West Ham are ready to ‘step up’ their pursuit of Jesse Lingard following the midfielder’s impressive loan spell at the London Stadium.
Lingard signed for West Ham on loan during the January transfer window after failing to make a league appearance for Manchester United over the first half of the 2020/21 campaign, enjoying an excellent spell to help the Hammers secure Europa League qualification.
The 28-year-old scored nine goals and provided four assists in just 16 league appearances, earning a recall to the England squad after an almost two-year absence for March’s World Cup qualifiers.
Lingard was named as part of Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad for Euro 2020, though was one of seven players cut from the finalised plans ahead of the Three Lions’ tournament opener against Croatia on Sunday.
According to the Sun, West Ham will now ‘step up’ their chase to sign Lingard on a permanent basis following his omission, with David Moyes’ side keen to secure a permanent deal for the midfielder.
Lingard currently has a year remaining on his contract at Manchester United and the Red Devils’ demands are unclear ahead of expected negotiations between the two sides.
Lingard’s departure could help United raise funds for their own summer recruitment with the club remaining keen on a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.