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Can West Ham afford to play Lingard’s game?

Jesse Lingard is again in the headlines.

He has reportedly turned down a new contract at Manchester United and, per Sky Sports, considers the matter “closed”.


He is subsequently on the hunt for a loan move in the January transfer window.

That, from an outside perspective, seems just a little bit cynical.

If Lingard is expecting to come back to West Ham at the turn of the year, which is definitely possible, then one has to think he is merely attempting to get back to playing football before potentially finding a new club at the end of the season.

Which sounds a bit familiar to us!

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There has reportedly been interest from Barcelona and AC Milan in signing him on a free transfer, so there’s a chance he comes into West Ham, shines, and then leaves the Hammers high and dry come the end of the season. Again.

The Irons can’t really afford to be sidetracked by this kind of saga again.

If Lingard’s game is what it looks like from the outside, the Hammers would be better off staying out of it.

Let’s not also mention that the Hammers are currently above Man United in the league table, and that Lingard, at this point, might genuinely struggle to get into the starting XI!

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

2 comments on “Can West Ham afford to play Lingard’s game?

  1. why would ManU let Lingard join us on loan when it would almost certainly increase their chances of ending the season below us? I can see loan with an obligation to buy, but that puts the ball back in the player’s court…

  2. The only alternative would be to buy him at the reported 10mill. But do we really need him? We’ve been doing great uptil now and another MF isn’t a priority. Would rather see a Forward /LB/CM sought for January.

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