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Jesse Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Ham last season and the club remain interested in signing the Manchester United winger; Hammers boss David Moyes said in May he was “hopeful” the 28-year-old would want to join the club.
The 28-year-old is back in pre-season training with Manchester United and will hold talks with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with just a year left on his current contract.
West Ham loaned Lingard for the second half of the 2020/21 season, with the 28-year-old scoring nine goals for David Moyes’ side and returning to the England fold as a result.
Regular football is the most important thing for me,” Lingard told Sky Sports News in June. “After going on loan and getting a good run in the team, you started to see the real me, with the goals and the assists.”
Lingard was included in England’s 33-man squad before Euro 2020 and played in both of their warm-up friendlies ahead of the tournament, but he was one of seven players to miss out on making the final squad.
In May, Moyes said of Lingard’s potential return: “I couldn’t say any more than I’m hopeful Jesse might want to come here, that’s up to Manchester United, but he’s been a positive signing.”
Meanwhile, back in April, Solskjaer acknowledged Bruno Fernandes’ starring role at Manchester United had made it difficult to offer Lingard opportunities.
Solskjaer was however delighted with Lingard’s West Ham performances – in April he won the Premier League Player of the Month and Goal of the Month awards.
Jesse has been brilliant since he left,” Solskjaer said in April.
“Selfishly, we could have kept him because he’s always got a part to play, he’s a fantastic lad around the place, Man United through and through, never once did he moan or cause me a problem, he just worked really hard.
“He deserved a chance to play for more football – that’s why we let him go to West Ham because he deserves a chance for what he’s done throughout his life for Man United. Of course, we [will] welcome him back.”