West Ham get massive Jesse Lingard boost as Newcastle give up on signing midfielder but Hammers must now sweet talk Man United.
Newcastle had looked frontrunners to sign Lingard in a six-month loan deal with Man United reportedly refusing to sanction a move to West Ham.
Lingard had looked certain to agree a permanent move to West Ham in the summer after David Moyes revived his dying career during that sensational loan spell last season.
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 did not keep and new Red Devils boss Ralf Rangnick also doesn’t fancy the former West Ham loan star.
This season West Ham are in direct competition with Man United and – as first reported by Hammers News months ago – they are reluctant to allow Lingard to return to the London Stadium as a result.
That meant newly-minted Newcastle went to the front of the queue to sign Lingard this month.
But overnight West Ham got a massive Lingard boost as Newcastle gave up on signing him according to Sky Sports.
“Newcastle United have all but given up hope of signing Jesse Lingard,” Sky Sports reports.
“The issue centres around the loan fee with Newcastle and Manchester United a long way apart on this valuation, with one source telling Sky Sports News the deal is now dead. Newcastle were prepared to pay a fee for Lingard as well as the player’s full wages, and had been pushing hard to sign the England international before the end of the January transfer window.
“Lingard himself has no intention of remaining at Old Trafford and was keen to go somewhere where he could play regular football.”
The hard work starts now, though, for West Ham if they want to sign Lingard.
The Hammers must sweet talk Man United to try and convince them to do right by Lingard and let him return.
Earlier this season Hammers News spoke to Manchester United expert and United in Focus writer Dan Coombs on the situation.
And he explained why Lingard to West Ham in January could be very much on if the Hammers push for a permanent deal.
“I would imagine another loan is out of the question to West Ham, given the league position and the contract situation,” Coombs told Hammers News.
“When it comes to selling, I think we will take what we can get. United should be trying to do right by him.
“The reason why it could happen, is Lingard has been with us eight-nine years, he’s given us an awful lot, and we should let him make the move he wants, providing the price is reasonable – £10-15m should do it.
“Let him carry on with his career elsewhere, give him the move of his choice and stop it becoming more of a PR disaster. If that’s West Ham, then fair enough.
“We have been a bit petty with denying (Marcos) Rojo a move to Everton once, for similar reasons, but Lingard has more credit. Rojo had only been at the club for two years.
“Lingard has given so much more, and to be fair, we haven’t treated him well recently… I think the chance to leave as a free agent appeals to him – but United’s board should not pass up a chance to make some money, considering how they messed up an opportunity to do so in the summer.”
Five days until we find out.