Jesse Lingard is once again at the centre of a tug of war in the transfer market, while Chelsea are facing fresh competition for a top January target – all according to Tuesday’s Paper Talk.
MAN UTD TO BE FORCED INTO TOUGH JESSE LINGARD DECISION
West Ham will launch a fresh attempt to sign Jesse Lingard from Man Utd, who are considering cashing in during the January transfer window.
That’s according to the Daily Express, although the Daily Mirror cast doubt on Man Utd agreeing to the transfer.
Lingard made a big impression during a loan spell with West Ham one year ago. He finished last season with nine goals from 16 appearances for them.
West Ham were unable to sign him on a permanent basis over the summer, though. And Lingard has not been able to make much of an impression back in Manchester.
With six months left on his contract, this month provides Man Utd with their last chance to cash in on Lingard. What’s more, it is believed the 29-year-old wants to leave either now or in the summer.
The Express claim West Ham are readying an offer that Man Utd may accept, in the region of £10m. Furthermore, they are working to tempt Lingard back to the capital.
Meanwhile, the Mirror write that West Ham are expected to be his prime suitors, ahead of the likes of Newcastle, who have also shown an interest.
However, they add that Man Utd may be reluctant to let Lingard return to the London Stadium. That’s because they are competing for similar objectives for the remainder of the season.
West Ham are currently three points above the Red Devils, who albeit have a game in hand. Both are aiming to finish in the top four.
Therefore, Man Utd would not want to strengthen a side now competing at a similar level. Consequently, they may be more willing to invite Newcastle back into the Lingard race.
The Express also add Barcelona and AC Milan into contention for Lingard’s signature. He could sign a pre-contract agreement with either now. But West Ham hope to remind him of how much he enjoyed his previous spell with them.
CHELSA CONTINUE DIGNE TRANSFER CHASE
Chelsea are set to step up their pursuit of unsettled Everton left-back Lucas Digne. (The Sun)