West Ham confirm the loan signing of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United until the end of the season.
The United outcast has featured in 210 appearances for United in all competitions since graduating to the senior squad at Old Trafford back in 2011, scoring 33 goals with 20 assists.
The 28-year-old has picked up four major trophies during that period, including the FA Cup and Europa League, while also earning 24 caps for England.
Lingard’s career has stalled relatively over the past year, with furthered competition for places in Manchester leaving the midfielder on the fringes of the action under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He is yet to play in the Premier League for United this season, and the club has eventually decided to sanction his departure before the end of the January transfer window.
Lingard will see out the rest of the campaign at West Ham, with the final deal set to be worth a total of €3 million including his earnings and loan fee.
“I’m excited. It’s another new chapter in my life. Nothing is guarded but I’ve come here to work hard and assist the team and bring my experience,” Lingard told West Ham TV after confirming the switch.
“That’s the main aim. I just want to enjoy my football and get back playing again and get my feet back on the pitch.
“There were lots of clubs involved but, I felt this was the right move. I’ve had a previous relationship with the manager as he was at Man Utd and I’ve played under him before, so he knows my qualities and what I can bring to the team.
“I know a couple of the players as well – I know Dec [Rice] very well from the England side – and I feel I can settle in here quickly.”
Solskjaer hinted at a possible transfer for the Red Devils playmaker after a 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round win over Liverpool last weekend, telling reporters: “He wants to play football, we will have to see and I will sit down with Jesse and make a decision on what we’re going to do.”
Newcastle and West Brom also reportedly reached out to Lingard’s representatives to discuss his availability.
He will reunite with former United boss David Moyes at the London Stadium and will be tasked with assisting the Hammers to secure a top-six Premier League finish.
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Lingard continued: “A player and manager must have a good relationship. [Moyes has] got really good morals, he gets his team working hard and I’ve had a chat with him already and there are no promises – it’s down to me to put the work in and put the graft in, to get into the team and play well week-in, week-out.”
Lingard was signed too late to make his debut against Liverpool on Sunday when West Ham will be hoping to extend their recent winning run to five matches.
He is also ineligible to play against United when the two sides meet at Old Trafford in the fifth round of the FA Cup in February.
Should he impress during his six-month loan spell with Moyes’ side, he could re-emerge as a contender for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships.