West Ham United have opened talks to sign former Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard on a free transfer. 

Lingard, 29, enjoyed an excellent loan spell at West Ham during the latter half of 2020-21. Unfortunately for him, he could not capitalise on his good form after returning to Manchester United last season. He only managed to score two goals across 22 appearances, predominantly featuring as a substitute. 

Moyes Looking To Reunite With Lingard

David Moyes’ side are now looking to secure his signature on a permanent basis. Lingard had been at United since joining at the Under-9 level in 2001. Jesse worked his way through the club’s youth system before making his debut in 2014 under Louis van Gaal.

He made 232 appearances for Manchester United over 8 seasons, scoring 35 goals including three in cup finals. He was able to establish himself as a guaranteed starter. Last season, he found opportunities limited under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and interim replacement Ralf Rangnick.

United announced Lingard would leave the club on the expiry of his contract earlier this month. The England international became a free agent on the first of July. West Ham have already signed centre-back Nayef Aguerd from Rennes in a €35 million deal.

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How Does Lingard Fit In Tactically? 

Lingard is capable of playing anywhere across the front three. During his loan spell at the London Stadium, he mainly operated on the left flank and No 10 role. He scored nine goals in 16 league appearances and would provide Moyes with a spark in attack.