One of the European clubs that was interested in Jesse Lingard before his move to West Ham has revived their pursuit of the Manchester United man, according to reports.
Lingard was starved of opportunities at Man Utd earlier in the season, so he had to look for a way out in January. He ended up joining West Ham on loan for the rest of the season. What has followed has been incredible as he has scored nine goals from 11 appearances for the Hammers.
This form has put him firmly back in the England picture ahead of Euro 2020. It has also led to renewed speculation about his future at club level.
There is no possibility of buying the deal that West Ham struck to take him on loan. As things stand, Lingard will return to Man Utd in the summer, where he will remain under contract for another year.
West Ham, however, are exploring a permanent deal and it is believed that Lingard would like to do that.
But the club in London faces competition for his signature. There have been connections with other teams from the capital like Arsenal and Tottenham.
Now the interest from abroad is also reappearing. According to Sky Sport Italy (as quoted by Transfer market), Nice want to take Lingard to Ligue 1.
The French side participated in his signing in January. Lingard held talks with them before ruling out the proposed loan deal.
The president of Nice poured cold water on the rumors at the time. But now it looks like they might be back on the hunt.
The report claims that Nice are still in the background, although West Ham want to sign him permanently.
It seems unlikely that Lingard wants to move to a club that is currently in the middle of the table in Ligue 1 when both West Ham and his parent club could qualify for the Champions League. But it all depends on what offers can be presented.
However, West Ham still look to be the favorites in the race to sign the 28-year-old. In fact, Nice’s interest may have cooled somewhat.
But they are apparently still considering a bid on Lingard and can start their own bid.
Man Utd asked to sell Lingard
There could even still be a future for Lingard at Old Trafford given his revived form. However, it seems that they are more likely to make money on him given the lack of time left on his contract.
One of their former players believes they could benefit from Lingard’s resurgence by offering him as bait in a swap deal for other purposes.
“I think Jesse Lingard since his loan spell at West Ham has probably been the best player in the Premier League for the last six, eight weeks,” said Luke Chadwick Caught outside.
“It has been fantastic for him and may have shown that it is time for him to move to new pastures.
“If it were possible and Lingard plays week in, week out in a club like Aston Villa, and Man United can attract one of the best players in the league in Jack Grealish, who has a huge future ahead of him, it could be a great job on both sides. ”
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