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West Ham United: Telegraph reporter shares Jesse Lingard blow

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As per reporter Jason Burt of The Telegraph, West Ham United have been dealt a blow in their quest to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal.

The Lowdown: Lingard move edging closer?

Over the last few days, it’s safe to say there have been a few seismic developments in the ever-changing saga that is the 28-year-old’s future at Manchester United.

The England international snubbed a permanent move to West Ham on the promise of regular game-time under former Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Alas, after playing just 64 minutes in the Premier League this season, Lingard has now decided to shelve contract talks as he seeks a move away from Old Trafford in January (BBC).

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In step West Ham, who are apparently ready to take full advantage, with a report from The Sun even believing that the 28-year-old is already ‘making personal arrangements’ to return to London. Lingard also dropped a teasing Irons transfer hint on Instagram, adding fuel to the fire of a possible reunion with David Moyes at the London Stadium.

The Latest: Burt shares Lingard twist…

However, sharing what he’s heard in a possible blow, Burt of The Telegraph has revealed a twist to the tale.

Indeed, according to his information, West Ham will attempt to re-sign Lingard in January, but the Red Devils may refuse to do a deal.

This is because they now regard Moyes’ side as top four rivals and are therefore reluctant to do business, potentially ‘worried’ that the midfielder could help West Ham to finish in the coveted Champions League qualifying spots ahead of them.

The Verdict: Blow for Moyes?

Going by this claim, Moyes would potentially have to wait till the summer of 2022 to sign Lingard as a free agent if his current club refuse to negotiate.

Amid the congested calendar, West Ham may need backing in the winter window if they’re to maintain their impressive start to 2021/22.

Lingard is seen as a big part of that plan with a report from The Evening Standard namedropping him as a transfer priority alongside the additions of a new striker and marquee centre-back.

After scoring nine goals and setting up four others in his 16 top-flight appearances on loan for West Ham in 2020/21, there is no question that his arrival mid-season would boost Moyes’ chances of finishing in the top four.

Having to wait until next summer to sign him on a free would be a dampener to their transfer plans but it remains to be seen whether Manchester United can afford to ignore the opportunity to do business while they could still get a fee for him.

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