West Ham ‘reignite interest’ in out-of-contract Manchester United man – ‘initial enquiries’ made

West Ham United will reportedly make an attempt to sign Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard on a free transfer.

The England international spent the second half of 2020/21 on loan at the London Stadium where he was a roaring success.

After being taken under Mark Noble’s wing, Lingard scored nine and provided five assists in 16 appearances as the Hammers qualified for the Europa League.

David Moyes was keen on signing the 29-year-old on a permanent basis last summer but West Ham did not want to pay United’s asking price.

According to Sky Sports, the Irons have ‘reignited interest’ in Lingard as they look to bring him in when his contract expires next month.

The report states that West Ham have made “initial enquiries” with the midfielder’s representatives.

Both Newcastle United and Moyes’ side tried to bring Lingard in on deadline day in the January window, but United did not sanction his departure.

Despite the Red Devils’ reluctance to let him leave, Lingard was used sparingly all season. He started four games across all competitions under Ralf Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He scored two Premier League goals in 21/22 – including a late winner against West Ham in September.

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Lingard’s brother was highly critical of United for not giving him an Old Trafford farewell against Brentford earlier this month. The 29-year-old joined the club in 2000.

However, this criticism was dismissed by Rangnick and the club’s former right-back Gary Neville argued that Lingard did not deserve special treatment after watching United legends Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce leave without a send-off.

He said on The Gary Neville Podcast: “The nonsense over Jesse Lingard, look, Jesse’s been at the club a long time, done a good job, but I saw Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce not play in their last games and not get a send-off in cup finals.

“One of them maybe is the greatest captain Manchester United have ever had and other one is one of the greatest and they didn’t get that send-off, a farewell from the fans. I’m not quite sure why Jesse Lingard deserves it.

“I was thrown away at West Brom in a toilet. At the end of the day, it doesn’t work out, Jesse.”

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