Respected journalist Henry Winter has made a frankly ridiculous Jesse Lingard West Ham claim in a report from The Times.
Lingard had looked almost certain to agree a permanent move to West Ham last summer after David Moyes revived his dying career during a scintillating loan spell in east London.
But Lingard elected to stay at Manchester United after receiving assurances from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over regular first team game time.
They were promises Solskjaer was never going to keep. And indeed he was a manager Man United were never going to keep long-term.
With his contract up in the summer Lingard was linked with West Ham in January. But Man United refused to do business with a direct rival.
The Hammers have been linked with a move to finally bring the playmaker back on a free transfer this summer.
According to Give Me Sport West Ham are in pole position to sign Lingard as it is this summer.
Respected journalist Henry Winter makes ridiculous Jesse Lingard West Ham claim
So West Ham fans have been left baffled by a new claim in a report from The Times.
That’s after respected football journalist Henry Winter made a ridiculous Lingard West Ham claim which is as inaccurate as it is laughable.
In an article on new Man United boss Erik Ten Hag, Winter declares that the Red Devils must sign Declan Rice from West Ham this summer.
And the so-called football expert says Ten Hag has to offer Lingard to West Ham as a makeweight in the deal!
“Ten Hag has to recruit hungrier players, the likes of Declan Rice if the dynamic young leader and box-to-box force can be prised from West Ham United at a time when they are on the up.” Winter writes in The Times.
“He has to offer Lingard to West Ham, perhaps as a sweetener in any Rice deal.”
Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.
Lingard is out of contract so how can Man United use him as a ‘sweetener’ in a deal for Rice?
It is frankly laughable the lack of research and knowledge behind the desperate attempts from the media to get Rice out of West Ham.
Transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano proved as much with a supposed “exclusive” on Rice turning down a West Ham contract which was old news to Hammers supporters.
And why would Rice go to Man United anyway? The club are a mess from top to bottom.
There are plenty of elite clubs queuing for Rice where – if the West Ham talisman did decide to leave – he would be guaranteed the two things he craves; Champions League football and silverware.
And if West Ham want Lingard this summer they can go and get him, they won’t need to be offered him by Man United!