West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has revealed that there remains late hope over a possible move for Jesse Lingard after the club made a new offer for the midfielder.
With the transfer market nearly done, it seems as though there is still plenty left to happen before the window shuts in just a matter of hours.
One key story that may yet have more to unfold is the future of Lingard. Indeed, the Manchester United man has been linked with the likes of West Ham, as well as Newcastle United throughout January but still remains with the Red Devils.
Now, however, in a post shared to The West Ham Way Patreon page, Ex explained that ‘surprisingly’ a Hammer bid for the 29-year-old was not ‘completely knocked back’.
Should Jesse Lingard go back to West Ham?
The insider wrote: “As reported the club have gone back in for Lingard with an improved offer. Surprisingly it seems to have not been completely knocked back. We will keep you up to date with how this progresses….”
He later added: “Update: It’s all down to Man U’s board to accept the deal. They have always seen us as a rival so whether they will change their mind is unlikely. Lingard is open to the move apparently should it get accepted now he knows that he doesn’t feature in the new manager’s plans so this has changed his mind. Newcastle are Manchester United’s preferred choice of destination.”
TIF thoughts on Jesse Lingard and West Ham…
One thing that may give West Ham a lift in negotiations is the fact that Lingard of course spent time on loan with the London club. That spell went very well for him too, as he scored nine goals and claimed five assists in 16 appearances.
However, with Man United and the Hammers both challenging for European football at the moment, the Red Devils may not want to sell to a direct rival.
This probably explains why Ex makes clear that ‘Newcastle are Manchester United’s preferred choice of destination’.
Still, if the player can influence the deal, then perhaps Lingard will be able to force his way back to West Ham to reunite with David Moyes.