17/08/2021; 7:57 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
After struggling for first-team opportunities at Manchester United, Jesse Lingard is ready to complete a permanent move away from the club. His hopes of securing a move elsewhere could be taking a positive turn with the news that the Red Devils are willing to lower their asking demands for any asking suitor.
As it stands, a host of English sides are interested in the midfielder but West Ham have shown most interest so far and look like the likely side to land him in a permanent move.
After a successful loan spell at West Ham last season, Jesse Lingard had hoped he would get the game time he desires at United. He had received assurances from the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about his place in the team, but the midfielder seems to have lost hope.
On the opening day, 5-1 rout of Leeds United, Lingard was left out of the team, and the message seems to be clear to him. Lingard had initially hoped to resurrect his career at Old Trafford, but it is looking highly unlikely, especially with the current form of Bruno Fernandes. Lingard has come to accept that he has dropped down the pecking order and would want to boost his chances of making the World Cup in Qatar next year.
The midfielder wants out, and West Ham is his preferred destination.
Jesse Lingard impressed while at West Ham, doing enough to convince David Moyes to want him back in the squad.
West Ham have constantly held the belief that they would get their man. Hopes have been boosted, with the 28-year-old keen on a return to East London.
United have already turned down one bid for Lingard, but that has not deterred the Hammers from trying again. They are believed to be preparing a second bid with the hopes of completing a deal before August 31, when the transfer window closes.
United are said to have lowered their asking price to around £20 million. For the Hammers, this is a boost.
The Hammers have now gone gung-ho in their pursuit of Lingard. According to The Express, West Ham are no longer holding back from speaking on the matter. Speaking recently, West ham's assistant manager Stuart Pearce said that West Ham's interest in Lingard has been an open secret confirming that they would like him to join the team.