West Ham won’t be bringing Jesse Lingard back to the club this summer, with the midfielder now all set to stay put at Manchester United.
The Lowdown: Lingard excels at West Ham
The Hammers enjoyed an excellent 2020/21 season, qualifying for the Europa League, and Lingard was one of the standout performers.
The 28-year-old scored nine Premier League goals in just 16 appearances after arriving on loan in January, excelling for David Moyes’ side.
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The Latest: Midfielder set for United stay
“BREAKING: Jesse Lingard will stay at MUFC this summer. WHUFC were keen to re-sign Lingard, but couldn’t meet United’s £25M asking price – talkSPORT sources understand.”
The Verdict: Shame, but Vlasic fills the void
Re-signing Lingard would have capped off an exciting final couple of days of the transfer window at West Ham – he was hailed as ‘amazing’ by Rio Ferdinand last season – but it is also no great blow to miss out on him.
The Hammers still have a hugely exciting midfield and attack comprising of the likes of Declan Rice, Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio, which bodes well for the campaign ahead, with new arrival Nikola Vlasic surely the man to fill the gap left by Lingard.
Lingard’s impact last term will always be appreciated by West Ham supporters, however, and it will certainly be a storyline to watch out for whether Vlasic can perform to those ‘amazing’ levels himself.
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