West Ham to make another Jesse Lingard bid as Man Utd consider cashing in on outcast

Ralf Rangnick praises reaction of Man Utd after Burnley win

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West Ham are ready to table another bid to bring Jesse Lingard back to the London Stadium this month. Lingard has not started a Premier League game for Manchester United all season, playing just 88 minutes of league football under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and now Ralf Rangnick, and not starting a single game.

In fact Lingard, 29, has played more minutes for England this season than he has in the league for his club – and the midfielder remains Hammers manager David Moyes’ top target for January.

Moyes and West Ham are working on a deal that will be acceptable to United, who saw Lingard turn down a new contract in October.

Lingard’s current deal runs out at the end of this season, and West Ham are at the front of the queue to re-sign a player who had a highly successful loan spell at the London Stadium last season, scoring nine goals in 16 games.

Lingard is free to agree a pre-contract with clubs this month, and Hammers boss Moyes is working on a package that will tempt the midfielder back to London on a permanent basis this month.

United, Moyes hopes, will be prepared to do a cut price deal for around £10 million this month rather than lose the player for nothing in the summer.

The West Ham boss would rather do a deal now than wait for the summer, as he seeks reinforcements for his squad as they maintain their bid for a top four place this season.

Newcastle are also interested in Lingard, as are both AC Milan and Barcelona, but Moyes hopes that the England man’s good memories of his spell in London and the Hammers good form can be a deciding factor.    

When asked about Lingard’s future recently, Rangnick refused to give much away about his potential plans for the player.

“Right now my full focus is on the current players and getting to know them,” he said just after Christmas.

“We’ve been together now for more than three weeks so I think I have a much better overview on all the players we have currently.

“Two things need to come together if a player wants to leave – one thing is if he wants to leave, but on the other hand the needs of the club need to be satisfied.”

It remains to be seen if Lingard is ever seen in action for United again, but if he does leave he will no doubt go with the best wishes from supporters.

He became a cult hero for a number of years and scored some hugely important goals – most notably the winner in the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the final of the FA Cup final in 2016.

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