Transfer window: Jesse Lingard - West Ham will want their man
Jesse Lingard might well consider himself unfortunate to have missed out on the final cut for Gareth Southgate's England squad after a stellar second half of the season on loan at West Ham.
David Moyes would certainly like to keep him, but Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said after the pre-season win at Derby: "He's still in my plans. I expect him at Man Utd at the start of the season."
Sky Sports News reported back in April that the Hammers were keen to do "whatever it takes" to land him on a permanent basis, with Kaveh Solhekol saying: "My understanding is that as far as West Ham are concerned, he's made such an impact that they will do whatever it takes; I'm not saying they'll pay stupid money but they'll definitely match or try to better what any other club offers for him. Then it will come down to what he wants to do.
"West Ham would prefer there wasn't a bidding war this summer but Lingard has just been playing so well, there are lots of other clubs interested in signing him and there's still the possibility he may go back to Manchester United and sign a new contract.
"His contract was due to run out this summer but United had the option to extend it by 12 months and that's exactly what they did. They would have been open to selling him for something like £15m in the past but that's not going to be enough money this summer. I think it's going to cost much more than that."
Having failed to force his way into Southgate's plans, Lingard and his parent club have time to plot their next move.