Manchester United ‘ready to sell Jesse Lingard for £10m’ just months after pricing West Ham out of a bid in the summer ‘when they were willing to pay £18m’ after his impressive loan spell
- Jesse Lingard is in the final year of his contract at Manchester United
- West Ham were priced out of a permanent move after his loan spell last season
- United are now more willing to sell Lingard which could attract the Hammers
Jesse Lingard could be set to leave Manchester United during the January transfer window.
The 28-year-old has struggled for game-time this season after returning from an impressive loan spell at West Ham last season.
United priced the Hammers out of a permanent move in the summer by reportedly demanding £25 million – which was £7m more than the Hammers were willing to pay.
Manchester United are reportedly willing to listen to offers worth £10m for Jesse Lingard
Now the Sun have reported that United are happy to let Lingard go in the winter transfer window for just £10m.
Lingard reignited his career at the London Stadium last season, after becoming a peripheral figure at Old Trafford beforehand.
He returned to United on the back of a spell in which he scored nine goals in 16 appearances and helped the Hammers achieve European qualification.
Lingard stayed at United this season despite his impressive loan spell at West Ham
He has yet to start a Premier League game but has scored two goals including one against the Hammers
Though United were not willing to let Lingard go cheaply in the summer, he has yet to start a single game in the Premier League this season.
So far he has played 63 minutes in five appearances off the bench. Though he has scored twice including a match-winner against West Ham.
One potential factor United have to consider is that the England international is currently in the final year of his contract.
He is currently free to speak to clubs outside the Premier League in January and could leave on a free next summer.
In October, under-fire United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was hopeful Lingard would sign a new deal.
David Moyes is a big fan of Lingard and was keen to sign him on a permanent transfer
He said: ‘Jesse’s had a good start to the season. He’s come on and scored a few goals for us, that’s been very important for us.
“We want to prolong his contract, we see him as an important player. It’s up to him, maybe up to me, to give him more playing time because he deserves to.
The England international has been at United for more than two decades, but is known to be concerned at the amount of playing time under Solskjaer ahead of next year’s World Cup.
West Ham boss David Moyes has repeatedly spoken about his interest of bringing Lingard to the club on a permanent transfer after his excellent displays at the Hammers last season.
Lingard (bottom left) fears his lack of game-time could affect his chance of making the World Cup
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