West Ham manager David Moyes has spoken out on transfer speculation linking Jesse Lingard with a return to the club.
It was reported by The Sun on Friday that the midfielder was making “personal arrangements” to join the Hammers in January after his contract talks at Manchester United collapsed.
Lingard proved a hit on loan at the London Stadium in the second half of last season, scoring nine goals and registering five assists in 16 appearances.
However, Moyes refused to be drawn into discussions about whether the 28-year-old could wear the claret and blue shirt again when asked about it on Friday [via Metro].
“He’s a Manchester United player and I’m not going to talk
about players at other clubs,” the Scot said.
“All I can say is we really enjoyed having Jesse, he made a
great contribution to the team and he’s helped the team.
“The team’s moved on, we’ve kicked on again so, look, Jesse is a Manchester United player and it’s up to them to decide what he does.”
Moyes remaining coy
As is to be expected, Moyes is keeping his cards close to
his chest here. He has been in football long enough to both expect these sorts
of questions and know what the right answer is.
He is also right to say that West Ham have “moved on”.
Lingard helped the Hammers finish sixth and qualify for the Europa League last
season, but the club have progressed even further since then: they currently
sit third in the Premier League table, above Manchester United.
However, behind closed doors you would imagine Moyes is
beginning to put the cogs in motion to bring the midfielder back to the London
He is an open admirer of Lingard, who looks almost certain to leave Old Trafford in January for a cut-price fee of just £10m, according to The Sun.
The deal seems to suit all parties. West Ham get added
threat in their midfield as they continue battling in domestic competitions and
in Europe, Manchester United get an unneeded player off their books and Lingard
gets the game time he desperately craves.
In other West Ham news, the club have revived their interest in a highly-rated forward with a £16.8m release clause .
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