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CandH Exclusive: Lingard’s Hammers dream crushed

CandH Exclusive
by our northern man Terry Robbins

Manchester United look to have finally quashed Jesse Lingard’s dream of joining Irons in the remaining hours of the transfer window.

The Claret&Hugh northern desk was informed late on Monday afternoon the Old Trafford midfielder was still hoping his club would blink first and open negotiations over a permanent transfer to the London Stadium.
The Red Devils, however, remained steadfast in their stance that sanctioning a sale to us would be “bad business” and still view  Hammers as a direct rival for the top four in the remaining months of the season.
United insiders also confirmed to us the loan of forward Anthony Martial to Sevilla last week, coupled with the suspension of Mason Greenwood, who continues to be questioned by police over allegations of a serious sexual assault, further cemented their stance.
United still have Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho in the front positions, hardly attacking breadline stuff for the majority of clubs.
But Lingard was informed that unless Newcastle returned late to the table and met their staggering demands for a £13m bonus payment, should the Geordies avoid relegation, the 29-year-old would be staying put in Manchester until the summer.
Lingard spoke to interim manager Ralf Rangnick earlier in the day, in a bid to try and find a solution, but United’s executives would rather keep the Warrington-born player than cede to him linking up with West Ham, despite people close to the situation insisting he still wants to play for David Moyes again.
Things cand always change in the last few hours of deadline day but frankly it would incredibly surprising wre united to suddenly change their attitude
A United insider told us: “Jesse has felt let down every step of the way. United know he still fancies West Ham but they didn’t want to risk it, unless a really stupid offer arrived on the table.
“Jesse would go to Newcastle on loan as it kept his West Ham option open, but United are moving the goalposts again because of the Martial and Greenwood developments. Jesse has been here since a kid but it all seems to count for nothing.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “CandH Exclusive: Lingard’s Hammers dream crushed

  1. lingard has only himself to blame. Turned down West Ham in the summer. TOUGH. Sick and tired of the fiasco on both sides. And thats being polite.

  2. Don’t care , this is a really bad window , leaving everything late . Loans when we could be buying Moyes and Newman have a lot to answer for . Moyes is terrible at transfers , not happy with Moyes and co .

  3. Another brilliant example of the failure of our recruitment team. Surely someone has to be sacked for this debacle of a window. I am fed up of people saying to me you are panicing wait till the window is over, it was so just obvious from the early days of the window how inept our planning has been for this window. We have just missed on the best opportunity in the clubs history to push for top 4. If Moyes comes out with his usual rubbish that we tried then he is taking us for fools, if he has any respect for us he will tell us who exactly messed up. For me there has been a fundamental in our recruitment strategy. Finally why would anyone ever be counting on signing Lingard from United and still believing it could happen, the average fan is sick and tired of Lingard and the talk around him.

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