Paul Merson has encouraged West Ham to sign Jesse Lingard as soon as possible.

“Jesse Lingard has no future at Manchester United and should leave Old Trafford permanently,” said Merson, writing in the Daily Star.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said all the right things about wanting to build up his confidence on loan at West Ham so they can welcome him back.

“But he was just trying to build up Lingard’s transfer fee. I think he should move on. United are playing all these games and he’s not had a look-in.

“He’s not 21 any more. It’s not like the Arsenal kids going out on loan to get experience.

“He was a great signing for West Ham. He brings them guile and pace – and he scored twice on his debut.

“To be honest I expect the keeper to save both of those shots, but I’m pleased for him. He’s been through a lot.

“He’s not played for a long time. But I can remember when he was in the first team every week and playing for England.

“There will be a few teams kicking themselves they didn’t get him. But he suits West Ham. They should try and sign him in the summer.”

The 28-year-old has already made a positive impact at the London Stadium since joining on loan, as he scored twice in the Hammers 3-1 victory over Aston Villa last week.

Lingard will not be eligible to play when the Hammers take on Manchester United in the FA Cup on Tuesday, as he is not eligible to play against his parent club.

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