According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United playmaker Jesse Lingard favours a move to West Ham United over Newcastle United or West Bromwich Albion.
Lingard, 28, hasn’t played a single minute of Premier League football this season, having found himself out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In all competitions, Lingard has made just three appearances totalling 179 minutes, and it’s quite clear that he needs to move on – even though he’s earning a huge £100,000-a-week at Old Trafford.
This report now states that West Ham are in talks to take Lingard on loan for the rest of the season, ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.
Newcastle and West Brom are allegedly keen too, but Lingard prefers a move to West Ham – though there are some issues to overcome.
West Ham can’t add another domestic loan with Craig Dawson and Said Benrahma already on loan, so one needs to sign permanently before Lingard can join.
That may give Newcastle or West Brom some hope of swooping in, but it seems that Lingard has his eyes on a move to London.
Hammers boss David Moyes was at United with Lingard, but loaned him out to Birmingham City and Brighton, meaning there isn’t really a huge rapport there.
Still, West Ham appear to be winning the race for Lingard, with their vastly superior league position over Newcastle and West Brom a potential factor.