Jesse Lingard ‘could leave Manchester United in January transfer window for £10m’ with the wantaway midfielder ‘making personal arrangements’ over a return to West Ham
- Jesse Lingard rejected Manchester United’s contract offer in October
- He hinted on Instagram on Friday he would desire a move back to West Ham
- It’s reported he is ‘making personal arrangements’ over a January return
Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard could return to West Ham in a deal worth £10m.
Lingard wants to leave Old Trafford after he rejected United’s contract offer in October – which is understood to be less than his current deal.
The 28-year-old hinted at a possible desire to move back to West Ham by reposting a video of him scoring a goal for the Hammers on his Instagram story.
Jesse Lingard wants to leave Manchester United after rejecting a contract offer from the club
Lingard hinted of his desire to return to West Ham after reposting a video from the Hammers of him scoring against Wolves
Now the Sun have reported that Lingard is already making personal arrangements over a return to the capital in January in a £10m deal.
Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Ham for the second half of last season, scoring nine goals and providing five assists to help David Moyes’ side to qualify for the Europa League.
Moyes had hoped to sign Lingard permanently in the summer but was priced out of a move by the Red Devils.
The playmaker is in the final year of his contract and is a free agent at the end of the season.
Lingard though could look to leave earlier due to his lack of game-time at United so far this season, having made five Premier League appearances – all from the bench.
Lingard has made just five Premier League appearances off the bench so far this season
The United boss on Friday insisted that Lingard was still an important part of the team despite stalling over a new contract.
He said in his press conference ahead of United’s trip to Watford: ”Jesse is training really hard, really well, and he’s ready and available for me.
‘He’s disappointed he’s not played more… Jesse is still a important part of this squad, he gives energy to the group every day.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted on Friday that Lingard was still an important part of the team
Lingard can open talks with foreign clubs from January 1 having already attracted strong interest from Barcelona and AC Milan. A representative from Lingard’s camp is thought to have travelled to Spain for talks with clubs last week.
And the England international put a cryptic post on his Instagram on Friday afternoon by resharing a video of him scoring against Wolves last season while on loan at West Ham, ahead of the east Londoners’ trip to Molineux this weekend.
Lingard commented on West Ham’s original video of him scoring over the weekend with the wind emoji – to recognise his pace in scoring the goal – with Hammers star Declan Rice responding with the ‘eyes emoji’, hinting that his repost is a come and get me plea.