Jesse Lingard is reportedly’making arrangements’ for a £10 million transfer to West Ham – and has even hinted at it.
Jesse Lingard posted a photo of himself wearing a West Ham shirt on Instagram, the clearest indication yet that he’ll be returning to the east London club in January for a second stint.
After posting a photo of himself in a West Ham United shirt on social media, Jesse Lingard has given a huge hint that he’s about to join the club.
Following reports of a breakdown in contract extension talks, the forward’s future at Manchester United is hanging by a thread, with his current contract set to expire in June.
Despite being promised more minutes over the summer, the 28-year-old is dissatisfied with his lack of appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season.
After posting a photo of himself in West Ham gear on Instagram, the England international appeared to suggest he’s returning to east London.
Not only that, but the Hammers’ official Instagram page recently shared a photo of Lingard celebrating a goal against Wolves last season, to which West Ham midfielder Declan Rice replied with an ‘eyes’ emoji before tagging Lingard, who also added a cloud emoji.
United is thought to prefer selling the player over loaning him out again, and a £10 million deal is expected to be reached between the two clubs in January.
Lingard had a successful loan spell with the club in the second half of last season, scoring nine goals and providing five assists to help David Moyes’ side reach Europe – and almost earning a place in England’s Euro 2020 squad.
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In the summer, Moyes wanted to sign Lingard on a permanent basis, but Solskjaer refused because the winger was not in his first-team plans.
Lingard has been pushed down the pecking order by the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, and he’s only made one start for United this season, against West Ham in September.
“Jesse is training really hard, really well, and he’s ready and available for me,” Solskjaer said of Lingard’s future at Old Trafford. “I’m disappointed he’s not playing more.”
“In terms of contract situations and negotiations, I haven’t been involved in them very closely.”
Jesse, in my opinion, is still an important part of this squad, and he consistently provides quality to the group.
“Every player wishes to play as much as possible.”
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