By Dean White

29th Aug, 2023 | 11:30am

West Ham United in talks to complete out-of-window transfer for Jesse Lingard

West Ham could “fully” discuss a deal to re-sign free agent Jesse Lingard after the transfer window closes, according to Dharmesh Sheth.

The Sky Sports News journalist reported via Twitter on Tuesday morning (29 August) that “initial talks” have been held between the Irons and the 30-year-old’s representatives as they aim to agree a short-term deal.

It is understood that Lingard has been training with David Moyes’ squad at Rush Green and due to the fact he’s unattached after his contract at Nottingham Forest expired earlier in the summer, he’s free to sign for West Ham after the transfer window closes at 11pm on Friday (1 September).

As a result of Lingard’s availability, Sheth claims that a “deal could be fully discussed next week”.

Will Lingard move to West Ham?

It does look as though the possibility of Lingard returning to the London Stadium is increasing.

Lingard was fantastic for us while on loan in East London for the second half of the 2020/21 season.

He scored nine goals and supplied five assists in 16 Premier League appearances as David Moyes’ men qualified for the Europa League.

However, what happened the following summer where he turned us down in order to delusionally stay at Man United was a dumb move.

Last season he was rather underwhelming at Nottingham Forest.

He contributed zero goals and zero assists in 17 league appearances with his only goals coming in the Carabao Cup against Tottenham and Blackburn.

Steve Cooper couldn’t get a tune out of Lingard for one reason or another but will Moyes be able to make lightning strike twice?

It’s a long shot but Lingard would at least add some strength in depth to help us compete in the league, in Europe and in cups.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have moved ahead of Serie A giants AC Milan in their pursuit of a young striker.