By Joe Ellis

6th Jan, 2022 | 2:40pm

Lingard return to West Ham a continuation of a footballing fairytale

With recent reports linking Jesse Lingard with a return to West Ham United [TalkSPORT] as soon as this month, Hammers fans can dream of seeing the 29-year-old for more than six months.

The England international has very little time left on his current contract at Manchester United and there are no signs that he will be extending his stay at his boyhood club anytime soon.

His loan last season saw him in the best form of his entire career and an outstanding run of games saw him recalled to Gareth Southgate’s side.

Now he wants out of Old Trafford for good and West Ham is the primary destination on his mind.

You would be hard-pressed to find a West Ham fan who didn’t want to see Lingard back in the claret and blue given his previous heroics at the London Stadium.

Adding him to this current Hammers attack is a mouth-watering prospect given the tsunami of goals the Irons have scored this season.

Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen to go with an on-song Lingard would have the potential to rival most attacks in the Premier League and indeed Europe where West Ham have ambitions of success.

His return however could go the opposite direction if he fails to reach the same heights he did during his first spell in East London.

His arrival could equally disrupt the attack and see goals dry up for David Moyes’ side to the detriment of Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals, both of whom have been much improved this season.

Knowing Moyes and his transfer record though, he wouldn’t bring Lingard to the club if he had doubts over his performances and the continued interest suggests he has full belief in him.

In other West Ham news, the club is in talks to sign this £100,000-a-week defender from PL rivals.