West Ham ‘consider shock move for Jesse Lingard on short-term deal’ – just a year after their former loan star snubbed them in favor of a more lucrative deal with Nottingham Forest
West Ham are reportedly considering a permanent transfer for former loan star Jesse Lingard.
The 30-year-old is currently a free agent having left Nottingham Forest following a disappointing season in which he provided no goals or assists in 17 Premier League appearances.
Lingard previously spent 11 years on the books of boyhood club Manchester United, which included a spell on loan at West Ham in the second half of the 2020-21 campaign.
During his time at the London Stadium, the attacking midfielder excelled, adding nine goals and five assists in just 16 games, before snubbing the Hammers in favor of a move to Forest last summer.
And, according to The GuardianWest Ham boss David Moyes – who allowed Lingard to train with his side this week – is reportedly considering signing the former Red Devil on a short-term deal.
West Ham reportedly considering permanent move for ex-loan star Jesse Lingard
Lingard is a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest after a disappointing campaign
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The report says Lingard is hoping to prove his suitability for the Scot over the coming days and weeks as he seeks to get his career back on track.
He has been linked with a move to MLS this summer but so far nothing has materialized, although he spent time training at Inter Miami base last month.
If Lingard were to return to the London stadium it would be a huge turnaround after he rejected strong interest from the Hammers in 2022 in favor of Forest after being offered a more lucrative package by Steve Cooper’s side which was worth £200,000 per week.
This led to a bad-tempered match last August between the clubs at the City Ground when Hammers supporters threw fake £50 notes at Lingard.
Lingard – who also counts Leicester City, Birmingham, Brighton and Derby among his former clubs after several loan spells while at Old Trafford – has won 32 England caps and was once a Gareth Southgate favourite, although he is no haven’t played during the Three Lions since 2021.
Lingard played in a loan spell with the Hammers during the second half of the 2020-21 season
West Ham boss David Moyes has cleared the attacking midfielder to train with the club this week
Moyes is desperate to add more signings after a frustrating summer, with the Scot facing slow progress on his desired transfer activity which came amid clashes with technical director Tim Steidten.
They were the last Premier League club to sign, before adding Ajax and Mexico star Edson Alvarez for £35.4million last week.
The Hammers then confirmed the addition of James Ward-Prowse for £30million on Monday but need further reinforcements if they are to avoid another struggling season in the top flight, with Gianluca Scamacca, Nikola Vlasic, Arthur Masuaku and Manuel Lanzini all joining Declan Rice as he left the club in recent months.
They drew 1-1 with Bournemouth on Saturday and host Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.