West Ham have made an offer to Jesse Lingard’s representatives to sign the player on a free transfer.
The midfielder officially becomes a free agent on July 1 after his contract with Manchester United expires.
Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Ham in the second half of the 2020/21 season when he scored nine goals in 16 Premier League starts, while Newcastle attempted to sign Lingard in the January transfer window .
Former United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick dismissed criticism from Lingard’s brother in May after he failed to bid farewell to Old Trafford against Brentford.
Gary Neville argued Lingard didn’t deserve special treatment after seeing two United favorites, Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce, dismissed without a sentimental send-off.
Speaking on the Gary Neville podcast, he said: “The nonsense about Jesse Lingard, look, Jesse has been at the club a long time, did a good job, but I saw Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce not playing in their last matches and not getting a start in the cup final.
“One of them is possibly the greatest captain Manchester United have ever had and the other is one of the greatest and they didn’t get that send off, a fan farewell. I don’t know Not sure why Jesse Lingard deserves it.
“I was flushed in West Brom down the toilet. In the end, it doesn’t work, Jesse.”
David Moyes is looking to improve his squad ahead of a season which will see West Ham combine Premier League improvement with a debut campaign in the Europa Conference League.
The club continue to work on a deal for PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who was on loan at the Hammers last season.
West Ham set to offer £30m for Chelsea striker Broja
West Ham are set to make an offer of around £30m for the Chelsea striker Armand Broja.
The 20-year-old has been identified as West Ham’s best striker this summer.
The club are keen to step up their pursuit of the Albania international, with his future to be secured by new owner Todd Boehly and manager Thomas Tuchel following the departure of Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia.
Broja impressed on loan at Southampton last season, scoring nine goals in 38 appearances in all competitions, and Saints were also keen to sign him permanently.
West Ham agree £30m Aguerd deal
West Ham completed their first signing of the summer with the Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd.
The Moroccan defender has signed a five-year contract with David Moyes’ Hammers, in a deal that will cost the east Londoners around £30million, including add-ons.
Aguerd is Moyes’ first foray into the transfer window, as West Ham plan to improve their squad ahead of a season that will see them combine Premier League improvement with a debut campaign in the Europa Conference League.
“I was really excited when I heard about the interest from West Ham United,” said Aguerd. “When I heard about it, I knew I had to go to the Premier League because it’s a dream for every player.
“West Ham are a historic club. I’ve seen a few of their games this year, and I’ve seen the fans and the atmosphere was fantastic, with the bubbles! I spoke with the manager and he told me showed he was very interested, so it was easy to choose to come to West Ham.”
What other positions are West Ham targeting?
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
David Moyes will receive cash to spend on continuing to strengthen his squad, with Mark Noble, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks and David Martin all leaving at the end of their contracts.
One of the sagas of the summer will be the future of Declan Rice. West Ham have made it clear they won’t be selling him this summer, but you’d think they would find it difficult to turn down an offer of around £100m. Rice has two years left on his contract, but West Ham have the option of extending it for another year until the summer of 2025.
They are also interested in Hull City striker Keane Lewis-Potter.
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