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'We want him, the players want him' Stuart Pearce lays it on the line to Jesse Lingard over West Ham return
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'We want him, the players want him' Stuart Pearce lays it on the line to Jesse Lingard over West Ham return

Assistant manager Stuart Pearce has laid it on the line to Jesse Lingard over a return to West Ham United.

West Ham’s hopes of bringing Lingard back to the London Stadium had looked dead in the water after Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was part of his plans.

But the array of talent ahead of Lingard at Old Trafford was there for all to see in the Red Devils’s 5-1 opening weekend win over Leeds.

Lingard made it clear earlier this summer that regular game time was the most important thing to him for the rest of his career after his scintillating loan spell at West Ham.

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From main man to squad filler at best

The midfielder rediscovered himself during an unforgettable 16-game spell which garnered nine goals, six assists and a number of pre-assists.

West Ham fans can’t believe Lingard is willing to go back to being a squad player at Manchester United.

And West Ham have been given renewed hope of signing Lingard over the last few days.

The player and his brother and agent Louie Scott refused to rule out a West Ham return in an interview with Jamie Redknapp.

Louie Scott’s Lingard post

Pearce lays it on the line to Lingard after West Ham are given renewed hope of return

And Scott stoked the fire further still when he posted a picture of a ticking clock in response to a West Ham account urging Lingard to come back on social media.

David Moyes refuses to comment on players at other clubs.

But now Hammers assistant boss Pearce has spoken out about Lingard’s potential West Ham return (talkSPORT).

And he has made it abundantly clear where West Ham stand.

“We would like him to come and join us,” Pearce said on talkSPORT.

“That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year. The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.

“He’s a special lad and was very good around the players – the players really like him.

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Fighting for a place is exactly what Lingard doesn’t want to be doing

“His ability shone out last year and gave us a great option in our squad. You never know, but at this moment in time it looks like he is fighting for a place in the United line-up.”

The key words in Pearce’s comments are right there at the end – ‘fighting for a place in the United line-up’.

And as great as Lingard was for West Ham, it is a fight the playmaker simply won’t win.

With Paul Pogba now being deployed in a new advanced role – the same position Lingard shone in at West Ham – the only way the 28-year-old can achieve his goal of regular game time is to leave Old Trafford.

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