West Ham face a huge uphill battle to convince Jesse Lingard to move to the club if new reports are to be believed.
KUMB reported this morning that Lingard is not overly keen on a move to London, as he would prefer to stay with his family up north.
That has opened the door to a different club.
Everton have been reported as holding an interest in signing the attacking midfielder, whose contract at Manchester United has expired, and they are suddenly flush with cash after selling Richarlison to Spurs for £60m.
On that note, Tottenham are also said to be interested in doing a deal; we reported in January that the club held talks with the player’s representatives in a bid to gauge his interest in a switch this summer.
That does go against the reporting that he wants to stay up north but one wonders if he would move to London if given the promise of playing Champions League football.
Newcastle are also said to hold an interest in Lingard, and they can offer bigger wages than every other interested club.
Moyes has twice tried to sign Lingard previously, but he has twice turned us down since the loan.
It could be happening again.
The guy obviously doesn’t want to join us. He did well for us at first, but faded when the honeymoon period was over. Prima Donna? No thank you. Bye.
Why not move on to another target and just leave it open for Lingard to contact by a given date and time.
Pretty tired of the Lingard saga. Reports last year were that Manchester United were unwilling to let West Ham have Lingard because we were now considered a direct rival for European places. I also understand why a lifelong Manchester boy would want to stay and fight for his place in the Manchester United team. That was the other rumour. Fact is there are so many conflicting stories about Lingard that it’s very hard to know the truth of it. Last I heard he was on holiday in America. So many transfers get done right at the end of a window. Wherever Lingard goes I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same.
Well apparently not is reported that DM has sanctioned three targets – Lingard age 30 and no interest in joining us, Broja whom Tuchel is re-evaluating and may not sell, and Lewis-Potter for whom Brentford have put in a firm offer whilst we navel gaze. Break out the party poppers.
With the caveat that the window is still open and things can happen, I still have this sense of DM being a man digging his own grave. I hope he proves all us doubters wrong but the omens don’t feel good.