Jesse Lingard could make a sensational return back to West Ham United this January, with reports suggesting he is unhappy with his current level of game time at Manchester United.
After spending the second half of last season on loan with West Ham United, where he impressed by scoring nine goals and producing five assists in 16 games, reports are now linking him back to the Hammers.
Despite speculation over the summer that he could leave Manchester United, a January move away seems more likely than ever as he approaches the end of his Old Trafford contract.
The 28-year-old, valued at £19.8m by transfermarkt.com, has previously said, via Sky Sports, that he needs to be playing more football in order to earn himself a place in the England squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
With this in mind and his contract expiring at the end of the season, the Red Devils might try and offload the attacking midfielder for a reduced fee, rather than allow him to leave free six months later.
This could mean David Moyes and West Ham could acquire his signature for as low as £10-£15million this January, without the risk of having to compete with more clubs in the summer who might be holding out for a free transfer.
Reports have suggested powerhouses like Barcelona and AC Milan could be interested in signing Lingard and would give the Hammers tough competition.
Despite that, this could still be a good deal for West Ham. Although we are overloaded in that position now, with the arrival of Nikola Vlasic, for such a small fee it would be worth signing him anyway.
Lingard performed exceptionally well in London last season and his form still continues on when he plays for United, it’s just that his minutes are more limited.
David Moyes will definitely want to keep his eye out for this transfer, because a team with Jesse Lingard in at the moment would be a better one than without.