David Moyes January transfer target Jesse Lingard spent a wonderful four months on loan with West Ham last season.
He returned to Manchester United in the summer though. And so far, this season has been a disastrous one for the 29-year-old.
Lingard is out of contract with Manchester United in the summer and he will undoubtedly end up leaving Old Trafford. But will that be in January or at the end of the season?
ESPN suggest that the 29-year-old is unhappy with his lack of game-time at Old Trafford under Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick.
And the Daily Star have now dropped a claim about where Jesse could end up next…
David Moyes faces real battle for January target Lingard
West Ham are keen to sign the 29-year-old. It appears as though the Hammers’ preference is to sign him on a free transfer in the summer, however, rather than shelling out a fee for him now.
That’s according to the Daily Star who claim that Newcastle ARE ready to pay for Jesse now. It is suggested that the Magpies are prepared to pay £3 million to bring the attacking midfield play-maker to St James’ Park in the January transfer window.
If Jesse joined the Toon rather than the Hammers, it would be a quite frankly baffling decision, from a footballing perspective at least.
From a financial one, it would be slightly easier to understand of course…
If the report from the Daily Star is true, the annoying thing about the whole situation is the fact that Newcastle are prepared to pay a £3 million fee for Jesse and we aren’t.
There is absolutely no excuse for failing to fork out such a nominal fee for Lingard.
The 29-year-old made such a huge difference at the London Stadium last season with nine goals and four assists in just 16 Premier League games for David Moyes’s side.
Despite the fact that we are currently flying high in fourth spot in the Premier League table, we have missed Jesse Lingard this season at times.
He would certainly make a difference for us in the games where we’re playing teams who sit deep. And if he is available for just £3 million, £5 million or even £8 million, the West Ham owners need to make it happen.
Jesse would take us to another level. It is clear and obvious to see that Newcastle are going to be a big problem for the Hammers this window though…