West Ham United have been heavily linked with Manchester United outcasts Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones.
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According to The Independent West Ham boss David Moyes is lining up summer moves for both players should West Ham avoid relegation.
The Independent claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping for a clear-out this summer, with both Jones, 28, and Lingard, 27, expected to leave Old Trafford.
Moyes worked with Jones and Lingard at Manchester United in 2013-14.
West Ham linked with England duo and ageing Nigerian midfielder
According to The Independent West Ham are particularly keen on Jones to help solve the club’s defensive problems.
Another player recently linked with West Ham is out of contract midfielder John Obi Mikel.
Tribal Football even went as far as to claim West Ham were in talks with the 33-year-old Nigerian, who had his contract with Turkish title hopefuls Trabzonspor terminated earlier this season.
When West Ham are linked with players, supporters often look to insiders Claret & Hugh for an indication as to whether the speculation has legs.
That’s because Claret & Hugh have a direct line to West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
West Ham insiders deny interest in trio
Sure enough the Hammers website claim they have spoken to club insiders about the reported interest.
And they have denied interest in any of the players.
“A report in The Independent that David Moyes is considering moves for Manchester United duo Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard, if West Ham stay in the Premier League, has been denied by club insiders,” Claret & Hugh states.
“(The) 27-year-old Lingard 28-year-old Jones aren’t the kind of players Moyes is looking for we have been told.
“Again (with Obi Mikel) we have been told there is no interest in the 33-year-old.
“With a limited budget possibly funded by sales Moyes will most likely look to lower English and foreign leagues to land young players with plenty of potential.”
The news will likely come as a relief to West Ham fans.
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Jones is injury prone. And Lingard’s performance levels have seen him fall out of favour at both Man United and with England.
Signing big names well past their prime like Obi Mikel sends a shudder down the spine of Hammers fans.
The club has been there, done that and got numerous well worn t-shirts.
Supporters could be forgiven for believing such rumours given signings such as Carlos Sanchez in recent years.
But thankfully it appears there is no truth to the speculation.