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Pearce’s Lingard hint

Stuart Pearce has dropped a Jesse Lingard hint, insisting that the attacking midfielder will be in demand in the summer.

The Manchester United playmaker’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

There have naturally been suggestions that the Hammers could go for him in January, but it seems certain that there will be a race to sign him in the summer on a free transfer.

Pearce believes that there will be a number of clubs chasing him, and has dropped something of a hint that the Hammers will be in the race.

Of course, Lingard enjoyed an incredibly productive loan spell at the London Stadium last season, leading to him earning a recall to the England team ahead of Euro 2020, although he did not make the cut for the final squad.

He has struggled since his return to United, though, and has yet to make a Premier League start.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Pearce said: “I think Jesse, from what he showed last year, will be linked with varying clubs and there’s no doubt about that.

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“The frustrating thing for him is that he came to us, played really well and managed to get himself back into the England fold again. 

“He’s dropped out of it at the moment and dropped out of the England fold as well.

“From his point of view, I’m sure he will be looking at the World Cup in less than a year’s time and thinking what do I have to do and where do I have to play my football.

“All we know is he’s a United player at the moment, I think he’s out of contract next summer and I’m sure he’ll have one or two suitors.

“He did himself no harm coming to us when he did and the form he showed.”

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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.