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West Ham leads the race to sign Jesse Lingard

West Ham United are currently the frontrunners to sign Lingard on a short-term loan deal for the rest of the season according to reports. The out of favor midfielder has only started twice this season for Solksjaer’s side and has reportedly handed in a transfer request.
The 28-year old midfielder was dropped from the 20-man squad to face Liverpool in the previous FA cup tie, with the new arrival Amad Diallo taking his place. Solskjaer was fielded with several questions on Lingard’s exclusion in the post-match interview. Solskjaer didn’t confirm whether he will be allowed to leave or not as he told the reporters: “Jesse trained this morning, he wasn’t in the squad.
“So, of course, he wants to play football, we will have to see and I will sit down with Jesse and make a decision on what we’re going to do. So far, he’s been the ultimate professional, trained well with a small group this morning that were not in the squad.
“I will sit down and see if anything comes up. I’m very happy to have him around us as I know he could have played today and done well.”
The chances of Lingard reviving his career in his boyhood club is thin as he has fallen a long way back in the pecking order with the arrival of Donny Van de Beek and Amad Diallo. The 28-year-old, who is at the peak of his career will be surely looking for a move with a view insight of making the National Team for the FIFA World cup which is scheduled to take place next year.
West Ham United manager David Moyes is looking forward to bolstering his midfield options. With Yarmolenko reportedly close to leaving in the near future and Lanzini struggling to find his form back after the injury, the chances of West Ham signing the English International is high.
The likes of Sheffield United, Newcastle United and West Brom are also linked with Lingard. He has scored 18 goals in 133 appearances for Manchester United.

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