Man Utd: Solskjaer hints at future role for Lingard
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The England midfielder returned to Old Trafford in the summer after a successful loan spell at the London Stadium last season, and was initially determined to resurrect his Manchester United career.
West Ham have never given up hope of signing Lingard on a permanent deal – and hopes were raised this week with the 28 year old said to be still keen on a return to East London if things at Old Trafford do not work out.
The Hammers have had one bid for LIngard already turned down but are preparing a second firm offer in the hopes of securing a deal before the end of the transfer window on August 31 – with United’s asking price said to have dropped to around £20 million.
Assistant manager Stuart Pearce said: ‘”We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year.
“The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.
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“He’s a special lad and was very good around the players, the players really like him. His ability shone out last year and gave us a great option in our squad.
“You never know, but at this moment in time it looks like he is fighting for a place in the United line-up.”
Lingard scored nine goals and made five assists in an inspirational 16-game loan spell at West ham in the second half of last season, which helped the club to a top six finish.
Lingard, who has one year left on his United contract, was though left out of United’s opening day 5-1 win over Leeds at Old Trafford after testing positive for Covid-19.
Despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisting the midfielder was still in his plans, West Ham still intend to make one last push for a player that manager David Moyes rates as his No 1 transfer target for this summer.
The Hammers boss gave nothing away when asked about the club’s interest in bringing Lingard back to the club last week.
“You are talking about a Manchester United player not a West Ham player,” he said,
“So you need to ask Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] about that.
“I never talk about players at other clubs but we are trying to add to the squad if we can. We have made and have other offers in for players.
“It has been a difficult window because the market, in general, has been very quiet. Overall it has been quite a quiet market.”
But speaking after their opening-day win over Newcastle, Moyes confirmed there are plans to make more additions to the squad.
“I have 17-year-old centre-half Jamal who I want involved in the first-team training but undoubtedly I am going to try and add to the squad,” he said.
“And I will be adding a defender and maybe other players as well but then if I don’t then I will be happy if the players perform as well as they did today.”
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