Jesse Lingard plotting January move to West Ham
Jesse Lingard is making personal arrangements to join West Ham when the January window opens, according to The Sun.
The Manchester United attacking midfielder rejected a new contract offer to remain at Old Trafford in early September, and he could be returning to the London Stadium in a £10million deal in the winter.
The Hammers wanted Lingard, 28, permanently in the summer after impressing upon joining on loan in January, but an £18million price tag scuppered the deal.
The Red Devils are now aiming to make a permanent deal in the New Year transfer window rather than another loan, and a return to West Ham appears to be on the cards.
David Moyes, West Ham fans and players wanted Lingard to stay at the end of last season, but Man Utd insisted they wanted him back.
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He has hardly featured since and is yet to start a Premier League game this term, missing out on England’s last squad for this month’s international games as a result.
With his Three Lions career at the risk of coming over if he remains at Old Trafford for the rest of the campaign, Lingard – dubbed ‘amazing’ by Rio Ferdinand – knows a move to West Ham could be the best decision he will be making in January.
The Hammers are flying high at the moment, and having such a quality attacker back could help boost their top-four chances.
Moyes’ side are currently third in the Premier League table and have booked a place in the Europa League last-32 and League Cup quarter-finals.
Lingard and West Ham were a match made in heaven during his last loan spell, and a permanent move would be mutually beneficial and good for both parties in the coming weeks.