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Jesse Lingard wants to permanently swap Manchester United for West Ham this summer despite the United hierarchy considering bringing the attacker back into the fold at Old Trafford for next season, according to reports.
The 28-year-old has had a huge impact on the Hammers since joining on loan in January after struggling to even make the match-day squad under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United this season.
All of Lingard’s six Premier League appearances this term have come for West Ham and they have yielded four goals and two assists with the player having hit the ground running under David Moyes.
That return helps see the Londoners sat fifth in the Premier League table knowing they can leapfrog fourth-placed rivals Chelsea if they win their game in hand.
And Lingard, it has been claimed, is eager to make a permanent switch to the London Stadium having settled in well in the nation’s capital.
The reliable ExWHUemployee, speaking on the West Ham Way podcast, insists the Hammers are confident of securing Lingard’s signature on a full-time basis at the end of the campaign.
Lingard is also said to have expressed a desire to remain with the club into 2021-22 and is claimed to be loving life at West Ham.
The England international, who has four goals in 24 caps for the Three Lions, is reportedly valued at £20million by the Red Devils.
Eurosport claim United will not let their academy graduate go on the cheap despite his contract situation.
Lingard is out of contract this coming summer although United have the option to tie him down until 2022 thanks to a one-year extension option.
Eurosport also say that United have already denied a request from West Ham to include a £15m buy clause in the loan deal they agreed in the winter window.
United boss Solskjaer made it clear that he wanted Lingard back at the club once the season is concluded.
He said: “We want Jesse to come back here revitalised and having shown at West Ham how good a player he is.
“He’s just been unfortunate with a couple of issues, some periods he had to stay away from us with COVID, isolation and close contact.
“[The] rest of the team has done well, little to no injuries, not forced his way into the team, come back and show he’s a Manchester United player through and through.”
And the Sunday Mirror reported last month that United see Lingard as a replacement for Juan Mata, who is expected to depart this summer once his contract expires.
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United hope Lingard could still rediscover himself under Solskjaer after his time at West Ham and that given his status as a homegrown player, it is worthwhile keeping him at the club.
But West Ham will be hopeful of striking a deal to secure his talents permanently, with Moyes saying recently: “He has had a big impact here and I am really pleased for him.”
The two teams go head-to-head in the Premier League this Sunday (7.15pm) with the Hammers knowing victory would take them within three points of United having played a game less.
Lingard, however, will be unavailable for the visitors with Jarrod Bowen the most likely option to replace his compatriot in the starting eleven.
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