KEY POINTS

  • Jesse Lingard scored just five and four goals for Man Utd in the last two seasons
  • He moved to West Ham on loan during the 2021 January window
  • He has scored eight goals and four assists in nine games for West Ham

Jesse Lingard, who is currently on loan at West Ham from Manchester United, is reportedly being chased by several clubs, including Real Madrid.

Scoring eight goals in nine games, Lingard has been at top form ever since he has arrived at West Ham. Ahead of the summer transfer window, Inter Milan, Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG), and Real Madrid are monitoring his situation with Manchester United, unnamed sources have told ESPN. International Business Times, however, could not verify it independently.

Before moving to West Ham in January, struggling Lingard had made just three Cup appearances for the Red Devils in the first half of the 2020-21 campaign. He scored a brace on his West Ham debut and ever since he has been on fire for the London Stadium club. He has scored in each of his last three games for West Ham, including a brace that helped his side defeat Leicester City 3-2.

The last time West Ham finished in the Premier League’s top four was back in the 2011-12 season, where the Hammers had finished third. After 31 matches in the ongoing campaign, West Ham remain in fourth place, one point clear of Chelsea on the league table.

It was earlier reported that West Ham are highly impressed with Lingard’s performances in such a short span of time and are planning to do "whatever it takes" to buy Lingard permanently this summer. Lingard’s loan deal at West Ham does not include a buy-out clause and if West Ham want to buy the young midfielder, he won’t come for cheap, especially since he still has a year left in his deal with Manchester United. It is understood that West Ham may have to shell out at least $41 million to seal the deal for Lingard.

As of now, Manchester United and West Ham have not discussed anything regarding Lingard's future beyond this summer. According to the EPSN report, Lingard is yet to make a decision about his future but his preference is to play Champions League football next season. West Ham midfielder Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring against Leicester West Ham midfielder Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring against Leicester Photo: POOL / John Walton

Lingard’s dream run at West Ham has also led to his return to the England national team. He played in all three World Cup qualifiers during the March international break, which was his first England appearance since 2019.