West Ham United close to signing Jesse Lingard on free transfer
West Ham are close to securing the signing of Jesse Lingard on a free transfer after tabling a new offer, according to the Daily Mail.
The 29-year-old attacking-midfielder spent six months on loan at the London Stadium from January 2020 and score nine goals in 16 appearances to help them earn European football.
But after opting to stay at Manchester United the following season to pursue regular first-team football, the Hammers retained an interest and now look to set to get his man after his deal at Old Trafford expires.
Lingard will leave Man United next week when his contract expires and has received interest from several clubs, with West Ham always in the race.
And now the Mail are reporting [June 25] that David Moyes will return with a fresh offer to convince him to sign for the Hammers once again and they say that a deal is “close” to being done after the player evaluated his offers while on holiday in Miami.
Lingard is a huge statement signing for the club, who tried to so hard to bring him back after his excellent loan spell where he showed his qualities.
This is a team that needs goals from midfield and Lingard can provide that quality and experience to a side that is looking to push on and compete for Europe on a regular basis.
He will slot straight into the team and provide added depth to the team, while improving their options and helping to ease the load on Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen.
After competing with the likes of AC Milan and AS Roma reportedly there had been doubts a deal could be done, West Ham fans will be delighted that they have been able to secure this coup of a signing to bring a fan favourite back to the club.
Business finally seems to be picking up after a slow start and Moyes will be a happy man heading into the start of pre-season.