West Ham want to convert Jesse Lingard’s move into a permanent deal at the end of the season.
The 28-year old joined the Hammers on loan for the rest of the season in January from Manchester United, and has made an immediate impression in East London, scoring three goals in four Premier League appearances, the latest coming against Tottenham at the weekend.
That has helped the Hammers into the Champions League places.
However, they face potential competition from Leicester City who will be monitoring his situation for the rest of the current campaign.
He could still return to Old Trafford when his loan spell is up – he remains under contract until June 2022, and there are suggestions he could take Juan Mata’s place in the squad, with the Spaniard likely to depart in the next window.
However, Lingard may press for a move elsewhere unless he gets guarantees of regular football, because he still has ambitions of resurrecting his England career.
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