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Jesse Lingard has been offered a new three-year contract by Manchester United, according to reports, in a hammer blow to West Ham’s hopes of signing the on-loan star.
The England midfielder scored nine goals and registered four assists in a successful loan spell with the Hammers during the second half of last season.
The east London harbour hopes of re-signing Lingard on a permanent deal this summer.
However, the Daily Star claim Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to reward Lingard for his form with a new £130,000-a-week contract, which will run until 2024.
The report adds that West Ham are struggling to afford United’s £25million asking price for Lingard, who narrowly missed out on Gareth Southgate’s 26-man England squad for Euro 2020.
Lingard has one year left on his current Old Trafford deal and signing new terms at Old Trafford would be a huge blow to West Ham.
The Hammers are embarking on European football this season having finished sixth in the 2020/21 campaign.
David Moyes is yet to add any new faces to his squad with his side’s Premier League campaign kicking off against Newcastle on August 15.
Lingard, who failed to make a Premier League appearance for United last season before his Hammers loan, insists he wants to be playing regular first-team football next term.
He said: “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 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.”