West Ham

Jesse Lingard set to join West Ham on loan

Robbie Copeland
Jan 25, 2021, 7:45 PM GMT
Lingard is set to finally leave United
Lingard is set to finally leave United | Visionhaus/Getty Images

West Ham are expected to sign Jesse Lingard on loan until the end of the season, with David Moyes set for a reunion with the Manchester United midfielder.

Moyes' side have trimmed their wage bill and boosted their coffers this month by shipping off Sebastian Haller to Ajax and Robert Snodgrass to West Brom. They are keen to promote their own talent to make up the numbers, as 90min learned earlier this month that teenage striker Mipo Odebuko will get his chance, but they want to strengthen from the outside too.

That has led them to Lingard, who has been the target of various Premier League clubs this season despite a lack of football for Manchester United.

Lingard has not featured in the Premier League this season
Lingard has not featured in the Premier League this season | MARTIN MEISSNER/Getty Images

The 28-year-old hasn't made a Premier League appearance this term and his situation isn't expected to improve as United chase a first league title since 2013. Reports earlier in the window suggested he had put in a transfer request, and it seems that wish has now been granted.

The Times say that West Ham are on the verge of completing a loan switch, having beaten off interest from relegation-threatened West Brom and Sheffield United for his services. That comes after the midfielder met with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday, who agreed to let him leave with a view to playing regular football in the second half of the campaign.

It is believed Lingard is keen on linking up with Moyes for a second time, having briefly worked together in the Scot's ill-fated spell at Old Trafford between 2013-14.

Lingard's deal at United had been due to expire in the summer but last month they triggered an extension in his contract to keep him there until 2022. That was to protect their interests, so they can cash in for a fee this summer, should he rediscover his best form while away on loan.

It's unclear when the deal will be confirmed, but he could feature against Liverpool at the end of the month, as the Irons meet the Reds at the London Stadium on 31 January.