According to a report from The Sun, Manchester United could use Jesse Lingard as bait in a potential deal to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer. And that could be a real disaster for West Ham United.
The 28-year-old joined the Hammers on loan from Man United back in January.
And what a signing he has proven to be for West Ham.
Lingard has racked up nine goals and three assists in 13 games for the Hammers so far.
The 27-capped England international has already established himself as one of the most important players David Moyes has at his disposal at the London Stadium.
Signing Jesse permanently will be a matter of priority for West Ham at the end of the season.
West Ham face nightmare Jesse Lingard scenario
The Sun claims that Manchester United are ready to use the 28-year-old as bait in order to help them finally land long-term target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
If BVB are open to that deal, it could end up being a nightmare for the Hammers.
We do have a few factors in our favour, however.
Firstly, Lingard seems to be incredibly happy at the London Stadium. He has settled right in at West Ham and seems to have forged some great friendships already, none more so than with Declan Rice.
Secondly, it has been proven that playing for West Ham will not have an adverse affect on his hopes of being included regularly in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
And finally, Dortmund are known for buying young players with high ceilings.
It’s just not in their DNA to buy a player over 25 who has already reached their peak. It would be somewhat of a surprise if they were to sign Jesse, as good as he is.
Let’s hope that this rumour doesn’t hold any weight.
We think that Lingard will be at the London Stadium next summer. Expect a rollercoaster ride before it’s officially confirmed, however!