Manchester United have reportedly offered Jesse Lingard a new three-year deal as the midfielder attracts interest from West Ham.
The England international was arguably the most in-form player in the Premier League during the second half of last season for the Hammers after sealing a loan switch in January.
David Moyes’ side are keen to make the move permanent for Lingard and hope that the player would be keen to build on his previous six months after a disappointing spell with United.
Upon his return to Old Trafford, it was unclear whether Lingard was going to be a part of the club’s plans moving forward as he was previously surplus to requirements under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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But it’s clear that is not the case anymore as the Daily Star are reporting that Man Utd have offered Lingard a new three-year deal worth £130,000-a-week.
West Ham were already struggling to meet United’s £25million asking price for Lingard – and his £110,000-a-week wages – so these improved terms only make it more difficult for the Hammers to compete with United.
There will also be an option for Solskjaer’s side to trigger another year on the attacker’s deal.
West Ham is not the only viable landing spot for Lingard if he wants a change of scenery as several clubs were said to be interested in acquiring his services.
The 28-year-old’s current deal at United runs out in 12 months time after the club triggered a one-year extension option back in December to ensure he didn’t leave for free this summer.
Lingard is free to talk to clubs in January if he decides to let it run out but clearly United see him as a player they want to keep around given the pay increase that has been tabled.
Lingard reflected on his loan spell at West Ham after he narrowly missed out on England’s Euros squad and insists he is raring to go in pre-season.
He said: “Obviously, me and Gareth (Southgate) have a great relationship. For me now it’s about supporting the boys, like I say and obviously working towards getting fit and ready to go back to pre-season.
“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.
“I’ve never doubted my ability, I’ve always believed in myself. I spoke to the manager [Ole Gunnar 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.”