Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and how it could impact West Ham United.
Jesse Lingard’s time at the London Stadium last season was nothing short of a revelation, with his goals playing a crucial part in the Hammers’ qualification for the Europa League. So it’s no surprise to see that West Ham United have been keen to bring him back to east London throughout this summer.
However, it takes two to tango in this situation, and according to Romano, Manchester United aren’t totally committed to letting him leave. Speaking to Manchester United outlet The United Stand, he discussed what the feeling was behind the scenes at Old Trafford when it came to Lingard and what the latest was regarding a potential bid from the Hammers:
“I’m told that he’s really happy, Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] is really happy with Lingard and how he’s working in training. He’s been a great professional this summer. Also, his mentality after spending a good loan spell to West Ham is improved, so they’re really happy with Jesse Lingard now.
“But, he’s still one of the players that could leave Manchester United in the final days. So I won’t say that he is 100% staying, because West Ham are still interested. They want to prepare something for the last days to approach again Manchester United and to see if they will be able to find an agreement. So I will keep the situation of Lingard open.”
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments about Jesse Lingard and West Ham United…
Do you think West Ham will sign Lingard this summer?
There isn’t a lot of time left in the window to get the deal done, and whilst West Ham have been biding their time and waiting for Manchester United to make a decision, that time is slowly running out and the onus should really now be on them.
If they are desperate to sign Lingard and think that he could be a key man for them going forward, then they need to stop waiting around and just put a bid in for him as soon as possible to see if they can change Manchester United’s mind.
Given Romano’s comments, they may have to bid more than they would perhaps be comfortable with, and even that might not work, but they should at least be trying to take the initiative in this situation rather than just sitting back and doing nothing.