Jesse Lingard set to keep West Ham waiting over Manchester United transfer decision

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<p>Lingard is hoping for a Euros callup with England</p> (Getty Images)

Lingard is hoping for a Euros callup with England

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Jesse Lingard is expected to keep West Ham waiting until after the European Championship before making a decision on his future.

Hammers manager David Moyes is desperate to bring the Manchester United midfielder, who scored nine goals and set up five in 16 appearances on loan this season, back to the club on a permanent basis this summer.

United are yet to give any indication that they will sanction a sale of the 28-year-old, who has one year remaining on his deal at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United manager, has long said he wanted Lingard to return to the club at the end of a successful loan spell.

Lingard's displays in east London helped fire the Hammers into the Europa League and earned him a place back in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the March internationals.

Southgate told the midfielder at the time that he was lucky to be included given injuries to Jack Grealish and James Maddison, but Lingard was this morning hoping to be named on the long-list for this summer's tournament.

West Ham will not be the only interested suitors should United decide they are open to a deal.

An impressive performance for England over the coming months could add to that list, meaning it is in the interest of Lingard and his current club to hold off on any deal, with the Hammers not expecting any decision to be made until after the end of the Euros on July 11.

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When that time does come, Moyes has made it clear West Ham's hat will be in the ring and hopes Lingard will appreciate the chance and platform he was given by the club this season and the positive experience he had.

The Scot is moving to bolster his squad ahead of a season in Europe and while he has played down expectations over spending, the 58-year-old is likely to be backed with a healthy budget. United are thought to want at least £15million if they do sell Lingard.

Speaking ahead of what could have been his final game for West Ham over the weekend, Lingard said: “It’s been a brilliant experience and I’ll take away so many memories.

"I think just obviously playing week-in week-out, the lads have been brilliant, the staff have been brilliant and they’ve put confidence in me to play and do well.

“I was already ready to play from many months ago so to play the first game at Villa seems a lifetime ago now."

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