KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has officially ended his loan spell at West Ham United
  • Lingard is not keen on staying at Manchester United, a report said
  • The resurgent attacker doesn't want to be used as Red Devils' bait to sign top targets, the report added

Manchester United could encounter some trouble should the club decide to keep one of its most resurgent players this past season.

Jesse Lingard has finished his short-lived yet magnificent loan spell at West Ham United. After concluding that the attacker was a good fit for the club, West Ham has been keen on securing a permanent deal.

Fortunately for the Hammers, Lingard doesn’t see himself reuniting with his parent club as he doesn’t want to be Manchester United’s additional bargaining chip for the rumored transfer moves for Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho, West Ham news outlet Claret and Hugh reported. International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

The report quoted unnamed sources as saying that Lingard’s “advisers are not entertaining [Manchester] United’s plan for him to be used as a makeweight and have told United as much.” Manchester United staff “have conceded Lingard remains very much 'in the ascendancy' when it comes to deciding what he wants,” according to the outlet. 

It was also noted that Manchester United hoped to cash in over “£100 million ($142 million) in sales” soon, with Lingard included in the club’s list of possible departees, along with “some of his United teammates such as Juan Mata and Paul Pogba,” the report added.

The idea of Lingard becoming Manchester United’s bait to lure bigger names in the market was first brought up during his loan spell at West Ham.

Aside from Kane, former Red Devils star Luke Chadwick earlier stressed that Manchester United could utilize Lingard in exchange for the likes of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

“I think Jesse Lingard, since his loan to West Ham, has probably been the best player in the Premier League for the past six, eight weeks. It’s been fantastic for him and has perhaps shown that it is time for him to move on to pastures new,” Chadwick said.

“If that was possible, and Lingard gets to play week in, week out at a club like Aston Villa, and Man United can attract one of the best players in the league in Jack Grealish, who’s got a huge future in front of him, that could be a fantastic piece of business on both sides,” he continued.

Lingard, for his part, recently appeared to hint that he would be open to a return to West Ham, Manchester Evening News reported.

In a video with Sky Sports, actor Tom Davis asked Lingard to stay with the club through a series of placards as “Stay Another Day” by East 17 played in the background.

In response to the cards, which read, “With any luck by next year I'll be watching you tear it up at the London Stadium, ideally for West Ham,” Lingard gave a nod to the camera.

West Ham midfielder Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring against Leicester West Ham midfielder Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring against Leicester Photo: POOL / John Walton