West Ham manager David Moyes has three major reasons for snubbing a reunion with Man United star Jesse Lingard this summer, Football Insider has learned.
The Londoners have been linked with the England international amid doubts over his long-term future at Old Trafford.
A Hammers source has told Football Insider that Lingard, 27, is not a target for the club regardless of whether they maintain their Premier League status.
Moyes has privately questioned whether the United academy product has the “desire” to reignite a career that has fallen flat this season.
Lingard’s wages are also out of the reach of the cash-conscious Hammers, with his salary at the 20-times Premier League champions believed to be worth well in excess of £100,000-a-week.
Thirdly, and most significantly in terms of what West Ham fans can expect from their club in this summer’s market, Moyes’ transfer masterplan is to recruit players on the “up” rather than on the downhill slide.
The Hammers manager wants more signings like Tomas Soucek, the January loan arrival who has made a huge impact since he signed.
Moyes worked with Lingard during his season as manager of Man United in 2013-14.
The attacking midfielder has dropped to the United fringes and has not had a single minute of Premier League action since the restart.
He could be part of a major clear-out at Old Trafford this summer in what would bring an end to his lengthy association with the club.
Lingard graduated from the club’s youth ranks to play 203 times for the club, scoring 31 goals and supplying 20 assists.
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