After a 3-1 loss to Inform Brighton, West Ham had a generally positive season as Hammers finished 7th in the league and made history by reaching the Europa League semi-finals. The final winner is Eintracht Frankfurt.
Clearly, West Ham boards see an attacking third of the pitch as a place to invest, with early investigations into the signing of Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard.
United had previously found great form with the Irons, scoring nine goals on a six-month loan in the 2020/21 season. His return to Manchester United’s first team after a successful loan spell at West Ham was far less of a win for him as Lingard scored just two goals during his 2021/22 Premier League campaign.
The England international’s contract is due to expire this summer, and his free move to West Ham seems to make sense for all parties involved. Negotiations have been going on in the last 24 hours and Nicolò Schira reports that a three-year contract will be offered.
Jesse Lingard could be the key to his quest for West Ham and Europa League football previously achieved with Lingard’s help in the 2020/21 season.
If we see Lingard hitting the form he achieved previously in his first order at West Ham, will we see a late addition to Southgate’s World Cup squad? It seems possible.