West Ham are not the only club that can try to sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent basis from Manchester United, according to reports.
Lingard left Man Utd on loan in January after not playing in the Premier League at all in the first part of the season.
He’s instantly returned to his best since joining West Ham on a temporary deal. Lingard scored a brace in his debut and currently has three goals in four games to his name.
His latest goal helped propel West Ham into the top four in the standings. It appears that this decision could be beneficial for all parties.
If Lingard’s impressive form continues, then West Ham could start thinking about a permanent signing.
There was no purchase option in his contract when they signed it on the loan. However, they could try to tempt Man Utd into a sale.
According to Eurosport, however, West Ham aren’t the only team vying for Lingard’s signing.
The outlet claims Leicester are monitoring the situation as well, while it is possible that Man Utd could reinstate him once he returns to Old Trafford.
If Juan Mata leaves at the end of the season, he could free up a place in the Red Devils squad for Lingard. If the midfielder wants to leave for good, it looks like he will have at least two options.
Leicester could line up an offer to compete with West Ham. Both sides are fighting in similar territory in the Premier League this season and, as such, would have a similar level of appeal.
The 28-year-old is only under contract with Man Utd until 2022. Therefore, they may have to sell him this summer to ensure they receive a transfer fee.
Lingard will go to West Ham swap?
West Ham would surely want to keep Lingard if it maintains its current standards.
Declan Rice recently sang the praises of his new teammate, but one expert thinks it may be a wise move if the pair have traded clubs.
Rice has long been linked with a move to Chelsea, but Man Utd admires her as well.
With that in mind, United were advised to use Lingard as bait in a bid for rice.