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Moyes gives Lingard lowdown

David Moyes knew the Hammers wouldn’t be signing Jesse Lingard from Manchester United in the early stages of the transfer window.

The attacking midfielder was reported to be a target for the Hammers throughout the summer window.

However, no deal materialised and the Irons, of course, ended up signing Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow instead.

Moyes has now confirmed that there was no bid tabled for Lingard despite his astonishing loan spell at the club in the second half of last season, and he claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told him early on in the window that the England international would be staying at Old Trafford.

Speaking to reporters ahead of this weekend’s clash with United, in which Lingard could play a part, he was asked if Lingard rejected the club and said: “No nothing like that at all.

“Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] made it clear to me quite early in the transfer window that he wanted to keep him. So I knew pretty early in the transfer window that he was staying at Manchester United. I had a private conversation with Ole who made it clear that he was staying.”

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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.