According to a report from talkSPORT, West Ham and Newcastle are two of the clubs showing interest in signing Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard in January.
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The Hammers lost out to the Magpies in the race for Callum Wilson’s signature in the summer.
The 28-year-old striker has been an instant hit at St James’ Park, scoring eight goals in 14 games for Newcastle so far this season (Transfermarkt). How West Ham could have done with a clinical finisher like Wilson this term.
The Hammers have a chance to get their own back on the Toon, however, by beating them in the race to sign Manchester United play-maker Jesse Lingard.
West Ham manager David Moyes is desperate for some more creativity in midfield at the London Stadium. The same can be said for Newcastle boss Steve Bruce.
And Lingard, 28, may well hold the key.
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Sure, the Man United star has been very poor over the past 12 months or so. It seems as though he has already been written off.
People have short memories, however. It was only three seasons ago that the 24-capped England international racked up eight goals and six assists in 33 Premier League games for the Red Devils (Transfermarkt).
Jesse Lingard was a key figure for Manchester United for many seasons and it was only recently that his performance levels began to drop. He was a key member of the England national team as well and featured regularly for the Three Lions.
The 28-year-old has been accused of spending too much time enjoying himself off the field and on social media. Perhaps a fresh start and a new challenge would help him rediscover his best form, however.
It may well be risky to offer Lingard a hefty contract but he could be picked up for a bargain fee in January or for free next summer – so that risk will be greatly reduced.
It is claimed by talkSPORT that the 28-year-old Man United ace’s exit from Old Trafford is inevitable.
West Ham and Newcastle are allegedly in the running for his services. And just maybe the Hammers can get one over their Premier League rivals.
West Ham fans might not like to admit it. But a fully fit and firing Jesse Lingard would be a very useful addition for us.