Jesse Lingard’s performances for West Ham have reportedly alerted Europe’s elite with several leading clubs ‘monitoring’ the midfielder ahead of the summer transfer window.
Lingard has enjoyed the best form of his career since signing on loan from Manchester United during the January transfer window, scoring eight goals and providing three assists in just nine league appearances for West Ham.
The 28-year-old’s double against Leicester on Sunday saw him equal his best ever tally in a Premier League season, despite having not featured for a single minute until February 1 after being frozen out at Old Trafford.
Lingard’s performances saw him recalled into the England squad during March’s World Cup qualifiers and the Hammers’ loanee looks a strong chance to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s European Championship.
According to ESPN, his fine form has not gone unnoticed across the continent with a number of Europe’s leading clubs – including Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Real Madrid – understood to be ‘monitoring’ his situation ahead of the summer.
Lingard will have just a year remaining on his contract at the end of the current season and West Ham are desperate to secure his signing on a permanent basis, though the midfielder’s preference is to play Champions League football next season.
West Ham currently sit fourth in the Premier League with seven games of the season remaining and securing a place in the Champions League could be key to their hopes of securing his permanent signing.