Jesse Lingard has reportedly chosen his next team, giving the likes of West Ham and Everton clarification.
The attacking midfielder is a free agent after his Manchester United contract expired recently. Plenty of Premier League teams are reportedly monitoring his situation, including West Ham, Everton, Tottenham and Newcastle.
Lingard has been carefully considering his options recently. He hopes to become a first-team regular wherever he goes, after spending so much time on the bench with United.
Lingard also hopes to get back into the England setup, however ambitious this may be. He has one eye on the Qatar World Cup, although there will be fierce competition for places in his position.
According to a recent report from The Sun, the 29-year-old would only join Everton ‘as a last resort’.
This fits in with an update from the Daily Mail, as they claim Lingard has chosen to sign for West Ham.
Lingard is ‘ready’ to link up with the Irons, where he had a successful loan spell between January and May 2021.
The player is ‘expected’ to reject other offers and join West Ham in the near future. However, when the transfer will officially go through isn’t clear.
Jesse Lingard to reunite with David Moyes
David Moyes wants to improve his attacking options before next season and believes Lingard is a great solution. The star already knows the squad well from his loan period and doesn’t cost a transfer fee.
West Ham have also been looking into a deal for Villarreal’s Arnaut Danjuma. They have chosen to move for Lingard first due to him being cheaper, but it remains to be seen if this will impact the Danjuma talks.
Lingard, who has picked up 32 caps for England, will aid Moyes’ side as they aim to get back into the top six.
The Hammers finished sixth during the 2020-21 campaign, in part thanks to Lingard’s goals while on loan. Last term they fell down one place to seventh, qualifying them for the Europa Conference League.
Lingard thoroughly enjoyed his six months at the London Stadium, so it will surprise no one that he is going back there.
He works well with Michail Antonio and Declan Rice, and is now set to continue those partnerships.
Everton will have to pursue other targets. They have reportedly set their sights on Morgan Gibbs-White, following his exceptional season with Sheffield United on loan.
Meanwhile, Everton and West Ham are seemingly preparing to battle for a striker, too.