Surprise speculation in the English media this weekend suggests that Manchester United are ready to offer fresh terms to the returning Jesse Lingard.
Attacking midfielder Lingard of course made the move to London during the winter window.
On the back of a dismal opening half to the campaign, during which he failed to garner a single Premier League appearance for Manchester United, Lingard was granted a loan departure, to top-flight rivals West Ham.
And to say that the 28-year-old subsequently went on to impress would be something of an understatement.
Having been handed the freedom of West Ham’s midfield to operate, Lingard quickly established himself as one of the Premier League’s standout performers over the 2nd half of the season.
All told, the English international racked up nine goals and four assists across 16 appearances in the colours of the Hammers.
In fact, so impressive did Lingard’s form prove, that, last month, he went on to secure a Premier League Player and Goal of the Month double for April:
Jesse Lingard’s wonderful solo goal v Wolves is the Premier League Goal of the Month for April 🏆pic.twitter.com/sWO8iCogt3
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 14, 2021
Old Trafford stay?
In turn, it has come as little surprise to see speculation spread that West Ham would be keen to make their loan star’s signing permanent over the weeks ahead, if handed the opportunity.
As outlined above, however, if the latest word doing the rounds in the media this weekend is anything to go by, then their counterparts in Manchester could yet be ready to throw a spanner in the works of those at the London Stadium.
As per a report from the Daily Star, Manchester United, contrary to previous claims, are prepared to keep hold of Lingard this summer. This comes as West Ham continue to toil in their efforts to meet the asking price laid out by the Red Devils.
Not only that, but the Old Trafford hierarchy have been tipped to offer their out-of-favour midfielder a new contract, worth £130,000-per-week.
The option to extend Lingard’s terms for a further year would also held by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co., as part of the agreement.
EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Lingard to be offered new three-year Man Utd contract despite West Ham interest
— Daily Star Sport (@DailyStar_Sport) June 26, 2021
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