By Olly Allen

17th Dec, 2021 | 7:10pm

No one at West Ham has any idea whether Jesse Lingard will join the club in January

No one at West Ham has any idea whether a move for Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard will go through in January, according to Claret and Hugh.

Speculation is hotting up again ahead of the transfer window, with Fabrizio Romano making a fresh claim earlier this week (13 December) that the Hammers want to sign the 29-year-old.

The journalist added that they will face competition from Newcastle United, who are desperate for reinforcements as they battle relegation.

However, Claret and Hugh report that a member of the West Ham backroom staff has said of Lingard:

“It’s well known the manager likes the player but being totally honest nobody has a clue what he will do and that’s the truth.”

Up in the air

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It is clear that the ball is very much in Lingard’s court when it comes to what happens in the January transfer window.

The midfielder is yet to start a Premier League game this season and has played just 88 minutes in the top flight, so will surely be looking for a move away from Manchester United.

However, he may want to stick around at Old Trafford to see if his playing time increases under new manager Ralf Rangnick.

If he does decide to leave, West Ham would be a very inviting destination given the success he had on loan at the London Stadium last season.

The England international scored nine goals and registered five assists in 16 games for the Hammers, leading TalkSport host Adrian Durham to describe him as “phenomenal”.

Newcastle and their newfound riches will likely be able to offer Lingard more money, but it depends if he values that over playing at a higher level.

In other West Ham news, David Moyes has issued an injury update on three Hammers players.

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