The saga continues as some Hammers fans think what Jesse Lingard did last night proves he wants West Ham move in January.

Another week down is another week closer to finding out whether frenzied speculation linking Lingard with a return to West Ham proves true.

Lingard recently reignited West Ham’s hopes when he posted a picture of himself celebrating during his time with the Hammers.

Jesse Lingard West Ham Instagram post on the day reports emerged contract talks with Man United had collapsed

It came on the same day Sky Sports reported talks over a new Manchester United contract had collapsed. He also commented on a West Ham post about a goal he scored to which Declan Rice responded.

Hammers fans are convinced Lingard is on his way back to the London Stadium in January.

But as pointed out by Hammers News, there were big question marks over whether Man United would allow him to join West Ham.

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After all David Moyes’s side are a direct rival for a Champions League place and currently sit above Man United in the table.

Since then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked and replaced by Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford which threatens to change the landscape too if he wants to keep the playmaker – who is out of contract at the end of the season.

But a Man United expert recently told Hammers News Lingard to West Ham could be very much on to avoid a PR disaster.

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Some fans think what Jesse Lingard did last night proves he wants West Ham move in January

Rangnick handed Lingard a start in Man United’s dead rubber 1-1 Champions League draw with Young Boys on Wednesday night.

And some West Ham fans – and several Man United supporters too – think that his utterly lacklustre performance proves he wants out of Old Trafford in January and a return to the Hammers.

Lingard looked totally unmotivated playing in a Man United reserve side for the meaningless game.

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Rangnick would have been watching his performance very closely to see whether Lingard is someone he can count on for the rest of the season.

But the former West Ham loan star looked like a player whose mind was elsewhere – the London Stadium perhaps?

Lingard was substituted with a few minutes to go and appeared emotionless.

Man United Twitter personality Mark Goldbridge raised serious doubts that Lingard was a Rangnick type of player after the German’s appointment.

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And he too noticed how disinterested Lingard seemed.

The Manchester Evening News gave Lingard a woeful 5 out of 10 rating for his performance.

“Did not seize his opportunity and was not as involved in the attacks as expected,” MEN reported.

“Nigh-on anonymous in the second-half. 5”

“Not sure what’s wrong with Lingard tonight?” Goldbridge said on Twitter.

Many of the replies were adamant it was a result of Lingard having his mind and heart set on leaving with West Ham reportedly ready and waiting to take him back when the January transfer window opens in three weeks.

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