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West Ham United Were Told Jesse Lingard Didn't Want To Sign For Them

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West Ham United Were Told Jesse Lingard Didn't Want To Sign For Them

West Ham United didn't make a move for Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard on Deadline Day, because the player told them he wasn't interested in a move.

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Lingard had a tough couple of years at Old Trafford and didn't play a single Premier League game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team last season.

He moved to West Ham on loan last January, until the end of the season, and instantly made a huge impact, scoring nine goals in 16 games and helped David Moyes side finish in sixth and qualify for the Europa League.

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The Hammers were expected to make that move permanent this summer but Transfer Deadline Day came and went with the England international staying at United.

According to 90 Min, the Londoners didn't make a move all summer because Lingard let them know he didn't want to move to the London Stadium.

The report claims that the club had wanted to make the move and even made an approach, but the player told chairman David Sullivan personally that he didn't want to go back to east London.

Lingard had an exceptional spell at West Ham last season. Image: PA Images
Lingard had an exceptional spell at West Ham last season. Image: PA Images
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There are no questions over the Hammers ability to have signed the player financially, having brought Nikola Vlasic to the club on Deadline Day for £25 million.

It's unlikely Lingard's decision based solely on not moving to West Ham and it's more likely that the forward just wanted to stay to compete for his place in Solskjaer's team.

The 28-year-old was told by the manager that he could be part of the team's plans this season but has so far only played four minutes of football.

United are stacked in the positions that the former Birmingham City loanee is likely to play in, especially with the additions of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

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Lingard hasn't played much for United in the past 18 months. Image: PA
Lingard hasn't played much for United in the past 18 months. Image: PA

Mason Greenwood's form upfront and on the right make it difficult for him to be left out of the side right now, and Bruno Fernandes continues to be integral to the team.

Lingard's contract expires at the end of the current campaign and it's unlikely he will sign a new deal unless there's proof he could break into the first team.

As well as being able to sign a pre contract agreement with a club abroad, Lingard would likely be available for cheaper in January, with a potential free transfer hanging over him.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football, Transfers, Premier League, Manchester United, Jesse Lingard, West Ham United

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