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Lingard alternative identified… just in case

By Dave Langton

David Moyes will make a move for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain if the Hammers again fail to sign Jesse Lingard.

Reports have emerged linking the Irons with a swoop for the Liverpool midfielder.

But we have been told that the ex-Arsenal ace is seen as a back-up option in case Lingard again fails to make a move to the London Stadium.

West Ham are wary of a repeat of either last summer or January. The Irons tried to buy Lingard in both transfer windows but were unable to convince him to leave Manchester United.

He is now poised to depart Old Trafford upon the expiration of his contract and the Hammers are hoping to sign the 29-year-old on a free transfer.

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Lingard has plenty of options, however, and alternatives are being weighed up as a result.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is 28 and would be available for around £10m this summer, a fee that falls well within the Irons’ budget.

There may be some concern over his injury record, but he is seen as a similar player to Lingard, and he could become a major target if Lingard decides to go elsewhere.

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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.

7 comments on “Lingard alternative identified… just in case

  1. Another young hungry player Moyes promised us !!! It really is pathetic to say we have a recruitment team because we dont. Lingard and Chamberlain are just great examples of lazy recruitment.

  2. If Moyes gets waltzed around by Lingard again, keeping us dangling to the end before opting for a ‘better’ club then he is a fool. Get your business done David!

  3. Too injury prone!

  4. His injury record isn’t great, might be a good signing, tbh when we signed Lingard I wasn’t impressed and was definitely proved wrong there, so happy to be open minded about this if it happens.

  5. Moyes is on a fine line here
    Lingard over rated now.
    Over age.
    Will be stuck with him for years.
    OX is not the player we need.
    No better than what we have.

  6. O.M.G……..Please do not let this happen…….if this is Moyes recruitment plan then he has to be taken out of any transfer dealings……the man is not capable of overseeing another transfer window after the last 2 disasterous transfer windows he has been involved in !!!!!

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