battle with one of their fiercest rivals, however…

West Ham blow as Tottenham make January Lingard approach

Sky Sports claims that Spurs have already made an approach to sign the 29-year-old Manchester United ace in the January transfer window.

It seems as though Conte is very keen to bring the Man United star to north London this month.

Losing out on Moyes’s number one priority target would be so typical of West Ham and the way in which we operate in the transfer market.

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Lingard made such a difference to the way in which we attacked last season. He suited our counter-attacking playing style down to a tee. If the owners really wanted to bring him back to the London Stadium it should have been done in June.

The 29-year-old Manchester United ace is out of contract at Old Trafford in just five month’s time. So he will be available on a free transfer very soon and that is surely the main reason why the West Ham hierarchy have not made their move to sign him yet.

And because of that, Spurs may well now beat us to the punch. How frustrating would that be?!

With both teams battling it out for the top four, it could be the real difference maker this season. Sometimes there are transfers that are worth waiting for. Perhaps the players are too expensive at the time and it’s best to sit it out and wait until their contract expires.

This is a case where the exact opposite applies, however. Lingard would be well worth the money for West Ham. We all know what he can do and he would have taken us to another level during the second half of the season.

Champions League decider?

Tottenham are currently sitting just one point behind us in the Premier League table with two games in hand.

The addition of Lingard to Moyes’s ranks, in addition to a striker and a centre-back, would surely have seen the Hammers separate ourselves from Spurs between now and the end of the season.

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However, if Tottenham sign Jesse instead, the opposite could happen. With games against Norwich tonight and Leeds on Sunday, the West Ham players have a real chance to set themselves up perfectly for the final 16-game run-in.

It won’t be easy to finish ahead of Tottenham but it will be doable.

West Ham missing out on Lingard to Tottenham in January would be such a big blow though. He absolutely loved his time at the London Stadium last season.

The Hammers players and the fans loved Jesse and the feeling was certainly mutual. That relationship may well now be dead forever though.

If Lingard swaps Manchester for North London he will instantly go from hero to villain as far as the West Ham fans are concerned.

Spurs will be getting a proper player for a real bargain fee – just £10 million according to The Sun.

And the truth of the matter is that we will only have ourselves to blame. We should have moved quicker to get a deal done and just paid whatever it took to make it happen.

Hopefully it won’t cost us this season and it will end up being something that we can learn from in future transfer windows.

There’s a very good chance that the West Ham owners will end up regretting their failure to get a deal for Lingard over the line, however. Tottenham signing him would be a real kick in the teeth for every Hammers fan…and surely David Moyes as well.