Jesse Lingard has joined West Ham on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season.
The 28-year-old has picked up four major trophies during that period, including the FA Cup and Europa League, while also earning 24 caps for England at international level.
Lingard’s career has stalled significantly over the past year, with increased competition for places in Manchester leaving the midfielder on the fringes of the action under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He hasyet to feature in the Premier League for United this season, and the club have ultimately decided to sanction his departure before the end of the January transfer window.
Lingard will see out the remainder of the campaign at West Ham, with the final deal set to be worth a total of €3 million including his wages and loan fee.
Solskjaer alluded to a possible transfer for the Red Devils playmaker after a 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round win over Liverpool last weekend, telling reporters: “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.”
Newcastle and West Brom also reportedly contacted Lingard’s representatives to discuss his availability, but he has opted to embark on the next stage of his career in east London.
He will reunite with former United boss David Moyes at the London Stadium, and will be tasked with helping the Hammers secure a top-six Premier League finish.
Lingard is ineligible to make his debut against Liverpool on Sunday, when West Ham will be aiming to extend their recent winning run to five matches.
Should he impress during his six-month stint with Moyes’ side, he could re-emerge as a contender for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead ofthis summer’s European Championships.
Source : goal.com