According to a report by Football Insider, top flight counterparts Aston Villa are ‘ready to rival‘ West Ham United in the race to sign Jesse Lingard permanently this summer – dealing a possible blow to the Hammers and David Moyes as they wish to keep him at the London Stadium past his loan.
Villa ‘ready to rival’ Hammers for Lingard
Lingard has been in sensational form under Moyes since joining West Ham on a permanent deal in January, scoring an electric nine goals and assisting three others in just 10 Premier League games (WhoScored).
The 28-year-old, as a result, could be targeted heavily in the summer as his future at parent club Manchester United becomes the subject of intense speculation.
West Ham are thought to be very eager on making his move to the London Stadium permanent, but Football Insider are now reporting they may well face stern competition from Villa if the Red Devils are open to selling.
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Leicester City are also said to be tracking Lingard ahead of a possible summer swoop, and judging by his start to life in east London, it’s safe to say Irons supporters will be hopeful they can win the race ahead of their competitors.
Lingard’s form under Moyes has even propelled him back into Gareth Southgate’s thoughts for the England national team, just months after barely featuring at Old Trafford.
This highlights just how brilliant he has been since signing for West Ham, but as the club reportedly aim to complete a permanent move, they will have to navigate yet more competition from other Premier League sides.
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