West Ham have an increased chance of signing Jesse Lingard permanently as a result of Manchester United’s involvement in the European Super League.
That is the view of former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the events that have unfolded at Old Trafford and how they could effect Lingard.
The 28-year-old has excelled since moving to the London Stadium on loan in January, with nine goals and four assists to his name in 10 appearances.
Football Insider revealed on Tuesday that Villa are also looking to sign Lingard this summer if Manchester United are open to selling him.
The England international will have one year left on his contract at Old Trafford come July.
When asked by Football Insider if events over the past week could influence Lingard’s future, Whelan said: “Have Manchester United been that good to him?
“Has Solskjaer been that good to him? No. He froze him out, and forced him to look to play football somewhere else.
“Everything that has happened and is happening at United regarding the Super League will have not have sat well with him either.
“He would not have wanted to play in the Super League. Why would he want to stay at United next season and play for those greedy owners?
“He has put himself in a great position though and come the end of the season he will have a number of clubs after him.
“He is the one holding all of the keys here. He’s shoving it to Manchester United right now with his performances.”
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It has been a week of turmoil at Man United, with the club’s plans to join the European Super League leading to unrest among fans and players.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has since resigned, while fans are calling for the Glaziers to sell the club.
In other news, Borussia Dortmund join the race to sign top West Ham target.