West Ham look set to beat Sheffield United to the signing of Jesse Lingard, according to The Telegraph.
The Blades have been trying to sign Lingard for much of the January transfer window. The club even presented a dossier to the Manchester United star, as Chris Wilder looked to convince the England man to join.
However, The Telegraph now claims it is indeed David Moyes’ West Ham who are set to beat the Blades to the signing of Lingard. The midfielder is said to be open to the move, and is awaiting sign off from the Old Trafford board to complete the deal.
The news will be a bitter blow for United boss Wilder and could mean it is back to the drawing board for the Blades manager in terms of incomings.
Lingard has previously said to be reluctant to join the relegation fight at Bramall Lane. It appears now, then, that London could well be the destination, not Sheffield, for the Man United man.
It’s thought the Hammers’ willingness to potentially sign Lingard permanently, may have swung the balance in their favour.
Gutting, but this was always possible
Signing Jesse Lingard always seemed a tough ask from day one. And now it looks like the worst case scenario is unfolding.
Lingard obviously likes what he is seeing from the Hammers this term and he’ll already have an affiliation with Moyes thanks to his Man United connections.
For Chris Wilder, this will be a bit of a kick in the teeth. He will have other targets in mind but you get the impression he was pretty set on ensuring Lingard became a Blade by the end of the month.