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Jesse Lingard could yet become a Hammer before the end of the month.

Despite our latest report being somewhat negative it seems that David Moyes is impressed with the way the former Manchester United midfielder is now approaching training at Rush Green.

Being one of the manager’s favourite players does of course help but he is now a free agent and will also possibly be ready to take a cut in his wages.

ExWHUEmployee has reported that he believes the 30 year old will be announced as a Hammers signing ahead of the Manchester City game

Lingard is very much a Marmite figure among the fans but with the club still perhaps requiring depth it is an even money bet now that Moyes will decide to bring him in possibly initially on a short term contract.

The initial interest from the new Saudi League appears to have faded and it looks very much as though the Irons have the field to themselves.

The midfielder featured just three times in the league since January, with two coming as fleeting substitute appearances.

Lingard had opted to join Forest over West Ham last summer, after being offered a more lucrative package that was believed to be worth £200,000 per-week.

This led to a badly-tempered game last August between the clubs at the City Ground.

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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!"

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