West Ham are keeping their fingers crossed in hopes that they could sign Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard and they are waiting on a decision as to whether he has a future at Old Trafford.
With only a year left on his current deal, the 28-year-old is back in pre-season training with Manchester United and will hold talks with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Lingard was loaned to West Ham for the second part of the 2020/21 season, scoring nine goals and notching up a few assists for David Moyes’ team and earning himself in a place in the England preliminary squad for the Euro 2020 as a result.
“Regular football is the most important thing for me,” Lingard told Sky Sports News in June. “After going on loan and getting a good run in the team, you started to see the real me, with the goals and the assists.”
“I couldn’t say much more than I’m optimistic Jesse might want to come here, that’s up to Manchester United,” Moyes said of Lingard’s probable return in May.
Lingard was included in England’s 33 man team before Euro 2020 and participated in both of their pre-tournament friendlies, but he was one of seven players who did not make the final squad.
Back in April, Solskjaer admitted that Bruno Fernandes’ starring position in the middle of the park at Manchester United had made it tough to offer Lingard opportunities.
Lingard’s West Ham performances, on the other hand, pleased Solskjaer, in April, he on the Premier League Player of the Month and Goal of the Month in April.
In April, Solskjaer said, “Jesse has been outstanding since he departed.”
“Selfishly, we could have kept him because he’s always got a role to play, he’s a lovely lad around the place, Man United through and through, he never once moaned or caused me an issue, he simply worked incredibly hard.”
He earned a chance to play more football, which is why we let him go to West Ham. He deserves a chance for what he’s done for Man United throughout his career. Of sure, we’ll be happy to see him again.”