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Report claims Leicester want West Ham star Jesse Lingard as failure to agree clause rears its ugly head but Hammers have hope

West Ham United’s failure to agree an option to buy Jesse Lingard from Manchester United could come back to haunt them.

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Lingard has been a revelation on loan at West Ham.

The midfielder has three goals and an assist from his first four games.

And West Ham are sitting in the top four going into the Premier League run-in.


Hammers fans have been urging the club to get Lingard signed permanently in the summer.

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West Ham’s failure to agree option to buy in Lingard deal could come back to haunt them

But their failure to agree an option with the Red Devils to buy the 28-year-old looks a big mistake after new reports emerging overnight.

That’s because Leicester City are being linked with a move for Lingard in the summer.

According to Eurosport, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is keeping tabs on the West Ham loan star and will continue to monitor his situation for the rest of the season ahead of a potential bid in the summer.

West Ham will hope guaranteed first team football and his positive loan experience will sway things in their favour if a bidding war erupts for Lingard.

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Report claims Leicester are plotting summer bid for Hammers loan star

Leicester are widely tipped to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

They are currently one place and four points above West Ham.

But many pundits have written West Ham’s own hopes of Champions League qualification off.

And that could prove all the difference when it comes to the crunch if Lingard is given a decision to make.

There may be some hope for the Hammers, though, regarding competition at Leicester.

Lingard has fitted seamlessly into West Ham’s side and is a guaranteed starter.

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Champions League could prove decisive but where would Lingard fit in at Foxes?

But at Leicester his position is occupied by Foxes star James Maddison. And if he played as a second striker he would be in competition with the brilliant young Harvey Barnes, who has 13 goals and four assists this season.

Even working as part of a squad rotation, Leicester have Youri Tielemans in the pecking order.

It really does raise the question as to where Lingard would fit in.

Of course the best way to avoid the issue would be for West Ham to prove the doubters wrong and hold on to their Champions League spot come what May.

Indeed fifth place may even be good enough for that. If Man City win the Champions League – they are currently favourites – their automatic spot goes to fifth place.

The same is true – albeit less likely – if Liverpool or Chelsea win Europe’s elite competition and finish top four.

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