Jesse Lingard wants to stay at Manchester United despite successful West Ham loan spell after ‘candid’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meeting
- June 14, 2021
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Jesse Lingard has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he wants to stay at Manchester United, according to reports.
Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Ham during the second half of the season, with 13 direct goal contributions in 16 games.
Hammers manager David Moyes, who recently signed a new three-year deal as boss, is reportedly keen on keeping him at the club.
Reports have claimed signing Lingard is now Moyes’ top priority this summer, with first team coach and regular talkSPORT pundit Stuart Pearce describing him as a ‘perfect fit’ at the London Stadium.
The English midfielder scored nine goals and provided four assists in 16 appearances in a claret and blue shirt West Ham secure a spot in the Europa League.
He even managed to gain an England recall, after being omitted from the Three Lions squad two years ago, and only just missed out on a place at Euro 2020.
However, the Hammers’ hopes have suffered a big blow with reports he wants to stay at Man United.
The Sun report the Old Trafford outcast told Solskjaer during a ‘candid’ meeting he intends on earning a spot in the Red Devils team once again.
The 28-year-old could complete a permanent move to the London Stadium, having not yet ruled it out and also having built a strong relationship with Moyes.
But the report claims he has told close friends he harbours big hopes he can rebuild his United career.
In only half a season at West Ham he become a club favourite and fans would be sad to see him leave.
It’s still unknown what sort of transfer fee Lingard would fetch, and negotiations are said to be ongoing between the two clubs.
If the midfielder does stay at Old Trafford, a starting spot wouldn’t be guaranteed.
The Red Devils are reportedly keen on bolstering their squad in the transfer window, meaning if he returns he could remain a fringe player at his boyhood club.