Manchester United have made a surprise move by deciding to cut down their asking price for Jesse Lingard. The 28-year-old Englishman earlier had a £30 million price tag on his head, but the latest reports suggest that United have lowered it down to £20 million. This should be a huge boost for West Ham, who have been on the pursuit to sign Lingard all summer.
Jesse Lingard had a terrific second half of last season, going on loan to West Ham United. The attacking midfielder couldn’t secure a first-team place under Ole and was rarely used as a squad player, but moving to the London Stadium revived his career, probably the best decision made by him ever.
He had a great time and gave a rejuvenating performance after joining the Londoners on loan in January. He made 16 appearances for the Hammers last season, managing to score an impressive tally of nine goals besides bagging five assists.
As such, manager David Moyes is very keen on bringing the player back to East London this summer, through a permanent deal. Ole had previously stated that Lingard is going to stay for the coming season, with the player himself suggesting a desire to make a comeback at Old Trafford. However, as things stand, Jesse could be on the move, especially after the price slash.
West Ham are set to make another attempt to sign Jesse Lingard.
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The Express reported that Manchester United have decided to lower their asking price for Jesse Lingard to facilitate a transfer. This has prompted West Ham to ready a final offer in the hopes of securing the player before the transfer window shuts on August 31.
The report also stated that United had earlier rejected a bid for the player but the Hammers never gave up hope. Now, they have been given a fresh chance after the price drop and are hoping to secure Lingard on a permanent deal, with the player also keen to move to East London. West Ham’s assistant manager, Stuart Pearce, recently commented on Lingard saying:
“We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year.”
“The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.”
“He’s a special lad and was very good around the players, the players really like him. His ability shone out last year and gave us a great option in our squad.”
“You never know, but at this moment in time it looks like he is fighting for a place in the United line-up.”
Amidst this entire situation, English outlet Manchester Evening News posted a bizarre story stating that the Premier League website already shows Jesse Lingard as a West Ham player. According to the information on the official website, Lingard has secured a second spell on loan at West Ham, even though no such deal has been confirmed by either club.
While this may only be a glitch in the system, the MEN report stated that this could be a hint for a potential move as the England international still stands to choose between fully committing to United and fight for his place, or moving out on a permanent deal.
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Jesse Lingard is no doubt a talented player and certainly showed his Premier League class at West Ham. He has also had some great performances for the Red Devils over the past season, but throughout his time at the club, he has failed to fully establish himself as a regular starter capable of maintaining a consistent run of form.
Moreover, with United’s current depth in the midfield and forward positions, it would be hard for Lingard to get the same amount of game time as he did with the Hammers. While his performances at the London Stadium were truly phenomenal, it could be a sign to make a move for fresh challenges at a new club where he would get more time to play instead of hoping for a comeback at Old Trafford.
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