Jesse Lingard has explained why he rejected Sheffield United in favour of a move to West Ham United.
The Manchester United midfielder was strongly linked with a loan move to Bramall Lane during the January transfer window.
It was thought at the time that Lingard’s high wages were the main stumbling block. The 28-year-old reportedly earns £100,000-a-week at Old Trafford.
It seems as if they didn’t trust former manager Chris Wilder having failed with loanees in the past in their eyes.
With the club already seemingly on a path towards relegation, the Saudi Prince didn’t want to add more financial burden for next season with expensive signings.
Yet the form Lingard has shown since joining West Ham suggests he might have been worth the expense.
In nine appearances since joining the Hammers, the England international has scored eight goals and provided four assists. It’s helped fire the East London side to fourth in the Premier League.
Why Lingard picked West Ham
Even if the Blades had made the funds available for Lingard, it seems unlikely he’d have moved to South Yorkshire.
Having previously played under David Moyes at Man United, the chance to reunite at the London Stadium was too good to turn down.
“He (Moyes) has been really good,” Lingard told the BBC Football Daily Podcast. “I knew him from my time at Man United and we had a conversation back then. Me and my family with him about letting me go on loan to Birmingham and obviously he let me go on loan there.
“West Ham was one of the later clubs to come in to get me on loan on deadline day and it was only right to repay the favour by coming and helping out here.”
Lingard has certainly helped out as West Ham make a genuine push for Champions League qualification this term.
For the Blades, as they head back towards the Championship they can only wonder what might have been.