West Ham news: Pundit 'surprised' by Jesse Lingard transfer decision after source's reveal
Alan Hutton is “surprised” Jesse Lingard did not sign permanently for West Ham last summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League defender urged the 29-year-old to return to the London Stadium in a bid to win a place at the World Cup.
Manchester United confirmed (1 June) that Lingard will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of this month.
The 29-year-old spent a season on loan at West Ham in 2021 before returning to Man United last season.
Football Insider sources revealed (26 June) that the London club have made an offer to Lingard with the player understood to be keen on a return.
Hutton has insisted Lingard should return to West Ham if he wants a chance to play for England at the World Cup.
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“There’s not getting away from it he’s on the outskirts of the England team but knowing there’s a WC coming up, if he can get the right move, go back to the form that we know he’s capable of, he might be in within a slim shout of making the squad.” he told Football Insider.
“He’s shown enough to David Moyes of what he’s capable of when he was on loan. I thought he was outstanding.
“The biggest surprise for me was that he didn’t move then and he decided to go back to Manchester United because we knew his time was going to be limited on the pitch. It was always going to be difficult for him.
“I think West Ham are going in the right direction at this moment in time, you look at the likes of Bowen, Antonio, they’re trying to add to that. If they can bring Lingard into the equation as well it’s a different type of player to bring in to the team.
“I think Moyes will go all out for him – could wages be a problem? Possibly. But I’m pretty sure they’ll try and get him in the building.”