Reports have emerged that English Premier League giants Manchester United didn’t want to lose Jesse Lingard permanently to West Ham.
Lingard has hit the ground running with the David Moyes side despite having struggled for minutes at Old Trafford since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes one year ago.
According to The Times, United blocked a clause that would have allowed Moyes and co to automatically sign the England international at the end of the season, for a set fee. The reports further reveal that in the original negotiations, United refused to allow any option-to-buy for the player with West Ham forced to pay a £1.5m loan fee to sign him until the end of the season.
The 28-year-old current deal at his boyhood club is set to expire in June 2022, with United keen to move him on for a fee this summer, rather than lose him for nothing next year.
Lingard has already featured more times under David Moyes than he had done with the Red Devils this season, scoring three Premier League goals in four appearances for the Hammers and with his team chasing a European slot, the Hammers might be tempted to make a move for the player in the summer.