WEST HAM are reportedly close to signing soon-to-be free agent Jesse Lingard.
The 29-year-old will leave youth club Manchester United later this month, where he spent 22 years.
And according to the Daily Mail, West Ham are leading the race for the England international’s signature.
David Moyes’ side are back with a new offer for Freebie Lingard.
Ever since his glittering loan spell in the second half of the 2020-21 season, West Ham have been keen to bring Lingard back to the London stadium.
Lingard has scored nine goals and provided five assists in just 16 games.
He helped the Hammers finish sixth and secured a place in the Europa League.
His form earned him a recall in Gareth Southgate’s England squad just ahead of Euro 2020 – but he didn’t make the final squad.
West Ham tried to re-sign Lingard in the summer and tried again last January.
But Man Utd stuck by Lingard despite the player playing just 548 minutes all season.
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Lingard joined United’s academy at the age of seven and rose through the ranks at Old Trafford.
During his time in the first team, he helped the Red Devils win the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League.
Lingard may not be the only familiar face to bring Moyes back to the London stadium this summer.
Last season’s Cup and Europa League goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is ready to return to the club, but this time on a permanent transfer.
The Hammers are paying parent club Paris Saint-Germain just £10.5m.
Moyes also wants midfielder James Ward-Prowse from Southampton and Armando Broja from Chelsea.
But these deals could go beyond West Ham financially as both players have huge asking prices.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5640018/west-ham-jesse-lingard-free-transfer-man-utd/ West Ham set Jesse Lingard up on a free transfer after leaving Man Utd amid talks of stunning return