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West Ham will reportedly step up their bid to sign Jesse Lingard permanently from Manchester United following his England heartache.
Lingard’s Euro 2020 snub has been a huge blow to the midfielder, who enjoyed a hugely impressive loan spell with the Hammers last season.
The 28-year-old ended his London Stadium stay with 14 goal contributions in 16 games for the club [nine goals, five assists].
Having only arrived in January, he left as a fan favourite and West Ham’s newest hero, having played a huge part in helping the club secure European football for the first time in five years.
His electric form even saw him recalled to the England fold ahead of the Euros, but it was not enough to earn a call up to Gareth Southgate’s final squad for the tournament.
However, The Sun claim David Moyes is now hopeful his release from international duty will work in West Ham’s favour.
It is said the Hammers manager believes a permanent transfer from United can soon be concluded, as talks no longer have to wait until after this summer’s tournament to end.
A club insider told the newspaper: “Jesse knows we want him, so hopefully the club will pursue him in the next month or so.”
Lingard won the Premier League goal of the month award for April for his stunning solo goal against Wolves, and played alongside Hammers teammate Declan Rice in England’s friendlies against Austria and Romania, with the pair striking up and instant friendship in the capital.
Lingard may have missed out on the final 26-man party for Euro 2020, but he is technically still on standby until Saturday in the event injury strikes, so could yet be recalled to the team.
His Man United future is unclear, having not made a single Premier League appearance in the first half of the 2020/21 season after falling out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
West Ham are desperate to agree a deal to sign the attacker in a permanent deal, but Solskjaer has maintained the Red Devils expect Lingard back at Old Trafford following his loan.
“Jesse has been brilliant since he left,” said the Norwegian towards the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
“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.
“It was different here [with] Bruno [Fernandes and] the form he’s played in, arguably in Jesse’s favourite position, and that was just a decision that we’ve made.
“Delighted, though, for Jesse and just wish him all the best for the rest of the season until he comes back.”
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