The lowdown: Prodigal son
With the 29-year-old having seemingly recaptured his best form, David Moyes attempted to bring him to east London on a permanent basis, only for the versatile attacker to choose a return to his boyhood club to fight for a place.
Following a forgettable 2021/22 campaign for him and his club, Lingard is set to become a free agent on July 1, and the Irons appear well placed to forge a reunion…
The latest: Lingard deal ‘close’
It’s claimed that Moyes views Lingard as a ‘key target’ this summer, with a move nearing completion following ‘further talks’ this week.
The report added that, after initial talks, the Hammers are ‘going back with a new offer’ for the man once hailed for a ‘top class’ performance as Manchester United captain by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a 2-1 defeat against Astana in the Europa League in 2019.
The verdict: Money well spent
This is a signing full of positives for the Irons. Not only is Moyes adding a high-class player to the ranks, there is also little danger of Lingard upsetting the harmony within the dressing room, having already adapted well among his potential new team-mates previously.
The pacey 29-year-old made just 22 fleeting appearances across all competitions last season, scoring twice and providing one assist, and will therefore be looking to reinvigorate a stalling career once again at West Ham.
Should West Ham re-sign Lingard?
No, had his chance
Furthermore, it’s not only a move with an abundance of positives in terms of bolstering squad strength – reacquainting Lingard with Declan Rice on the pitch as well as off it – it could also be beneficial to the east Londoners as Chelsea reportedly begin to circle for the 23-year-old Hammers hero.
Still holding a market value of £16.2m (Transfermarkt), signing a player with Champions League experience and supreme versatility in advanced positions for nothing has to be regarded as a smart piece of recruitment from the West Ham hierarchy, should the move for Lingard get over the line.
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