A West Ham United insider has responded to a Jesse Lingard claim from Sky Sports and it’s good news for fans.
The world and its wife knows that David Moyes was desperate to bring Lingard back to West Ham in the summer. And January for that matter.
Man United blocked attempts by both West Ham and Newcastle, though, leaving Lingard to rot on the bench.
Fans and pundits criticised Lingard for choosing to stay at Man United last summer having reignited his career at West Ham.
Hammers fans were desperate to see Lingard return after he helped elevate West Ham to another level during a scintillating six-month loan spell in the 2021/22 season.
Many feel West Ham would have secured a Champions League place and perhaps would have gone on to win the Europa League with Lingard in the side.
In January, Lingard’s broher and one of his representatives, Louie Scott, spoke out saying the playmaker was being ‘locked up’ at Man United when West Ham were trying to sign him.
If he was locked up before, now Lingard is free – quite literally – as his contract at Man United expires next month.
Some believe West Ham may have moved on to other targets following the long drawn out Lingard saga. Especially with his availability on a free sparking interest from a number of other clubs.
But this morning Sky Sports claimed West Ham have made contact with Lingard regarding a return to east London and claimed Newcastle have dropped their interest.
Now a West Ham insider has responded to the Lingard claim from Sky Sports and it’s good news for those who want to see the 29-year-old return.
The Guardian also reported the same story about West Ham and Lingard.
And a Hammers insider has confirmed to Claret and Hugh that the reports about Lingard are indeed true.
“West Ham are back in for Jesse Lingard ahead of the summer transfer window, it has been confirmed to Claret and Hugh…” the CandH report states.
“Our own northern man Terry Robbins confirmed this morning that all the talk on Manchester United’s training ground is that the player has received a direct offer from us.
“Newcastle are understood to have pulled out of the race to sign Lingard, meaning his wage demands may well have fallen as a result…
“The Irons are hoping that it will be third time lucky.”
With at least six or seven players needed in a major rebuild at West Ham this summer, Moyes must look to use his transfer budget wisely.
Moyes wants to continue to build West Ham around young, hungry players.
But West Ham do still need experience and proven quality in their ranks.
Signing Lingard on a free is a no brainer, even if he does arrive on a sizeable wage.
He is lithe and as fit as a fiddle and possesses that all important deadly turn of pace.
Many Hammers fans will be hoping Moyes can finally get the deal done now it has been confirmed the Scot remains seriously interested.