West Ham tipped to seal 'massive' Lingard signing in January as player stance revealed - pundit
Paul Robinson has insisted a West Ham swoop for Man United ace Jesse Lingard in January would be a “massive signing”.
The former England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 28-year-old would galvanise the Hammers’ quest for a top-four finish this season.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Lingard is open to leaving Old Trafford in January, and West Ham will join Everton and Newcastle United in the race.
The Man United midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season.
It has been widely reported he is unlikely to pen new terms with the Red Devils.
Robinson suggested Lingard would give West Ham “another dimension” after he impressed so much during his last spell in east London.
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“It’d be a massive signing if they could get him back at West Ham,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“We saw a different Jesse Lingard to the one we are seeing now at Man United, he’s a bit-part player at the moment.
“Lingard at West Ham last season had the shackles off. He was enjoying his football and was on the brink of the Euros squad with England.
“They would be given a massive boost if they could get that deal over the line, especially with them challenging for the top four places.
“Sometimes teams can drop off and fall away up there but bringing in someone like Lingard would galvanise the fans.
“His quality in that three behind Antonio would just give them another dimension.
“It would be huge.”
Lingard was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad after playing just 63 league minutes this term.
He has netted two Premier League goals.