Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has tipped West Ham to re-sign Jesse Lingard this January.
Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs shot-stopper has claimed Lingard’s recent comments about his Old Trafford future might just open the door for David Moyes to bring his man back to London Stadium, having failed to agree a permanent deal in the summer following his impressive loan spell.
Lingard said last week that he needs to be playing for if he is to make it into Gareth Southgate’s plans for next winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
The 28-year-old has mostly been used as a substitute for Man United this season, only starting one of his six appearances across all competitions, which means a potential move away from Old Trafford could be on the cards in January.
And Robinson believes West Ham looks like the likely destination for the forward if he’s allowed to leave.
He said: “A return to West Ham could be on the cards judging by that.
“If Lingard wants any kind of international career he needs to be getting regular starts. I don’t think a bit-part role at Man United is going to be enough for him.
“He played well against Andorra. I’m a big fan of his. I really like the way he plays. He looks a completely different player since he’s come back from West Ham.
“The worry would be that he regresses again as his game time reduces. He is not getting the minutes that he wants.
“There will be a couple of exits from Man United in January. Lingard could well be one of them. I think there will be activity there.”
During his loan spell at West Ham, Lingard scored nine goals and assisted five others in just 16 Premier League appearances, and fans would no doubt be delighted if he were return to Stratford after playing such a crucial role in the Hammers’ top-six finish in 2020/2021.