Explanation provided for West Ham’s decision not to launch late Jesse Lingard swoop
A fresh insight into the West Ham United-Jesse Lingard summer transfer saga has been forthcoming on Friday.
The name of English international Lingard of course took centre stage in the media chatter throughout the recently closed window.
This came with the 28-year-old fresh off the back of something of a career revival over the 2nd half of last season.
After again struggling for game-time over the opening half of the campaign at Old Trafford, Lingard was farmed out on loan to West Ham, with whom he went on to exceed all expectations.
Having been handed the freedom of the Hammers’ ranks in the middle of the park to operate, the creative midfielder quickly established himself as one of the Premier League’s standout performers.
All told, he racked up nine goals and four assists across 16 appearances in the colours of West Ham, the kind of form which culminated in a Player and Goal of the Month double back in April:
Jesse Lingard won Premier League Player of the Month for April.
He also won Goal of the Month, for this 😍
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 14, 2021
Such stellar exploits, in turn, led to inevitable chatter that Lingard could go on to seal a swift return to the London Stadium, on the back of his loan stint coming to an end back in June.
When all was said and done, however, despite rampant speculation, such a move failed to come to fruition.
Instead, West Ham opted to bring in gifted Croatian international Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow, in a deadline day deal:
Nikola Vlasic joins West Ham on a permanent move from CSKA Moscow, done deal now also official. €30m plus €8m add ons final fee. Paperworks signed, statement confirms. ⚒️ #WHUFC #DeadlineDay
Jesse Lingard has now huge chances to stay at Manchester United. #MUFC https://t.co/mE16uQDgpt
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
So, with the sizable fee splashed out on Vlasic’s signature having made clear that the Irons were not short of funds, why did a 2nd swoop for Lingard ultimately fall flat?
Well, as outlined above, an explanation for precisely this has today been forthcoming.
The info comes courtesy of 90min, who report that Lingard himself had the deciding say in remaining a Manchester United player.
It is claimed that ‘the player made it clear to the club (West Ham) that he did not want to return to the London Stadium’.
Lingard is even understood to have communicated his decision directly to David Sullivan, a move which prompted David Moyes and co. to alter their transfer plans, and shift focus towards Vlasic.
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