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West Ham is not the only club that could try to sign Jesse Lingard permanently from Manchester United, according to reports.
Lingard left Man Utd on loan in January after failing to appear in the Premier League in the early part of the season.
He’s instantly back to his best level since joining West Ham on a temporary contract.. Lingard scored a double on his debut and currently has three goals in four games to his name.
His last goal helped propel West Ham to the top four of the table. It seems that the measure could be beneficial to all parties.
If Lingard’s impressive form continues, then West Ham can start thinking about a permanent signing.
There was no purchase option in his contract when he was hired. However, they could try to tempt Man Utd into a sale.
According to EurosportHowever, West Ham is not the only team vying for Lingard’s signature.
The outlet claims Leicester is also monitoring the situation, while there is a possibility Man Utd could reinstate him once he returns to Old Trafford.
If Juan Mata leaves at the end of the season, he could free up a hole in the Red Devils roster for Lingard. However, if the midfielder wants to leave for good, it seems he will have at least two options.
Leicester could be preparing a bet to rival West Ham. Both sides are fighting on similar territory in the Premier League this season and as such would have a similar level of appeal.
The 28-year-old is only under contract with Man Utd until 2022. Therefore, they may have to sell him this summer to ensure they receive a transfer fee.
Will Lingard drop a West Ham trade?
West Ham would surely be interested in staying with Lingard if it maintains its current standards.
Declan Rice recently sang his new partner’s praise, but one expert thinks it may be a good move if the pair exchanges clubs.
Rice has long been linked to a move to Chelsea, but Man Utd also admires him.
With that in mind, United has been recommended to use Lingard as bait in a bid for Rice.