David Moyes reveals West Ham were never close to signing Jesse Lingard
David Moyes has revealed that West Ham were never close to signing Jesse Lingard in the last summer transfer window.
The 28-year-old was almost relentlessly linked with a move to the London Stadium; however, the Scotsman has suggested that the Irons were never that close to signing him [BBC].
Lingard had a brilliant loan spell with the Hammers, but it appears as if that was all it was, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided that he wanted to keep Lingard at Old Trafford.
He said: “Ole made it quite clear to me early in the transfer window that he wanted to keep him.
“So I knew pretty early that he would be staying at Manchester United.
“I [heard] all the stuff, but I had a private conversation with Ole, who made it clear he was staying.”
Will Lingard ever return to the Irons?
If what Moyes is saying is true, then we can’t see the England international returning to play for the Irons any time soon.
After his fantastic loan spell, the attacking midfielder has arguably missed his ideal chance to move to the London Stadium.
Instead, he has returned to Old Trafford to compete with a huge amount of talent, and his game time is going to be more limited than it was last season.
This could, in time, impact his revived England career. However, it does appear as if the Irons moved on from Lingard very early on.
Instead, they signed Nikola Vlasic, and there is excitement to see what he can do for the Hammers in the long term; and it would be a big surprise if the Irons go back in for Lingard any time soon.
Ultimately, the best thing to do about Lingard is to remember his time with the Irons fondly and thank him for the small contribution he made, but maybe it is time to forget about him rejoining the club.
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