Jesse Lingard transfer: West Ham completes Manchester United midfielder loan signing | Football news
West Ham has loaned Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard on loan until the end of the season.
The Hammers managed to secure a deal for Lingard after completing Said Benrahma’s permanent transfer from Brentford, freeing up space for another loan signing at the club.
Lingard, who will wear the No.11 shirt at West Ham, has not made a Premier League appearance this season and will now join former United manager David Moyes.
United, which triggered a one-year extension of England international Lingard’s contract which keeps him at the club until the summer of 2022, have decided to allow the 28-year-old to leave Old Trafford on a temporary basis before Monday’s transfer deadline.
“I’m excited,” Lingard told West Ham TV. “This is another new chapter in my life. Nothing is guaranteed but I have come here to work hard, to help the team and to bring my experience. This is the main goal.
“I just want to enjoy my football, start playing again and gain a foothold on the pitch. There were a lot of clubs involved but, for me personally, I felt it was the right decision.
“I obviously had a previous relationship with the manager because he was at Man U and I’ve played under him before, so he knows my qualities and what I can bring to the team.”
West Ham boss Moyes added: “I saw him play when he was still a wide player on the right, and I saw him play on the left.
“He played for England as a No 10, he played for England as a No 8, and I actually think if we needed him as a false 9 he could. do too.
“I hope he also gives us some quality and a Manchester United winning mentality.”
West Brom were also interested in Lingard’s loan and last month it was reported that La Liga club Real Sociedad had initial talks about a possible deal, while Nice were also keen on a short-term transfer.
Amad Diallo joined Manchester United from Atalanta for £ 37million earlier this month and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated the 18-year-old winger could soon be in contention for the first team, which would have further limited Lingard’s playing time.
Lingard representatives also held talks with several clubs in England and Europe this summer, but no decision has materialized.
The United academy graduate, who did not appear for United while Moyes was in charge during the 2013-14 season, scored four goals in 40 appearances in all competitions last season.
Lingard won the last of his 24 caps for England in the UEFA Nations League finals in June 2019.
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