West Ham lead chase for Manchester United's Jesse Lingard

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West Ham are in pole position to sign Jesse Lingard from Manchester United before the Premier League transfer window shuts.

David Moyes wants to bring the 28-year-old England international to the London Stadium for the second half of the season, with his side in seventh place and just two points off the Champions League spots after 19 games played.

Lingard has played just three times for the first team this season, once in the FA Cup and the other two occasions in the Carabao Cup, after falling out of favour with current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The arrival of Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes, coupled with the emergence of Mason Greenwood, has limited his opportunities.

Solskjaer is happy for Lingard to leave midway through the season and the player still has a faint chance of convincing England manager Gareth Southgate to take him to the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament.

West Ham are most likely to take Lingard on loan until the end of the season with the player looking to seal a permanent transfer in the summer, when he will have a year left on his contract. In order to be able to take Lingard on a temporary deal West Ham would either have to cancel Craig Dawson back to Watford or Said Benrahma to Brentford, or sign one of them on a permanent deal due to restrictions on loan numbers.

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