Vote: Should West Ham sign Jesse Lingard in January?

Ever since his superb six-month loan spell with West Ham last season, it’s been expected that the Hammers will eventually move to sign Jesse Lingard permanently.

Last summer, everyone expected West Ham to sign Jesse Lingard after he scored nine goals in 16 Premier League appearances in claret and blue, but he eventually opted to remain at Manchester United. But since then, he’s barely had a look-in under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralph Rangnick and it’s now being reported that he plans to run his contract down and leave as a free agent next summer.

However, other reports claim West Ham are planning to make an early move to sign Lingard in January, hoping to convince him to leave Old Trafford permanently and return to the club that helped him reignite his career.

So, as things stand, no one really knows what will happen in January. If Lingard decides to stay at Man United with a view of leaving for nothing in the summer, it will benefit him from a financial point of view but, it does have the potential to harm his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.

Man United will no doubt want to cash-in on the midfielder in January to avoid losing him for nothing, especially when they could’ve sold him for around £30m last summer, so it would be strange if they didn’t listen to whatever offer West Ham have in waiting for them. But we’re still no closer to knowing what will happen.

All will become clearer in the coming weeks as David Moyes seeks to improve squad depth and build a squad capable of competing in the latter stages of the Europa League, mounting a serious challenge for a finish in the Premier League’s top four and building on West Ham’s superb record in 2021 Jesse Lingard would be crucial to making that a real possibility.

But should West Ham go all out to sign Jesse Lingard in the summer? Have you say in the poll below…

  • Should West Ham go all out for Jesse Lingard in the summer?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

Written by James Jones

James Jones is an experienced football journalist of over 10 years and a West Ham season ticket holder of over 30 years. He is the founder of and West Ham 365, as well as the co-founder and co-host of the We Are West Ham Podcast.

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