Sources: Major update on West Ham signing Lingard in January after Man United deal rejected
West Ham will maintain dialogue over a potential Jesse Lingard January deal after encouragement this week, Football Insider understands.
The London club targeted the Man United attacking midfielder over the summer after his outstanding loan last term but were unable to agree a deal.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Lingard, 28, remains in David Moyes’ sights and a winter window deal is considered a possibility.
Talks are set to continue behind the scenes with Lingard’s camp although there will be hurdles to overcome, including the player’s reluctance to move down south.
West Ham are open to various types of deals, including permanent, loan and loan-to-buy options.
They tabled offers for Lingard over the summer but United’s £30million asking price put them off.
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The Premier League giants have tried to increase the market value of the England international by offering him a new contract but it has been rejected, as revealed by BBC Sport.
Lingard’s current agreement expires next summer, by which time he will be 29.
Much will depend on how much game time he gets at Man United in the coming weeks and whether he can force his way back into Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Lingard has just four minutes of action so far this term, coming off the bench in the draw at Southampton last month.
That is a far cry from his role at West Ham, where he was a nailed-on starter and scored nine goals and supplied five assists during his hugely successful loan in the second half of last season.
Irons captain Mark Noble hailed Lingard as “phenomenal” and revealed “we’d love to have him back”.
West Ham signed Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow on deadline day to strengthen their attacking ranks.
But only two of their summer signings were permanent deals, with Alex Kral and Alphone Areola arriving on loan-to-buys.
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