West Ham United are set to make a ‘cut price’ move for Jesse Lingard ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, following his impressive loan spell at the club last season.
After a difficult 18 months or so at Manchester United, the England international opted to join the Hammers on-loan in January, with the move proving to be somewhat of a masterstroke for all parties.
Despite having featured just three times in all competitions in the first-half of the season, the attacking midfielder needed no time at all to get into his stride at the London Stadium, netting twice on his debut in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
That form continued throughout the rest of the season to help steer David Moyes’ side to a top-six finish, with his tally of nine goals in just 16 league appearances also seeing him return to the international fold, albeit while narrowly missing out on a spot at Euro 2020.
Now back at Old Trafford, the 28-year-old’s future remains uncertain with regular game time likely to be hard to come by under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer given the presence of Bruno Fernandes in a central role.
As per the Star, West Ham are desperate to secure his services on a permanent deal before the window closes on Tuesday evening and hope to make a ‘cut price’ move over the coming days.
The report suggests that the Hammers are hoping to do a deal for a fee in the region of £15m, having previously been knocked back earlier this summer in their pursuit of the player, amid the Red Devils’ demands of £25m.
With just a year remaining on his current deal, Lingard will be able to leave for nothing next season, hence why Moyes and co are hoping to bag a bargain in the closing days of the window.
At Old Trafford, the summer arrivals of both Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo has only further bolstered Solskjaer’s attacking options and will likely limit Lingard’s game time should he stay where he is.
As for West Ham, their only major outlay this summer has been the £30m spent on Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, with Alphonse Areola arriving on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
Having secured Europa League football last term, there should likely be more funds available for Moyes to move for Lingard in the next few days – the player having also recently been named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.