Former Premier League striker Darren Bent has urged Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard to make a move this summer.
Despite previously admitting a desire to sign the England ace on a permanent basis, Irons’ boss David Moyes is now said to only hold a 10 per cent chance of making the deal happen.
Speaking to talkSPORT this week, Bent believes Lingard should be looking to head back to the Hammers.
It’s hard to walk away from the size of the club of Manchester United, I understand that. He came through the youth system there and loves that football club, but ultimately he’s way down the pecking order. The form that he showed the back end of last season for West Ham, getting himself back into England contention was superb. I would want to keep that momentum going. I wouldn’t want to sit on the bench and not start, get a couple of minutes here and a couple of minutes there. I’d be thinking I like what David Moyes is building, playing week in week out, be the main man, and who knows get himself back into this England squad.
Lingard was sensational for West Ham in the second half of last season, scoring nine goals and adding five assists in 16 appearances.
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As star names return to Old Trafford in the coming weeks and action gets underway, any lack of involvement could see Lingard undergo a change of heart and push for a move.
Perhaps a third or fourth choice option in the Manchester United squad, Lingard would be a key member of Moyes’ plans at the London Stadium.