West Ham may need a seven hour window if they get Jesse Lingard transfer green light from Man United on deadline day.
The world and its wife knows that David Moyes is still desperate to bring Lingard back to West Ham.
Moyes’s assistant at West Ham, Stuart Pearce, admitted as much on talkSPORT this week.
West Ham were seemingly handed a massive Lingard boost when rival bidders Newcastle gave up on signing the midfielder last night (Sky Sports).
The Hammers must still somehow persuade Man United to let Lingard join a direct rival, something they are reportedly reluctant to do – as Hammers News told you first way back in November.
There have been suggestions Lingard could try to force the move by offering to pay up the remainder of his contract – and be weighed in by West Ham should he do so.
Earlier this season Hammers News spoke to Manchester United expert and United in Focus writer Dan Coombs on the situation.
With five days left until the window slams shut any West Ham move for Lingard will very much go down to the wire.
West Ham may need seven hour window if they get Jesse Lingard transfer green light from Man United on deadline day
But West Ham will be well aware they may need a seven hour window if they do manage to get a Lingard transfer green light from Man United on deadline day.
That’s because Lingard has flown to Dubai for the winter break and is not expected back before deadline day on Monday (MEN).
The flight time between the London and Dubai is around seven hours.
So that will need to be factored in should Lingard need to rush back or indeed West Ham send over a delegation to perform medicals.
If it gets to deadline day then this will become a major consideration as West Ham are renowned for performing extremely thorough medical examinations. Just ask Kurt Zouma and Said Benrahma.
The big IF here is obviously the negotiations between West Ham and Man United. But if the Red Devils are truly ambitious to get back to where they believe they belong – challenging for the title – then surely they don’t genuinely see West Ham as “direct rivals” – certainly not in the long-term.
And as Man United expert Coombs told us, the Old Trafford club have treated Lingard poorly in recent seasons and will need to be seen to do right by the player.
The next few days will certainly be interesting.