West Ham United have been tipped to sign Manchester United star Jesse Lingard in the January transfer window by ex-England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
Speaking to Football Insider, West Ham United have been backed to raid Premier League rivals Manchester United for the signing of Jesse Lingard, who is keen on an exit, in the January transfer window.
Lingard enjoyed a stunning loan spell at West Ham in the second half of the last season, as he helped the Hammers achieve a top-six finish and qualify for the UEFA Europa League. David Moyes & co. intended to make his transfer permanent, but the 28-year-old decided to stay at Manchester United and prove himself at Old Trafford.
However, game-time has come at a premium once again for the England international even though he impressed in a few cameo appearances, scoring a couple of goals. With his contract running out at the end of the season and playing time not forthcoming under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Lingard has decided that he would be open to moving away from Manchester United.
This has led to interest from the likes of Newcastle United and Everton, while West Ham also remain keen on signing him permanently after having missed out in the summer. And, former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has claimed that the Englishman could prove to be a massive signing for the Hammers in January as they make a push for a top-four finish.
“It’d be a massive signing if they could get him back at West Ham. We saw a different Jesse Lingard to the one we are seeing now at Man United, he’s a bit-part player at the moment. Lingard at West Ham last season had the shackles off. He was enjoying his football and was on the brink of the Euros squad with England,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“They would be given a massive boost if they could get that deal over the line, especially with them challenging for the top four places. Sometimes teams can drop off and fall away up there but bringing in someone like Lingard would galvanise the fans. His quality in that three behind Antonio would just give them another dimension. It would be huge.”
A product of the Manchester United academy, Lingard has made 218 appearances so far, scoring 35 goals and setting up 21 more. The 28-year-old has featured just eight times across all competitions this term, scoring twice and setting up another goal. He has started just one game so far in 2021/22, so it would not come as a surprise if he pushed for an exit in January.