By Alan Hutton

15th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

Pundit excited by update from Spain as West Ham in out-of-window Lingard talks

A mooted switch for long-time West Ham target Jesse Lingard to Leicester City would be a “great move”, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said Lingard, 28, should consider his game time before making a decision on his future.

As reported by Fichajes on Sunday (September 12th), Leicester have joined the race to sign the England international midfielder with his Manchester United deal up next summer.

Meanwhile, a West Ham source has told Football Insider that dialogue is continuing behind the scenes with Lingard’s camp and a January deal is firmly on the cards.

Hutton insisted “great player” Lingard needed to be playing regular football at his age – and with the World Cup looming next winter.

“United have brought in a lot of their top targets and he’s going to struggle to get on the pitch,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“You just wonder if he should take that step to a Leicester or a West Ham because he is still a great player.

“He needs to get on the pitch and play and he’s not going to do that at United.

“Leicester are a team who are moving in the right direction, and it would be a great move.

“You just wonder if Rodgers has got something up his sleeve to fit him in alongside Barnes and Maddison.

“The last thing Lingard will want to do is move from United just to sit on Leicester’s bench, that would just be pointless at his age.”

Lingard has played just 28 league minutes this season but notched a fantastic curler for Manchester United against Newcastle on Sunday.

In other news, Kevin Campbell has said this West Ham target could be “just like” Jarrod Bowen.