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Report: Jesse Lingard is close to joining West Ham

West Ham United are on the verge of signing Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard, according to The Times.

Lingard is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford this season and has been looking for a new club during this transfer window.

It looks unlikely that the attacking midfielder will be able to force his way back into the United first-team after falling below Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek in the pecking order.

The report added that Lingard met with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last Friday and the Norwegian reluctantly agreed to let him leave on loan to get first-team football. 

Should the 28-year-old join the Hammers, he will be reuniting with David Moyes whom he previously worked under at United in the 2013/14 season.

Lingard’s contract with United was due to expire in the summer. However, the club recently triggered a clause in his contract to extend it until 2022. This does not mean that he has a future at the club, but it will allow the Red Devils to gain a fee when they eventually sell him.

He could be a good addition to the Hammers team, who will be eyeing a strong finish in the top half of the standings this season.

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