According to an update by journalist David Ornstein of The Athletic, writing on Twitter, if West Ham United sign Man United outcast Jesse Lingard, it ‘may’ mean GSB and co ‘shelve’ their plans to sign a striker this month – going on to say in another tweet that it isn’t ‘definitive‘ but ‘it’s possible‘.
The reliable source, dropping his own update on the Irons’ pursuit of Lingard, claims that the Englishman’s loan deal at the London Stadium is ‘likely’ to go through – especially considering that the club have now reportedly activated a purchase option for Said Benrahma.
Ornstein shares potentially major news
Benrahma, who is now permanently a West Ham player as first revealed by insiders Claret & Hugh, was secured by GSB to free up space for a domestic loan slot – which Lingard can now fill as David Moyes plots bringing the 28-year-old to east London.
The pair worked together at Old Trafford when Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson, and it’s reported that the attacking midfielder is open to joining him at West Ham this window as talks continue (Sky Sports).
However, according to Ornstein, there is a possibility that if the Hammers snap up Lingard on loan, they may shelve any plans to sign a striker this transfer window – but this isn’t definitive.
Transfer Tavern take
In what could potentially be major news in this West Ham transfer development, supporters will likely be hoping that GSB won’t halt any plans to sign a striker, despite the possible acquisition of Lingard.
Currently, Moyes has just Michail Antonio and exciting youngster Ademipo Odubeko to choose from as natural striking options – with versatile winger Andriy Yarmolenko tested up front as another stop-gap alternative.
The Irons boss will likely be hoping for a striker signing, as evident by his press conferences recently in which he has confirmed his desire to sign one (Amazon Prime via TEAMtalk), but whether or not the club facilitate Moyes’ wish remains to be seen after this Ornstein update.
In other news: ExWHUemployee shared what Moyes is planning behind the scenes, find out more here.
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