West Ham have NOT considered a deal for Jesse Lingard, insists David Moyes, despite the ex-Man United star – who previously thrived on loan in east London – returning to train with the club
- Jesse Lingard left Nottingham Forest in the summer after a disappointing season
- The midfielder, 30, is back training with West Ham to keep his fitness levels up
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West Ham boss David Moyes has claimed he is currently not considering a move for former loan star Jesse Lingard.
Asked about the prospect of Lingard re-joining, Moyes was dismissive of the idea when quizzed by reporters on Friday.
Moyes knows the midfielder well, having managed him at both Manchester United and West Ham, with the 30-year-old currently a free agent.
Lingard previously turned down the Hammers for a move to Nottingham Forest last summer, though he had a disappointing season in which he provided no goals or assists in 17 Premier League appearances.
Now it appears a return to West Ham is far from a foregone conclusion.
Jesse Lingard wowed under Moyes, registering nine goals and five assists in 16 games for the Hammers, though snubbed them last summer for a more lucrative Nottingham Forest offer
‘He’s in training to see if we can get him back fit and get him in decent condition,’ Moyes said.
‘He’ll be back here next week as well. There’s no news on that as far as short-term deals or anything else.’
He added: ‘Jesse’s a good player, probably needing to get himself in the correct condition.
‘We’re working on him, all players tend to need four or five weeks pre-season and Jesse’s no different from anybody else.’
The midfielder, 30, spent 11 years at Manchester United, during which he went on loan to West Ham during the second half of the 2020-21 campaign.
During his time under Moyes, Lingard excelled, adding nine goals and five assists in just 16 games, before he snubbed the Hammers in favour of a move to Forest.
West Ham fans are desperate for their club to make more signings, following the loss of Declan Rice to London rivals Arsenal for a £105million fee.
Moyes’ recruitment has been somewhat stunted amid reported clashes with technical director Tim Steidten.
Declan Rice made a £105milllion transfer to London rivals Arsenal earlier this summer
New Hammers: West Ham have added to their toolbox with Southampton star James Ward-Prowse (right) for a £30m fee and former Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez (left) for £35.4m
West Ham were the last Premier League club to make a signing, before adding Ajax and Mexico star Edson Alvarez for £35.4m.
Southampton free-kick star James Ward-Prowse followed in a £30m deal, though the club will need further reinforcements to build upon last season’s Europa Conference League success.
Gianluca Scamacca, Manuel Lanzini, Nikola Vlasic and Rice have all left the club over the summer.
Their Premier League campaign opened with a 1-1 draw at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth, with the Hammers hosting Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.