West Ham will be in pole position to win the summer transfer race for Jesse Lingard if we win the Europa League and subsequently qualify for the Champions League.
That’s according to football journalist Peter O’Rourke who told Give Me Sport that the Hammers are in pole position to sign Lingard as it is this summer.
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But Champions League football next season could very well seal the deal for the East London outfit.
West Ham and Newcastle both tried to sign the 29-year-old from Manchester United during the January transfer window (ESPN).
Jesse ended up staying at Old Trafford, but he will be out of contract at the end of this season and will undoubtedly finally make a permanent move away from Man United.
David Moyes and the West Ham fans loved having Jesse at the London Stadium last season and the feeling was mutual. The 32-capped England international bagged nine goals and four assists in just 16 Premier League games for the Hammers during a loan spell in East London.
Moyes will undoubtedly make one final attempt to get his man in the summer. The Scot labelled him as an ‘incredible’ player last season (Claret and Hugh).
And it seems as though he could be coming back home…
Summer Jesse Lingard transfer update
It seems as though the 29-year-old could be heading back to West Ham.
Peter O’Rourke told Give Me Sport that the Hammers are in a great position to re-sign Lingard:
“I think for Jesse Lingard, if West Ham are playing in the Champions League next season – extra incentive for him to make that move to the London Stadium. I think that gives West Ham the edge over other Premier League clubs and foreign clubs if it does come down to it. I think they should be in pole position to get Jesse Lingard if it comes down to a personal decision rather than anything else to decide where Lingard moves after he leaves Manchester United.”
West Ham are currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League table and we can go fifth with a win against Burnley today.
Whilst fourth place is not completely out of the Hammers’ reach, our best chance of earning qualification into the Champions League will be to win the Europa League this season.
David Moyes’s men are three games away from glory. We face Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals over two-legs and if we manage to navigate those games successfully, either RB Leipzig or Rangers will await us in the final.
It seems as though West Ham really are on the cusp of achieving something very special indeed.
Winning the Europa League, qualifying for the Champions League as a result and then bringing Lingard back home in the summer would represent the perfect summer for the Hammers fans!