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Manchester United Reportedly Considering Swap Deal With West Ham Involving Declan Rice And Jesse Lingard

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Manchester United Reportedly Considering Swap Deal With West Ham Involving Declan Rice And Jesse Lingard

Manchester United are reportedly considering a swap deal with West Ham involving Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard.

Lingard has invigorated his career since joining the Hammers on loan from the Red Devils in January, scoring six goals and providing four assists in just eight games to earn an England recall and a possible place in Gareth Southgate's squad for Euro 2020.

Lingard was in sensational form again on Monday as West Ham won 3-2 at Wolves to move into the top four.


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That has led to talk the Hammers will move to sign Lingard on a permanent deal in the summer, although boss David Moyes was quick to play down that speculation.

"We've not spoken about it," said Moyes in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's clash with Leicester.

"We're enjoying having him, he's enjoyed his time as well, but we've not considered anything more than that at this time."

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Any move for Lingard could now hinge on allowing former Chelsea youngster Rice to head in the opposite direction.

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The 22-year-old midfielder has played a pivotal part in West Ham's success this season, taking the captain's armband in the absence of Mark Noble and appearing destined for a very bright future.

But, as per The Athletic, United are keen to discuss a deal for Rice, currently sidelined with a knee injury, which would involve Lingard moving to east London on a long-term basis.

Lingard has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford ever since the signing of Bruno Fernandes in January 2020.

Moyes has previously said that it would take 'Bank of England' money for a club to sign Rice following reports that Chelsea were keen on taking him back to Stamford Bridge.

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"Bank of England money would be required, and you might even need to add Bank of Scotland on to that as well because he's been so good," said Moyes.

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Rice, who was in Chelsea's academy from 2006 to 2014, made his West Ham debut in 2017 and has gone on to make 145 appearances.

He had been ever-present since the start of the 2019/20 campaign but sustained a knee problem during England's World Cup qualifier with Poland recently.

Topics: Manchester United, Declan Rice, West Ham, Jesse Lingard

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