Jesse Lingard’s loan move to West Ham is now ‘likely’ to go through after the club freed up space in their squad for another domestic loan deal.
West Ham are interested in signing the out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder but were unable to secure a loan switch, with the Hammers having already possessed the maximum of two domestic loans in their squad in Craig Dawson and Said Benrahma.
Benrahma’s move to the London Stadium will now be made a permanent deal, the Hammers having initially planned to sign the 25-year-old in a £20m deal during the summer before an issue with the player’s medical.
According to The Athletic, that deal will now pave the way for Lingard to make a move to the capital as the midfielder looks to secure regular first-team football after being frozen out at Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old has failed to make a single Premier League appearance so far this season and a loan move will be sanctioned given the star’s failure to break into Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s side.
Lingard was an important figure in the England side that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 but has seen his career take a significant downturn since that tournament, and the midfielder will hope regular first-team football can help revive his stalling career.
Sheffield United and Nice are also understood to have been interested in the player, though West Ham appears to be the favourites to secure his signing before the transfer window’s closure on February 1.
Moyes is familiar with the player having taken a young Lingard on Manchester United’s summer tour during his ill-fated spell with the Red Devils, though the academy graduate never made a senior appearance under the Scot’s management.