Man Utd have upper hand in Jesse Lingard transfer talks as West Ham send clear message

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Manchester United look set to have a huge advantage in negotiations over Jesse Lingard’s future, with West Ham reportedly ready to ‘do whatever it takes’ to sign the 28-year-old. Lingard has scored six goals in eight Premier League games to fire the Hammers up to fourth in the table, and David Moyes’ side are expected to try and land him permanently in the summer transfer window.

Lingard has revitalised his career since joining West Ham in loan in January, with his performances having earned him a return to the England squad for the first time in 18 months.

He continued his excellent form in the Hammers’ 3-2 win over Wolves on Monday, scoring the first after dribbling 60 yards before playing a key role in his side’s second.

Prior to his loan move, Lingard had been out in the cold at United, having made just three appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, and none at all in the Premier League or Champions League.

And the Hammers are reportedly determined to sign him permanently – meaning United will have the opportunity to drive up the transfer fee.

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A senior source at the London Stadium said the club would pull out all the stops to land Lingard, according to Sky Sports.

The source was quoted saying: “We will do whatever it takes to sign him. He’s been outstanding for us.”

Netting a decent transfer fee for a player whose contract expires next year would represent great business for United.

But former Red Devils defender Gary Neville has claimed his former club might want Lingard back for next season following his impressive performances.

“He does an incredible amount of running,” Neville told Monday Night Football. “It’s what he does. He’s good out of possession and good in possession.

“At Manchester United. because there is that expectation of what you need to be, to be a wide player there, he’s always going to get a difficult press.

Neville added: “Manchester United have sent him out to West Ham to boost his career, maybe with the thought of boosting his price tag, but they might be thinking, ‘actually, we might want him back, he could be a real help to us’.

“If Jesse wants to play, and you can see he does want to play, then he needs to leave, because he’s not going to play every single week for a Manchester United team that’s competing for second or first place in the league.

“But if he’s willing to go back there and compete and be the player that Dan James has been for the last few weeks, in and out, then there’s no doubt he can play for Manchester United.”

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