West Ham waiting on Jesse Lingard decision and move could hinge on Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho

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West Ham want to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal this summer (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
West Ham want to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal this summer (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

West Ham are waiting on a decision from Jesse Lingard as to where he sees his future but remain intent on pushing ahead with a move for the Manchester United midfielder.

The 28-year-old is a top target for David Moyes but is yet to make a call as to where his future lies. Lingard wants regular football and it is thought his first choice would be to remain at Old Trafford, where he has one year left on his current deal.

Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho could change his position and West Ham do not expect any deal to be done over Lingard until a move for the Borussia Dortmund winger has been completed.

Manchester United increased their offer for Sancho to £72million this week and, while no deal has been struck, all sides are now confident it will happen, leaving Lingard potentially further down the pecking order.

The England international does, however, have a good relationship with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has long insisted that the plan was for Lingard to return to the fold following his loan spell.

After being left out of England's squad for Euro 2020, the midfielder - who scored 10 goals on loan in east London last season - is currently on holiday on a Greek island with Ashley Young and Anthony Martial.

The current plan is for Lingard to return to pre-season training with Manchester United after his holiday, when a decision will be made over where he wants to be.

Speaking this week, Lingard said the key factor in his future will be regular first-team chances.

"Regular football is the most important thing for me," Lingard told Sky Sports.

"After going on loan and getting a good run in the team, you started to see the real me, with the goals and the assists.

Lingard’s decision could hinge on Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho (The FA via Getty Images)
Lingard’s decision could hinge on Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho (The FA via Getty Images)

"I've never doubted my ability, I've always believed in myself. I spoke to the manager [Solskjaer] in pre-season and said, 'I need game time'. He said, 'We can discuss it December time', and we spoke again and he agreed to let me go on loan.

"I had various conversations with him during my time at West Ham. He was very supportive and it was a great loan for me."

West Ham are not expecting to move quickly in the transfer window.

The European Championship, where Moyes is involved as a technical advisor for Uefa, has slowed an already uneasy transfer market following the pandemic. Club sources expect no first-team business to be done until after the competition has ended on July 11.

While Lingard is top of the list, Moyes also needs to bolster his ranks in other areas ahead of a season that will see West Ham enter the Europa League group stages for the first time.

A striker is key, while central midfield and central defence are also areas where West Ham are light on quality.

Burnley defender James Tarkowski was a priority target last summer, but the 28-year-old wants to see out his final year at Turf Moor and then enjoy the freedom of being able to move on a free transfer.

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