In his most recent fixture, the £9 million-rated Manchester United loanee was once again in sparkling form for the Irons, scoring one goal, completing two dribbles and winning two tackles, earning a SofaScore match rating of 7.1 for his efforts.
He said: “Lingard doesn’t have a clause [in his loan contract]. Lingard’s contract [at Manchester United] is up not this summer but the summer after. Now, I think he will leave Manchester United. He does want to join West Ham. West Ham officials are confident that he will sign for us.
“But, there will be other clubs interested, obviously, if he carries on in the form that he has been in. There’s been talk that Leicester City are interested and I think that Tottenham Hotspur – if Jose Mourinho stays as manager – could be interested as well.
“So, I think there could be potential for competition, but, at the moment, he’s loving life at West Ham. I’m reasonably confident, in my opinion, that we would be able to sign him at the end of the season.”
Will West Ham sign Lingard permanently?
TIF Thoughts on ExWHUemployee’s comments regarding Jesse Lingard…
So, from ExWHUemployee’s comments, it would very much appear as if the insider, as well as people within the club, believe that Lingard could well become a permanent player of the Hammers this summer.
And, considering the fact that David Moyes’ side are just four points behind second-placed Manchester United in the league at present, it could be argued that, should Lingard indeed wish to leave Old Trafford this summer, a move to east London would not represent that much of a step down for the England international.