Arsenal to beat West Ham to Jesse Lingard transfer this summer

Arsenal are plotting a transfer move for Jesse Lingard this summer window after his excellent form on loan at West Ham, according to reports.

The Manchester United academy graduate joined the Hammers on loan in the January window and his six goals and three assists in eight matches have attracted interest from Arsenal.

Lingard’s return to the spotlight earned him an England recall last month and it is now likely that he will leave United permanently this summer in order to get regular first-team minutes.

West Ham are also interested in extending his stay with the London club but the Daily Star have claimed that Lingard is also interesting the gunners.

The England international is seen as a direct replacement for Martin Odegaard, who will return to Real Madrid at the end of the campaign.

Lingard has only one year left on his current United contract which leaves them in a good position to negotiate a fee around £20m.

Speaking last month, Moyes said that a permanent deal for Lingard would be discussed in the summer: “We have not thought about that really, we have not taken it any further at the moment.

“We have him on loan and he is doing a good job for us just now. “I think we will discuss that and probably look at it at the end of the season but it is not something that we have taken any further than the situation we are in just now.”

Lingard himself has hinted that first-team football is his number one priority after returning to the England fold.

“Yeah, I’m really pleased,” Lingard said after winning Man of the Match against in the game against San Marino. “As I said, I just really wanted regular football and, you know, when I play week in, week out it builds confidence.

“I’ve been scoring goals and assisting to help my team – it’s been amazing. Like I say, I just want to carry on that run of form now.”


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