New reports claim Man United boss Ralf Rangnick has named his price for Jesse Lingard as West Ham count the days until the January window.
West Ham have been incessantly linked with Lingard since ever since his sensational loan spell at the London Stadium last season.
Lingard decided to stay at Old Trafford in the summer after receiving assurances over game time from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian was not true to his word, though, with Lingard barely featuring while West Ham mount another challenge for the top four.
Solskjaer has since been replaced by Ralf Rangnick. And as reported by Hammers News, Man United will not stand in Lingard’s way if he wants to return to West Ham in January.
There have been conflicting reports about whether Lingard’s return to West Ham would be on a permanent deal or on loan.
The loan rumours seemed bizarre given he is out of contract in the summer – so surely Man United would want to make some money from Lingard while they can next month.
Yesterday Eurosport claimed the Hammers were in the process of “preparing an offer” for the 29-year-old.
Rangnick names Jesse Lingard price as West Ham count the days – report
Now a new report from The Daily Express states Rangnick has set his price for Lingard at £20 million.
And another Express report claims the midfielder is set to lead an exodus from Old Trafford in January.
“The Red Devils are looking for £20million to part ways with Lingard despite his contract expiring at the end of the season,” The Express reports.
“Such a fee could turn off suitors until next summer when he’ll be available as a free agent, and West Ham United have been touted as a potential destination.”
Finally West Ham know where they stand.
Now it seems quite simple. West Ham pay the £20m and get the man everyone knows David Moyes wants.
Or we move on and leave Lingard in the past.
Yes £20m may seem like a lot for a player who will be out of contract in the summer. But paying the £20m ensures West Ham get him in January ahead of any other potential suitors in the summer.
And goodness knows Moyes needs him. West Ham have not looked the same side since the November international break.
Indeed it could be argued the Hammers look like they have been figured out a touch. Lingard’s pace, quality and incisive play is just what West Ham need to get back on track.
The January window cannot come quick enough. West Ham are counting the days until January 1st when Moyes will have the chance to bring in much-needed reinforcements.
Let’s hope the club has the £20m ready and waiting for Lingard.