Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City have joined West Ham United in the race to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United permanently this summer.
According to a report by Eurosport, the race to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal in the summer transfer window is heating up. Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City are the latest entrants in the picture to sign the English international, who is currently on loan at West Ham United from Manchester United.
Lingard joined Manchester United as a seven-year-old in 2000 and made rapid progress in the club’s academy before breaking into the first-team setup a decade later. However, it is only after the 2015/16 season that he established himself as a regular for Manchester United. The arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though, proved to be detrimental to his fortunes.
Under Solskjaer, Lingard’s stock steadily fell and he soon became a bit-part player before joining West Ham United on loan this past winter. The temporary switch to the London Stadium has done wonders for the 28-year-old, who has 6 goals and 4 assists in just 8 appearances for the Hammers. His progress has alerted Tottenham and Leicester, who want to swoop him away from Manchester United.
The interest from Tottenham Hotspur does not come as one bit surprising, as Dele Alli continues to face an uncertain future at the club. With the Englishman tipped to depart the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this coming summer, a spot in Jose Mourinho’s squad could open up, one that can be filled by Lingard, who is, therefore, a viable target for the former Manchester United boss.
Leicester’s interest, on the other hand, is interesting, although with Cengiz Under unlikely to be signed on a permanent deal, there could be a place for Lingard in Brendan Rodgers’s squad. West Ham, meanwhile, are also reportedly intent on signing the 28-year-old permanently this summer.
The report claims that Tottenham and Leicester are simply monitoring Lingard at the moment, with West Ham the only serious suitors at present. Meanwhile, it has also been suggested by 90 min that Manchester United could explore the possibility of keeping him, although certain reports have claimed that United would want around £15 million for Lingard.
Nevertheless, it looks like the race to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United is starting to intensify, with the entry of Tottenham and Leicester in the picture. It will, therefore, be interesting to see what the future holds for the English international, who can do no wrong at West Ham at the moment.