West Ham United have completed the signing of Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard. The England international joins on loan until the end of the season and re-unites with former boss David Moyes.
The Red Devils have allowed the England midfielder to leave on a temporary basis after struggling to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and rejuvenate his career.
Jesse Lingard Completes Loan Switch to West Ham United
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High Interest in Lingard
The interest in Lingard was high, but the Hammers are said to have beaten stiff competition to sign the 24-times capped England international and are set to pay a £1 million loan fee. Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United were also interested in the 28-year-old, along with several unnamed European clubs.
After the midweek wins at fellow Londoners Crystal Palace, high flying Hammers moved into the top four ahead of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. West Ham has been in excellent form and Lingard could be in contention to face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Sunday.
All of Lingard’s opportunities this season have come in cup competitions; and none in the Premier League.
Said Benrahma Transfer Moved Forward to Allocate Space
David Moyes’ side brought the signing of Algerian winger Said Benrahma from Brentford forward to facilitate the signing of Lingard. The deal now becomes permanent for a fee of around £20 million, plus £5 million in add ons which is likely to be paid in instalments.
The Hammers continue to work productively in the last days of the January Transfer Window. They remain in the market for a striker after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax. In recent weeks they have shown interest in Bournemouth’s Joshua King and Reims’ Boulaye Dia. They also had a rejected bid of £25 million for Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri.