West Ham bid to sign Lingard hit by confirmed news in last 24 hours - Mills
Danny Mills has suggested Jesse Lingard would reject a January move to West Ham to stay at Man United and fight for his place under Ralf Rangnick.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Man City and England defender delivered his verdict after Rangnick’s appointment was confirmed yesterday (November 29).
He has been placed in interim charge at Old Trafford until the end of the season and will then take on a consultancy role.
Lingard’s current contract and Man United expires at the end of the season.
A source with knowledge of Lingard’s situation told Football Insider before Rangnick’s arrival that talks over a new contract had collapsed and he was set to leave at the end of the season.
Everton, West Ham and Newcastle United are among the clubs closely monitoring his situation.
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Asked whether Lingard could complete a move to West Ham, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It will depend on what he thinks with the new manager coming into Man United and what the new manager thinks of him.
“I guess it will depend on the contract, will Man United be happy to let him go in January for free or they want him to wait until the end of his contract.
“He might want to give it a couple of months to impress Rangnick then he can decide in the summer.”
Lingard has featured in 10 games across all competitions this season but managed just one start.
The England international, 28, has still scored twice in seven Premier League appearances from the bench this term.