Speculation has claimed Jesse Lingard could still make the move from Manchester United to West Ham United in January after snubbing a new deal at Old Trafford.
As reported by the likes of The Evening Standard, Lingard has rejected a new deal at Man United sparking talk that he could yet move to West Ham in the next window.
West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh have also reported a January move could be on the cards.
Lingard linked with January West Ham return after snubbing new Man United deal
West Ham fans were gutted that Lingard did not return on a permanent basis after his amazing spell on loan from Man United last season.
The 28-year-old hit nine goals and laid on six assists in 16 games to help West Ham into the Europa League.
Lingard remained at Old Trafford where he has been used twice as a sub so far, scoring in a 4-1 win over Newcastle at the weekend.
He is likely to be involved from the bench again when the Red Devils kick off their Champions League campaign with a trip to Young Boys on Tuesday and against West Ham at the London Stadium in the Prem on Sunday.
Lingard can still play for Hammers in Europe even if he features for Red Devils in Champions League
Lingard will then undoubtedly start the Carabao Cup game against the Hammers in Manchester three days later.
But even if Lingard does feature for Man United in the Champions League, he will still be eligible to play for West Ham if they make the Europa League knockout stages in the new year.
Until a couple of seasons ago players would be cup-tied for Europe if they featured for another club in a UEFA club competition.
But UEFA rules changed in the 2018/19 season to scrap the “cup-tied” rule whereby a player who had featured in any European club competition could not play for a new club in Europe if they transferred.
Moyes would get three new additions to European squad in January if West Ham make last 16
So it doesn’t matter whether Lingard – or any other potential January signings – have played in Europe for their selling club.
However, West Ham would only be able to register three new players for the knockout stages after the January window.
So Lingard would count as one of those if he did join – and of course if West Ham do make the last 16 which is no easy task despite being made the group favourites ahead of Dinamo Zagreb, Genk and Rapid Wien.
That will be music to the ears of Moyes and West Ham fans because West Ham already look to be missing Lingard’s presence, pace and quality when things aren’t quite happening for Michail Antonio.