RUMOR: Jesse Lingard representatives’ take on West Ham transfer talks, revealed
Jesse Lingard’s camp never really thought that Manchester United would be open to selling him to West Ham United.
Prior to being heavy linked to a transfer move to West Ham, Jesse Lingard only wanted to become a regular in Manchester United’s first team. He ended up being loaned out and his successful spell with the Hammers last season sparked rumors of a permanent sale.
Throughout the entire summer, West Ham had been favorite to land Lingard but despite all the hype, a deal never came to fruition and the attacker eventually rejoined Manchester United.
Lifting the lid on the subject, Manchester Evening News reports that Lingard’s “inner circle” was never convinced that Manchester United indeed genuinely wanted to sell him.
When quizzed about the Lingard transfer saga, West Ham manager David Moyes finally revealed the truth.
According to Moyes, Lingard was never going to be a permanent West Ham player as Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “made it clear” to him that the 28-year-old is “staying.”
“Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] made it clear to me quite early in the transfer window that he wanted to keep him,” Moyes said of Lingard’s situation. “So I knew pretty early in the transfer window that he was staying at Manchester United. I had a private conversation with Ole who made it clear that he was staying.”
West Ham had all the reasons to pursue Lingard. In 16 English Premier League matches last season, he left a great impression at his loaning club, registering nine goals and four assists.