West Ham still fighting to sign Jesse Lingard, reveals coach Stuart Pearce


West Ham are still fighting to sign ‘special lad’ Jesse Lingard after his stunning loan spell last season, but they acknowledge the ball is in Manchester United’s court

  • West Ham are still hopeful of completing a move for former loanee Jesse Lingard 
  • That’s according to coach Stuart Pearce, who admitted it’s in Man United’s hands
  • Lingard claimed nine goals and five assists in 16 games for West Ham last season
  • He was left out of United’s squad for their opening-day win over rivals Leeds 











West Ham are still hopeful of completing the signing of Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard before the end of the transfer window, coach Stuart Pearce has revealed. 

The England international revived his career with a stunning six-month loan spell at the West Ham last season, where he claimed nine goals and five assists in 16 games to guide the London club to a sixth-place finish. 

Lingard has since returned to parent club United, where he was involved throughout pre-season, scoring in a 4-2 defeat to QPR. But he was left out of the squad for their 5-1 opening-day win over rivals Leeds, with West Ham still eyeing a deal.  

West Ham are still fighting to sign Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard this summer

Lingard, 28, claimed nine goals and five assists in 16 games while on loan with the Hammers last season

Lingard, 28, claimed nine goals and five assists in 16 games while on loan with the Hammers last season

Pearce, who watched his Hammers side come from behind twice to beat Newcastle 4-2 away in their opening Premier League fixture on Sunday, has admitted Lingard is still very much in their thoughts, though insisting the ball is in United’s court. 

‘We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year,’ Pearce told talkSPORT.

‘The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.

‘He’s a special lad and was very good around the players, the players really like him. His ability shone out last year and gave us a great option in our squad.

‘You never know, but at this moment in time it looks like he is fighting for a place in the United line-up.’

Though Lingard was left out of the squad against Leeds, Solskjaer – who said the 28-year-old was ‘in the plans at the moment’ back in July – revealed that is still the case after the victory. 

The Norwegian heaped praise on midfield duo Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, who scored a stunning hat-trick, but made sure to outline that others, notably Lingard, will still get their opportunities. 

Lingard featured throughout pre-season but was left out of United's 5-1 win over Leeds

Lingard featured throughout pre-season but was left out of United’s 5-1 win over Leeds

‘Don’t forget Jesse Lingard who has re-invented himself and has come back the man that we know he is with the quality. He is going to play a big part as well, Solskjaer said.

‘Of course there could be more rotation. We will be fresher. We will have to have a big and strong squad to be competitive in this league.

‘It’s the best league in the world and we also have to be lucky with injuries, but I am looking forward to working with all these players.

‘We have to work hard and see who is fit and available.’

West Ham have just over two weeks to get any potential deal over the line, with the transfer window coming to a close on Tuesday, August 31.