Lingard was a star performer at the London Stadium during his half-season loan spell last campaign managing to net nine times and register four assists, but with no option to buy in that deal, Lingard remains a Manchester United player having featured and scored in their pre-season defeat to QPR.
Will Lingard join West Ham?
Jones gave his thoughts on what might happen between Lingard and West Ham this summer.
“The Jesse Lingard one is a tricky one as well. He wants to prove himself, he wants to show that he can be a United player – obviously scored at the weekend against QPR.
“He’s not convinced that he’s going to get the opportunities that he wants. So he needs to be convinced by the end of this window, otherwise, he will want to go.
“He can’t sit around, not after proving what he did for West Ham last season, how important he can be in this league. West Ham aren’t particularly confident anymore that they can get him, because I think he’s going to be priced out of joining them.”
TIF Thoughts on Lingard’s future…
Jones’ claim would all but signal the end of West Ham’s attempts to sign Lingard on a permanent deal if it were proved to be correct.
Despite arriving at West Ham having not played a single minute of Premier League action during the 2020/21 season, Lingard proved the talent he still has as he was involved in five goals during his first six games for the Hammers.
Lingard’s form was that good for West Ham that he managed to earn a recall into Gareth Southgate’s England squad, and if he has hopes of making the final squad for next year’s World Cup, he will surely be looking to play regular football and not sit on the bench at Old Trafford.