Writing for Eurosport, journalist Dean Jones has shared a rather promising update involving West Ham United and their hunt to sign Manchester United star Jesse Lingard.
The Lowdown: Hammers fail in Lingard swoop…
It is absolutely no secret that David Moyes placed the 2020/21 Hammers loanee on his shopping list over the summer as he sought to land Lingard on a permanent deal.
Should West Ham re-sign Lingard?
Definitely, bring him home!
No, had his chance...
Shining for West Ham over the second half of last season, scoring nine goals and setting up four more in 16 Premier League outings (WhoScored), Moyes and the Irons helped to resurrect Lingard’s career and even put him in contention for a Euro 2020 call-up.
As a result, the West Ham boss wanted to bring him in permanently but the 28-year-old instead opted to remain at Old Trafford and fight for his place under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Turning to former Everton playmaker Nikola Vlasic as an alternative signing, reports have suggested that West Ham could still return for the England international in January, with Football Insider even claiming that behind-the-scenes contacts were still ongoing.
Seeing his game-time diminish yet again at Old Trafford, the £19.8m-valued Lingard could now leave mid-season, and it is believed that the Red Devils could even let him go for a cut-price £15m fee (The Sun).
Sharing an update on West Ham’s interest, Jones has now dropped a promising claim for Eurosport.
The Latest: Lingard open to joining…
The journalist explained that Lingard is ‘back on West Ham’s radar’ and Moyes could turn to the forward as he eyes January reinforcements.
Additionally, the player himself ‘favours a return to east London’ due to the Hammers’ impressive 2021/22 start, and he now looks unlikely to pen a new deal at Manchester United.
It is also expected that new proposals are now going to be ‘seriously considered’ by Lingard’s entourage.
The Verdict: Missed the boat?
While this report doesn’t rule out the addition of a natural centre-forward in January, namedropping Sparta Prague’s Adam Hlozek and Torino’s Andrea Belotti as targets specifically, we believe that signing an out-and-out striker should be prioritised over a deal for Lingard.
The attacking midfielder enjoyed a brilliant spell in east London last season, with Nigel Winterburn even calling him ‘sensational‘, but West Ham have an abundance of options in that position, with Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Nikola Vlasic, Manuel Lanzini and the rejuvenated Pablo Fornals all capable.
One major reinforcement that Moyes needs is a natural senior striking option given Michail Antonio’s worrying injury history and the lack of viable alternatives, and this should take precedence over every other position.
In other news: Journalist hints that West Ham move for ‘world class’ 32-goal striker could now be on the cards, find out more here
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