Jesse Lingard could be set to see out his contract at Manchester United after Stuart Pearce spoke to talkSPORT yesterday.
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Lingard is refusing to sign a new £135k-a-week deal at Old Trafford (Independent).
Man United are keen to move him on in January for around £15 million (The Sun).
We would love to see Jesse back at the London Stadium in January. Surely David Moyes would as well, considering the impact he had during his loan spell with West Ham last season.
We think that Stuart Pearce may have hinted that a January deal for the 28-year-old won’t be happening though.
Jesse Lingard to see out contract at Manchester United?
The 28-year-old will be available on a free transfer in the summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal at Old Trafford.
He could leave Man United next month as well of course.
And Stuart Pearce responded to talkSPORT when asked about the prospect of Lingard heading back to West Ham in January:
“I think Jesse, from what he showed last year, will be linked with varying clubs, there’s no doubt about that. The frustrating thing for him is that he came to us, played really well and managed to get himself back into the England fold again. He’s dropped out of it at the moment. From his point of view, I’m sure he will be looking at the World Cup in less than a year’s time and thinking what do I have to do and where do I have to play my football. All we know is he’s a United player at the moment, I think he’s out of contract next summer and I’m sure he’ll have one or two suitors then. He did himself no harm coming to us when he did and the form he showed.”
From those comments, we are assuming that Pearce was suggesting West Ham will try to sign Lingard on a free transfer in the summer rather than January.
And if Manchester United are demanding any more than £10 million for him, that might just be the right decision.
The only counter argument to that is that West Ham have really missed Lingard this season. Especially over the past month or so.
The energy, pace and drive that he offered the Hammers on the counter-attack is something that we don’t really possess at the moment.
It all depends what sort of deal West Ham are able to strike with Manchester United.
Judging by Pearce’s comments though, perhaps we will battle for his signature in the summer when he’s available on a free.