West Ham have made our interest in signing Manchester United Jesse Lingard in January clear through agents according to club insiders Claret and Hugh.
Nobody inside the club actually knows whether we have a good chance of signing the 29-year-old or not though!
Claret and Hugh have been told that David Moyes likes Lingard and wants to bring him to the London Stadium from Manchester United in January.
The problem though, is that nobody actually knows what Jesse wants to do himself.
Will he stay at Old Trafford and try to impress new Man United boss Ralf Rangnick? Will he run down his contract and have his pick of clubs in the summer?
Or will Lingard decide to move on from Manchester United in January and rejoin West Ham?
The answer should really be an obvious one. Especially not if he harbours genuine ambitions of being included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar next year.
West Ham Jesse Lingard update ahead of January transfer window
Claret and Hugh make it very clear that Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring Jesse back in January.
It is unclear what Lingard actually wants to do himself though.
Much will depend on how much he actually wants to play. The 32-capped England international has more than enough money. But does he still have the burning desire to train every day and keep at the very top of his game both physically and mentally?
That remains to be seen. A move back to West Ham though would undoubtedly help reinvigorate Lingard once again, just like it did in January this year.
The Hammers have really been struggling in the final third over the past month or so.
Getting Jesse back to the London Stadium in January could be crucial to our hopes of finishing inside the top six once again and enjoying success in the Europa League.
David Moyes absolutely loves Lingard and recently labelled him as an ‘incredible’ player (Claret and Hugh). So a move to try and prise him away from Old Trafford almost seems like a certainty.
As Claret and Hugh point out though, everything seems to be up in the air at the moment.