Pundit: Lingard to jump at West Ham move after Man United slash asking price reportedly
Noel Whelan has suggested Jesse Lingard would love to return to West Ham if he is told he does not have a future at Manchester United.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the chance to reunite with David Moyes would be enough to lure the 28-year-old back to east London.
As reported by the Express (August 17th), West Ham are preparing a second bid for Lingard after Manchester United cut their asking price to £20million.
It is said the attacking midfielder was determined to resurrect his career at Old Trafford this summer.
However, the report states he would be keen on returning to the Hammers should he fail to break back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
Whelan suggested Moyes’ management would be a big lure to get Lingard back to the London Stadium.
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Asked if Lingard would jump at the chance to rejoin West Ham, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Absolutely. He’s been integrated into the team already.
“He knows the players, he knows Moyes, he knows the club. He’s been there for that short amount of time. He’ll have nothing but good memories there.
“If this does materialise, I think sometimes you find players that go to other clubs and it just doesn’t click.
“It clicked for him there. Under Moyes, the players in and around him, everyone gelled. I don’t think it’d be a difficult one for him to hit the ground running again.”
Lingard scored nine goals and contributed five assists in 16 appearances during his loan spell.
However, he was not even in Man United’s matchday squad for their 5-1 win over Leeds United.