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West Ham remain interested in signing Jesse Lingard in a permanent transfer, but the deal could hinge on Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
Lingard scored nine goals and registered four assists in a successful loan spell with the Hammers last season.
He had failed to make a Premier League appearance for the Red Devils in the 2020/21 campaign due to the form of Bruno Fernandes, before leaving for east London in January.
The Evening Standard say Lingard, who has one year left on his United deal, is West Ham’s top transfer target this summer.
However, the report adds Old Trafford chiefs are reluctant to let Lingard go until Sancho’s future is resolved.
United have increased their offer for Sancho to £72million after having a £67m bid rejected by Dortmund earlier this month.
While the transfer is yet to be confirmed, it is claimed both United and Dortmund are expecting the deal to go through.
Sancho’s potential arrival at Old Trafford would only push Lingard further down the pecking order with Marcus Rashford, Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial all ahead of him.
Lingard, who missed out on Gareth Southgate’s 26-man Euro 2020 squad, has insisted he wants to play regular first-team football next season.
He told Sky Sports: “Regular football is the most important thing for me.
“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.
“I’ve never doubted my ability, I’ve always believed in myself. I spoke to the manager [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] in pre-season and said, ‘I need game time’.
“He said, ‘We can discuss it December time’, and we spoke again and he agreed to let me go on loan.
“I had various conversations with him during my time at West Ham. He was very supportive and it was a great loan for me.”